10 Restaurants From Movies and TV Shows You Can Visit
Location, as the saying goes, is everything. And for those looking to recapture a bit of movie or TV magic, you can do no better than visiting a restaurant, diner or bar that appeared onscreen. We can’t speak to the food or service at these places, but they give you the best opportunity to nosh in the footsteps of your favorite characters.
Want to see where Meg Ryan famously faked an orgasm in ‘When Harry Met Sally’? Then head over to Manhattan’s lower east side. Want a cup of black coffee just like Special Agent Dale Cooper repeatedly enjoyed in ‘Twin Peaks’? It can be yours at a reasonable price in North Bend, Washington. Looking to sample the onion rings where the ‘Sopranos’ had their last meal? It’s just a short trip to a New Jersey suburb.
These are just a few of the immortalized eateries waiting for your patronage. Check out our roundup below.
‘The Sopranos’ — Holsten’s, Bloomfield, New Jersey
The joint where Tony Soprano and his family ate in the show’s infamous final scene is called Holsten’s and bills itself as a confectioner that makes candy, soda, ice cream, milkshakes and traditional diner fair. Photos of creator David Chase and the cast filming the final scene adorn its throwback wood paneled walls. It’s even possible to sit at the same booth where the crime family dined. Just don’t, as one reviewer noted, expect to see ‘Don’t Stop Believin” by Journey on the table side jukebox.
‘When Harry Met Sally…’ — Katz’s Delicatessen, New York City
Katz’s is a kosher-style deli founded in 1888 that’s arguably most famous for the fake orgasm scene from ‘When Harry Met Sally…’ This isn’t the deli’s only claim to fame, however. It was also used as a filming location for ‘Law & Order’ and appeared in ‘Donnie Brasco,’ ‘Across the Universe,’ ‘Enchanted’ and ‘We Own the Night.’ Still, Katz’s is most proud of its role in the seminal 1989 rom-com directed by Rob Reiner. To this day, the table where Ryan and Billy Crystal sat is marked with a sign that reads “Where Harry met Sally…hope you have what she had!”
‘Twin Peaks’ — Twede’s Cafe, North Bend, Washington
Although most diner scenes from ‘Twin Peaks’ were filmed on a sound stage in Los Angeles, portions of the 1990 pilot were shot at the Double R Diner (now known as Twede’s Cafe). In 2000, a fire destroyed much of the restaurant’s interior and it was rebuilt, making it nearly unrecognizable to fans. Still, it’s packed with ‘Twin Peaks’ memorabilia, including trading cards, placemats, bumper stickers and photographs. And, of course, its website says they still carry cherry pie and “a damn fine cup ‘o coffee.”
‘Seinfeld’ — Tom’s Restaurant, New York City
Fans of ‘Seinfeld’ will instantly recognize Tom’s Restaurant as the greasy spoon where the gang regularly ate and kibitzed at. But the interior of the restaurant wasn’t used on the show and it’s entirely different from what was seen on TV. In fact, the only piece of ‘Seinfield’ memorabilia in the restaurant is a poster of Kramer. There are, however, t-shirts, hats, mugs and postcards available on the Tom’s Restaurant website which proudly proclaim its ‘Seinfeld’ heritage.
‘Top Gun’ — Kansas City Barbeque, San Diego, California
Kansas City Barbeque’s rise to movie fame began when a location director for Paramount Pictures visited the restaurant while working in San Diego. He was reportedly so impressed with the restaurant’s ambiance that he brought it to the attention of director Tony Scott, who used the establishment in the ‘Top Gun’ scene where Maverick and Goose sing ‘Great Balls of Fire’ while playing piano. In 2008, a fire, which originated in an open cooking pit, destroyed the entire building. The bar reopened five months later and the piano, which miraculously survived the blaze, is still on display.
‘Lost in Translation’ — New York Grill, Tokyo, Japan
The five star luxury Park Hyatt Tokyo hotel is the place where Bob and Charlotte stay and have their chance meeting in ‘Lost in Translation.’ And the hotel’s New York Bar, where Bob spends most of his nights, figures prominently in the film. Its panoramic views are amazing, but if you plan to visit, you better bring plenty of money. According to one tourist guide, a bottle of domestic beer is the cheapest item on the menu and goes for nearly $13.
‘Iron Man 2′ — Randy’s Donuts, Inglewood, California
Randy’s Donuts in Inglewood, California, is a bona fide movie star. It was most recently featured in ‘Iron Man 2,’ but it has a long cinematic career that also includes stints in ‘Earth Girls are Easy,’ ‘The Golden Child,’ ‘Coming to America,’ and ‘2012’ just to name a few. It’s also appeared in several music videos and TV shows like ‘Californication.’ Clearly, there’s no better place to go for 24-hour drive-thru donut service.
‘Pretty Woman’ — Cicada Restaurant, Los Angeles, California
‘Pretty Woman’ didn’t just make Julia Roberts a star in 1990. It also showed us all how NOT to eat escargot. The hysterical scene where Roberts sends a snail flying at a waiter was filmed at the Rex II Ristorante in Los Angeles, now called the Cicada Restaurant. Disappointingly, it looks like they dropped escargot from the menu. Although if you’re Roberts or Richard Gere, you could probably get whatever you want.
‘Anchorman’ — The Dresden Restaurant, Hollywood, California
For the classic Will Ferrell comedy ‘Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,’ the Dresden Restaurant in Hollywood was transformed into a Mexican eatery called Escupimos en su Alimento, which means “we spit in your food.” It is, of course, where Ron Burgundy impressed Veronica Corningstone with some scorching, “baby-making” jazz flute. It’s unclear whether Burgundy replaced the dishes he broke or got in trouble with fire marshals for shooting fire out of his flute.
‘Wall Street’ — 21 Club, New York City
New York City’s well-known 21 Club has been a hotspot for the rich and famous ever since it opened as a prohibition-era speakeasy in 1922. Over the years, it’s served as the location for countless films, from 1950’s ‘All About Eve’ to 1987’s ‘Wall Street,’ in which Gordon Gekko advises Bud Fox to have the steak tartare. It’s still on the menu, by the way, for $38. So that’s what greed tastes like.