Have you ever wanted to splurge on a birthday meal or an anniversary dinner? Then you’ve probably looked to restaurant reviews to help you figure out where to go. Whether you’re at home or on vacation, restaurants run by celebrity chefs sound tempting — especially if they give you a glimpse of some secrets of your favorite celebrity cooking shows. Some restaurants celebrity chefs own or manage offer great menus. And plenty treat customers to exemplary service. But other celebrity chef restaurants fail on all of those counts — and on other measures of a good restaurant, too.
Read on to check out the 15 worst celebrity chef restaurants in the U.S. (and to enjoy some of the hilarious reviews that put them on the list).
1. Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar by Guy Fieri
Guy Fieri’s Times Square restaurant has become infamous. One reason why? Pete Wells held no punches when he reviewed the establishment for The New York Times. In the review, Wells asked Fieri rhetorical questions, such as, “Is the entire restaurant a very expensive piece of conceptual art? Is the shapeless, structureless baked Alaska that droops and slumps and collapses while you eat it, or don’t eat it, supposed to be a representation in sugar and eggs of the experience of going insane?” Fieri soon responded to Wells. But the review still goes down in history as one of the most brutal restaurant reviews ever. (And Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar definitely makes the list of the worst celebrity chef restaurants.)