30 Celebrity-Owned Restaurants You Must Try
If you’ve been itching to try a new restaurant, you might want to put a celebrity-owned restaurant at the top of your list. Some of your favorite stars are restaurant owners, including Danny Trejo, Celine Dion and Joey Fatone.
Here are 30 celebrity-owned restaurants you must try. From the cuisine to the ambiance, each of these hot spots rocks the restaurant world.
Ludacris: Chicken + Beer
What’s a better combination than chicken and beer? The hip-hop artist and Hollywood actor, Ludacris, best known for hits like Stand Up and Monkey Maker, opened Chicken + Beer in 2017. Chicken + Beer is named after his successful 2003 album.
Danny Trejo: Trejo’s Coffee and Donuts
Danny Trejo is known for often playing the villain or antihero in movies. His most notable films include Desperado and the Spy Kids series. Many of Trejo’s characters in Robert Rodriguez movies are skilled with knives, including the character Navajas (Spanish for blades) in Desperado and Cuchillo (Spanish for knife) in Predators. Although Trejo portrays intimidating characters, he’s actually one of the nicest actors in Hollywood.
Channing Tatum: Saints & Sinners
One of the best spots on Bourbon Street in New Orleans is overseen by actor Channing Tatum. Fun fact: Saints & Sinners donates its profits to charities that help feed families and children around the world. The amazingly fresh creole, Cajun and American dishes at Saints & Sinners keep customers coming back. First timer? Visitors suggest ordering the Crawfish boil and the Crawfish pie.
Ayesha Curry: International Smoke
Many people know that Ayesha Curry is married to basketball superstar Stephen Curry. However, did you know Ayesha is also a best-selling cookbook author and owner of the popular restaurant, International Smoke? Located in San Francisco, International Smoke specializes in flavorful BBQ that’s fired and grilled to perfection.
Mark Wahlberg: Wahlburgers
Wahlburgers isn’t your ordinary burger joint. In fact, Wahlburgers is owned by actor Mark Wahlberg and his brothers, Paul (the head chef) and Donnie (a New Kids on the Block member). The original Wahlburgers opened in 2011 in Hingham, Massachusetts, a town close to Boston. Fans loved the restaurant so much that the brothers expanded and opened over 30 locations across the U.S.
Jay-Z: 40/40 Club
Hip-hop artist and billionaire Jay-Z, best known for hits like Big Pimpin’ and 99 Problems, owns the extravagant 40/40 club in New York. The club’s name was inspired by a record set by four baseball players: Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Alfonso Soriano. Each of the iconic baseball players hit 40 home runs and stole 40 bases in only one season.
Robert De Niro: Nobu
If you asked Robert De Niro fans what he was famous for, they’d tell you that De Niro starred in awesome movies like Taxi Driver and The Godfather: Part II. Fans will also say that he’s a wealthy businessman who co-founded Nobu, an upscale Japanese-Peruvian fusion restaurant.
Francis Ford Coppola: Cafe Zoetrope
The Godfather film series director, Francis Ford Coppola, put a lot of thought into Cafe Zoetrope, a wine bar and restaurant that resembles a Roman Trattoria. Inside Cafe Zoetrope, Coppola family memorabilia and Hollywood photos cover the walls. Many of the restaurant’s dishes are Coppola’s own recipes.
Toby Keith: Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill
Who would’ve known that Toby Keith would open a restaurant with a name inspired by his 2003 single, I Love This Bar? In 2005, Toby Keith launched the first I Love This Bar & Grill in his native state, Oklahoma. Since then, he’s opened locations in Las Vegas, Denver and Mesa.
Susan Sarandon: SPiN
Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon is no stranger to business ventures. You can thank Sarandon for creating the ping pong social club, SPiN. The first SPiN location opened in New York, followed by venues in San Francisco, Chicago, Austin, Seattle and Toronto.
Joey Fatone: Fat One’s
Prepare to be wowed by Fat One’s Dogs, founded by Joey Fatone (a former member of the popular ‘90s boy band, NSYNC). After his NSYNC career, Fatone appeared in many shows and movies, including My Big Fat Greek Wedding and My Family Recipe Rocks.
Kathleen Edwards: Quitters Coffee
Canadian singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards used to constantly joke that she was going to take a break from music to open a coffee shop. In 2014, Edwards turned that joke into reality when she created Quitters Coffee in Stittsville, Ontario. Quitters Coffee is a café by day, and a local bar and live music venue by night.
Sandra Bullock: Walton’s Fancy and Staple
Stop by Walton’s Fancy and Staple to admire the flowers and stay for an espresso drink. Believe it or not, Walton’s Fancy and Staple is a bakery, coffee shop, sandwich counter, flower shop and gift store. Need flowers for your mom or a quick pick-me-up? This hot spot has it all.
Gloria Estefan: Larios On The Beach
In Miami, Florida, people are united by their love of Larios On The Beach, owned by Gloria Estefan and her husband, Emilio. Gloria’s grandmother always dreamed of having her own restaurant, so in honor of her grandmother’s dream, Gloria and her husband opened Larios On The Beach in 1992. The Estefans are known for featuring their Cuban heritage through their music and restaurants.
Lisa Vanderpump: Villa Blanca
Romantic, check. Stylish, check. Villa Blanca is one of the most popular restaurants in Beverly Hills. The beautiful restaurant puts a spotlight on Mediterranean food, and is a great place to catch Hollywood stars walking by. Impressed guests praise Villa Blanca for its spacious patio and alluring decor.
Michael Jordan: Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse
Featuring great steaks with bold flavors, Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse is the perfect location for fine dining. Jordan is a six-time NBA Champion, five-time M.V.P and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist. Simply put, he’s one of the greatest basketball players of all time. During his legendary NBA career, Jordan launched his first restaurant in Chicago, Illinois in 1993.
Stephanie Izard: Girl & The Goat
Fans say you can’t leave Chicago without visiting the award-winning restaurant, Girl & the Goat. In summer 2010, Girl & the Goat opened in Chicago’s West Loop, becoming “America’s Best New Restaurant” according to Saveur Magazine. Guests suggest making reservations early because the restaurant gets booked up fast.
Paula Deen: The Lady & Sons
Before Paula Deen became the famous cooking show host and restaurateur we all know today, she was a caterer. Her catering business, The Bag Lady, started right out of her home in 1989. Deen’s sons, Jamie and Bobby, helped by delivering the bag lunches to clients. The business was booming.
Celine Dion: Schwartz’s
For a taste of Montreal’s best smoked meat, drop in to Schwartz’s, a famous Jewish deli. Many business partners own Schwartz's, but one partner that’ll stand out to you is Celine Dion. The restaurant ran into ownership trouble in 2012, so restaurateur Paul Nakis persuaded a couple of longtime customers to become co-owners: Dion and her late husband, René Angélil.
Jon Bon Jovi: Soul Kitchen
Have you ever been to a restaurant where the menu doesn’t list the prices? If not, consider making a trip to Soul Kitchen in New Jersey. Soul Kitchen, a non-profit community restaurant, invites diners to make a donation or volunteer to cover the cost of their meal. Diners can also pay it forward by covering another person’s meal.
Kandi Burruss: Old Lady Gang
Kandi Burruss is well known in the music industry as the songwriter behind TLC’s hit song No Scrubs and a member of the R&B group, Xscape. In 2009, Burruss joined the cast of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, a popular reality TV series on Bravo.
Drake: Pick 6ix
Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, Pick 6ix serves local and international craft beers and classic bar food. Pick 6ix is a mix between a restaurant, lounge and sports bar. Visitors say the energy is upbeat and exciting at Pick 6ix, while others note the gorgeous restaurant has a positive atmosphere.
Nas: Sweet Chick
Featuring fried chicken and waffles on the menu, Sweet Chick is the perfect place for comfort food and home-baked desserts that’ll remind you of your childhood. Rapper and New York native, Nas, opened several locations in New York and one in Los Angeles. Many celebrities including Kendrick Lamar, Cameron Diaz and Mariah Carey have been spotted enjoying a meal at Sweet Chick.
Elizabeth Chambers: Bird Bakery
BIRD Bakery believes if you’re going to treat yourself, you need to treat yourself to desserts with the finest ingredients, like Plugra butter, Valrhona cocoa and Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla. Fun fact: BIRD Bakery donates any remaining cupcakes and treats to local nonprofits and philanthropies at the end of the day.
Joanna and Chip Gaines: Magnolia Table
The phrase, “Where everyone has a seat at the table,” adorns one of the walls at Magnolia Table. Joanna Gaines and her husband, Chip, want guests to feel welcomed as soon as they step into the restaurant. The Gaines family is known for appearing on the popular HGTV show, Fixer Upper, so it’s no surprise that their restaurant is aesthetically pleasing from the ceiling to the floor.
Chris Noth: The Cutting Room
Actor Chris Noth starred in Sex and the City, Law & Order and The Good Wife. He co-founded the Cutting Room with Berklee Alumnus, Steve Walter. The two wanted the Cutting Room to be a place with “great sound, creative food and cocktails where the venue itself was as beautiful as the music.”
Lady Gaga: Joanne Trattoria
According to Distractify, Lady Gaga co-owns Joanne Trattoria with her parents. Located in New York's Upper West Side, Joanne Trattoria is an Italian restaurant that opened in 2012. The restaurant is named after Gaga's late aunt Joanne, who died of Lupus. Gaga’s fifth studio album is also named after her aunt.
Florida Georgia Line: FGL House
FGL House is a giant four-level restaurant and music venue that offers “Southern-style food with a California flair.” The multi-platinum country music duo, Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, opened the Nashville restaurant in 2017. From the menu to the drinks to the vibe, it’s difficult to decide which is the best attraction at FGL House.
Justin Timberlake: Southern Hospitality
“When you’re here, you’re home,” notes Southern Hospitality’s website. The restaurant sits in the middle of a busy New York street. After a trip filled with delicious food in Memphis, Tennessee, Justin Timberlake (a former NSYNC member) and two of his friends created Southern Hospitality to honor BBQ and the warmth, sweet and welcoming environment of the South.
NeNe Leakes: Famous Famiglia
NeNe Leakes added “restaurant owner” to her list of achievements in 2011. Unlike many celebrities on this list who opened their own independent restaurant, Leakes opened a franchise of Famous Famiglia Pizzeria in the Sacramento Airport. Besides pizza, the restaurant offers pasta to visitors.