Top Chef has spawned more than 100 restaurants, and its stars helm kitchens across the country. Here are 10 of our favorites.
Bold spices and live-fire cooking elevate Pacific Northwest ingredients at this hot spot, which Esquire proclaimed the best new restaurant in America last year. Season 12 runner-up Gourdet honors his Haitian roots with dishes such as griyo, in which twice-cooked pork is served alongside a zesty pickled slaw.
New York City
Splurge on an eight-course tasting menu from last season’s champ in this intimate space inside a caviar shop on NYC’s Upper East Side. Expect artistic plates featuring lobster, scallops, dry-aged duck, and, of course, caviar.
Girl & the Goat
The Season 4 winner’s West Loop spot has been packing them in since 2010, and an LA outpost opened in 2021. The menu extends well beyond goat, but the namesake ingredient can be found in the empanadas, the goat liver mousse, and the goat cheese board.
The two-time fan favorite dishes up delectable bowls of crunchy chicken thighs, crispy pork belly, and lemony garlic shrimp at his self-described mom-and-pop shop, tucked away in a Maui strip mall. Top of the savory goodness with a $5 chocolate birthday bibingka, a mochi cake square topped with peanut butter frosting and sprinkles.
The list of tequila and tacos is long at this lively spot from the Season 18 contestant. Boca prides itself on serving super-fresh food made in small batches, along with salsas that are “hotter than your wife.” Housemade corn and flour tortillas cradle bacon-wrapped hotdogs, citrus-marinated salmon, and other tasty fillings.
Craving some of Japan’s primo A5 Wagyu beef? You’ll find it at this Asian-fusion steak house, one of the newer concepts from the prolific Season 3 finalist. Get ready to fire up your Instagram account, because dishes like Tara’s Crispy Rice—a combo of caviar, uni, bluefin tuna, and avocado puree—look as good as they taste.
Sweet Cheeks Q
The Season 1 runner-up serves what Forbes dubbed the world’s best biscuits at this Texas-style barbecue spot in the heart of clam chowder country.
The Black Sheep
Vietnamese flavors star at this off-the-Strip spot from Season 18’s Tran. Among the big sellers is fried rainbow trout with ginger and rice wine vinegar sauce.
Roots Southern Table
Farmers Branch, Texas
The duck fat–fried chicken and cast-iron cornbread are to die for at this suburban Dallas joint from the Season 7 competitor. Try the gumbo with blue crab, from a recipe inspired by Derry’s mother.
For two decades, the Season 9 contestant has served his modern Southern cuisine at this Louisville venue. This spring, he plans to debut a Korean steak house, Nami, in the city’s Butchertown neighborhood.