20 Top Celebrity-Owned Restaurants
How about a little fame with your food? A-listers are getting in on the restaurant game, dishing out seriously good food from coast to coast.
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RPM Steak in Chicago (Bill and Giuliana Rancic)
Bill and Giuliana Rancic partnered with well-known Chicago restaurant group Lettuce Entertain You to create an Italian concept based on some of Giuliana’s family recipes. The spot was so wildly successful, they added a steakhouse to the mix with RPM Steak (then the seafood-focused RPM on the Water). This swanky steakhouse takes a modern approach to classics, with coal-roasted king crab, a black truffle and fontina "Millionaire's" potato and a rib-eye filet called "The Duke," for the couple’s son.
Pizzana in Los Angeles (Chris O’Donnell)
Actor Chris O’Donnell and his wife paired up with Candace Nelson (of Sprinkles cupcake fame) and her husband to create Pizzana, a Neapolitan-inspired restaurant in the heart of Brentwood, on the Westside of Los Angeles. They worked with Italian native chef Daniele Uditi to create clever spins on classic pizzas, like the Corbarina with San Marzano tomatoes, squash blossoms, cherry tomatoes, burrata and a gremolata, and small plates like wood-fired meatballs or a shaved brussels sprout salad with apples and toasted pistachios.
Beer Bar in Salt Lake City (Ty Burrell)
Known for his spin as a realtor and dad on Modern Family, Ty Burrell also operates a few restaurants across Utah with his brother, Duncan. Salt Lake City’s Beer Bar pours more than 140 varieties of suds, and serves destination-worthy food — much of it from local purveyors — like a stellar burger, creative sausages like buffalo with chipotle or Mediterranean turkey, and frites with an abundance of dipping sauces that are ideal with the beer.
Ole Red in Tishomingo, Oklahoma (Blake Shelton)
Country singer and The Voice judge Blake Shelton is known for his mega-hits and his laid-back personality, so it’s no surprise that restaurant, Ole Red, specializes in Southern food and good live music. Chow down on red-cornmeal-fried catfish with vinegar slaw or honey-drizzled cornbread, while listening to tunes from up-and-coming country stars. Besides the original location in Shelton’s home state, there are outpots in Nashville and Gatlinburg, Tennessee, with Orlando on the horizon.
Sunda Nashville (Johnny Galecki)
Actor Johnny Galecki grew up in Oak Park, Illinois, and had always been friends with restaurateur Billy Dec in Chicago. But it wasn’t until he saw the success of the modern Southeast Asian restaurant in Chicago that he decided to partner up for the Nashville location. The menu includes sushi and dim sum, with favorites including the signature crispy rice with Wagyu or spicy tuna.
Little Pine in Los Angeles (Moby)
Moby may be best known for his music, but he is also deeply committed to animal rights. His Silver Lake restaurant practices what music impresario preaches with an entirely plant-based menu where 100% of the proceeds go to support animal rights organizations. The lack of animal products doesn’t mean a lack of flavor. Dishes include grilled radicchio salad with smoked almond ricotta, walnuts, Medjool dates and torn herbs, and fried cauliflower with kimchi aioli.
Giada in Las Vegas (Giada De Laurentiis)
Giada De Laurentiis is known for her exceptional on-camera Italian creations, but in Vegas you can try some of her favorites for yourself at Giada, her namesake restaurant. The menu brims with fresh pastas like bucatini with Calabrian chile pomodoro and fresh ricotta, a spread of Italian meats and cheeses, and pizzettes. The restaurant offers a special lunch teaching guests to cook meals like Giada with chefs at her restaurant.
Swan in Miami (Pharrell Williams)
Pharrell Williams paired up with restauranteur David Grutman to create Swan, a restaurant just as stylish as its hip neighborhood, Miami’s Design District. Enjoy playful small plates indoors or outdoors, like Pharrell’s favorite, Corn Corn Corn, a trifecta of creamy polenta, sweet corn and a popcorn topper.
Chicken + Beer in Atlanta (Ludacris)
If the name Chicken + Beer sounds familiar, it’s because Chris "Ludacris" Bridges has an album with the same name. He’s also involved with this restaurant, in Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport’s concourse D; he co-owns it and developed the bourbon-maple syrup for one of his favorite dishes — Luda’s Chicken + Waffles, with fried chicken and a sweet potato and pecan chutney.
Nobu in New York City (Robert De Niro)
Chef Nobu Matsuhisa is a celebrity chef for his modern takes on classic Japanese cuisine, but he upped his star power when Robert De Niro came on board to help open a Nobu in New York’s Tribeca. The restaurants are popular for dishes like tuna sashimi with hearts of palm, spicy uni shooters and black cod with miso.
International Smoke in San Francisco (Ayesha Curry)
Ayesha Curry, host of Family Food Fight and wife of basketball star Steph Curry, partnered with Michael Mina to create International Smoke, a restaurant that showcases different interpretations of barbecue. Look for dishes like smoked Korean short ribs with sticky rice and kimchi, and smoked Thai coconut with roasted pumpkin, finger limes and chile oil.
Buddy V’s Ristorante in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (Buddy Valastro)
You may know Buddy Valastro as the Cake Boss, but his love and talent for food go beyond sweet treats. His Italian restaurants, Buddy V’s, draw on his family recipes with his wife’s eggplant parm, his grandma’s meatballs and his mother-in-law’s shrimp scampi linguine. The centerpiece of the menu is his Sunday Gravy, a hearty meat sauce over rigatoni.
Bird Bakery in Dallas (Elizabeth and Armie Hammer)
Elizabeth Chambers Hammer and her husband, Armie Hammer, opened this scratch-made bakery reminiscent of homemade treats that Elizabeth used to make in the kitchen with her mom and grandma. The menu includes morning granola and muffins, tarragon chicken salad sandwiches and plenty of pies, cookies, bars and cakes.
Saints and Sinners in New Orleans (Channing Tatum)
Channing Tatum fell in love with the city of New Orleans, and along with partner Keith Kurtz, decided to open Saints and Sinners, a restaurant that exudes the city’s laid-back attitude and rich history. The space conjures red-light districts of yesteryear, with lots of red details, dim lighting and ornate details. The menu is full of gulf seafood, including a crawfish pie and the shrimp and tasso pasta made with fresh gulf shrimp and chunks of spicy pepper-smoked tasso ham in a creamy rose sauce. A portion of the proceeds from each dish supports hungry children and families around the world.
The Village Den in New York City (Antoni Porowski)
Taste what Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski can do in real life at The Village Den, a clean-eating take on a classic New York restaurant. Partnered with his friends and workout buddies Lisle Richards and Eric Marx, Porowski serves plenty of smoothies and bowls, all made without gluten, soy, red meat or anything fried.
Nashville Underground in Nashville (Joey and Gavin Degraw)
Musicians Joey and Gavin Degraw brought their passion for music and food together at Nashville Underground, a massive space with three stages, multiple bars, a rooftop, and two different restaurant concepts. But just because the space is large, doesn’t mean they don’t take their food seriously. The duo is all about the Nashville hot chicken, locally sourced and smoked in house daily, on dishes like Mama Lynne’s truffle mac and cheese and even a hot chicken ramen.
Bar Americain in Connecticut (Bobby Flay)
If you can’t beat Bobby Flay, you might as well join him... at one of his restaurants. The seafood-centric menu at this American brasserie is full of the bold flavors Flay is known for, like in the shrimp and tomatillo cocktail, and the red pepper crab cake with lemon-habanero tartar sauce.
JBJ Soul Kitchen in New Jersey (Jon Bon Jovi)
Jon Bon Jovi is known to rock a stadium but also to be very generous, giving back as chairman of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation. One of their initiatives, the JBJ Soul Kitchen, is a restaurant meant for the community, with a suggested donation of $20. They welcome all, so for those who can't pay, there are plenty of ways to volunteer in the kitchen. The three-course meal rotates often, but is always filled with freshly grown ingredients both from the restaurant garden and the JBJ Soul Foundation farm. You may just see the rock star himself helping in the kitchen.
Guy Fieri’s Dive and Taco Joint in Kansas City (Guy Fieri)
As host of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Guy Fieri visits quality restaurants all around the country, an in Kansas City, he serves some of his own favorite flavors. This bar and taco joint pulls from the best of Guy’s travels with bold flavors and creative takes like diablo shrimp tacos with tequila-lime shrimp and chipotle aioli and nacho-crusted chicken sliders with Donkey sauce and salsa molcajete.
Tagine in Beverly Hills (Ryan Gosling)
Ryan Gosling fell in love with Chef "Ben" Benameur's cooking and wanted to share it with the world. The resulting partnership yielded this intimate, dimly light restaurant inspired by North African cuisine. Choose from Benameur’s tasting menus or a la carte items like the the braised beef couscous with zucchini, cabbage and carrots.