Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (Beirut)

“This unforgettable and terribly sad episode of the normally high-spirited travel-food show came out of Bourdain’s visit to Lebanon last July.” The Sydney Morning Herald has the full story on this momentous episode of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.


80 Responses to “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (Beirut)”

  1. Keely Fillo on August 16th, 2007 2:42 pm

    Hey…I haven’t seen the episode yet (if it’s out) but I’m sure it’s intense and immensely entertaining like the rest. I just have to say you’re so good at what you do and I’m a big fan! You and Andrew Zimmern are like my life! Haha…Well, I aspire to be a traveler one day, and you set the bar for me. Have safe travels!

  2. ANGELA SPICCIATIE on August 20th, 2007 1:20 pm

    hi tony love,love,love, your it all the
    time. is especially was interested in the beirut
    episode i think your the one for the emmy will
    keep my fingers crossed hope you do win if you
    are in the new york area for a good amount of time
    i would love to meet you

  3. Eliz Smith on August 21st, 2007 5:02 pm

    No Reservations in Beirut was one of the most moving things I’ve seen on TV in ages. I had to watch it two days in a row! It was sad, but REAL. Not the so called “reality” stuff that gets shoved down our throats on too regular a basis. This needs to be shown on a major network so more people will see it. I found no political bias to it, just real people responding to a real situation, and their genuine reactions to it. This deserves in Emmy!

  4. Badgereye on January 30th, 2008 4:09 am

    Anthony, your show is one of the best. I have not seen this episode yet. I basically fell in love with the show only after watching two episodes. You have my dream job. I love traveling the world and I am a strong believer that the only way to really know a culture is to go there and experience it for yourself. You should definitely head down under to Sydney and try some kangaroo meat. Its awesome. Look forward to more episodes.

  5. Renee on March 3rd, 2008 3:15 am

    Anthony, I have just watched this episode and was moved as to what your “take” of the situation was. It’s now 2008 and I’m sure that your time there is still fresh in your mind. Your take of the situation should be SHOWN on other TV networks so that people can really see what took place and what happened. The news media as you witnessed DOESN’T always cover the situation correctly!! I live in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and LOVE IT.. so maybe one day you will make your way back to this side of the world and see a different side of the Middle East.

  6. Cem Mesta on June 25th, 2008 3:17 pm


    I enjoy the show,I hope you will visit Turkey some day.I think you’ll like the food and the people.

  7. Sa ra Sweet on September 21st, 2008 2:18 pm

    The book No Reservations was a little crude for me. I rented a No Reservations movie, was unimpressed with the Namibia segment, found the Bushmen segment interesting and fun, but it was the Beirut segment that developed Bourdain into an interesting character. I was very moved by his narration of his experience and the obvious impact the war made on his group and the people in Lebanon. I watched the fourth segment of the movie rental with real interest, told by somebody I could now see was complex and interesting.

  8. Amy on October 14th, 2008 4:31 pm

    Chef Tony when are you travelling to Manila, Philippines?

  9. Jaap on November 5th, 2008 7:58 pm

    just watched the Beirut episode of no reservations. I have been a fan of the AB show for a long time and this episode made a big impression on me. Anthony said some things tha made me think. Things that made me wonder about people, about peace and war, about life. It felt like I got to see the real Anthony, not the chef, not the TV personality but the real person…

    Whenever you want to do a show in Holland, let me know…

  10. Rae on November 13th, 2008 7:44 pm

    I loved this episode…probably one of my favorites. Couldn’t imagine witnessing that, and being stuck for days in the middle of a war, in a country you weren’t familiar with. Chilling. I love your show,and I adore you Bourdain,even if you hate the Grateful Dead.

    Oh, and you should come to Maine and try to find the underbelly here. I’m starting to believe there isn’t much of one…but I’m still looking.

  11. bahar on November 26th, 2008 12:59 pm


    would like to say I am really enjoying to watch ur amazing creation No reservations..especially Indonesia is the best.. just one question when you will be visiting Turkey?

    Thanks and all the best

  12. Larry Whie on February 22nd, 2009 9:12 pm

    The Beirut episode was one of the best things I’ve seen on TV in a while. You are truly a blessed individual to be able to do these things (and get away with them)…at least in my mind. You have always impressed me with your no BS attitude about things, especially culture and politics. The “buttered roll” comment was below the belt, though. The US Marines came to your and your associate’s rescue. Mr. Wolf was undoubtably in the hire of the US DOD or CIA. Both don’t do anything on an international crises basis without the go-ahead from the CIC. Those people who helped you didn’t do it on their own. They aren’t cowboys.

    I would like for you to be able to do more of what you have done in the past. I think you do the travelogue schtick better than anyone else, and with maximum attitude. Extremely enjoyable, at least for me. Nowadays, I would hope that you would be more careful in your selection of new locations. The Marines may not be so readily availble for the next several years.

    Good luck and great travels to you. Please keep up the entertaining escapades.

  13. Ed Najjarine on February 23rd, 2009 11:57 pm

    Please go to Lebanon Anthony Bourdain.We would all appreciate it man. Thanks. send me back.

  14. Patricia Niculae on February 27th, 2009 1:34 pm

    Hei there! As I am writting I am watching this episode and I must say it’s…shocking! I love your show and love your way of showing people the world, so I want to invite you to my country: Romania. There are a lot to see and do here and a lot of things to eat also :) . Traditional romanian food is one of the best, and I travelled a lot, so if don’t believe me you must come and see for yourself. So, if you are interested in my offer, contact me and i’d be pleased to be your guide! Kisses and hugs from Bucharest!

  15. Alice on April 19th, 2009 8:22 pm

    Sou brasileira e sua fã e adoro seus programas, quando você virá ao Brasil? Beijos e continue a nos proporcionar essas experiências gastronômicas maravilhosas que só você sabe passar tão bem a nós telespectadores. Venha logo, tchau.

  16. joe glath jr on May 8th, 2009 2:37 pm

    Tony: I watch your “No Reservations” as often as I can. Thoroughly enjoy every episode. Your Beirut program is, in my opinion, the very best. Thank you for allowing the eventes there to be viewed.

  17. PARESH on May 10th, 2009 5:52 am

    Hi Anthony,

    I am paresh from INDIA. Infact i am regularly watching your shows d way your anchoring n cooking is simply fabulous also u had been here in india espa in mumbai n rajastan those episodes were simply fabulous.

    I simply love the way you present the show. It really rocks “NO RESERVATIONS” N 3 CHEERS FOR “TONY”

  18. Carlos Minaise on May 27th, 2009 5:57 am


    I have not seen the Beirut episode yet, But as you are aware Beirut has seen it’s share of troubles. Nevertheless Lebanese cuisine is much admired and appreciated the world over.
    Should you decide to film again in Beirut I would very much like to show you Lebanon and it’s life style.
    Stay safe

  19. Tarek on June 22nd, 2009 11:13 pm

    At the beginning of the Beirut episode, you were talking about the good feeling you had that it was going to be a great show and one that you will truely enjoy…unfortunately, fate had a different plan! Do you think that it’s time to give Beirut and other parts of Lebanon a second chance? How does this sound “No Reservations: Beirut – Again!”? As you might have heard, NY Times listed Beirut as one of the top 40 places to visit in 2009; give us a chance to prove them right.

    The show is wonderful – something to look forward to.

  20. EMIL on July 25th, 2009 10:09 am


  21. Cdub on August 1st, 2009 3:37 pm

    I love your colorful show and the wonderful cultures/foods you share with your audience! I would love to see you and your crew visit Okinawa, Japan. There are some savory pork dishes there that I think you’d enjoy and the people are delightful!

  22. Nancy A on August 1st, 2009 7:00 pm

    Tony, I began watching your program only this year…and I fell in love with it and started watching every new episode…I sort of wondered if you had filmed in Beyrut and looked it over on the internet and this is how I saw by accident that you did in fact film during the unexpected 2006 war. I really loved this episode and want to share it with all my friends that haven’t had the chance to see it…it is such a truthful story telling…no BS, no political background…only showing the “human” side of people.
    As CNN has done a few reports showing Beirut as a Party city, I am hoping that you will reconsider going back there soon , because I am sure there is a whole aspect of this city that you unfortunately couldn’t see in 2006…
    Thank you for this very interesting and educating program!

  23. Hanaa on August 4th, 2009 1:52 am

    Hey Tony, I have been a fan of your show for a long time. Your sincerity, originality, and love of culture and diversity eminates off the television screen and fills me with a sense of awareness and consciousness of places I have only dreamed of traveling. I was actually in Lebanon in 2006 during the war, we were visiting my dying grandfather and ended up having to flee through Syria a week after we arrived. It was the last time I would ever see him. When we finally got home after traveling abroad for another week trying to get back into the United States, I caught your show. I thought you kept it as close to your “style” as possible but I am heartbroken that your trip to one of the most amazing places on Earth was cut short. I am thrilled that you might actually go back and I CANNOT wait until you do. Lebanese cuisine is unlike anything else in the Middle East. The people are the BEST and the geography cannot be beat, mountains, desert, fertile farmlands, valleys, the Mediterranean…I hope you are able to visit the true Lebanon (the villages in the deep South, the mountains of the west and north, the port cities, and everywhere in between). I hope you are able to return and fulfill your original purpose.

  24. k p on August 31st, 2009 10:12 pm

    Tony…I’m a big fan, but I just saw the 2006 Beirut episode and I must tell you I was disappointed in your reaction to the events. You are so well traveled that I was surprised by your fear and disappointment and expression of disdain for our President, but I suppose in your travels you are insulated by the camera crew and the local connections you make beforehand, so you don’t really, really see what goes on in other countries, even so-called first-world countries. What you experienced in Beirut is commonplace for Americans and foreigners living outside the United States. Having lived such an expat life during the volatile years of South American coups, I can confirm to you that our survival was dependent on the strength the United States chose to show and then muster. When the USA was strong..speaking softly but carrying a big stick…we were very safe. When the USA was weak…speaking softly and carrying a soft stick…we were very vulnerable. How utterly sad that the USA has abandoned Lebanon to the Syrians. That our Speaker of the House would ingratiate herself to the Dictator Asad. A slap in the face of the very Lebanese who hosted you so graciously. International politics are delicate, but in the end, it is a big stick that keeps America safe. I’m glad made it out safely. I’m glad I made it out safely.

  25. Emily on September 3rd, 2009 9:36 am

    Hey Anthony & fellow fans,
    Just watched this episode last night… one particular part struck me and sadden me to the bone: One minute your proud buddy/guide is taking you to enjoy some amazing Lebanese dishes, the next you both realize the fierce chaos that has just sparked across the city. His proud state and face changed in a matter of seconds as he foresees what you and your viewers across America are about to encounter about his home. Probably a negative view that he has tried to overcome and bury for years, was now going to be realized and exposed to millions of eyes.

    Anthony- you’re great… I’m sure you hear that many times a day from fans. But, thank god there is someone around still who balances truth with letting loose, poetically without fluff and frosting. You say it how it is and I love that. You have fun and that’s a frigin important part of life that so many people can’t do with meaning. You can and I love being a fly on your shoulder for the ride!

    Thank you for not selling out! And thank you for providing us with the real entertainment that doesn’t shout “Back Street Boys” and “P.F. Chang’s!” You remind me of my family and that just cracks me up!

    Thanks Again,
    Emily Taylor

  26. Genevieve Serhal on September 4th, 2009 10:04 pm

    Hey Tony,
    First and for most i would like to pay my respects to you as one of the greatest,and most entertaining food critic i have ever had the pleasure of watching.
    Secondly i would like to apologize from the bottom of my bleeding Lebanese heart for your trip to Beirut. You were there in a most unfortunate time not only for you but for the Lebanese people. You gave us a chance to show just how beautiful and culturally rich our country is, and a few idiotic rebels that most Lebanese are ashamed to call fellow citizens ruined it for you. My only hope is that you will one day return to Lebanon to experience it for what it truly is. A paradise. I would hope you would go during the late spring when you can still go skiing in the mountains in the morning, sun bathe on a Mediterranean beach in the afternoon, and go out to a club for some Arak, good food, and most of all fun come night fall. There are so many interesting places to see and so much interesting food to eat. PLEASE, i would be saddened to know that someone of your status never got to have a true Lebanese experience.

  27. Ellen Bock on September 9th, 2009 1:55 pm

    Mr. Bourdaine,
    I am the Public Affairs Officer for the USS Nashville, the ship that was there for you and your crew in Lebanon. There is a quote from you on the Mess Decks about how good the tuna casserole was aboard the ship…your visit aboard meant a lot to the crew. In just a few weeks, the ship will be decommissioning. If possible, could I please get an address in order to extend you a formal invitation to this event. The captain and crew would very much like to have you in attendence. Thank you for your time.
    Very respectfully,
    LT Ellen Bock
    Public Affairs Officer

  28. JANE KIYABU on September 15th, 2009 5:04 am

    I loved your recent show from Texas, especially the human interest part wth Alfredo (sushi chef) who bought his parents/family a store with living quarters in Monterey. It was very touching and heartwarming. Please keep it up. I just love your shows and the interesting history that you always include.

  29. RuneRider on October 17th, 2009 4:02 pm

    Great episode Tony, I’ve watched it several times now.
    See you in Calgary in January, look forward to it.

  30. MG on December 20th, 2009 10:53 pm

    Hi Tony. Love your shows. Though I watched the Beirut episode and was annoyed at a couple of things. In your attempts to be apolitical and pitch how cool and groovy Beirut is, you missed some big questions that probably should have been posed to your friends. Mainly the country’s huge support for a terrorist state, how does that fit into their groovy tolerant lifestyle. You said many times how tolerant the Lebanese are, keep in mind they aren’t very tolerant of Jews. Also I found your jabs at Bush and the buttered roll incident unnecessary and manipulative. Lebanese media, and most International media for that matter, is notorious for bias and you should have picked up on that the first day you were there. So when you lamented how that was the only clip or reaction you saw from the US, you should have taken a moment to look further. Of course that wasn’t the only reaction and it was clip that was taken out of context and exploited. After this conflict was over, the Lebanese press, and many other media outlets from Europe to Saudia Arabia, were taken to task for manipulating images and facts surrounding this conflict to support their political views. Welcome to the middle east.

  31. marco on January 14th, 2010 7:58 pm

    I really want to see you in Italy.

  32. Doug Fetrow on January 18th, 2010 9:27 pm

    Tony, I just saw your Beriut episode and was deeply moved by your insight and control of the situation that started bad and gradually got worse. You and your crew showed everyone what gracious, down to earth people you really are. I am a fan for life and have absolutely noooooooo reservations.

  33. AS on January 18th, 2010 10:05 pm

    Dear Tony,
    i am a big fan,
    watched your Beirut episode.
    i am not one of those people that likes to go back and comment, but i felt compelled to leave one this time.
    touching episode, tragic circumstances, but seems a little bit too politicized and one sided.
    what about the israelis getting shelled on the other side, who have been living with the terror since the creation of their state?
    while i respect all cultures and nations, lebanese are far from being tolerant. like most of the middle east and arab world they have high degree of animosity toward jews and the state of israel.
    i am not getting into politics, but the episode is really an unfair representation of day’s events and to an uninformed viewer paints a very unilateral picture of war.
    for better or worse it is a documentary of your personal experience and i respect the fact that you had the balls to air it.

  34. Hakim on January 21st, 2010 5:35 pm

    I’m a big fan of your show. I saw your show in Ghana and how much you enjoyed Africa. I was born in Casablanca, Morocco, grew up to become a Pharmaceutical District Rep which gave me the opportunity to travel around the country and discover so many treasures about Morocco. for the past 10 years I’ve been living in Las Vegas.
    Anyways, if or when you decide to visit Morocco (again), I would love to be part of your experience, I beleive I have alot to offer to your show.
    Happy new year and my very best regards.

  35. JESSINTA on January 25th, 2010 1:02 am

    Mr Bourdain,
    Yours is one show I will not miss. The best food in South East Asia has to be in Malaysia- a wondrous culinary marriage of Indian Malay and chinese cuisine- the chinese and Indian cuisine thats featured in canada and US cannot compare to the authenticity of the real honest-to-goodness great food in my country.I will be more than happy to take you on an exciting food rendezvous
    cheers !

  36. gus on February 3rd, 2010 2:53 pm

    Tony, please go back to Lebanon!!!

    PS get a real guide this time

  37. Matt uROk on February 8th, 2010 7:31 am

    lots of comments – both positive and no so. Anthony, do you have reservations on replying to anyone? We all have a few moments at some time don’t we mate?

  38. Kristin on March 10th, 2010 3:05 pm

    Hi Tony, I just wanted to let you know that I respect you highly, and as a young lebanese american woman who tries to spend as many summers in lebanon as possible, i would be happy to show you around sometime. Considering the amount of family I have there, you would be well taken care of. As you know, Lebanese hospitality is warm and always delicious. If you need a sample of some of the foods, I’m in San Francisco and ready to cook.

    Regardless, you must go back. And make sure you hit up Jabbour for your late night Shawarma after partying. It’s the BEST!

  39. Steve Davis on April 19th, 2010 11:36 am

    Look Tony the old man smartass gig was tired after the first season. Let it go man!

  40. OpenYourEyes on April 20th, 2010 1:52 am

    I do not like Antony Bourdain, I think his face, expression and his shows are so uninteresting, looks so proud of himself for no reason all the time (just hogs what others have to offer and makes a big deal out of it), huge irritating attitude he carries. Compare this guy with the down to earth Andrew Zimmern.

  41. Cecilia Barreiro on April 20th, 2010 2:57 pm

    Bourdain gives me a visceral rejection. It shows how a sophisticated man but is cruel to animals. I have seen programs where an ostrich fatally shoots dead panic. Its been brave gaucho killing hares with dogs, horses, etc. A true coward with expensive clothes. Also boasts. It is pompous frivolous and insensitive. Can not stand it. Above it is believed most intelligent and special than the others. But it is more beast than people without education do not do that with animals. A snob without grace and without ethics. Is a bourgeois able to cause suffering to a living being. Believing that it is the most important thing in the world. Obvious humans eat meat. It is a reality. But there are ways. The cuisine is quite disgusting. As. Who want to show the video of Lebanon? Invaded a country in conflict and pretending to be brave friend who walks in the military that have nothing to do there. Part of the American circus comes to bring order and carries forward everything. Ridiculous. It looks like a gallant decadent soap opera. It will be the new icon we needed? With the suffering of these people, please! Intolerable.

  42. Ivana on May 21st, 2010 4:36 am

    Dear Anthony,
    i just watched your episode in Portorico.And im you’r big fan.I would like to invite you to our country,Serbia.I think we have some good food you would like to try.I see you’we been in Greece,and thats only Balcan country you visited.I hope that you and you’r producers read this message…Thank you…

  43. Steve Markway on June 29th, 2010 2:42 pm

    Loved this particulr episode. My wife is of Lebonese decent and I am seriously thinking about a quick visit there. With respect to your New Zealand show, I made that dish you made with the wild Boar(Pinneapple, apricots, fresh sage) … minus the wild. Simple, easy and probably the most delicious meat dish that I make. You just cant get hung-up on measuring too much. I love your respect for other cultures. I lived and traveled in Europe 8 years and too often saw quite the opposite from others. If someone inspired me to cook, at least in terms of Thai/Indonesian, it was you!!
    Thanks Steve

  44. Ivonne Pimentel on July 5th, 2010 12:14 am

    Oh my Tony, I love everything you do, your way. No Reservation program is one of my favorite shows, Is an enlightting experience of traveling to exotics places, is a cultural tour to the taste of food from the real people, combine with your personality. Love your amaizing character. It feels I’m eating just by you. Love to see you in the down-deep country of Dominican Republic, my homeland, I’ll take you there without reservation.

  45. Elias Nasrallah on August 2nd, 2010 12:28 am

    Mr. Bourdain,
    I am a new fan to your show. It is very informative and you help me decide where I would like to travel in the future. I am of Lebanese background. I was born and raised on Ottawa, Canada. My family came over in 1968 and I was born in 1969. Mom and Dad Told me alot of stories about where they were from and I was always listening with interest. There is one thing I would like to point out. That horrible situation in Lebanon in 2006 was between the Hezbollah and Israel. The Lebanese people were caught in the middle. Hezbollah are listed as a Terrorist group by our Canadian government and other countries in the world. It is with regret that this happened and I just wanted you and your fans to know that the people of Lebanon had nothing to do with the 2006 war. Hezbollah was trying to flex its muscles and people were caught in the middle no thanks to them. Beirut was once thought of as being the “Paris” of the middle east. They are trying to come back to those days. Please Mr. Bourdain, go back to Beirut. Also, why don’t you stop by Ottawa also. We will introduce you to Poutine, Beavertail, and Bloody Ceasar. Safe travels to you sir…..

  46. Stephanie on August 24th, 2010 1:06 am

    On Beirut show seen for the first time Aug. 23,2010–it becomes more emotional for me as you mingle with beautiful people and local cuisine, shawerma, kibbeh, moussaka, fatir, tea and the exciting souks. Remembering the feeling of uncertainty and fear that I experienced in the 60′s during a period in Cairo, wondering if our connection to the outside world would be changed as we listened to artillery thundering through the night during blackouts and going to the airport only to find it closed. Hope for Peace in the world and continued success in your culinary travels. We love your show.

  47. Jeannette on August 24th, 2010 6:16 pm

    Your first trip to Beirut was a very sad story. Instead of a travel experience you and your crew were witnesses to days of bombings. It was a pathetic sight we viewed from the safety of our homes. You and your crew did an outstanding job of reporting and filming, and thanks to you we were able to see the news firsthand.

    Last night, I watched your return to Beirut and it was one of your best episodes. Hopefully, this beautiful country will remain peaceful and the different ethnic groups, religions, etc., will be able to coexist.

    I also experienced Lebanon in April and found the people friendly, and the food absolutely delicious. Since we only had three days of travel in Lebanon, you filled in sites were were unable to see.

    Keep traveling, writing, cooking and entertaining your viewers.

  48. Doug Landrum on August 24th, 2010 10:28 pm

    Dear Mr. Bourdain,

    Although I’m 4 years late it seems, I saw spellbound watching your first episode from Beirut on No Reservations last night. I must tell you it was one of the most riveting hours of television I have watched. As I listened to you, I listened to man sharing his possible last words and thoughts for posterity. It was soulful and heartfelt. I applaud you. There are few people who are able to share such depth of emotion and honesty thru the camera. Thank you.

  49. Bob Johnson on August 25th, 2010 10:50 am

    I thought the Beirut episode was truly one of the best things ever done on TV – intelligent, humane, honest. I have one criticism, however. At no point did you mention that the bombing and artillery firing on Beirut was being done by the Israeli government. You did rightly point out that Hezbollah triggered the war. You would not have to dwell on the Israeli actions, or even mention their role in the bombing of Beirut more that once, but to leave that out of the story entirely was not brave.

    I know that it takes courage to say anything on TV that can be construed as criticizing the present Israeli government, but Tony Bourdain is supposed to be a brave person.

  50. Tracy Carman on August 25th, 2010 7:12 pm

    I watched your trip 2 Rome last night, and your WIFE is hilarious! Glad 2 see that 
    -someone- keeps you on your toes! =p and i also have 2 mention that your 2-episode piece on Beirut was very impactive….I’m very interested in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, specifically, but it was captivating to see how you were thrown into the equasion, & how you & your camera crew dealt with it all… reflection, you seemed 2 be pretty disguisted & distraught about your position there in the beginning of the war…..although you may not have felt very instrumental at that particular point in time, you & your camera crew did what comes as second-nature to you: you filmed. You gave millions of people around the world an raw, un-sensored look at what civilian life consists of there during war- a glimpse that is not seen exposed on TV- so i applaud you & your crew for continuing what you set out for- filming the show- eventhough you had no idea about your impending furure or what was going on around you…..all of America loved it. 
         Thank you Again

               ~Tracy Carman 

  51. Scott Evilsizer on August 26th, 2010 10:09 pm

    I noticed one person from the first show missing a mention in the 2010 episode. Did you ever find the driver who didn’t want to leave you and the crew? I’m curious how he and his family have done since his home was destroyed.

    Thank you for going back. Because of what your show has shown me, Beirut is now a place I hope to go some day.

  52. Alan Steiner on August 27th, 2010 9:51 am

    I was shocked that Mr. Burdain allowed himself to be used, either willfully or unconsciously, as a politically pawn. The Beirut episodes focused more of politics than gourmet and were pointedly misleading. Saddened by evacuations, burning neighborhoods and tragic deaths in Beirut? Then Mr. Burdain should have explained plainly, or perhaps via an Israel gourmet chef, how Israel was forced into a war after being targeted with hundreds of Hezbollah missiles shot at its civilian sites from behind civilian sites, schools and mosques in Lebanon. Why not film at some of the excellent Haifa restaurant under attack? The US Marines were certainly heroic and humane during the filmed evacuation. Sadly, they were also victim in Beirut during a terrorists suicide bombing of their barracks. Mr. Burdain should have been politically honest rather than just politically expedient.

  53. cindy adra on September 1st, 2010 10:26 pm

    Hi Anthony,
    The Beirut episode broke my heart. I Married a Lebanese man from Tripoli and for 30 years became encased in the culture, politics, and joie de vivre. The best diet in the world, rooted in ancient recipes from days of Phoencia.
    The use of such a sacred place as a playing field for politics of the absurd (on all sides) is gut wrenching to have witnessed. The toll on the lovely people who live there is unknowable , and still it continues.
    Anthony, your reaction was so compassionate that the humanity of the situation transended the story.
    thank you

  54. S Naboulsi on September 2nd, 2010 9:35 pm

    I wanted to thank you for the two episodes on Beirut. My family and I were in Lebanon in 2006 when the war started. We spent most of the war 10 mi east of Beirut in the mountains overlooking the war and watching the wave of refugees flood out of the city. When I saw your show I realized our paths crossed at the evacuation point. Unfortuneately without a “Mr Wolfe” we waited through this chaos for 2 days before we got out.

    Fortuneately we had 2 weeks prior to the war to see the sites and enjoy the history, food and hospitality of the people. When people ask what it was like to be there, I suggest they watch your show. You captured it so well. I still get emotional when I see the part when you first get on the ship and look around at those around you stuggling with the thought of what they left behind. My husband is from Lebanon and we had to leave family behind as we left. I will never forget the emotion which was a mixture of relief, extreme sadness, and worry.
    I’m glad you made the trip and episode “Back to Beirut”. You did a great job capturing the people and the food. If you go again the one thing you missed is a breakfast of menaeesh (like pizza with many kinds of toppings). I could eat it every day.
    Again, thanks for showing the world the beauty and hardships the Lebaneese people live with.

  55. Eva Velasquez on September 10th, 2010 6:25 pm

    I am very new to your show and heard about the Beirut show where can I find it to watch or is on any of your DVD’s. Thank you for any direction you or your staff can provide. Eva Velasquez

  56. Maya Nader on October 25th, 2010 4:56 pm

    Anthony thank you for a beautiful and heartfelt cultural experience of your Lebanon journey. I am Lebanese and touched and honored with the beautiful episode that you give us. You’ve successfully connected the viewer with the people in Lebanon, and you’ve given the people in Lebanon a voice in this episode. Through the culinary experience, it is this “joie de vivre” that the Lebanese people have, the will to survive and rebuild after so many war episodes, that prevails, and you have depicted that in a compelling way. Your message is clear: Many wars have been played in Lebanon, and at the end, it is not about who’s responsible. It’s about the will to survive and rebuild.

  57. Maya Nader on October 25th, 2010 4:59 pm

    How can I get copies of this episode? This would be a perfect X-mas gift to give my friends!

  58. Ranya on December 9th, 2010 12:07 pm

    I was evacuated on the same taxi boat and ship. You guys were sitting across from me the whole time, and the whole time I was wondering why you guys were wearing travel channel hats! haha… Its sad that I didn’t know who you were back then! I love your show.

  59. AS on December 19th, 2010 3:51 pm

    Tony- I hope you read these comments–I was waiting for someone to comment about what goes on in Israel and how it’s been f**d its entire existence. What about the Israelis getting shelled on the other side, who have been living with the terror since the creation of their state?

    Why don’t you go to Israel and see what they live with EVERYDAY and how they get maligned in the press. Please don’t join the ranks of the entire word==anti-semites to the core.

  60. Mike on January 2nd, 2011 12:10 am

    Tony I don’t know if you read this but I just want to say that I love your show and I think it’s one of the best on tv. But I have to say I was a little disappointed by your lebanon episodes. You mentioned that hezbollah started it, but you still made israel seem like it was brutally carpet bombing the city, which clearly was not true, as evidenced by the fact that you were sitting comfortably in a nice hotel the whole time. You also made a huge deal about them bombing the airport but didn’t mention why they bombed it! Hezbollah was smuggling weapons through the airport! It wasn’t just a ruthless act of violence as you portrayed it! Of course, it’s important to focus on the suffering of civilians in lebanon, as you did, but you still painted an unnecessarily bad picture of israel, and didn’t even mention the hezbollah rocket attacks into civilian populations in israel. Also you should have questioned your guests as to why israel bombed specific places (like the factory across from the vineyard). I’m sure there was a justified reason.

    That being said, the show was still great and I think maybe you should go to israel some time and sample the diverse food there, from all the different jewish groups that came from around the world, and also the arab cuisine too.

  61. Pamela on February 1st, 2011 7:52 pm

    This episode was brilliant!!!!!! Thank you so much for your candor. Your comments yet concise were so thoughtful. I feel as though I know exactly what you were trying to convey and so wish you were able to elaborate. You are so refreshing and I want to say that it is appreciated.

    Thank you for your honesty. Please stay true to yourself and the rest of us.

    Thank you.

  62. Pamela on February 1st, 2011 8:00 pm


    Spoken like a typical Jew. Israel is always a victim, Israel is not a victim! They are the problem!!!!! You are the problem! Make an excuse now for the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians!

  63. Roger Marchand on February 4th, 2011 3:06 pm

    Just watched the Beirut Episode. the best most intense show to date. Filled with honest comments and riveting scenarios. Glad you and your crew are still with us. My wife, Linda, and I really enjoy your shows. Keep up the good work.

  64. Kristen on February 4th, 2011 11:15 pm

    I have recently fell in love with No Reservations. I’m late to the party…I know! I was going through episodes on my DVR tonight and just finished the episode in Beirut. I am a serious foody but, this episode was so real and emotional I quickly got past the mac and cheese. Fantastic Episode!

  65. Eric Blume on February 6th, 2011 6:40 am

    As typical, any negativity towards Israel is met with the campaign of naysayers, often the same. The Beirut episode was excellent and riveting. He barely mentioned Israel was behind all the bombing, yet still he must be biased. And you can play the who started what all you want game… No one is buying it and you can’t control the outlets of information in this modern day.

    I am a Jew (agnostic) for real Peace and Unity, not the Peace where we Jews Dictate and live in a state of perpetual war.

    Lebanon has some amazing food. We have borrowed many of their dishes in Israel.

  66. Susan Iha on April 16th, 2011 6:42 pm

    I am watching bourdain’s 2nd trip to Beirut and I am struck by the fact that Israel is mentioned one time in the entire episode. i think he was terrified, living in New York, that any mention of Israel’s bombing of Beirut would be met with accusations of anti semitism. Hey Tony, if u wanna swagger like Jagger, then dont puss out n avoid the taking of a stand on the middle east!

  67. Jacqueline Almeida - Brasil on May 1st, 2011 6:08 pm

    Olá caro Anthony!

    Fiquei realmente tocada com a sua matéria sobre Beirute e ali, pude perceber a sua completa plenitude humana, o muito mais além do grande Chef Anthony, ao homem que se importa com o mais que acontece em nossas vidas e na terra. Sou estudante de gastronomia e moro na cidade de Fortaleza, estado do Ceará No Brasil. Sempre percebi a gastronomia na forma cotidiana que passas em seus episódios e por isso a cada programa seu, me sinto como parte de toda e qualquer viagem gastronômica que você vive. Fico feliz em saber que no mundo da gastronomia, o mundo lúdico vive e é cuidado por pessoas importantes como você. Espero um dia ter você por aqui. Um enorme beijo de uma seguidora da sua paixão pelo alimento simples e completo, aquele que o lúdico vale muito mais que o luxo.

    Hello dear Anthony!

    I was really touched by your story on Beirut and there, I could realize their full human fullness, much more than the great Chef Anthony, the man who cares more that happens in our lives and land. I am a student of gastronomy and live in the city of Fortaleza, Ceara state in Brazil. Always figured the food as you pass everyday on your episodes and so the program each his own, I feel like part of any culinary journey where you live. Glad to know that the world of gastronomy, the world play live and is attended by important people like you. I hope one day to have you here. A huge kiss from a follower of his passion for simple food and complete, that the play is worth much more than luxury.

  68. Susan on June 7th, 2011 5:54 pm

    I was wondering how fast politics would take over this episode. As usual, anyone who tries to get anyone to see even a LITTLE of the crap that gets thrown at Israel is jumped on – usually by those throwing the crap! But the fact of the matter is that Bourdain has been to Lebanon (twice) & even Saudi Arabia – but not Israel – home of the felafel! C’mon, Tony – if you get get into Saudi Arabia, *surely* you can manage Israel! Unless there’s something you’re not telling people…

  69. Karen on June 11th, 2011 1:46 pm

    Anthony, cast and crew,
    Your show is fantastic, but the Beirut episodes have been by far the best to date. I love your honest take on things and feel you successfully navigated and portrayed an emotionally charged situation with humanity, kindness and balance. Kudos to you! You see a beautiful culture and wonderful people in Lebanon. Your candor and fairness through a very difficult situation was heartfelt and touching.
    Any way you can do the West Bank or East Jerusalem? (just don’t go around Nakba / the day Israel celebrates it’s formation).

  70. Denise B on July 19th, 2011 8:01 pm

    Dear Anthony, I don’t watch TV. It is so boring, and so full of crapitude, I can’t bear it. So I check out the series at the library. Sweet! I love your show because it is LOL funny, down-to-earth, visits many of my fave locales, and rarely have I gone to any of the places you describe except in Mexico and South America. Street Food rules—also in the middle east. The roasted fish stands in the Arab Gulf are TD4! Which brings me to the Beirut episode. I was so bowled over by the sensitivity, compassion, dare I say tenderness you exhibited towards the situation, the people, the Marines. It wasn’t for ‘TV’, or ratings, it was real, and real people dealing with the craziness of war. Thanks for an episode that brought me to tears, which were followed by laughing out loud to the consternation of my dachshunds in the Mexico episode. The toothless Mexican poet was hysterical, and I’ve met many like him. Loved you going to the Les Halles chef’s home, touching, tender, respectful. If immigration came down on all the illegal immigrants, the restaurant industry in America would fold overnight! Love your articles, and the show and crew.

  71. Cynthia on July 24th, 2011 8:12 pm

    Hi Tony, it is weird to call you by your first name when you don´t even know who I am. But, I have become very fond of your programs for the last years and I enjoy them a lot. So, I feel close to you somehow as to call you by your first name. I live in Costa Rica, a small country in Central America. We have no army since 1948. Therefore, when I watched your Beirut episode I was touched by the scenes you provided. At the end of that episode you talked about all of those ideals you had come to believe in through your experiences when traveling. I want to tell you: You are not wrong. What you believe is true. It has to be true. The bad ones are the less and the good ones are all over the place. I still believe in human kind. Hope is the last thing we can lose.

    Thanks for your programs,


  72. Rich Gold on August 18th, 2011 7:52 pm

    You have been Beirut Saudi Arabia Egypt how about coming and doing a show on Israel only not the Palestinians in the PA but Israel only and keep the politics out of the show for once have a show on Israel that does not have a political slant to it.

  73. James on August 22nd, 2011 12:59 am

    Bourdain is a backstabber and no longer a chef but an entertainer. I never comment on anything but he’s made my list of people that should be ashamed of himself. He just dropped of my instant queue. Why attack another chef on you’re own network? He’s obviously surrounded himself by sharks and worthless people. All food is in all forms is sustenance. You insult the intelligence of people when you tell us that we don’t know what is in a chicken fried steak. I know a number of dishes on you show that you’ve recommended that are worse than fast food. Keep your mouth shut about other chefs and food lifestyles and concentrate on lining your pockets by pretending to be an acutal doctor or probably in your mind the Surgeon General.

  74. aeschbach daniel on September 17th, 2011 5:12 am

    hi chef. i just finished your books; kitchen confidential and a cook`s tour. I am a chef myself and have worked in vietnam, russia, the middle east, africa and so on as executive chef and have visitet some/ most of the places you have been describing and it was for me like somebody wrote a part of my life. it is great, the way you describe food!!! i do enjoy your episodes on food, which i see on youtube! really inspiring and great stuff. i just love the whole thing about you. Gongratulations! who knows, we might meet someday, somewhere, as the culinary world is very small! one you visit switzerland; let me know!! take care.

  75. Stoned Chef on September 17th, 2011 2:10 pm

    I enjoy watching the different cultures food customs and traditions..

  76. Mathew on September 27th, 2011 12:45 am

    Mr. Bourdain,

    I am a new watcher to your world of No Resrvations via Netflix, and moments ago finished the original Beruit episode. While I have appreciated the shows to thos point, this episode had me riveted the entire time. Gone was the normal New Yorker, and I felt connected by the realism and truth that you gave us. It was touching in an extreme sense, and I wanted to say thanks to you and your crew for sharing. Very inspiring, thank you!

  77. Andy Onufrak II on January 5th, 2012 3:16 pm

    I just watched this episode and I want you to know that to me this is the best show and most real world show I have ever seen. I want to thank you for this amazing episode.

  78. paul on January 20th, 2012 5:17 am

    hey tony ,im from South America and i like ur show very much even though sometimes i dont understand what u saying, being a writer and all when u are narrating what u are experiencing in a country about the food , the people etc. it sounds like poetry or something like that.. the way u express ur self is a bit complexed. anyway tony i think u are like one of the rolling stones of the food network .it cracks me up coz u eat anything u want and lots of it, drink lots of booze ,smoke 2 packs of cigarrets a day i also heard some of that mother nature , dont know if is true, but hey.. cool if u do . and , u dont even gain a pound, that is awsome. in your show you travel around all these crazy cities.. like in thailand looking for some new exotic dishes. it cracks me up the feeling i get from u, a 6″6 american guy walking around like you just dont give up damm ,its like u own the place , no fear ,no resevations. tony i think u are one cool cat and the coolest chef in the food network , keep up making good interesting NO RESERVATIONS tv shows .

  79. Hank on June 23rd, 2012 3:36 am

    Anthony is yet another sold out, living in a myopic world of ease starlet. He has little compassion for those who lead harder lives than his lavish lifestyle, though he attempts to portray himself as someone who has been through hard times. Really? You are flown first class,driven around, offered free food and drinks and basically have your a#$ wiped, but you’re disappointed? Typical liberal. It was disgraceful how he mocked the Russian man who he claimed was his friend, in his Romania episode. The poor Russian was drunk on his birthday because he was feeling so much pressure from American crews to please the King Anthony. Anthony acted like he was so put out by the Romainan people, yet here we have people all over the world dying of hunger and Anthony is complaining about his food and drink. It was also disgusting to see him salivate over a killed pig in the Romaina episode. Me thinks Anthony is a big pussy who needs a serious reality check on how to be grateful for what he has. It must be so easy for American crews to waltz into another country, especially a country that is poor, like Romania, and think that he can use all the people there for his big shot show, and if they don’t live up to his standards, well then, they are mocked.

  80. Joncie on December 27th, 2012 7:14 pm

    One of the best episodes I’ve seen in a good long while. Thank you Anthony. You Rock. And as for Hank who left that snotty comment, dude, get some sleep and actually watch this episode.

    You protest a bit too much….. Is that you Gordon???

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