Restaurants have been appearing in movies since movies started being made. Some restaurants have been asked to give up their identity, some have been highlighted by the films they are in. And some are completely fictional, nothing more than sets built in the studios. Some restaurants from films have sadly departed us, but others are still going strong. So here’s our list of restaurants in the movies that are still going strong, despite the trials of fame and fortune.
Pat & Lorraine’s Coffee Shop in Los Angeles, CA is a small diner that has been going strong since 1977. They carry all the usual diner options, which are simple, but delicious. The portions are massive and breakfast is served all day. A scene from Reservoir Dogs was filmed here. In the scene Mr. Pink a.k.a. Steve Buscemi explains why he doesn’t tip. Hats off to Mr. Buscemi for his portrayal of Mr. Pink, but please don’t forget to tip your waiters!
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No one will soon forget the famous Meg Ryan fake orgasm scene from the movie of When Harry Met Sally filmed at none other than Katz’s Delicatessen in New York City. The place is already well-known for their piled high sandwiches of corned beef and pastrami. House cured for a full 30 days, Katz’s deli serves quite possibly the best hot sandwiches on the planet. And don’t forget the Matzo Ball soup. Now we can’t say for sure if Meg Ryan’s meal at Katz brought about her lust driven performance, but just in case “we’ll have what she’s having”!
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Kansas City Barbeque in San Diego was put on the map when Top Gun decided to film here. Since then Kansas City Barbeque has kept them people coming in with their signature smoked meats and fresh made sides. Their location in the revitalized downtown district doesn’t hurt either. Though they’ve moved on to great things, Kansas City Barbeque never forgot their “big break”, and they pay homage to Top Gun with merchandise and memorabilia galore.
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Di Stefano’s Victor Café in Philadelphia, PA is called a “Music lovers rendezvous”. Their claim to fame is opera singing waitstaff. This provides the perfect backdrop to their menu of fine Italian cuisine. But in January 2006 they became famous for another reason. Victor Café was transformed into Adrian’s, the Italian eatery owned by none other than Rocky in his last movie of the franchise, Rocky Balboa. Filming lasted about a month, and the movie was even changed to accommodate Victor Café’s opera singers. Rocky has long been an icon of this great city, and Victor Café has earned a small piece of that.
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As far as Chicago Taverns go, Emmit’s Pub is relatively young, but their history is just as colorful. A former gangster hangout turned cop bar where dwarf tossing almost happened, was the setting of a botched robbery and the location where several movie scenes were filmed. Movies of note included Oceans Eleven and Oceans Twelve, U.S. Marshalls, Eagle Eye, Uncle Buck and of course Backdraft, a movie about the Chicago fire department. How appropriate for a bar owned by two former firemen.
The 21 Club in New York City is one of the most iconic restaurants in America. Well known as the place to dine for the rich and famous, it’s no wonder the 21 Club has been the choice for scenes in so many beloved movies. Movies filmed here include Rear Window, Wall Street, Sabrina, How to Marry a Millionaire, One Fine Day and many more. The 21 Club is rich in history, becoming one of the more famous speakeasies during prohibition. The notorious Bar Room, with toys hanging from the ceiling, has seen more than its share of celebrities, politicians, business tycoons and the upper crust of Manhattan. With a wide range of cuisine and three distinct dining options, the 21 Club has earned every bit of fame and notoriety they possess.
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To be considered a landmark restaurant in Hollywood, star power is a must. And having a resume of movies filmed there doesn’t hurt either. The Dresden Restaurant is most commonly associated with the movie Swingers, but it has also hosted scenes from That Thing You Do, What Women Want and Anchorman. The Dresden menu specialty is and has been Prime Rib. The rest of the menu is a mix of fresh steaks, seafood and Italian specialties. The lounge provides live music nightly where Marty and Elaine have held court for over 30 years. (They even appeared in the scene in Swingers) The Dresden has become the place to see and be seen on Hollywood. We guess that applies to movies as well.
We all know that the movie Mystic Pizza was filmed in the town of Mystic, Ct. Large portions of the movie were actually filmed in a pizzeria of the same name, Mystic Pizza. Serving Italian specialties and, of course, pizza, Mystic Pizza was already popular before the movie came to town. The owners attributed their success to hard work and a family “secret sauce” that actually made it into the movie. After the film was released, Mystic Pizza became so popular, the Zelepos opened another location and eventually produced a frozen Mystic Pizza to cook at home. Whether it was the movie or that secret sauce that made Mystic Pizza so popular, well I guess we’ll never know.
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The Varsity is Atlanta’s most iconic restaurant. The menu is simple – burgers, fries and shakes. It’s the focus on quality that sets them apart. As the “World’s Largest Drive-In” the Varsity has become popular in almost every circle. Visitors range from actors, sports figures, and politicians. And any time Atlanta hosts a sporting event, everyone knows you go to the Varsity before and after the game. So it’s somehow fitting that The Varsity appeared in a film about sports. We Are Marshall filmed some of their scenes here, and brought more attention to this already famous spot.
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The Mayflower Café in Jackson, MS is the oldest operating restaurant in the city. This steak and seafood restaurant boasts Greek influences thanks to generations of the Kountouris family. But never fear, the Mayflower serves all your Cajun and creole favorites, their specialty being their signature redfish. In addition to great food, the Mayflower Café is a great spot to gather at night and check out works from local artists. The Mayflower also provided the perfect backdrop for scenes from Ghosts of Mississippi and The Help both set in Jackson.
The movie Casino, set in Las Vegas contained filming locations all over the city. One more notable filming spot is Piero’s Italian Cuisine. This sophisticated restaurant is not only the restaurant owned by Nicky in the movie, but home of exceptional Italian cooking. Diners rave over house made pasta and hearty dishes such as Osso Buco. Piero’s has attracted some high profile clientele over the years. With six dining rooms, leather horseshoe shaped booths and original artwork create he perfect setting to attract celebrities such as the Rat Pack, former presidents, and famous musicians, it’s no wonder this spot was chosen to film scenes from one of Las Vegas’ most iconic films.
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