Restaurants of the Stars: Top Celebrity Owned Restaurants

By: Jamie Wigginton and Darren Benda

If you’ve gone to visit your favorite celebrity’s hot, new restaurant and found your dinner to be less than thrilling – look no further. We have found the hottest celebrity restaurants with the top chefs, serving up the best and the newest flavors for you and your crew to indulge on night out. Plus you get to boast to your friends and followers that you’ve dined like a true A-lister!

Beso, in Hollywood, owned by Eva Longoria, is complete not only with posh décor, which is sure to attract even the most frequent of restaurant-goers, but houses one of the worlds most respected chefs, Todd English. The menu includes some of Eva’s favorite childhood recipes as well as various unique Latin-inspired flavors. Beso is also known for their extensive cocktail menu… journeyPod insider tip: Try Beso’s house sangria, you’ll be thanking us for the recommendation.


Nobu, in NYC’s Tribeca neighborhood, is the perfect example of what amazing things can happen when two extraordinary minds come together. At Nobu, silver-screen legend turned restaurant owner, Robert DeNiro and culinary powerhouse Nobuyuki Matsuhisa joined forces to create the modern Japanese restaurant that now has 21 locations around the world. Tribeca boasts one of the most highly rated and distinctive sashimi platters featuring quail eggs and Chilean sea bass with truffles.


Renowned director and vineyard enthusiast Francis Ford Coppola opened Café Zoetrope in San Francisco, which holds close to his heart and roots, with many delicious Italian dishes that will leave you wanting more! You will be sure to fall in love with Coppola’s combination of beef, pork and veal meatballs served over spaghetti.   journeyPod tip: Any meal at Café Zoetrope is perfectly accompanied by one of Coppola’s fantastic wines.


He may not be starring in this year’s hottest movie but he has definitely made his way to celebrity status. Top Chef judge, Tom Colicchio will be opening TOM: Tuesday Dinner. TOM will open his doors to hungry diners every other Tuesday. A word to the wise, TOM only houses 32 seats, in order to ensure Colicchio can personally concoct each dish. The restaurant is set to open in the Fall of 2011 in Manhattan. Menu leaks promise New York mallard duck with chanterelles and apple-mustard–chutney and can run you anywhere from $150-$250 per person-which may be perfect for your holiday splurge.


Fans of That 70’s Show can rejoice in Dolce. Owned by Ashton Kutcher, Wilmer Valderrama and Danny Masterson. Dolce is a hip, young, Italian spot with a warm and welcoming interior, located in Philadelphia. Unlike Coppola’s traditional, Italian fare menu, Dolce serves up some fine authentic flavors with unique flair. You can find items like Tuscan tomato and bread soup, crepes filled with ricotta and tuna tartare and Mango bruschetta on the menu. Here’s a tip for our smart saver fans, parties of 9 or fewer get 50% off half off food & bottles of wine and sake.

Bistro Bess on Pecan, owned by Sandra Bullock, is a collection of comfort food that not only has a menu appealing to just about anyone and vintage-chic interior, but is also a green and sustainable restaurant! So regardless if you’re Miss Congeniality or if you’re dining with your divine sisterhood group, stop in and try what guests rave to be some of the best mussels in the city.


Justin Timberlake took his deep-south roots and placed them right in the heart of NYC, with Southern Hospitality.  Complete with everything you would ever want out of a BBQ joint, like Memphis style pork and brisket—the restaurant boasts the best service as part of their southern hospitality. We think JT’s food will be sure to “Rock Your Body”… if not, since many A-Listers have been seen there, JT for sure is “Bringing Sexy (BBQ) Back” to NYC.  We’ve spotted Boyz II Men enjoying a cocktail at this friendly neighborhood watering hole.


If you’re looking for southern tradition that has stayed in the south, Gladys Knight’s Chicken and Waffles in Atlanta, GA is where you need to head. Gladys has made a name for herself in the music industry and now the restaurant industry as well. She brought the “Midnight Train to Georgia” during her musical career; now, Knight is bringing the Chicken and Waffle train to the ATL. Her chicken and waffles have had national recognition on multiple Food Network shows and locally has a packed house every week.  Their menu item they are most famous for (like we need to tell you…) of course, are the chicken and waffles, which comes from Gladys’ own secret family recipe.


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