Some of our favorite stars are busting the boundaries of the entertainment biz and entering the culinary scene, forks blazing.
Sure they’re busy, but actors, directors and even athletes are heaping more onto their plates (literally) by opening high-end eateries in their favorite cities around the country.
Many celebs focus on food and cuisine that speaks to their heritages—Justin Timberlake, for example, opened a Southern-style BBQ bistro as an homage to his Memphis hometown. So even if we’re can’t actually break bread with our favorite Hollywood heroes, at least we know we’re chowing down their favorite noshables.
Click through for our top 10 picks of celebrity-owned, foodie-approved restaurants in the US. Which ones are you dying to eat at?
Co-owned by director Quentin Tarentino, Do Hwa offers up Korean home-cooking and barbecue fare in NYC's West Village. 55 Carmine Street, New York City; dohwany.com.
Robert De Niro's ever-expanding restaurant empire includes the posh Tribeca Grill, which serves top-notch contemporary American dishes like herb-roasted salmon along with hearty classics like strip steak. 375 Greenwich Street, New York City; myriadrestaurantgroup.com.
Ryan Gosling is a co-owner of crowd-pleaser Tagine, which serves up tantalizing Moroccan cuisine like spicy lamb chops in Beverly Hills. In case catching a glimpse of Gosling himself doesn't sound sweet enough, there's a chocolate soup on the menu...seriously. 132 North Robertson Boulevard, Los Angeles; taginebeverlyhills.com.
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Tough guy Robert De Niro is also behind West Village hotspot, Locanda Verde, which offers a modern take on classic Italian-style tavern cooking with dishes like buttery burrata with wood-fired peaches, or burnt-honey glazed duck. Skip dessert? Fuhgetaboutit. 375 Greenwich Street, New York City; locandaverdenyc.com.
Bess Bistro was created by Sandra Bullock as a haven for authentic Southern food in Austin, Texas, from perfect chicken pot pies to bacon shrimp and grits. 500 W. 6th Street, Austin; bessbistro.com.
Eva Longoria's Beso in Hollywood has Latin-inspired steakhouse offerings (including truffle mac & cheese) created by celebrity chef Todd English. 6350 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles; besohollywood.com.
MARKET in Del Mar, California is owned by skateboarder Tony Hawk and is known for its contemporary American cuisine. The menu changes daily and focuses on quality, ingredient-driven recipes like organic nectarine salad or lobster-shrimp soft rolls. 3702 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, California; marketdelmar.com.
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Nobu is—you guessed it—yet another of Robert De Niro's restaurant endeavors, and has been a beacon in the modern Japanese cuisine movement since it opened in 1994 under the direction of renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa. While there are now locations around the world, the original New York City location remains the star of the empire. 105 Hudson Street, New York City; noburestaurants.
Actor and budding business mogul Justin Timberlake brings Southern fare to New York City with the chain Southern Hospitality, which boasts dixie classics like fried green tomatoes and "smokin'" hot wings. 645 9th Avenue, New York City; southernhospitalitybbq.com.
Located in film director's Francis Ford Coppola's famous winery in Geyserville, California, scenic eatery RUSTIC combines Italian and Argentinian influences. 399 Via Archimedes, Geyersville, California; franciscoppolawinery.com.
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