Food is a central part of most people's lives so it's no wonder that restaurants are a common setting for a television series. From the stress of catering to the dream come true of running your own bakery, to just having a place where everybody knows your name, shows set in restaurants and bars can be intensely relatable - even if you've never worked food service. This list of the best restaurant TV shows and series set in kitchens or around food service can be your menu to what restaurant shows to watch.
Series like Bob's Burgers and SpongeBob SquarePants don't spend the entirety of the show in a restaurant, but the work the characters do serving and making food and how they manage being employees and managers is a big part of the show. Other series and sitcoms set in restaurants and bars, including Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories and Cheers, almost never step foot outside the titular eatery. No matter what end of the spectrum they're on shows set in restaurants wouldn't be the same if they took place in an office or law firm.
Which shows about restaurants should be at the top of the list? Vote up the best TV shows set in restaurants, then vote down the shows that should be sent back to the kitchen, and add any great scripted restaurant shows that are missing. Remember, the bulk of the show needs to take place in, or be centered around, restaurants, bars, and food service.
Name of restaurant: Bob's BurgersBob's Burgers (FOX, 2011) is an American animated comedy television series created by Loren Bouchard. The series centers on the Belcher family — parents Bob and Linda and their children Tina, ...more
Name of restaurant: Krusty KrabSpongeBob SquarePants is an American animated television series created by marine biologist and animator Stephen Hillenburg for Nickelodeon. The series chronicles the adventures and endeavors of ...more
Name of restaurant: Above the TopIt's a Living is an American sitcom set in a restaurant at the top of the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. The show aired on ABC from October 30, 1980 until June 11, 1982. After the series was ...more
Name of restaurant: TattingersTattingers is an American comedy-drama series that aired by the NBC television network as part of its 1988 fall lineup. After failing in the Nielsen ratings as an hour-long program, the plot and ...more
Name of restaurant: Beacon Street PizzaTwo Guys and a Girl is an American sitcom created by Kenny Schwartz and Danny Jacobson. It was originally broadcast on ABC from March 10, 1998, to May 16, 2001. Eighty-one episodes were aired ...more
Name of restaurant: Robin's NestThree's a Crowd is an American television sitcom sequel to Three's Company. It is loosely based on the British TV series Robin's Nest, which was itself a spin-off of Man About the House, on ...more
Name of restaurant: Coffee PrinceCoffee Prince is a Filipino romantic-comedy series developed by Des Garbes Severino, which premiered on GMA Network on October 8, 2012 replacing One True Love on GMA Telebabad block and October ...more
Name of restaurant: Gary'sMiranda is a British television sitcom written by and starring comedian Miranda Hart. It originally aired on BBC Two from 9 November 2009 and later on BBC One until 1 January 2015, lasting three ...more
Name of restaurant: Party Down CateringParty Down (Starz, 2009) is an American sitcom created by John Enbom, Rob Thomas, Dan Etheridge, and Paul Rudd. A catering team of aspiring actors, writers, and lost souls work small-time gigs, ...more
Name of restaurant: SpatzSpatz is a children's comedy series that ran on CITV during the 1990s, produced by Thames Television and created by Andrew Bethell. The show originally ran from 21 February 1990 to 10 April ...more
Name of restaurant: NolitaKitchen Confidential is an American television sitcom that debuted on September 19, 2005, on the Fox network, based on Anthony Bourdain's New York Times bestselling book, Kitchen Confidential: ...more
Name of restaurant: Polar Bear's CaféShirokuma Cafe is a Japanese manga series by Aloha Higa. It revolves around the everyday lives of a group of animals mingling with humans at a café run by a polar bear. An anime ...more
Name of restaurant: Midnight DinerMidnight Diner: Tokyo Stories (Netflix, 2016) is the fourth season of the Japanese TV series based on the manga by Yarō Abe. An anthology of human relationship stories connected by the only open ...more
Name of restaurant: Abby'sAbby's (NBC, 2019) is an American comedy television series created by Josh Malmuth. A woman (Natalie Morales) runs an unlicensed bar out of her backyard.
Name of restaurant: Mama Fina's Restaurant & Mexican Food & TacosGentefied (Netflix, 2020) is an American comedy drama television series created by Marvin Lemus and Linda Yvette Chávez. Three Mexican-American cousins (Joaquín Cosío, J.J. ...more