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Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
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FormatTravel, Food
Created byZero Point Zero Production Inc.
StarringAnthony Bourdain (host)
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes142
Production
Running timeDomestic: one hour (approx. 42 min. per episode);
International: approx. 48 min. per episode
DistributorFremantleMedia Enterprises
Broadcast
Original channelTravel Channel
Picture format480i (SDTV),
1080i (HDTV)
Original runJuly 25, 2005 – November 5, 2012
 
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Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
Bourdain No Reservations Title.jpg
FormatTravel, Food
Created byZero Point Zero Production Inc.
StarringAnthony Bourdain (host)
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes142
Production
Running timeDomestic: one hour (approx. 42 min. per episode);
International: approx. 48 min. per episode
DistributorFremantleMedia Enterprises
Broadcast
Original channelTravel Channel
Picture format480i (SDTV),
1080i (HDTV)
Original runJuly 25, 2005 – November 5, 2012

Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations is an American travel and food show that aired on the Travel Channel; it also airs on the Discovery Travel & Living channel around the world. In it, host Anthony Bourdain visits overseas countries, cities worldwide, and places within the U.S., where hosts treat him to local culture and cuisine. The series premiered in 2005 on the Travel Channel. The format and content of the show is similar to Bourdain's 2001–2002 Food Network series, A Cook's Tour. The Travel Channel announced that season 9 will be the show's final season. Season 9 premiered on September 3, 2012 and concluded with its series finale episode (Brooklyn) on November 5, 2012.

The special episode Anthony Bourdain in Beirut that aired between Seasons 2 and 3 was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Programming in 2007.[1] In 2009 the series won the Emmy for "Outstanding Cinematography For Nonfiction Programming".[2]

Episodes[edit]

Countries in green have been visited on the show at least once as of episode 132.

Season 1[edit]

Ep.Num.OverallTitleAirdate
1-011"France: Why the French Don't Suck"July 25, 2005 (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.
1-022"Iceland: Hello Darkness My Old Friend"August 1, 2005 (2005-08-01)
This week Anthony travels to Reykjavík, 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, spending time at the spa, and pumping iron! Tony tries Hákarl (fermented shark). Later, he visits the famous Blue Lagoon.
1-033"New Jersey"August 8, 2005 (2005-08-08)
Tony visits the state of New Jersey. He takes us on a trip through his birthplace trying to dispel some common misconceptions of the Garden State. We learn about The Sopranos and other NJ landmarks as Tony reminisces. He also meets up with Nari Kye, an assistant, who teaches him Korean food.
1-044"Vietnam: The Island of Mr. Sang"August 15, 2005 (2005-08-15)
Responding to an invitation from an old friend, Linh. Tony travels to Hanoi, Mai Chau and Tuần Châu, Vietnam with the feeling of James Bond-ish intrigue, discovering its food like squeasel, its customs, and the not-so-sinister plans for international tourism.
1-055"Malaysia: Into the Jungle"August 22, 2005 (2005-08-22)
Tony has always had an interest in "natural fusion" or the way cuisines intertwine with cultures over the course of history. In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, this is particularly true as a variety of cultures have blended. Inspired to find his own Heart of Darkness and live out his inner Kurtz, Tony rides up the Skrang River to visit with an Iban village.
1-066"Sicily"October 10, 2005 (2005-10-10)
While on the island of Sicily, Tony is treated to tripe at the II Capo Market. He tries a spleen sandwich with the Governor of Sicily (Salvatore Cuffaro). Tony is persuaded to try a cliff dive and attempts to determine where you can find the greatest cannoli.
1-077"Las Vegas"October 17, 2005 (2005-10-17)
Given an assignment to write about Las Vegas food by a food magazine, Tony spends four days exploring the city and learns how it's transforming into a mecca for chefs.
1-088"Uzbekistan"October 24, 2005 (2005-10-24)
Tashkent to Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Tony explores the 2000-year-old city of Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan, with his friend Zamir Gotta. He partakes in local culture, attends a wedding, and receives a traumatizing full-body massage at a sauna.
1-099"New Zealand: Down Under the Down Under"November 7, 2005 (2005-11-07)
Tony is invited to New Zealand to lecture at a gourmet food convention. But after receiving a lukewarm reception from the crowd, he decides to search for real Kiwi culture outside the city of Christchurch. Tony's ride on an ATV becomes a little harrowing. Tony is invited to visit the Māori.

Season 2[edit]

Three special episodes were aired in 2006, one before the season, and two after.

Ep.Num.OverallTitleAirdate
Special10"Leftovers"March 27, 2006 (2006-03-27)
A look behind the scenes of "No Reservations."
2-0111"Asia Special: China & Japan"March 27, 2006 (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.
2-0212"South Florida"April 3, 2006 (2006-04-03)
Tony figures he'll lounge poolside at his South Beach hotel for this entire episode but instead is encouraged to explore the ethnic diversity and uniqueness of Miami, and South Florida: from Little Haiti to the Everglades to Key West and Little Havana.
2-0313"Peru"April 10, 2006 (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.
2-0414"Quebec"April 17, 2006 (2006-04-17)
Tony visits the province of Quebec in Canada. He visits a duck farm with famed chef Martin Picard, then enjoys a decadent, foie gras-heavy meal at Picard's restaurant, Au Pied de Cochon in Montreal. He flies north to go seal hunting with the Inuit. He also enjoys poutine at La Banquise, sausages with maple syrup at a sugar house, and Montreal-style bagels, and learns to play hockey.
2-0515"Sweden"April 24, 2006 (2006-04-24)
Tony visits Stockholm, Sweden, and tries local specialties like fläsklägg (pig knuckles) and tunnbrödsrulle (Swedish flatbread).[3]
2-0616"Puerto Rico"May 1, 2006 (2006-05-01)
Tony visits Puerto Rico and tries to see the less-touristic side of the island. After a bad start drinking a piña colada at the bar where the drink was invented, he enjoys roast pork at a lechonera, as well as mofongo, goes scuba-diving in an unsuccessful attempt to catch a giant lobster, and tries horseback riding. He also searches for the mythical chupacabra and goes sparring with boxing champion Miguel Cotto. He visits a music festival and enjoys chicharrón in Bayamón.
2-0717"Japan"May 8, 2006 (2006-05-08)
Osaka, Japan [Note: This episode is the same as part one of "Asia Special: China & Japan"]
2-0818"US/Mexico Border"May 22, 2006 (2006-05-22)
Tony visits Piedras Negras, Mexico, and border towns in Texas, where he sees the influences that the countries have had on each other. He also visits the Mexican restaurant credited with inventing nachos.
2-0919"India (Rajasthan)"May 29, 2006 (2006-05-29)
Tony visits the state of Rajasthan in India. He visits the city of Udaipur and enjoys a vegetarian thali, then attends a dinner and lavish party hosted by the Maharana of Udaipur. He visits a local chef for a home-cooked meal and spends time with a guru in an ashram in the city of Jodhpur. He takes a long bus ride to the city of Jaisalmer and experiences the Jaisalmer Desert Festival.
2-1020"India (Kolkata/Mumbai)"June 5, 2006 (2006-06-05)
Tony visits Kolkata and Mumbai, India, where he learns how to play cricket.
2-1121"Korea"June 12, 2006 (2006-06-12)
Tony visits Seoul in South Korea, as well as a town near the Korean Demilitarized Zone, accompanied by Nari Kye, an assistant on No Reservations. They visit a martial arts class and a spa and try live octopus, kimchi, Korean barbecue and soju. They also meet Kye's family.
2-1222"Indonesia"June 19, 2006 (2006-06-19)
Bali and Jakarta, Indonesia
Special23"Decoding Ferran Adria"July 03, 2006
Bourdain travels to Spain and visits the research laboratory of Ferran Adria, renowned chef of el Bulli.
Special24"Anthony Bourdain in Beirut"August 21, 2006 (2006-08-21)
Documentary of a week in July 2006 when Bourdain and his crew were trapped in Beirut, Lebanon, due to the Israel-Lebanon War. This episode was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Programming in 2007.

Season 3[edit]

Season 3 was aired in two parts: six episodes in the winter of 2007, and nine in the summer/autumn of 2007. Two special episodes were also aired in 2007, book-ending the regular episodes.

Ep.Num.OverallTitleAirdate
Special25"Leftovers 2"January 1, 2007 (2007-01-01)
A look back at season 2 of No Reservations.
3-0126"Ireland"January 1, 2007 (2007-01-01)
Tony visits Dublin and Belfast in Ireland, where he explores the legacy of the Troubles. He samples Irish stew, Guinness and some high-end restaurants, including those of chefs Paul Rankin and Seamus O'Connell.
3-0227"Ghana"January 8, 2007 (2007-01-08)
Ghana
3-0328"Pacific Northwest"January 15, 2007 (2007-01-15)
In Portland, Tony samples unique donuts and pizza, explores the history of the underground, and goes camping with some old friends. He takes in the sights of Pike Place Market, enjoys a Gypsy dinner, tries some Puget Sound geoduck, and spends time with a meat curer friend in Seattle.
3-0429"Namibia"January 22, 2007 (2007-01-22)
Tony visits Namibia and eats some of the local specialties, including, most memorably, the rectum of a recently killed warthog prepared by local Bushmen.
3-0530"Russia"January 29, 2007 (2007-01-29)
Tony visits Moscow, Russia, accompanied by Zamir Gotta. They explore Moscow's Soviet history, including lunch with former KGB chief Victor Cherkashin, as well as some of the hangouts of Moscow's newly rich. Tony then arranges for Zamir to get a painful spa treatment as payback for the massage Tony got in Uzbekistan.
3-0631"Los Angeles"February 5, 2007 (2007-02-05)
Tony visits Los Angeles, California, in search of the local culture, away from the glitz and glamor of Hollywood. He dines at Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles with writer and screenwriter Jerry Stahl. He meets a women's roller derby team, and has French dip sandwiches with them at Philippe's, which claims to have invented the French dip sandwich. He eats at a Mexican restaurant with a mariachi band, and visits the neighborhood of Thai Town. Tony trains with the Hawthorne SWAT team.
3-0732"From Shanghai to Shangri-la"July 30, 2007 (2007-07-30)
Tony heads back to China and visits Shanghai, a budding economic superpower, where he discovers that Shanghai is considered the dumpling capital of the world made famous by its soup dumpling. Tony then heads to Yunnan province. In Dali, he learns from the Bai ethnic minority people a unique way of catching fish. From there, he works his way north to Lijiang, then to Zhongdian, an ethnically Tibetan area, in search of the valley of Shangri-La as described in British author James Hilton's novel Lost Horizon. The Lijiang/Zhongdian area is believed by many to have been the inspiration for the mythical Shangri-la.
3-0833"New York City"August 6, 2007 (2007-08-06)
New York City
3-0934"Brazil"August 13, 2007 (2007-08-13)
São Paulo, Brazil
3-1035"French Polynesia"August 20, 2007 (2007-08-20)
Tahiti
3-1136"Cleveland"August 27, 2007 (2007-08-27)
Tony travels with food writer Michael Ruhlman to Cleveland, Ohio, Ruhlman's home town. They have Cincinnati chili at Skyline Chili. Tony meets comic-book artist Harvey Pekar. He also visits the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Marky Ramone and spends time with chef Michael Symon, both at Symon's restaurant Lola and at a soul food restaurant. Parts of the episode are illustrated in Pekar's comic-book style.
3-1237"Hong Kong"September 3, 2007 (2007-09-03)
Tony visits Hong Kong. He samples and learns about the food, like the masterful art of making noodles using a bamboo pole, chinese barbecue, and dim sum, with a local food blogger. He also films a fight scene with members of the Jackie Chan Stunt Team.
3-1338"Argentina"September 10, 2007 (2007-09-10)
Patagonia, Argentina
3-1439"South Carolina"September 17, 2007 (2007-09-17)
Tony visits South Carolina, where he enjoys local favorites like shrimp, grits and barbecue. He also participates in a Civil War reenactment.[4]
3-1540"Tuscany"September 24, 2007 (2007-09-24)
Tony visits Tuscany, Italy, where he samples the local wine and cheese and encounters the world's most famous butcher, The Butcher of Panzano Dario Cecchini. He also clashes with the episode's director, the Italian auteur Vincenzo Tripodo, who dreams of making the episode an homage to Dante's Inferno.
Special41"Holiday Special"December 10, 2007 (2007-12-10)
Bourdain visits his brother's family in Connecticut for the holidays, with special guests Queens of the Stone Age. Tony gives a cooking tutorial on how to prepare the holiday meal. This episode was produced and directed by Rennik Soholt.

Season 4[edit]

As with Season 3, Season 4 was aired in two parts: nine episodes in the winter of 2008, and ten in the summer of 2008. Various sources have referred to the summer episodes as Season 5, but in a post on his blog regarding the September 1, 2008 episode, Bourdain refers to it as the final episode of Season 4.[5] One special episode followed the regular 2008 episodes.

Ep.Num.OverallTitleAirdate
4-0142"Singapore"January 7, 2008 (2008-01-07)
Singapore, featuring the local specialty chicken rice.
4-0243"Berlin"January 14, 2008 (2008-01-14)
Tony visits Berlin, Germany, and gets introduced to the city's Cold War past by a former British intelligence agent who stayed in Berlin.
4-0344"Vancouver, BC"January 21, 2008 (2008-01-21)
Tony visits Vancouver, Canada, and explores the city's restaurant culture with three chef friends: Pino Posteraro, Hidekazu Tojo, and Vikram Vij. He also attempts to ski at Whistler, visits with the video gaming developers at EA Canada, and films a small role in the Uwe Boll action movie Far Cry. He also meets up with Nari Kye again.[6]
4-0445"Greek Islands"January 28, 2008 (2008-01-28)
Tony travels through the Greek Islands, from Crete to Zakynthos, in search of his own Odyssey. There, he tries sardines, sweetbread, lamb, snails, sea urchins and rakı. He also hunts, and eats, quail.
4-0546"New Orleans"February 4, 2008 (2008-02-04)
New Orleans, Louisiana, with emphasis on post-Katrina recovery, both by locals generally and by the local food industry in particular. Includes a visit with Emeril Lagasse, who is acknowledged in the episode as a favorite target of ridicule in Bourdain's early career. Local writer Chris Rose offers commentary on the city's conditions.
4-0647"London/Edinburgh"February 11, 2008 (2008-02-11)
Tony visits London, and Edinburgh, United Kingdom, and meets with local chefs and raconteurs, including chefs Fergus Henderson, Marco Pierre White and Tom Kitchin. He also records a spoken-word track with the band Morcheeba.[7]
4-0748"Jamaica"February 18, 2008 (2008-02-18)
Tony visits Jamaica and meets a dancehall artist as well as a Rastafarian. He has an agonizing time on an eco tour through one of Jamaica's caves. Also, he learns about coffee and shares a traditional Jamaican Sunday dinner.
4-0849"Romania"February 25, 2008 (2008-02-25)
Tony visits Transylvania and Bucharest, Romania. He is accompanied by Zamir Gotta, who is celebrating his 50th birthday. Along the way, they learn about vampires, the communist regime, and the strong cultural history of Romania. They attend a tourist-oriented Dracula-themed Halloween dinner at a castle in Transylvania, which Tony hates.
4-0950"Hawaii"March 3, 2008 (2008-03-03)
Tony gets a taste of paradise as he visits the Hawaiian islands, from jet skiing on the North Shore, to a visit to Kilauea, the world's most active volcano. He learns all about the diverse use of SPAM in Hawaiian cuisine and participates in a Luau, enjoying it.
4-1051"Into the Fire NY"March 10, 2008 (2008-03-10)
Tony and his friend, renowned chef Eric Ripert, spend a night as line cooks at Tony's old restaurant of Brasserie Les Halles in New York City to see if they still have the skills necessary to work in a restaurant.
4-1152"Laos"July 7, 2008 (2008-07-07)
Tony travels to Vientiane, Laos, where he meets a man who was a victim of an unexploded American bomb and takes part in a Baci ceremony.
4-1253"Colombia"July 14, 2008 (2008-07-14)
Tony visits the cities of Medellín and Cartagena in Colombia, and learns about its tragic past as a drug capital, as well as its more hopeful future.[8]
4-1354"Saudi Arabia"July 21, 2008 (2008-07-21)
In a special episode of No Reservations, the show ran a "FANatic contest", in which viewers were asked to submit a tape nominating their home town or country as a destination for a future episode of the show. The winner of the contest was Danya Alhamrani, and in this episode, Bourdain and crew visit her hometown of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
4-1455"Uruguay"July 28, 2008 (2008-07-28)
Tony travels to Uruguay with his brother to research their roots after learning that they have family connections there. They enjoy chivitos, and other local specialties.[9]
4-1556"U.S. Southwest"August 4, 2008 (2008-08-04)
Tony travels through the US states of California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. In Phoenix, Arizona, Tony meets with rock legend Alice Cooper at Cooper's restaurant. In Texas, he shoots machine guns and dines with another rock legend, Ted Nugent.
4-1657"Tokyo"August 11, 2008 (2008-08-11)
Tony jets to Tokyo, Japan, to look for a perfect piece of sushi and a perfect knife blade. He enjoys soba, yakitori, and designer cocktail drinks. He meets up with famed chef Masaharu Morimoto and tries to learn the martial art of kendo and the subtleties of Japanese flower arranging known as ikebana.
4-1758"Spain"August 18, 2008 (2008-08-18)
Tony re-visits Spain, which he calls the most important food destination in the world. He visits the test kitchen of pastry chef Albert Adrià, Ferran's brother, and the factory of pioneering chocolate maker Enric Rovira. At a farm, he enjoys roasted calçots during a "calçotada". He has bar tapas with chefs Juan Mari Arzak and his daughter, Elena, of the restaurant Arzak, in San Sebastián. He eats at the molecular gastronomy restaurant Mugaritz, the grill-based restaurant Etxebarri, and Arzak.
4-1859"Egypt"August 25, 2008 (2008-08-25)
Tony is determined to avoid doing the "tourist thing" and visiting the Egyptian pyramids, but rather explore what it means to be Egyptian; to spending an evening at a men's cafe smoking Shisha, to a boat ride down the Nile and spending time in the desert with a group of Bedouin men.
4-1960"So Long, Summer"September 1, 2008 (2008-09-01)
In honor of Labor Day, Tony throws a backyard and poolside barbecue for his production crew as they reminisce about shows gone by, from its interesting guests to scenes never broadcast on domestic (North American) television. Nari Kye appears in this episode.
Special61"At the Table with Anthony Bourdain"October 20, 2008 (2008-10-20)
Bourdain with guests Amy Sacco, Bill Buford, Ted Allen and Chris Wilson dine at NYC restaurant wd~50 and discuss various topics related to food and restaurants.

Season 5[edit]

Season 5 is another split season, with 10 episodes aired in the winter of 2009, and 10 episodes following in the summer.

Ep.Num.OverallTitleAirdate
5-0162"Mexico"January 5, 2009 (2009-01-05)
Tony travels to Mexico with Carlos, the Mexican executive chef of Les Halles, and the two visit Puebla, Carlos's home town, and Mexico City. Tony eats Mexican foods like tortillas and roast pork and drinks pulque, an alcoholic beverage. He also attends a lucha libre school.[10]
5-0263"Venice"January 12, 2009 (2009-01-12)
Tony goes in search of the less-touristy side of Venice, Italy, and meets locals and enjoys deep-fried crabs, bacalar and boiled calves' heads.[11]
5-0364"Washington, D.C."January 19, 2009 (2009-01-19)
Tony visits Washington, D.C. and explores the diversity of its culinary options, including Irish, Mexican and Ethiopian food, as well as local landmark Ben's Chili Bowl. He also visits the International Spy Museum and practices one espionage technique, the dead drop.[12]
5-0465"Azores"January 26, 2009 (2009-01-26)
Tony travels to the Portuguese islands of the Azores, and visits a boiling geyser.[13]
5-0566"Chicago"February 2, 2009 (2009-02-02)
Tony visits Chicago and samples local favorites like sausages, Chicago-style hot dog, and deep-dish pizza, as well as upscale dining. He also enjoys a giant "Three Little Piggies" sandwich with radio personality Mancow Muller.
5-0667"Food Porn"February 9, 2009 (2009-02-09)
The episode shows various clips from previous shows of appetizing-looking meals. It also includes new footage of various chefs talking about food, including an extended conversation between Bourdain and chef David Chang while they eat at Chang's restaurant Momofuku Ssäm Bar.
5-0768"Philippines"February 16, 2009 (2009-02-16)
Tony visits Manila, Pampanga, and Cebu in the Philippines, traveling around with one of the runners-up of his "FANatic" contest, Augusto Elefano, to figure out "just who are the Filipino people". After tasting Cebu's famous Lechon, he considered it as the "best pig ever."
5-0869"Disappearing Manhattan"February 23, 2009 (2009-02-23)
Tony visits old establishments in Manhattan that are becoming a rarity in the city. He visits several old food stores in Hell's Kitchen with chef Michael Lomonaco, Keens Steakhouse with food writer Joshua Ozersky, Russ & Daughters and Katz's Delicatessen with novelist Joel Rose, Eisenberg's Sandwich and some of the German establishments in the Yorkville neighborhood with tour guide "Famous Fat Dave", Hop Kee in Chinatown with chef Chris Cheung, Le Veau d'Or with food writer Michael Batterberry, and dive bar Sophie's with writer Nick Tosches.
5-0970"Sri Lanka"March 2, 2009 (2009-03-02)
Tony visits Colombo, Sri Lanka, samples the local food, and discusses the aftermath of the Sri Lankan Civil War and the 2004 tsunami.
5-1071"Vietnam: There's No Place Like Home"March 9, 2009 (2009-03-09)
Tony visits Vietnam, accompanied by his former boss, Les Halles owner Philippe Lajaunie. He is there to pay his respects to the family of Madame Ngoc, an old friend and restaurateur whose kindness and warmth touched Tony during his past visits. He visits the countryside, street markets and newly upscale areas of Ho Chi Minh City. At the end of the episode, he considers moving there.
5-1172"Chile"July 13, 2009 (2009-07-13)
Tony visits Santiago and Patagonia in Chile. He attends a Chilean rodeo event and enjoys sopaipillas and beef braised in wine.
5-1273"Australia"July 20, 2009 (2009-07-20)
Tony visits Melbourne, Australia, and samples food from the city's diverse ethnic communities as well as at high-end restaurants. He also learns how to play Trugo.
5-1374"Rust Belt"July 27, 2009 (2009-07-27)
Tony visits the "Rust Belt" cities of Baltimore, Maryland; Detroit, Michigan and Buffalo, New York, accompanied by Zamir Gotta. In Baltimore they meet with several of the cast members of the television show The Wire. In Buffalo they meet one of the other runners-up of the "FANatic" contest, Nelson Starr, and see his rock band perform. Zamir is discovered to have become a celebrity in the US in his own right, as a result of his previous No Reservations appearances.[14]
5-1475"Down on the Street"August 3, 2009 (2009-08-03)
A collection of street food clips from past shows, mostly in Asia.
5-1576"San Francisco"August 10, 2009 (2009-08-10)
Tony's adventures takes him to the city of San Francisco, a city of districts and contradictions. So paying an homage to Steve McQueen's iconic 1968 film Bullitt; Tony takes his rented Ford Mustang through the streets of San Francisco, from Fisherman's Wharf, to Haight-Ashbury, to Chinatown, and across the bridge into Oakland, California. Tony dines with poet August Kleinzahler, and then off to chef Chris Cosentino's restaurant for an Offal tasting.
5-1677"Thailand"August 17, 2009 (2009-08-17)
Tony travels to Thailand and catches the beginning of the 2009 political unrest there. He also enjoys street food in Bangkok and explores Phuket. Later, Tony meets up with another runner-up of the "FANatic" contest, Eric Rivera, who is training for his Muay Thai fight.
5-1778"Montana"August 24, 2009 (2009-08-24)
Tony travels to the state of Montana in the United States, where he visits a ranch and learns the struggles of being a rancher. He eats local specialties like beef, pasty, trout, and buffalo. Tony gets an understanding of why fly fishing is so addictive and meets with writer and local legend Jim Harrison, and artist Russell Chatham.
5-1879"Burning Questions"August 31, 2009 (2009-08-31)
Tony answers the top 10 questions from viewers, submitted and voted on at the Travel Channel's website. His answers are illustrated with clips from the show.
5-1980"New York Outer Boroughs"September 7, 2009 (2009-09-07)
Tony visits the "outer boroughs" of New York City: Staten Island, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx. In Staten Island, Tony meets with musical pioneer David Johansen at a tiki bar. He visits ethnic Queens restaurants with chefs David Chang and Chris Cheung.
5-2081"Sardinia"September 14, 2009 (2009-09-14)
Bourdain travels with his wife, Ottavia Busia, to her ancestral home of Sardinia, Italy.

Season 6[edit]

Some episodes of Season 6 included in-show product placement for the Chase Sapphire credit card.[15]

Ep.Num.OverallTitleAirdate
6-0182"Panama"January 11, 2010 (2010-01-11)
Tony visits Panama, including a trip to Manuel Noriega's old house, and a trip into the rainforest, where he meets some local tribespeople. He also watches as the police set fire to a multi-million-dollar seized stash of cocaine.[16]
6-0283"Istanbul"January 18, 2010 (2010-01-18)
Tony visits Istanbul, Turkey and samples lahmacun, doner kebab, islak burger, midye dolma, börek and rakı. He also visits the Blue Mosque.
6-0384"Brittany"January 25, 2010 (2010-01-25)
Tony travels to Brittany, France and enjoys some of the local specialties, like crepes, cider and oysters.
6-0485"Prague"February 1, 2010 (2010-02-01)
Tony enjoys the old-world charms of Prague in the Czech Republic, and travels with local Michelin-awarded chef Zdenek Pohlreich.
6-0586"Hudson Valley, NY"February 8, 2010 (2010-02-08)
Tony visits cities in Hudson Valley in New York State, accompanied at times by food writer Michael Ruhlman. He enjoys local crabs, visits his alma mater The Culinary Institute of America and Mohonk Mountain House, and has lunch with actor Bill Murray in Yonkers.
6-0687"Ecuador"March 1, 2010 (2010-03-01)
Tony visits Ecuador's Andean capital Quito to try some street food and local soups. He tries guinea pig in Sangolqui. Then he goes to the coast of Ecuador to try local seafood in Puerto Lopez, Salango, Montañita, and Manglaralto. Finally he tries some local stews in Guayaquil and experiences a crab party.
6-0788"Obsessed"March 8, 2010 (2010-03-08)
Anthony talks to chefs and bloggers whose obsessive love for food drives them to noteworthy feats.
6-0889"Harbin, China"March 15, 2010 (2010-03-15)
Tony visits the city of Harbin in northeastern China and experiences the mix of Chinese and Russian cultures there. He also visits an eccentric local entrepreneur who enjoys karaoke and all things American.[17]
6-0990"Provence"March 22, 2010 (2010-03-22)
Tony and crew stay at a villa in Provence, France, and Tony tries daube, aioli, terrine and Ricard Pastis, and plays pétanque. He then attempts to cook a provençal meal for some of the locals.
6-1091"Vietnam: Central Highlands"March 29, 2010 (2010-03-29)
Da Lat and Hanoi, Vietnam
6-1192"Techniques Special"April 5, 2010 (2010-04-05)
Bourdain and various chefs illustrate basic cooking techniques.
6-1293"Maine"April 12, 2010 (2010-04-12)
Tony travels to Maine, guided by one of his cameramen, Maine native Zach Zamboni.[18]
6-1394"Food Porn 2"April 19, 2010 (2010-04-19)
Like the first "Food Porn" episode, this episode features a mix of previous clips and new footage. The episode is introduced by porn actor Ron Jeremy.
6-1495"Caribbean Island Hopping"July 5, 2010 (2010-07-05)
Tony visits St. Vincent and the Grenadines. He meets with chef Norman van Aken, a fusion pioneer, and they visit the Tobago Cays. He also participates in an opossum hunt and eats the resulting stew. He goes scuba diving and eats at a cafeteria-style restaurant in the capital city, Kingstown.
6-1596"US Heartland"July 12, 2010 (2010-07-12)
While on a speaking tour through the United States, Tony visits the cities Livonia, Michigan, Columbus, Ohio, Minneapolis, Denver, Austin and Milwaukee and searches out high-end and innovative dining to counter a perception some have that the middle of the United States represents a culinary wasteland.
6-1697"Liberia"July 19, 2010 (2010-07-19)
Liberia
6-1798"Kerala, India"July 26, 2010 (2010-07-26)
Tony visits the state of Kerala in India, where he enjoys the local cuisine, such as malabar matthi curry, and meets local film star Mammootty on the set of the film Pokkiri Raja.[19]
6-1899"Where It All Began"August 2, 2010 (2010-08-02)
Tony introduces footage taken by a documentary crew who were filming Bourdain in 2001 immediately after the publishing success of his book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly.
6-19100"Dubai"August 9, 2010 (2010-08-09)
Tony visits Dubai and samples some of the local highlights, including fine dining and the indoor ski resort Ski Dubai. He also meets and eats with some of the locals, including young sheiks and foreign workers.
6-20101"Rome"August 16, 2010 (2010-08-16)
Tony visits Rome, Italy and meets artisans of pasta, cheese and other local specialties. The episode was filmed entirely in black and white and is intended as an homage to Frederico Fellini's films, especially La Dolce Vita.[20]
6-21102"Back to Beirut"August 23, 2010 (2010-08-23)
Tony and crew return to Beirut after their last attempt was derailed by the 2006 Lebanon War.
6-22103"Making of India"August 30, 2010 (2010-08-30)
The Zero Point Zero crew's behind-the-scenes look at the making of the Kerala episode
6-23104"What Were We Thinking Special"September 6, 2010 (2010-09-06)
Tony and the crew of No Reservations discuss the making of the show, from its beginning to the present.
6-24105"100th Episode - Paris"September 6, 2010 (2010-09-06)
For the 100th episode, Tony travels to Paris and meets with Eric Ripert and various local chefs, and they discuss the past and future of French cooking.
6-25106"Madrid"September 13, 2010 (2010-09-13)
Tony visits Madrid, Spain, and enjoys local delicacies like jamón ibérico and black pudding.
6-26107"Holiday Special"December 6, 2010 (2010-12-06)
Tony and his friends plan a huge potluck holiday dinner. The episode includes holiday-inspired music videos from the band Das Racist.

Season 7[edit]

Ep.Num.OverallTitleAirdate
7-01108"Haiti"February 28, 2011 (2011-02-28)
Tony visits Haiti, a country still recovering from the 2010 earthquake and dealing with a cholera epidemic in and an impending hurricane. He visits a relief camp run by Sean Penn's J/P Haitian Relief Organization.
7-02109"Cambodia"March 7, 2011 (2011-03-07)
Tony seeks to reconnect with the historically rich country of Cambodia. While sampling local seafood, Tony sits down with politicians to discuss the country's difficult Khmer Rouge past.
7-03110"Nicaragua"March 14, 2011 (2011-03-14)
Tony visits Nicaragua to sample the cuisine, and in the process examines the cultural extremes in the country.
7-04111"Vienna"March 21, 2011 (2011-03-21)
Tony visits wintery Vienna, Austria, visits Christmas markets, goes hunting, eats sphincter and has, surprisingly, an overall good time.
7-05112"Ozarks"March 28, 2011 (2011-03-28)
Tony visits West Plains, Missouri, backdrop of the book and film Winter's Bone, and eats at Fred and Red's.[21] There, Tony explores the Ozark region and samples local specialties such as raccoon, venison and squirrel pot pie. He also goes fishing with novelist Daniel Woodrell.
7-06113"Brazil (the Amazon)"April 11, 2011 (2011-04-11)
Tony visits the city of Belém and the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil,[22]
7-07114"Boston"April 18, 2011 (2011-04-18)
Tony visits the South Boston section of Boston, the neighborhood known as "Southie", accompanied by guitarist Mike Ruffino of The Unband. They enjoy the local cuisine and bars and meet with local celebrities like journalist and talk-show host Howie Carr.[23]
7-08115"Japan"April 25, 2011 (2011-04-25)
Weeks before the March 2011 quake, Tony visits Hokkaido, Japan. In Sapporo, he tries Hokkaido style ramen, waikanae crab, and Uni-ikura Don (salmon roe & sea urchin over rice). He visits with the indigenous people of Hokkaido, the Ainu. Tony ends his trip dining at a ryokan enjoying a formal robatayaki.
7-09116"Cuba"July 11, 2011 (2011-07-11)
Tony travels to Cuba in the search of the island's heart and soul where beauty abounds in the people, the food and the architecture and streets that are riddled with cars from before the revolution.
7-10117"Macau"July 18, 2011 (2011-07-18)
Tony visits Macau, a former Portuguese colony south of Hong Kong now known as the "Vegas of Asia", and tries his hand at some casino games. He also visits the Macau Tower bungee jump, the largest in the world, and takes the ultimate plunge.
7-11118"Naples"July 25, 2011 (2011-07-25)
Tony travels to Naples, Italy, considered to be the root of Italian-American cuisine, to find out the differences and similarites between the original and its American counterpart.
7-12119"El Bulli"August 1, 2011 (2011-08-01)
Tony visits elBulli, a renowned restaurant in Spain, and cooks and dines with chef Ferran Adria.
7-13120"US Desert"August 8, 2011 (2011-08-08)
Tony explores the Mojave Desert of southern California with Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age.
7-14121"Ukraine"August 15, 2011 (2011-08-15)
Tony and Zamir travel through the abandoned city of Chernobyl in Ukraine, site of a nuclear accident 25 years earlier. They then travel elsewhere in Ukraine including the Crimea and sample local food like green borscht.
7-15122"Kurdistan"August 22, 2011 (2011-08-22)
Tony and his crew venture to the war zone of Iraqi Kurdistan, as well as Turkish Kurdistan, to explore the tragic history and hopeful future of the Kurds.
7-16123"Cajun Country"August 29, 2011 (2011-08-29)
Tony goes to New Orleans and meets up with some of the crew of TV show Treme. He then continues west into the bayou and Cajun country.
Special124"Holiday Special 2011"December 12, 2011 (2011-12-12)
Tony's Christmas takes a turn towards the bizarre. Norah Jones sings, Tony seeks answers from chef Dave Arnold, Tony cooks with Lidia Bastianich and Christopher Walken, and Samantha Brown shoots a gun.

Season 8[edit]

Ep.Num.OverallTitleAirdate
8-01125"Mozambique"April 9, 2012 (2012-04-09)
Tony travels to Mozambique and finds himself in a mysterious, post-colonial Africa. From Portuguese ruins on Mozambique Island to the vibrant metropolis of Maputo, Mozambique doesn't look like anywhere Tony has been so far.
8-02126"Kansas City"April 16, 2012 (2012-04-16)
Tony travels to Kansas City, the BBQ capital of the world, with pal Zamir Gotta, in search of the best barbecue. While there, Tony meets up with musicians Dan and Patrick of The Black Keys for some serious finger licking meat. Zamir has his own adventures, visiting Leila's Hair Museum and attending his first-ever tailgate party.
8-03127"Croatian Coast"April 23, 2012 (2012-04-23)
Tony visits the Croatian coast to swim with bluefin tuna and hunt for a prized white truffle. He literally gets knocked off his feet as he is treated to the finest Mediterranean cuisine.
8-04128"Lisbon"April 30, 2012 (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. Tony shares a meal and Fado performance with writer António Lobo Antunes. The music of Dead Combo is used throughout the episode and the band is featured in the episode as well, eating at a restaurant specialising in gourmet canned fish.
8-05129"Japan: Cook It Raw"May 7, 2012 (2012-05-07)
Tony heads to Japan for the gastronomic event that is "Cook it Raw", which brings together some of the best chefs in the world to forage for local ingredients and serve the results to culinary experts.
8-06130"Finland"May 14, 2012 (2012-05-14)
Heeding the calls of his Finnish Facebook fans, Tony takes a trip to Helsinki, Finland. He joins musician Sami Yaffa for a liquored-up tour of the world's only pub tram, a bloody sauna and an unexpectedly exciting dinner with a cabbie's mother.
8-07131"Baja"May 28, 2012 (2012-05-28)
Tony travels to the Baja Peninsula and Tijuana, Mexico.
8-08132"Penang"June 4, 2012 (2012-06-04)
Tony travels to Penang, Malaysia, where he experiences the local food including Asam Laksa and typical Nyonya dishes.

Season 9[edit]

After Bourdain announced in May 2012 that he would be leaving to do a new show for CNN entitled Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, the Travel Channel suspended Season 8 and repackaged the remaining seven episodes left to air as "The Final Tour" to capitalize on the publicity surrounding his departure.[24] In addition to the seven episodes from Season 8, three episodes — "Sex, Drugs And Rock & Roll", "Seven Deadly Sins" and "Off The Charts" — made out of old footage, were reedited to look like new and added to Season 9.[25]

Ep.Num.OverallTitleAirdate
9-01133"Austin"September 3, 2012 (2012-09-03)
Tony visits Austin, Texas during the annual South by Southwest music festival and discovers that today's indie rockers and hipsters are often foodies as well. He hangs out with the band Sleigh Bells for a seafood boil, and has Mexican food with Neon Indian and Alejandro Escovedo.
9-02134"Sydney"September 10, 2012 (2012-09-10)
Tony travels to Sydney, Australia. Tony dives with sharks at Oceanworld Manly in Sydney, visits the sheep farms of the Blue Mountains and the chic innovative restaurants of the big city, samples fresh seafood, old school charcuterie, and the ubiquitous Australian barbie.
9-03135"Sex, Drugs And Rock & Roll"September 17, 2012 (2012-09-17)
In this special episode Tony dives into the holy trinity - Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll. The episode includes new footage of Tony at a recording session at music studio Rancho De La Luna with rocker Josh Homme, as well as old footage including clips from the "food porn" episodes, hanging out with members of the bands The Black Keys and The Unband, burning cocaine with the police in Panama, and eating a "happy" (marijuana-laced) pizza in Cambodia.
9-04136"Emilia Romagna"September 24, 2012 (2012-09-24)
Tony travels to the Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Italy with American expat chef Michael White. Tony races a Ferrari around the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari racing circuit in nearby Imola.
9-05137"Burgundy"October 1, 2012 (2012-10-01)
Tony travels to Burgundy with chef Ludo Lefebvre.
9-06138"Seven Deadly Sins"October 8, 2012 (2012-10-08)
Old clips from the show are used to show examples of the seven deadly sins. The episode includes several new animated segments, featuring Tony, Zamir and others.
9-07139"Rio"October 15, 2012 (2012-10-15)
Tony travels to Rio de Janeiro.
9-08140"Off The Charts"October 22, 2012 (2012-10-22)
Tony narrates clips from previous shows, showing some of the most bizarre situations that he and the No Reservations crew got into. Clips include crisis training that the crew got before their trip to Iraqi Kurdistan, civil unrest in Bangkok, Tony and Zamir's trip through Chernobyl, a mass grave in Port-au-Prince, and a ridiculous Halloween dinner in Transylvania.
9-09141"Dominican Republic"October 29, 2012 (2012-10-29)
9-10142"Brooklyn"November 5, 2012 (2012-11-05)
Tony visits Brooklyn with actor Michael K. Williams, best known from The Wire. He once again meets up with his companion Zamir Gotta.

Related[edit]

TitleAirdate
"No Reservations: Iceland: Special Edition"March 20, 2006 (2006-03-20)[26]
Bourdain and show producer Chris Collins re-view Season 1's "Iceland" episode with DVD-style behind-the-scenes commentary.
"What's Your Trip with Anthony Bourdain"May 21, 2007 (2007-05-21)
Pilot episode for a proposed new series with Bourdain presenting travel videos submitted by viewers.

Home video releases[edit]

As of March 2013, Travel Channel has released seven collections of the series on DVD. Despite that the series has been shot mostly with high definition video cameras,[27] it is not available for purchase in high definition format like Blu-ray Disc.

Netflix used to offer instant streaming for most of the episodes of the show, and many episodes from Collection 4 and later were streamed in high definition. As of March 2013, Netflix canceled instant streaming of the show without explanation.

The DVD releases do not have subtitles enabled for the hearing impaired. (Broadcast episodes do have closed-captioning available.)

Notable guests[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

References[edit]

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