Last week we brought you our top 10 celebrity-owned restaurants. Here, we take you into the kitchen and the source with TripAdvisor's top 10 celebrity chef-owned restaurants in the United States, ranked within the top one percent of more than 560,000 restaurants listed by the site.
Per Se, New York City - Thomas Keller
When asked if his New York restaurant would be like his Yountville, California, eatery, French Laundry, chef Thomas Keller said it wouldn't "per se." The urban interpretation of his West Coast inspiration, the Time Warner Center restaurant creates two nine-course tasting menus daily and has one à la carte, Salon Menu. Menu items this summer include Chilled Summer Melon Soup, Butter Poached Nova Scotia Lobster and Cilantro Lime Macerated Papaya.
Daniel, New York City - Daniel Boulud
Located on the Upper East Side, Daniel joins Per Se as one of five restaurants to be awarded four stars by The New York Times. Guests can enjoy drinks, an à la carte menu and desserts at the Bar & Lounge and private dining in the Bellecour Room. Menu items in the main restaurant lounge include dinner, vegetarian and tasting prixe fix menus, including Duck Terrine with Champagne Mango and Jivara Chocolate Mousse with Flourless Espresso Biscuit.
CUT at The Palazzo Las Vegas - Wolfgang Puck
Wolfgang Puck's love of steak makes the CUT at The Palazzo Las Vegas. Boasting steaks "grilled over hard wood and charcoal then finished under a 1,200-degree burner," the restaurant offers Maple Glazed Pork Belly and Austrian Oxtail Bouillon among its starters, before the dinner options, including the 100% Wagyu beef from the Saga Prefecture in Kyushu, Japan, and the American Wagyu/Angus "Kobe Style" beef from Snake River Farms, Idaho.
Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles - Mario Batali, Nancy Silverton
Spilling out into the indoor/outdoor room opening onto Melrose Avenue, Osteria Mozza in Los Angeles offers up Italian cuisine with the saying, "A tavola non s'invecchia mai" - "at the table, one never gets old." In a collaboration between Mario Batali and Nancy Silverton, with restaurateur Joseph Bastianich, the menu's features include Crispy Pigs Trotter with cicoria and mustard, Bufala mozzarella with pesto, salsa romesco, tapenade and caperberry relish and Almond Cornette with Santa Rosa plum compote and yogurt gelato.
Morimoto, Philadelphia - Masaharu Morimoto
"Iron Chef" Masa Morimoto debuts his first American restaurant in contemporary Japanese cuisine at Morimoto in Philadelphia. Lit in lush, bright and warm colors, the modern decor of the main dining room, lounge and Omakase Room sets the stage for the 10-hour Pork Kakuni, braised pork belly with hot rice porridge for lunch and the carpaccio with whitefish, octopus or Kobe beef with Yuzu Soy, hot oil and Mitsuba Leaf for dinner. Desserts include Morimoto Brownies with Suntory caramel and toasted walnuts and Green Tea Tiramisu with matcha mascarpone and shochu soaked ladyfingers.
Mesa Grill at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas - Bobby Flay
The "desert outpost" of the New York Mesa Grill, Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill Las Vegas inside Caesars Palace merges Southwest flavors with the chef's love of grilling. Start the afternoon with brunch over the Tomato Soup served with charred corn, blue corn tortillas, avocado and Queso Fresco and the pan-seared halibut with New Mexico red chilie made with curry sauce, corn, cactus, lime and Cotija cheese. For lunch, try the Spicy Beef Tenderloin Tartare with green onion potato salad, and the 22-ounze Bone In Chipotle Glazed Ribe Eye steak with red and green chile sauce for dinner. Then, savor the Pineapple Buttermilk Upside Down Cake with caramelized rum sauce and pineapple-vanilla ice cream or the Peach and Blackberry Cobbler with candied ginger-vanilla ice cream for dessert.
Hamersley's Bistro, Boston - Gordon Hamersley
In Boston's South End, Hamersley's Bistro features elements of New England, among the local, seasonal quality of France's culinary traditions. Sample the Finochietta Biellese Sausage and Bianco Sardo Pecorino or Avocado Mousse with spicy tamatoes and pita chips, among the menu's Small Tastes, before the appetizers, which include the Wild Mushroom, Ricotta, Spinach and Soft Egg Lasagna, with white truffle and parmesan, and the Crispy Duck Confit with grilled peaches, hot peppers and peach brandy sauce. Look for the Chartreuse-Mint Summer Berry Pudding this season among the Vegetarian Prix Fixe items, also offered a là carte. Follow up with the Braised Vermont Rabbit with smoked eggplant, fennel, tarragon and tomatoes as an entree before the Nectarine and Raspberry Shortcake with pink peppercorn ice cream or the Lemon Custard with blueberry caramel sauce and a lemon lavendar cookie for dessert.
NOLA Restaurant, New Orleans - Emeril Lagasse
In the French Quarter of New Orleans, from the third floor, NOLA Restaurant lives up to its "new" New Orleans cuisine. Among the appetizers, check out the New Orleans Style Crab Cake with crystal-butter sauce, spicy boiled corn relish, chive-garlic crema and Creole red bass potato chips, paired with the entree menu's Hickory Roasted Beef Brisket with Orecchiette pasta-brie cream "Mac & Cheese" and bacon-smothered white beans. Note to be outdone by the main meal, the desserts include the Warm Ooey Gooey Cake with layers of moist chocolate cake, marshmallows and toasted coconut served with chocolate ice cream and the NOLA Crème Brûlée Trio, including the Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée with fresh berries, the Coconut Crème Brûlée with a coconut truffle and the Mocha Crème Brûlée with chocolate-almond biscotti.
Craftsteak, Las Vegas - Tom Colicchio
Within the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, chef Tom Colicchio has created Craftsteak, the signature dishes of which include Lobster Bisque, Braised Short Ribs and Grilled Kobe Skirt Steak. Other noteworthy items include the Hand-Cut Wagyu Beef and Charcuterie Sampler as appetizers before considering the Dry Aged Porterhouse for two and the Diver Sea Scallops for your main course. Not to be overlooked, dessert options include the Chocolate Ganache Cake and Butterscotch Mousse.
Olives, Las Vegas - Todd English
Located in the Bellagio, Todd English's Olives in Las Vegas features modern Mediterranean cuisine. Request a window or patio table for a view of the Bellagio Fountains outside the restaurant. Then, think about the Butter Squash Tortellini and Olives Burger with balsamic glazed onion, parmesan fries and truffle cheese for lunch, followed by the Carpetbagger Oysters and the Kurobuta Pork Medallions for dinner.