11 Movie-Scene Restaurants Around the World (Slideshow)
October 17, 2013
Relive your favorite restaurant movie scene at one of these real-world eateries
Le Jules Verne, Paris
Movie: A View to Kill
This pricey restaurant in the Eiffel Tower is famous for a few reasons: it boasts renowned Alain Ducasse as its chef, and it was featured in the James Bond movie A View to a Kill. In the film, James Bond met with private investigator Achilles Aubergine, who then was killed by a poisoned fishing hook. Although the décor has been updated since the 1985 movie, visitors can still experience a fine dinner in the same dining room as the one that's featured the movie.
Gray's Papaya, New York City
Movie: Fools Rush In
Gray's Papaya is a classic hot dog restaurant in New York, and the location on Manhattan's Upper West Side got a famous movie shout-out. The grilled dogs were featured in the film Fools Rush In. While living in Las Vegas, Isabel Fuentes Whitman (Salma Hayek) surprises Alex Whitman (Mathew Perry) with his favorite New York treat.
Le Petit Chateau, Los Angeles
Movie: Punch Drunk Love
Le Peitit Chateau, located in North Hollywood, is where Barry Egan (Adam Sandler) and Lena Leonard (Emily Watson) met for their first dinner date in Punch Drunk Love. The scene where Barry destroys the restaurant bathroom was also shot on location at the restaurant. Guests visiting Le Petit Chateau can relive the movie moment (the date, not the bathroom scene) over a classic French dinner.
Fog City Diner, San Francisco
Movie: So I Married an Axe Murderer
Fog City Diner was a diner with 1930s-style décor that was used as a location for the double-date scene in So I Married an Axe Murderer, starring Mike Myers. Unfortunately for the movie's fans, the iconic eatery recently underwent a total renovation, and though the location stayed the same, the dining room has been completely remodeled.
Ferdinando's Focacceria, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Movie: The Departed
Ferdinando's Focacceria, located in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, was where Billy (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Madolyn (Vera Farmiga) met for a coffee in Martin Scorsese’s classic gangster movie. This charming old-school Italian restaurant specializes in classic Sicilian dishes, and a wall of the restaurant is dedicated to pictures of its famous clientele, including Scorsese himself.
Randy’s Donuts, Inglewood, Calif.
Movie: Iron Man 2
Who knew the best place for a secret meeting was at a donut shop? Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) meets with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) to drink coffee at Randy’s Donuts, located in Inglewood, Calif. The famous donut shop, open 24 hours a day, has also been featured in movies such as California Girls, 2012, and Breathless.
Lanza’s, New York City
Movie: Manhattan Murder Mystery
In one of Woody Allen’s classic New York movies, four characters, Larry (Woody Allen), Carol (Diane Keaton), Ted (Alan Alda), and Marcia (Angelica Huston), unlock the case at the familiar East Village neighborhood establishment Lanza’s. They crack the case over dinner, with the help of some wine, of course.
Bridges Restaurant, Danville, Calif.
Movie: Mrs. Doubtfire
In the beloved comedy Mrs. Doubtfire, Daniel (Robin Williams) Bridges Restaurant, located in Danville, Calif., is the setting for one of the most memorable scenes. Protagonist Daniel must run from table to table to keep up his Mrs. Doubtfire disguise. One table is celebrating his ex-wife's birthday, so he has to disguise himself as Mrs. Doubtfire, and over at the other table, he must disguise himself as Daniel for a work meeting. Though the movie was shot in 1993, the restaurant is still visited by movie fans looking to get a real-life view of the memorable on-screen moment.
Katz’s Delicatessen, New York City
Movie: When Harry Met Sally
Perhaps one of the most memorable restaurant movie scenes from When Harry Met Sally is set at the legendary Katz’s Delicatessen in New York. For diners who want to relive the movie moment, or at least dine at the same spot, a sign has been hung up above the table where Sally and Harry had their "hot" conversation. Katz’s Deli has been around for 125 years and continues to be a New York landmark today, famous for their pastrami on rye sandwich, and, well, this movie scene.
Ducey’s on the Lake, Bass Lake, Calif.
Movie: The Great Outdoors
The restaurant scene from the 1988 comedy The Great Outdoors was filmed at Ducey’s on the Lake, located in Bass Lake, Calif. Chet Ripley (John Candy) is challenged to eat a 96-ounce steak. If he eats all of it, their whole family's meal is free! Though the original restaurant burned down soon after the movie was shot, and the monster-sized steak isn't offered to everyday diners, the rebuilt restaurant can still be visited to this day, with posters and memorabilia from the film hanging on its walls.
Ichikan Sushi, Tokyo
Movie: Lost in Translation
Sofia Coppola’s renowned movie features a lighthearted scene of Bob (Bill Murray) and Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) eating sushi at Ichikan Sushi in Daikanyama, an upscale and trendy part of Tokyo. The small and hard-to-find eatery offers traditional Japanese sushi and sake, and the chef who appears in the movie is actually not the restaurant's chef, but its owner.