• Network: NBC , CNBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 6, 2011
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Mar 3, 2011
    60
    The show has its tense moments. But it's closer to comfort television than "Hell's Kitchen."
  2. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Mar 4, 2011
    80
    It's a high-quality reality show about creating a mid-range dining experience.
  3. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Mar 3, 2011
    60
    None of the contestants are quite as memorable as their ideas, except for the man fighting for Saucy Balls. The judges are a little more vivid, remaining firm in their opinions and unafraid to reject proposals without much apology.
  4. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Mar 4, 2011
    58
    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. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Mar 3, 2011
    50
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Mar 7, 2011
    40
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Mar 3, 2011
    70
    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.
  8. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Mar 7, 2011
    40
    America's Next Great Restaurant is quickly undone by the same mean-spiritedness that makes Survivor, American Idol and the rest of this genre such an unpleasant viewing experience. Winning depends at least as much (and probably much more) on impressing the producers with television skills as it does on winning over the judges with culinary expertise or business savvy. So taunting and backbiting among the contestants is a dreary constant.
  9. 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.
  10. Reviewed by: Geoff Berkshire
    Mar 4, 2011
    70
    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."
User Score
5.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Mar 20, 2011
    8
    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. Full Review »
  2. Mar 9, 2011
    10
    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 Full Review »