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If checking in on all the hot celebrity gossip sites (ten times daily) isn’t getting you quite as close to the stars as you’d like, why not further feed your celebrity appetite by drinking and dining at a restaurant owned by one? Who knows, you may find yourself rubbing shoulders with the owner and his or her famous friends.

ALSO: Earn 5% in travel rewards when you dine at any of these restaurants and thousands more!

Below are a few of our favorite celeb-owned places to dine and the best part is, they’re all part of the Orbitz Rewards Dining program, which means you can earn rewards good on travel while you eat! Just sign up with your credit card, and each time you feast at one of the thousands of participating restaurants, bars and clubs, you’ll get 5% back to spend on Orbitz hotel stays. It’s that easy.


Photo courtesy of Joanne Trattoria

Joanne Trattoria

New York, NY
Owned and operated by the family of Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (a.k.a. Lady Gaga), this cozy restaurant on the Upper West Side is purposefully low-key compared to the icon’s larger-than-life personality. It serves up authentic Italian cuisine, with many dishes drawing from Germanotta family recipes, such as Joanne’s Spaghetti & Meatball and Cynthia’s Chopped Antipasti.

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Fonda Comida Mexicana

New York, NY

It’s rare that the celeb owner of a restaurant is also its highly trained chef. But that’s what you get with Fonda, serving authentic contemporary Mexican fare in the East Village, Chelsea and Park Slope neighborhoods. The restaurant’s owner is Roberto Santibañez, a celebrity chef with a James Beard award and several cookbooks under his belt, though you might also recognize him from the film Spy Kids or his many TV appearances.

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West Hollywood, CA
Cater to your inner “Housewife” with a meal at this posh Hollywood restaurant owned by reality TV personality Lisa Vanderpump, who also owns LA mainstays Villa Blanca and SUR. Dine on Mediterranean-Italian cuisine in a sexy ambience designed by Vanderpump, who drew inspiration from time spent living in France. Among the “wow” factors: 100-year-old olive trees shade the garden area lined with private cabanas. Keep your eyes peeled for other celebrities—they’re known to hang here.

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9 locations across the East Coast, including Atlanta, Boston, New York & Philadelphia
Celebrity chef and restaurateur Steve DiFillippo has been building quite the foodie empire, with his high-end Northern Italian steakhouse, Davio’s, being renowned for offering superb customer service, making it a favorite of many celebrities. The white-table-cloth experience includes handmade pastas, inventive salads, seafood, and premium Brandt steaks. And don’t miss their signature Philly Cheesesteak Spring Rolls!

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Erica Bray

Erica Bray

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