Restaurants scenes are certainly common in movies–usually as a backdrop to a simple conversation, but sometimes the restaurant scene is exceptional and forever leaves an imprint in our minds. With so many choices, there’s plenty of room for debate, but we’re putting a stake in the ground and are naming these…
Viewer discretion advised.
Hands-down the most-remembered restaurant scene in any movie.
Where it was filmed: Katz’s Delicatessen in Manhattan
Only Ron Burgundy could make a jazz flute solo so entertaining.
Where it was filmed: The Dresden Restaurant
Classic romantic Disney restaurant scene shared between dogs, not people.
Ever been to one of those restaurants where if you eat the oversized dish, your entire meal is free?
Where it was filmed: Ducey’s on Bass Lake
A somewhat romantic scene turns into a life-threatening event that leaves your spidey senses tingling.
Where it was filmed: Universal Studios “New York Street”
All those fears about how your food was prepared come to life in this scene from Road Trip.
Where it was filmed: The Gwinett Diner
Talk about messing with the wrong person at the wrong time.
Where it was filmed: the now-defunct Hawthorne Grille in Dayton, OH
Mr. Pink explains why he doesn’t tip before being forced to tip (partial scene below, full here).
Where it was filmed: Pat & Lorraine’s Coffee Shop
Great near-fight scene at a small diner. (Here’s a bonus clip of actual fight from the movie).
Where it was filmed: Mama’s Kitchen in Fort Morgan, CO (now a Quiznos)
This scene takes place shortly after De Niro gives Greg some truth serum.
How often do the cops and robbers have a sit-down session before taking each other down?
Where it was filmed: Kate Mantilini in Beverly Hills
Biggest scene in the movie for Jack Nicholson’s awkward character.
Where it was filmed: Khoury’s Restaurant
Quick scene from Blues Brothers.
Where it was filmed: Chez Paul in Chicago (now closed)
Hard to pick one scene from this restaurant-focused movie, so we’ll go with Remy’s first restaurant cooking experience.
Okay, it might take place in a cafeteria, but many might be disappointed if we didn’t include this scene.
Where it was filmed: Fishbowl Dining Area of EMU Building at the University of Oregon
Editor’s Note: What did we miss? Add your favorite restaurant movie scenes in the comments!