If you are someone who loves to indulge in delicious cuisine, then you probably seek out the best restaurants. Some of these restaurants come with the added bonus of being owned by a famous personality. If you’re lucky you’ll get great food and the chance to meet, and take a selfie with, the restaurant’s celebrity owner. Not only that but celebrities have celebrity friends who tend to dine at these special restaurants. Although it’s more likely that visiting stars will be seated in one of the restaurant booths where they have more privacy.
Each year a list of the best celebrity-owned restaurants in the world is published. The restaurants are known for their elite clientele but also for the quality of the food. So why not check out one of these celebrity restaurants near you? Who knows, you might just bump into a star.
The World’s Top Celebrity-Owned Restaurants
Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen, Las Vegas
Let’s start with the obvious, the celebrity restaurant owned by one of the most famous chefs on the planet, Gordon Ramsay. Located in front of Caesars Palace, the restaurant was inspired by Ramsay’s hit reality TV series of the same name. Guests at this restaurant can enjoy a one-of-a-kind view over The Strip from the floor-to-ceiling windows. And get a peek into the open kitchen, just like on the famous TV show. While you’re here try the restaurant’s signature dish, Beef Wellington. And if you’re across The Pond in the UK, then try the equally renowned Gordon Ramsey restaurant in London, Bread Street Kitchen & Bar.
Wolfgang Puck’s Spago, Maui
Another celebrity chef-owned restaurant is Wolfgang Puck’s Spago on the glorious island of Maui, within the Four Seasons Resort. This is where you come to see celebs when they are on vacation. And let’s not forget the food! Puck is one of the world’s top chefs. He serves up fresh seafood expertly prepared using some of the traditional island culinary techniques. Try the miso poke cones! Many of the dishes are locally inspired while others are classic Puck dishes. The flagship Spago restaurant in Las Vegas is out of this world, but the Maui branch beats Las Vegas with its just-caught fresh seafood and Hawaiian influences. Oh and let’s not forget the jaw-droppingly beautiful view of the ocean.
Michael Jordan’s Steak House, Chicago
There are four Michael Jordan’s Steak Houses across the USA, Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut; Chicago; Oak Brook, Illinois, and Ilani Casino in Washington State. The retired NBA legend invested in this restaurant chain in 1993, and the chain is still going strong. The restaurant’s claim to fame is good old-fashioned steak simply done to perfection. They serve hand-selected steaks from grass-fed beef, marbled USDA prime, and 45-day dry-aged steaks. If you’re a meat-lover then the Michael Jordan’s Steak House experience is unparalleled.
Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Table, Waco
Located in Waco, Texas this restaurant is owned by the Magnolia Network design couple Chip and Joanna Gaines. It is a brunch restaurant and is open only from 6am to 3pm. With the limited open hours, the waiting list for a table is pretty long. But (inside tip) if you’re willing to sit at the counter, you’ve got a better chance of getting in. The restaurant has a warm, friendly vibe that is enhanced by the eatery’s historic building and minimalistic décor. A sign on the wall reads “The good ol’ days are still to come.” To get a taste of several delicious pastries try Magnolia Table’s Silos Baking Co. Bread Basket. And as the stars of “Fixer Upper” live in Waco, you have a good chance of seeing them when you eat at Magnolia Table.
Ralph Lauren’s Polo Bar, New York City
For an elegant dining experience try the Polo Bar, owned by one of the world’s most famous designers, Ralph Lauren. The fashion designer has four restaurants in the US and Paris, but the NYC branch is perhaps the best. The menu includes the iconic designer’s favorite dishes and American classics. Among the most popular dishes on the menu is the Polo Bar Burger. But what makes this eatery extra special is the stunning décor. The restaurant décor is reminiscent of a classic men’s club, or more specifically a polo lounge at a sophisticated race track. The furniture is dark solid wood and the walls are wood paneled with clusters of vintage paintings and historic photographs. Crisp linen tablecloths complete the picture.
There are several other top celebrity-owned restaurants worth trying and definitely deserving of an honorable mention for their incredible cuisine:
- Wahlburgers, Hingham, Massachusetts, and 91 locations across the globe
- Jay Z’s The 40/40 Club, New York City
- Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, branches across the country
- Ryan Gosling’s Tagine Beverly Hills, LA
- Hugh Jackman’s Laughing Man Coffee Shop, New York City
- Richard Gere’s Bedford Post Inn-Bedford, New York
- Robert De Niro’s Nobu-New York City, and across the USA
- Norman Reedus’s Nic &Norman’s-Senoia, Georgia
- Jon Bon Jovi’s Soul Kitchen-Red Bank, New Jersey