31 Restaurants You Never Realized Were Owned by Celebrities

May 04, 2018

Celebrities. You can find them on the big screen, the small screen, and pretty much everywhere else in between thanks to social media. But have you ever wondered what famous people do after they finished filming a movie or touring the world?

They’re just like us and can have side hustles, too! Some go on a vacation or the mall or even visit their own restaurant. That’s right, celebrities own restaurants, and you’ve probably even eaten at one once or twice before. When you’re a famous person who travels the world, you meet culinary geniuses along the way, try all different types of cuisines, and develop a taste for not just food, but the food and beverage business.

Some of these are chains, while others are more high brow, and a few fit somewhere in the middle. All of them are unique in their own ways, some only available in one city, while others you can find in multiple states and even countries outside of the U.S.

If you’re into tacos, Italian, or even ping pong, then you’re in the right place because we have everything and more listed below. Who knows? Maybe there’s even a former boy bander thrown in the mix — you’ll just have to scroll down and find out for yourself. Where will you be stopping first?

Here are the restaurants you never realized were owned by celebrities.

1. Lady Gaga’s Joanne Trattoria

Location: New York, NY

Opened: 2012

Type: Italian

Fun Fact: The most expensive item on the menu is the Veal Chop ($46.00).

2. Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville

Locations: Australia, Bahamas, California, Canada, Cayman Islands, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Jamaica, Mexico, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Turks and Caicos

Opened: 1985

Type: Island-inspired

Fun Fact: Casinos and resorts are also a part of the Margaritaville family. You can find them in Las Vegas, Nevada and Daytona Beach, Florida.

3. Ryan Gosling’s Tagine

Location: Beverly Hills, CA

Opened: 2004

Type: Moroccan

Fun Fact: Gosling’s friend, Chef Ben’s grandmother was the woman who inspired the menu.

4. Danny Trejo’s Trejo Tacos

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Opened: 2016

Type: Tacos

Fun Fact: It’s vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free friendly.

5. Susan Sarandon’s SPiN

Locations: New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto, Philadelphia, Seattle, Austin, Washington D.C.

Opened: 2009

Type: American

Fun Fact: After attending a table tennis party, Sarandon was sold.

6. Norman Reedus’s Nic and Norman’s

Location: Senoia, GA

Opened: 2016

Type: Classic Pub

Fun Fact: You can find the cast and crew of The Walking Dead hanging here after set.

7. Mark & Donnie Wahlberg’s Wahlburgers

Locations: Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Ontario, Canada

Opened: 2011

Type: Burgers

Fun Fact: Paul Wahlberg, the oldest brother, is the head chef.

8. Chip & Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Market (Silos Baking Co.)

Location: Waco, TX

Opened: 2014

Type: Bakery

Fun Fact: The couple originally opened their bakery in 2003 before they had two kids and an HGTV show.

9. Joey Fatone’s Fat One’s Hot Dogs & Italian Ice

Location: Orlando, FL

Opened: 2016

Type: Hot Dogs

Fun Fact:  You can order the “Boy Bander” that comes with 5 different hot dogs.

10. Jessica Biel’s Au Fudge

Location: West Hollywood, CA

Opened: 2016

Type: Cal-French

Fun Fact: There is a section just for children to play while the parents can enjoy a nice dinner. (Fancy fast food restaurant?)

11. Robert De Niro’s Nobu

Locations: Texas, Hawaii, Nevada, California, Florida, Washington D.C., New York, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Australia, Philippines, Japan, India, Russia, Spain, England, Italy, Monte Carlo, Montenegro, Bahamas, Mexico, South Africa, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates

Opened: 1993

Type: Japanese

Fun Fact: De Niro invited Chef Nobu Matsuhisa to open a restaurant in Tribeca, New York City.

12. Channing Tatum’s Saints and Sinners

Location: New Orleans, LA

Opened: 2012

Type: Creole, Cajun, American

Fun Fact: They created their own charity foundation – Love They Neighbor Foundation – which helps feed families and children all across the globe.

13. Justin Timberlake’s Southern Hospitality

Location: New York City, NY

Opened: 2007

Type: Southern BBQ

Fun Fact: The food is made with fresh, local ingredients and guests are made to feel like friends when they visit.

14. Jay Z’s 40/40 Club

Location: New York City, NY

Opened: June 18th, 2003

Type: American, Sports bar

Fun Fact: The center of the bar has an 18-foot illuminated champagne tower.

15. Drake’s Pick 6ix Sports

Location: Toronto, Canada

Opened: 2018

Type: American, Sports bar

Fun Fact: The restaurant used to be named just Pick 6ix which served sushi, but after renovations it was renamed to Pick 6ix Sports and features a classic bar menu now.

16. Sandra Bullock’s Walton’s Fancy & Staple

Location: Austin, TX

Opened: Originally established in 1969 and moved in 2009

Type: Deli & Bakery

Fun Fact: When Walton’s originally opened in 1969 it was branded as Walton’s Florist and Nursery. It moved to Austin’s Market District in 2009 and re-branded itself as a deli and bakery.

17. Ayesha Curry’s International Smoke

Location: San Francisco & San Diego, CA, Miami, FL

Opened: 2017

Type: BBQ

Fun Fact: Former U.S. President Barack Obama dined there on President’s Day in 2019.

18. Pharrell’s Swan | Bar Bevy

Location: Miami, FL

Opened: 2018

Type: Modern European

Fun Fact: Swan and Bar Bevy are meant to feel like two different restaurants. Swan is a light, feminine dining venue while Bar Bevy is  a sultry, nightlife cocktail venue.

19. Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s Larios on the Beach

Location: Miami, FL

Opened: 1992

Type: Cuban

Fun Fact: They also own the restaurant Bongos Cuban Cafe which is located in Orlando’s Downtown Disney.

20. Michael Jordan’s Steak House

Locations: Chicago, IL, Connecticut, and Washington State

Opened: 1998

Type: Steakhouse

Fun Fact: Table 23 is reserved for Michael, but when he’s not there you can reserve the table for 2 for $800 or $600 for 4 guests.

21. Arnold Palmer’s Restaurant

Location: California

Opened: 2004

Type: American

Fun Fact: Their wine room showcases more than 2,000 bottles of wine.

22. Ludacris’ Chicken + Beer

Location: Atlanta

Opened: 2017

Type: Southern-style comfort food

Fun Fact: It’s one and only location is in the Hartsfield-Jackson International airport.

23. Bruce Willis and Sylvester Stallone’s Planet Hollywood

Location: Orlando, FL, Los Angeles International airport, Las Vegas, NV, New York City, NY, London, England, Paris, France

Opened: 1991

Type: American

Fun Fact: The Walt Disney World location can seat up to 500 people.

24. Hugh Jackman’s Laughing Man Coffee Company

Location: New York City, NY

Opened: 2011

Type: Coffee

Fun Fact: Hugh Jackman created this coffee shop to help farmers in developing countries sell their goods to U.S. consumers. 100% of the profits go towards the Laughing Man Foundation.

25. Ralph Lauren’s The Polo Bar

Location: New York City, NY

Opened: 2015

Type: American

Fun Fact: The sinks in the bathroom are gold.

26. Jon Bon Jovi’s Soul Kitchen

Location: New Jersey

Opened: 2011

Type: American

Fun Fact: There are no prices listed on the menu. You can pay either by volunteering, or you can make a donation to cover the cost of your meal (and another person’s if you want to pay it forward).

27. Moby’s Little Pine

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Opened: 2015

Type: Vegan

Fun Fact: If you work for an animal right’s organization, you’ll receive a 25% discount on Tuesdays.

28. Armie Hammer & Elizabeth Chambers Hammer’s BIRD Bakery

Location: San Antonio & Dallas, TX

Opened: 2012

Type: Bakery

Fun Fact: Any remaining cupcakes and treats at the end of the day are donated to local non-profits and philanthropies.

29. Lisa Vanderpump’s Villa Blanca

Location: Beverly Hills, CA

Opened: 2009

Type: Mediterranean

Fun Fact: The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star also owns the restaurants SUR and Pump, which are located in Los Angeles, CA.

30. Dylan Sprouse’s All-Wise

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Opened: 2017

Type: Meadery

Fun Fact: Dylan Sprouse tested his recipes through trial and error in his dorm room while studying at NYU.

31. Mel B.’s Serafina Sunset

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Opened: 2017

Type: Italian

Fun Fact: The West Hollywood location has been closed, but there are plans to reopen the restaurant on the West Side in Santa Monica.