Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations

Common Sense Media says

Foodie's world travels get pretty spicy.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Encourages broadening your mind through travel and learning about foreign cultures.

Positive role models

Bourdain has a tough exterior, a dirty mouth, and occasionally reminisces about drinking, drug use, and sex. But he's also incredibly respectful of different cultures and the people who welcome him into their homes and restaurants.

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Bourdain is happy to talk to the people he meets on his travels about his sexual exploits.


"Hell" is used; "f--k" is bleeped out.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Bourdain samples local brews and cocktails (and sometimes appears visibly drunk or hungover) and discusses past drug use.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the free-spirited Bourdain often mentions past drug use and sexual escapades during his conversations with locals. Other than that, the show does a good job of giving viewers an insider's look at new places and cultures.

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What's the story?

In ANTHONY BOURDAIN: NO RESERVATIONS, the chef and author (of Kitchen Confidential, The Nasty Bits, A Cook's Tour, and more) crisscrosses the globe in search of the food that typifies the world's cultures. Each week, viewers tag along with Bourdain as he gets the inside dish on local eats in places like Beirut, Indonesia, Korea, Miami, Sweden, and Puerto Rico. On each trip, Bourdain not only indulges in native flavors but also tags along with fishermen, farmers, and food merchants as they go about their daily business, taking in local customs and engaging people he meets in conversation about their homeland and cuisine. During his visit to Peru, for example, Bourdain visited a shaman when the altitude got to him, sampled homemade ceviche with a popular restaurateur, and hopped aboard a fishing boat to go in search of piranha.

Is it any good?


Outgoing and wry, Bourdain does a good job of keeping the energy up and introducing viewers to cultures they might not have been exposed to before. But he often makes remarks that might give some parents pause (not to mention make them want to preview episodes before letting kids tune in). When sampling the ceviche, for example, he said that next time he should smoke a joint to counteract the dish's acidity. And when his local host gave him coca leaves to alleviate his headache, he made a reference to snorting cocaine in the '80s.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how food is prepared by different cultures. How are cooking techniques passed down through the generations? What spices can you find in Chinese food? Indian food? What is prevalent in dishes made in Brazil, Ireland, or France?

TV details

Cast:Anthony Bourdain
Network:Travel Channel
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Adult Written bycheaters February 28, 2010
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written byadjaja July 27, 2009

Awesome Show

I think it is great. Very educational, while having a funnish twist. Great! ISSUES: There are some mentions of sex, like I was watching an episode today that said, "some things are just not meant to be, like seeing your parents have sex or watching an old lady bathe." He frequently uses the word d*** & a**. other words are beeped.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages
Great role models
Parent Written byPlague February 4, 2010

Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations

One of my favorite shows on the Travel Channel, next to Bizarre Foods and Ghost Adventures. Talks a lot about exotic cuisines and cultures in a cool and somewhat educational way. Anthony never seizes to please.
What other families should know
Great messages


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