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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 6, 2011
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: The latest food-related reality series features Bobby Flay, Curtis Stone, Chef Lorena Garcia, and Chipotle's Steve Ells as judges (and potential investors) as they seek a new idea for a chain restaurant to launch in three cities.
  • Genre(s): Reality, Game Show, Travel, Food & Cooking
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Mar 4, 2011
    It's a high-quality reality show about creating a mid-range dining experience.
  2. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Mar 3, 2011
    America's Next Great Restaurant doesn't have the drama of a Gordon Ramsay show, but it does have a behind-the-scenes factor that is fresh enough--who knew coming up with a logo was so hard?--and the subject matter has universal appeal.
  3. Reviewed by: Geoff Berkshire
    Mar 4, 2011
    Based on the two episodes available for preview, Restaurant is admirably low on trash-TV antics, lending it additional family-friendly appeal in the 8 p.m. hour leading into another competition, "Celebrity Apprentice."
  4. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Mar 4, 2011
    The newcomer is unlikely to provoke much dinner table conversation, but goes down easily enough while trying not to leave any really bitter aftertastes.
  5. 50
    NBC is clearly aiming for a network companion to their successful "Top Chef" franchise here, but while the aesthetics and the challenges are decidedly Bravo-esque, the personalities don't ever come close.
  6. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Mar 3, 2011
    What makes the show at least mildly interesting is that it's not always easy to predict who will make it to the next round and who will be cut.
  7. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Mar 7, 2011
    Both Restaurant and "Millionaire" stir similar pots of self-pride, entrepreneurship and the psychic reward of sharing one's good fortune. But because the medium is television--reality television--each show collapses under the pressure of showing off its sense of nobility and higher purpose.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Mar 9, 2011
    I just want to know when is the next casting for America's next grate restaurant going to be? An why dos there web site not working?The show is more than any utter show on tv .To win this prize will be like winning the lottery .It is extremely hard to get funding for a restaurant . By having all 4 investors by your side that is like winning the lottery 10 times Expand
  2. Mar 20, 2011
    It's Dragons Den for restaurants. I like Bobby Flay and the usual suspects of cooking shows, and this one is similar to the rest. I think most of the ideas are boring, tho, oops. But, I will watch it and dream of owning my own sandwich shop one day. Expand