Top Five Hidden Restaurants

Is it possible to narrow down hidden restaurants in the U.S. to a top five list?  By nature, these restaurants are secretive and therefore figuring out a common rating system would be tough.  Here is an attempt at creating such a list.

The criteria used to compile this list are

  • How often these restaurants are mentioned in lists and posts online and on TV.
  • How established these restaurants are in terms of age and location.
  • It is important to point out that tastes and quality of dishes are NOT criteria.

‘e by José Andrés, Las Vegas

An interesting name for an interesting restaurant.  ‘e is a relatively new restaurant but the head chef, José Andrés, is a veteran in the field of molecular gastronomy.  It is a very small bar-style room inside of the bigger and more public restaurant called Jaleo.  To get a seat, you must reserve via email one month ahead.

Bohemian, New York

While the name of this restaurant doesn’t conjure up images of artfully crafted dishes from Japan, but that is exactly what this Japanese restaurant offers.  The New York Post said that while Bohemian remains exclusive by not listing phone numbers so that new guests are required to know someone who have already been there as referral, it is not meant to be elitist – it is merely making sure people who eat there really wants to be there.

Club 33, Anaheim

As the name suggests, Club 33 is more than just a restaurant, it is a private club that is located in Disneyland.  A secret adult theme-land of sort, to get a seat in the restaurant, you have to either be part of the club or a guest of one of its members.  Looking through Yelp, the food seems like average American fare.


Hudson Clearwater, New York

This is a classic hidden restaurant, instead of crazy reservation rules or members-only entrance, Hudson Clearwater is open to anyone if they can find the nondescript door.  New York Magazine describes the restaurant as rustic and romantic, which serves American cuisine.

Totoraku, Los Angeles

If Japanese and beef are two important words in your food vocabulary, then Totoraku is worth seeking out. reported that the only way to get in is to know a “host” who has cleared with the chef for you to visit.  You will be treated to different cuts of beef cooked in a variety of different ways.

There you have it, the top five hidden restaurants, but by no means the only ones worth seeking out.  Be savvy and do your research to weed out the fakers (restaurant who use secrecy as a gimmick) and you will be well on your way to eat a secret places across America.

Noc writes for Travel Advantage Network, which help families and individuals travel at a wholesale pricing.

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