Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations

TV review by
Lucy Maher, Common Sense Media
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Foodie's world travels get pretty spicy.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

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Positive Messages

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

Positive Role Models & Representations

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.


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.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAlyssa L. May 6, 2017

Not a good role model

The show can be educational and interesting but bourddain is so arrogant and self-impressed and is just not a good role model for kids and young teens . He just... Continue reading
Adult Written byh2owomen January 18, 2012

bad for families

he smokes and gets drunk through the whole show
Teen, 15 years old Written bygenericscreenname1 June 22, 2010
Best show on the travel channel.
Teen, 14 years old Written byRockTheCasbah September 15, 2009


I love this show. It is fantasmic!
There is alot of drinking, but, hey, he's an adult, and it's fine if your kids understand that they can't drin... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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