Top Player-Owned Bars and Restaurants for Watching The Big Game

To celebrate the big game on February 3, TripAdvisor editors have listed 10 restaurants and bars owned and named after pro players where fans can take in the game.  From the Louisiana bayou where the championship game will be held, to the sidewalks of New York City, these well rated establishments, based on feedback from TripAdvisor travelers, are sure to promise festive fun as the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens tackle it out for the trophy.



Elway’s Downtown – Denver, CO; Average Rating on TripAdvisor: 4.5/5

Fine dining meets football at this steakhouse owned by the former Denver Bronco, John Elway. Guests can cheer on their chosen team from one of the TVs surrounding the bar while indulging in tuna tataki, savory chicken wings, and other delectable delights. “Love the bar, the sliders were outstanding, the chicken fried steak bites were even better,” commented a TripAdvisor traveler.


Shorts Burger & Shine – Iowa City, IA; Average Rating on TripAdvisor: 4.5/5

Co-owned by NFL kicker Nate Kaeding, this burger bar keeps the focus on the field as it sources beef and produce from local farms. Football enthusiasts can choose from over 30 burger combinations and sip on the “Iowa Beer of the Month” as they watch the teams compete to take home the trophy. “The perfect place to go to watch a sporting event or experience Iowa City culture,” commented a TripAdvisor traveler.


Joe Theismann’s Restaurant – Alexandria, VA; Average Rating on TripAdvisor: 4/5

For $20, hungry football fanatics can whet their appetite with an all-you-can-eat game day buffet, or indulge in one of the savory specials. Flat-screen TVs surrounding the bar at this restaurant owned by the former NFL pro, coupled with a sudsy beer, will make for an enjoyable way to watch the big game. “Good sports bar atmosphere and beers,” commented a TripAdvisor traveler.


Mike Ditka’s Restaurant – Chicago, IL – Average Rating on TripAdvisor: 4/5

Located in the Tremont Hotel, this Windy City establishment owned by the former NFL player and coach, serves up tasty game day goodies including pot roast nachos, filet mignon sliders, and New Zealand lamb chops along with an extensive wine list and a wide selection of beer. A TripAdvisor traveler said, “The walls are adorned with photos and memorabilia for all the football fans. This restaurant is well worth the stop if you can make it.”


Eddie George’s Grille 27 – Columbus, OH; Average Rating on TripAdvisor: 4/5

Named after former Oilers’/Titans’ halfback Eddie George, this “Buckeye City” sports bar is sure to offer exciting game day fun. NFL fans won’t miss a play as high-definition TVs surround the bar which serves a variety of pale ale, lager, stout, pilsner and more. “The atmosphere is amazing; lots of fun people, the food is fresh and delicious,” said a TripAdvisor traveler.


Jerome Bettis’ Grille 36 – Pittsburgh, PA; Average Rating on TripAdvisor: 4/5

Over 50 high-definition TVs and a collection of autographed football memorabilia will provide a festive game day experience at thisrestaurant named after the former Rams and Steelers player nicknamed, “The Bus”. A TripAdvisor traveler commented, “We really enjoy Bettis’, from the great setting between the stadium and the river to the numerous TVs playing different games.”


Vince Young Steakhouse – Austin, TX; Average Rating on TripAdvisor: 4/5

Succulent steaks score big at this lively Austin restaurant where guests will find a variety of premium cuts from aged USDA filet mignon, to The Perfect Ten signature steak, which honors Young’s Texas Longhorns jersey number.  A TripAdvisor traveler noted, “The service is superb and the steaks are out of this world. I feel like the staff bends over backwards to make sure you are enjoying yourself.”


Manning’s Restaurant – New Orleans, LA; Average Rating on TripAdvisor: 3.5/5

In the middle of the Big Easy’s Warehouse District, this Louisiana eatery owned by Archie Manning, features more than 30 flat-screen TVs, a sports anchor desk, authentic memorabilia and a mouthwatering menu that offers traditional comfort foods paired with Creole twists. One TripAdvisor traveler noted, “The TVs are awesome, especially the huge one with stadium seating. The food is delicious!”


Brett Favre’s Steakhouse – Green Bay, WI; Average Rating on TripAdvisor: 3.5/5

Located two blocks from Lambeau Field in Green Bay, football fans can enjoy the play-by-play action in the bar area at this premier steakhouse owned by Brett Favre. On the menu are juicy steaks, a selection of fresh seafood including Maryland crab cakes, and even Favre’s favorite, jambalaya. “We went for the experience the day before the big game. Great memorabilia and great service,” a TripAdvisor traveler commented.


Brother Jimmy’s – Second Ave. – New York, NY; Average Rating on TripAdvisor 3.5/5

Situated in the middle of Manhattan, guests can appease their appetite with slow-smoked barbeque while watching the pigskin get tossed on one of the flat-screen TVs located throughout the southern style eatery owned by NFL players Jonathan Vilma, Jon Beason, and D.J. Williams. A TripAdvisor traveler commented, “Great atmosphere to watch the game and catch up with old friends.”