The BEST Episodes of Kitchen Nightmares (US)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 12, 2019

Network: FOX

Gordon Ramsay's British series gets made over for American Television. In this series, Ramsay will hit the road to help many a struggling restaurant find the path to success in just one week.

Amy's Baking Company

#1 - Amy's Baking Company

Season 5 - Episode 16

star 8.34
139 votes

#2 - Oceana

Season 3 - Episode 14

In the season finale of Kitchen Nightmares, has Chef Ramsay met his match? The culinary master visits another restaurant struggling to keep its doors open. Find out if Ramsay can help pull the establishment from the brink of failure on the season finale of Kitchen Nightmares.

star 8.09
44 votes
Spin a Yarn

#3 - Spin a Yarn

Season 4 - Episode 13

Chef Ramsay visits Fremont, CA, to help out 50-year-old steakhouse and banquet center Spin-A-Yarn. Despite the restaurant's rich history as an old-time hideaway and meeting place, the restaurant's bland menu and outdated decor are long overdue for visual and culinary makeover. Shocked by the restaurant's inconsistent service and disorganized kitchen staff, Chef Ramsay is put to the test to give the steakhouse a refreshed menu and ambience. Find out if Chef Ramsay succeeds in updating the restaurant's image or if it will remain stuck in its old ways.

star 7.94
82 votes
Mill Street Bistro (2)

#4 - Mill Street Bistro (2)

Season 5 - Episode 12

star 7.89
82 votes
Revisited #2

#5 - Revisited #2

Season 4 - Episode 11

Over the years, Chef Gordon Ramsay has helped numerous restaurant owners get back on their feet by helping them refresh their menus, customer service and business outlook – but once he leaves, do restaurateurs stick with it -- Chef Ramsay heads to Southern California to check up on La Frite in Sherman Oaks, Kingston Café in Pasadena and Capri in Eagle Rock to see firsthand if his advice has changed the restaurants for good. He also visits Harrison, NJ, to find out if the owners of family restaurant Spanish Pavilion have mended their problems outside the kitchen, or if their disagreements are too much for their business to handle. Tune in to see if Chef Ramsay will be pleased with the restaurants’ progress, or will he have to stage yet more dramatic and emotional interventions.

star 7.88
67 votes

#6 - Mojitos

Season 2 - Episode 4

Chef Ramsay visits a Cuban restaurant in Brooklyn, NY. Owners Marcelo and Kata, former husband and wife, fight about everything. After moving to Brooklyn and getting married Kata and Marcello wanted to pursue their dream of opening a Cuban Cafe. Seven years ago Kata and Marcelo fell in love, got married and decided to open up a fast food style Cuban cafeteria. Kata and Marcelo are both from Columbia.

star 7.85
111 votes
Jack's Waterfront

#7 - Jack's Waterfront

Season 1 - Episode 18

Chef Ramsey heads to St. Clair Shores, Michigan, to visit Jack's Waterfront, which is suffering from a lack of fresh seafood and an inattentive management. Chef's goal is to make this eatery a year-round money maker, but the general manager's excessive socializing with his patrons may put a roadblock in this plan.

star 7.85
45 votes
Hannah & Mason's

#8 - Hannah & Mason's

Season 1 - Episode 17

Chef Ramsey heads to Cranbury, NJ, to visit a French bistro named Hannah & Mason, owned by a pair of friends who lack both business experience and motivation. The staff are holding bounced paychecks, but that isn't as bad as what chef Ramsey finds inside the cooler which causes the place to be shut down on Valentine's Day.

star 7.85
43 votes
Lido di Manhattan Beach

#9 - Lido di Manhattan Beach

Season 2 - Episode 5

Chef Ramsay visits a Lido Di Manhattan Beach in Manhattan Beach, CA. Lisa Hemmat grew up in and around the food service industry and inherited the entrepreneurial spirit from her parents. Shortly after graduating with a business degree from USC Marshall School of Business she secured a loan (with her parents as co-signers) and purchased Lido Di Manhattan in June of 2004, at the ripe old age of 23. Having been left with a strong staff, including a veteran cook in the kitchen, Lisa felt secure and confident in her decision to become the next great Los Angeles restaurateur. Five years later, Lisa is struggling to pay her bills and has come to the harsh realization that she is barely making ends meet. Chef Ramsay gives Lisa a lesson in restaurant business 101.

star 7.85
100 votes
La Galleria 33 (1)

#10 - La Galleria 33 (1)

Season 5 - Episode 1

Chef Ramsay goes to Boston's North End to pay a visit to La Galleria 33, opened in 2006 by sisters Rita and Lisa. The two siblings grew up in the Italian neighborhood and worked at their father's very successful restaurant, L'Osteria, which was established in 1985. They branched out and opened their own establishment only 100 feet away, hoping to feed off their father's success. But the customers never came. The sisters blame everything from the weather to the tablecloths to the font on the menu. They don't know how to fix their problems because they don't know how to identify them. The employees, however, know exactly what is wrong - Lisa and Rita. They say the sisters treat people badly and talk unprofessionally. Plus Lisa drinks on the job and Rita smokes in the restaurant. They have slipped into complacency about the failing business, but their parents stand to lose everything if La Galleria fails. When Chef Ramsay arrives, he's confused by the restaurant's name, dated décor and proximity to their parents' eatery. He also discovers there is an issue with smoking and drinking on the job. Lisa and Rita in turn complain to him about the poor service and the lazy employees. As the icing on the cake, Rita admits that the head chef is her ex-husband, which causes a lot of tension.

star 7.84
130 votes
Prohibition Grille

#11 - Prohibition Grille

Season 5 - Episode 14

Chef Ramsay is in for a challenge when he heads to Everett, WA, to visit the Prohibition Grille. Professional belly dancer-turned-restaurant owner Rishi is struggling to keep her business afloat and is in desperate need of help. As a result of her lack of prior restaurant experience, Rishi leaves control of the kitchen in the hands of her head chef, who is constantly preoccupied and gives little focus to the restaurant. Constant complaints from customers have Rishi worried, but will she take Chef Ramsay’s advice?

star 7.83
111 votes
Burger Kitchen (2)

#12 - Burger Kitchen (2)

Season 4 - Episode 7

Chef Ramsay pays a visit to Burger Kitchen in Los Angeles in order to revamp the bland menu and to revive the tired establishment with a fresh look and a renewed vibe fit for the hip Hollywood crowd.

star 7.82
91 votes
Black Pearl

#13 - Black Pearl

Season 1 - Episode 15

Chef Gordon Ramsey visits a seafood restaurant in New York where three different owners run the kitchen, leading to a lack of consistency in food and service, and one of the owners is a "know-it-all," challenging each of Ramsey's changes.

star 7.82
56 votes
Fiesta Sunrise

#14 - Fiesta Sunrise

Season 1 - Episode 20

Chef Ramsey heads to West Nyack, N.Y. and the Fiesta Sunrise, a Mexican restaurant, and meets up with a stubborn owner who seems to be ruining his own business. Ramsey gives the place an inspection and shuts the place down, declaring it is unsanitary.

star 7.82
50 votes
Sushi Ko

#15 - Sushi Ko

Season 2 - Episode 12

Chef Ramsay visits Sushi Ko in Thousand Oaks, Cal., a failing second location of a family-owned eatery. Problems include debt, a breakdown of the family dynamic, and a relative who has lost his passion for cooking.

star 7.80
60 votes

#16 - Trobiano's

Season 1 - Episode 14

Chef Gordan Ramsey visits an Italian restaurant in Great Neck, New York, that is a half-million dollars in debt, but a confrontation over kitchen cleanliness and the food between Ramsey and the owner leaves the future of the eatery uncertain.

star 7.80
60 votes
Hot Potato Café

#17 - Hot Potato Café

Season 2 - Episode 1

Philadelphia is known as "The City of Brotherly Love," but one restaurant, the Hot Potato Cafe, is tearing a family apart. Passion, motivation and spirit fueled the restaurant when it was founded two years ago, but all of these mandatory ingredients are now in short supply.

star 7.79
128 votes
Down City

#18 - Down City

Season 3 - Episode 7

Chef Ramsay visits DownCity, a restaurant in Providence, RI. Find out if his attempt to turn the restaurant around will be enough to keep its doors open.

star 7.77
89 votes
Mangia Mangia (2)

#19 - Mangia Mangia (2)

Season 6 - Episode 6

Ramsay travels to Woodland Park, Colo., to save Mangia Mangia, an Italian restaurant saddled with tension between the owner and her staff, and problems with the food, atmosphere and service.

star 7.77
100 votes

#20 - Bazzini

Season 2 - Episode 3

Chef Gordon Ramsay takes on Bazzini Cafe, an Italian restaurant in Ridgewood, NJ, that struggles with slow service, poorly crafted dishes, a lackluster sous chef and a disappointing head chef.

star 7.76
127 votes
Levanti's Italian Restaurant

#21 - Levanti's Italian Restaurant

Season 5 - Episode 8

star 7.74
98 votes

#22 - Yanni's

Season 5 - Episode 13

star 7.73
90 votes
J Willy's

#23 - J Willy's

Season 1 - Episode 16

Chef Ramsey heads to South Bend, Ind., and J Willy's Bar & Grille, a business has lost $1.2 million. He gives them a challenge of using fresh ingredients, but the inexperienced chefs become overwhelmed, causing one customer to break down and cry.

star 7.73
53 votes
Secret Garden

#24 - Secret Garden

Season 1 - Episode 10

Gordon goes to Moorpark, CA to assist an obstinate French chef in overcoming an empty restaurant with an off-putting decor.

star 7.72
173 votes

#25 - Peter's

Season 1 - Episode 1

Gordon Ramsay visits a family-run Italian restaurant in Babylon, NY that's being run into the ground by Peter, the hot-tempered manger and co-owner.

star 7.72
389 votes