Anthony Bourdain in Ohio: The Complete Guide

Part of the Midwest, sitting on the shores of the Great Lakes, and in the heart of the Rust Belt, Ohio sits in a pretty important place within the U.S.A., geographically speaking. It also happens to be the state I currently call home – and is one that Anthony Bourdain visited.

Anthony Bourdain visited Ohio twice, both trips of which became parts of his show No Reservations; while he made more trips here than to some other states, he didn’t visit everywhere you’d expect – and many of the places he visited are no longer open to enjoy today.

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Whether you call the Buckeye State home or are planning a visit and are curious about which cities and restaurants were visited by Anthony Bourdain in Ohio, you can find all that detail below. I hope this helps make your visit to my home state just a little more delicious.

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Anthony Bourdain made one trip to Cleveland, giving it a dedicated episode in No Reservations. During his trip, he ate at a number of then-institutions; unfortunately many of them – but not all – have closed in the 15+ years since; however, since I call Cleveland home, I still wanted to dedicate the energy to putting a post together.

Here’s the full list of where he ate:

You can also check out my complete guide to places visited by Anthony Bourdain in Cleveland for more details about each one – as well as what he ate, and alternatives for those places that are closed.


Tony also visited Columbus in central Ohio; he did this as part of a book tour that included stops in Austin, Denver, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis (called “Heartland” in No Reservations). Unfortunately, both of the places he ate in Columbus have closed since his visit almost 20 years ago, but here they are anyway:

Unfortunately, my guide to places visited by Anthony Bourdain in Columbus doesn’t have much more to offer than that – though I do detail the food he ate at each place if you’re curious.

What about Cincinnati?

Anthony Bourdain in Cleveland: 6 Spots Where Tony Ate

You might wonder about Cincinnati, the big Ohio city in the southwest part of the state. Anthony Bourdain never visited Cincinnati, at least not on screen; this certainly brings up some controversy since he visited Skyline Chili in Cleveland – and ask any person from Ohio, but that’s a Cincinnati restaurant!

In any case, much like Munich in Germany, there are some places you’d expect Tony to have visited that he never did. That’s just the way it goes; nobody can visit everywhere in the world!

Have any questions about the places visited by Anthony Bourdain in Ohio, and those restaurants that are still open to enjoy today? Let me know in the comments.

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Valerie is a travel writer currently based in Cleveland, but her favorite destinations are Alaska, London, and Jordan – only one of which Bourdain ever visited! You can find her writing on Lonely Planet, Forbes, and her travel blog, Valerie & Valise.

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