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The Best Episodes of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations

Every episode of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations!

Anthony Bourdain uncovers the best cuisine across the world. At each location, Tony dives headfirst into life's colorful and rich pageant, bringing his intellectual curiosity, empathy, wit and boundless appetite.

Genre:Documentary

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The best episode of "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations" is "Rust Belt", rated 8.5/10 from 91 user votes. It was directed by N/A and written by N/A. "Rust Belt" aired on 7/27/2009 and is rated 0.0 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Prague".

  • Rust Belt
    8.5/10 91 votes

    #1 - Rust Belt

    Season 5 Episode 13 - Aired 2009-07-27

    In the bleak, cold winter, Tony meets up with his good friend Zamir and the two travel to the heart of America's Rust Belt with stops in Baltimore, Detroit and Buffalo. After visiting this misunderstood region, Tony realizes that it's not just home to auto factories and cold weather, but it's also full of kind people and delicious food.

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  • Prague
    8.5/10 64 votes

    #2 - Prague

    Season 6 Episode 4 - Aired 2010-02-01

    With the help of some local experts, Anthony Bourdain tests the new culinary landscape in the "city of spires."

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  • Vienna
    8.5/10 88 votes

    #3 - Vienna

    Season 7 Episode 4 - Aired 2011-03-21

    Blood sausage, hunting, pastries and something called "Pus Stick" challenge Tony's pre-conception of Vienna as a pastry-filled "Sound of Music" nightmare.

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  • Lisbon
    8.5/10 94 votes

    #4 - Lisbon

    Season 8 Episode 4 - Aired 2012-04-30

    Once the center of the richest empire in Europe, Lisbon now faces one of the worst financial crises in the EU. But even as it struggles with rising debt and unemployment, Tony finds out that Lisbon is experiencing a cultural and culinary renaissance.

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  • U.S./Mexico Border
    8.4/10 67 votes

    #5 - U.S./Mexico Border

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 2006-05-22

    Tony visits Southwest Texas bar and grill; nachos in Piedras Nigras; boat tour of the Rio Grande River.

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  • Japan: Hokkaido
    8.4/10 81 votes

    #6 - Japan: Hokkaido

    Season 7 Episode 8 - Aired 2011-04-25

    On March 11th, 2011 a massive earthquake struck Japan, the largest in its recorded history, unleashing a devastating tsunami that claimed thousand of lives - a few weeks prior, Tony and his crew set out to discover Japan's northernmost prefecture, Hokkaido

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  • Croatian Coast
    8.4/10 118 votes

    #7 - Croatian Coast

    Season 8 Episode 3 - Aired 2012-04-23

    Croatia's Istria and Dalmatia regions are toured. Included: swimming with bluefin tuna; truffle hunting.

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  • Asia Special: China & Japan
    8.3/10 64 votes

    #8 - Asia Special: China & Japan

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 2006-03-27

    In this special two-hour season two premiere, Tony's culinary journey takes him to the main hubs of Asian cuisine: Japan and China. In Japan, he visits Osaka, where he learns all about the Hanshin Tigers-Yomiuri Giants baseball rivalry; to Japan's version of vaudeville, manzai; and to kuidaore (eating oneself to ruin) where he samples takoyaki, okonomiyaki and later sushi. From there, Tony meets up with an old friend, Michiko, and they travel to Kisoji for a water purification ritual; learn the exchange of meishi and help celebrate Obon. Later, Tony attends a Hanshin Tigers game. In China, a country Tony has never visited, he attempts to tackle as much of its cuisine and culture as he can in a short period of time. Beijing is Tony's first stop, where he samples Peking duck, the nasty bits of a sheep, and a variety of noodles at a noodle house. Tony gets a lesson in Chinese calligraphy and visits a doctor for some traditional Chinese medicine such as acupuncture, fire cupping, and electroacupuncture. From there, Tony is off to Sichuan province, where he receives an unorthodox ear cleaning, visits the Jianfu Temple, center of Taoism during the Tang Dynasty, and samples Szechuan hotpot. He ends his visit in a village outside of Chengdu for a family dinner that uses the old methods of Chinese cooking.

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  • London and Edinburgh
    8.3/10 69 votes

    #9 - London and Edinburgh

    Season 4 Episode 6 - Aired 2008-02-11

    There is something alluring and menacing in the air throughout the UK when it comes to the people, the scenery, and especially the cuisine, and Tony is off to try and discover what that mystique is.

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  • Paris: Why the French Don't Suck
    8.2/10 130 votes

    #10 - Paris: Why the French Don't Suck

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2005-07-25

    Tony's debut episode of this new series has him visiting Paris. He explores the city's famous catacombs, tries some absinthe, checks out one of the city's major meat markets, and spends the night in the room where Oscar Wilde died.

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  • Quebec
    8.2/10 77 votes

    #11 - Quebec

    Season 2 Episode 4 - Aired 2006-04-17

    Anthony visits a duck farm/processing plant to see how foie gras is made, teaches a class at the Montreal Culinary Institute and plays hockey with a local university hockey team.

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  • Tokyo
    8.2/10 68 votes

    #12 - Tokyo

    Season 4 Episode 16 - Aired 2008-08-11

    Tony hits Tokyo to examine the similarities and contrasts between the perfect knife and the perfect sushi, martial arts and flower arrangements.

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  • Spain
    8.2/10 64 votes

    #13 - Spain

    Season 4 Episode 17 - Aired 2008-08-18

    Tony has long admired some of Spain's top chefs; however, Spain culture and cuisine has more to offer than just Ferran Adria.

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  • Sardinia
    8.2/10 57 votes

    #14 - Sardinia

    Season 5 Episode 20 - Aired 2009-09-14

    Tony visits Sardinia, his wife's homeland, and learns what it means to be Sardinian as he gives himself over to the Busia family for a week. From the craggy mountainous landscape to the exotic cuisine and age-old traditions, Tony learns that Sardinia really is it's own country with a strong island mentality and an even stronger personality.

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  • Peru
    8.1/10 60 votes

    #15 - Peru

    Season 2 Episode 3 - Aired 2006-04-10

    Tony meets famous Peruvian chef Gastón Acurio, tries Peruvian Ceviche and goes sightseeing in the capital city, Lima. Then he travels to a village in Tambopata, the Peruvian jungle, and tries piranhas and goes through unique experiences. Finally he visits the city of Cusco to try new stuff in a local market and Machu Picchu, where he tries to find peace of mind.

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  • Indonesia
    8.1/10 77 votes

    #16 - Indonesia

    Season 2 Episode 11 - Aired 2006-06-19

    Tony explores the lush culture of Indonesia to discover what makes ex-pats want to stay. Along the way, he discovers the rich history and cuisine of Jakarta and Bali.

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  • Russia
    8.1/10 67 votes

    #17 - Russia

    Season 3 Episode 5 - Aired 2007-01-29

    Tony Bourdain meets up with his old friend Zamir to explore Russia, Zamir's homeland. The food is hearty, and the company intriguing when the two meet up with a former spy. Tony spends most of the trip seeking revenge on Zamir for an incident that happened in Uzbekistan.

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  • Cleveland
    8.1/10 59 votes

    #18 - Cleveland

    Season 3 Episode 11 - Aired 2007-08-27

    When Michael Ruhlman convinces Tony to visit Cleveland, he's not expecting to like it at all. However, he soon finds that he has more in common with the town than he first thought.

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  • South Carolina
    8.1/10 57 votes

    #19 - South Carolina

    Season 3 Episode 14 - Aired 2007-09-17

    Tony Bourdain has missed out on the culture and history of South Carolina because he's never traveled there before. Will he find the delicious cuisine and Southern hospitality it's known for?

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  • Maine
    8.1/10 52 votes

    #20 - Maine

    Season 6 Episode 12 - Aired 2010-04-12

    Gguided by one of his cameramen, Maine native Zach Zamboni, Tony travels to Portland and Rockland, Maine for fresh seafood and more.

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  • Rome
    8.1/10 64 votes

    #21 - Rome

    Season 6 Episode 20 - Aired 2010-08-16

    Anthony Bourdain dines on classic Italian dishes and adopts the mindset of the Roman people – living a simple life and eating fresh, seasonal ingredients.

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  • Cajun Country
    8.1/10 69 votes

    #22 - Cajun Country

    Season 7 Episode 16 - Aired 2011-08-29

    Tony travels beyond New Orleans and into Cajun Country to find out what sets bayou culture apart. He dines with locals Wendell Pierce and Lolis Elie, partakes in an authentic crawfish boil and ends his trip with a whole-hog roast.

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  • Iceland: Hello Darkness My Old Friend
    8.0/10 128 votes

    #23 - Iceland: Hello Darkness My Old Friend

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2005-08-01

    This week Anthony travels to Iceland, where in winter the volcanic islands see only about four hours of sunlight a day. Anthony finds the darkness comforting and learns how the Icelanders contend with the dark days - eating, drinking, and pumping iron!

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  • Sicily
    8.0/10 74 votes

    #24 - Sicily

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2005-10-10

    While in the small country of Sicily, Tony is treated to tripe at the II Capo Market. He tries a spleen sandwich with the President (of Sicily). And, Tony attempts to determine where you can find the greatest cannoli.

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  • Uzbekistan
    8.0/10 71 votes

    #25 - Uzbekistan

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2005-10-24

    Tony is in for a wild trip as he journeys through Uzbekistan's 2000-year-old capital, Tashkent, dines at Jumanji, goes to a bellydancing club, gets acquainted with the culture by visiting a local mosque, shops for a wedding present and much more.

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