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The Best TV Shows Set In Restaurants 

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Updated February 21, 2020 74 votes 25 voters 1.7k views 19 items

List Rules Vote up the best scripted television shows that take place in restaurants and around food service.

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.

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Bob's Burgers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Restaurants
H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman

Premiered: 2011

Name of restaurant: Bob's Burgers

Bob'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
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Cheers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Restaurants
Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

Premiered: 1982

Name of restaurant: Cheers

Cheers is an American sitcom that ran for eleven seasons between 1982 and 1993. The show was produced by Charles/Burrows/Charles Productions in association with Paramount Network Television for ...more
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SpongeBob SquarePants is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Restaurants
Tom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke

Premiered: 1999

Name of restaurant: Krusty Krab

SpongeBob 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
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Sweetbitter is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Restaurants
Ella Purnell, Tom Sturridge, Caitlin FitzGerald

Name of restaurant: never named

Sweetbitter (Starz, 2018) is an American drama television series, based on the novel by Stephanie Danler. Shortly after arriving in New York City, Tess (Ella Purnell) lands a job at a celebrated ...more
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Pushing Daisies is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Restaurants
Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Chi McBride

Premiered: 2007

Name of restaurant: Pie Hole

Pushing Daisies (ABC, 2007) is an American fantasy comedy-drama television series created by Bryan Fuller. A pie-maker (Lee Pace) with the ability to reanimate the dead teams up with his ...more
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It's a Living is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Restaurants
Michael Richards, Susan Sullivan, Crystal Bernard

Premiered: 1980

Name of restaurant: Above the Top

It'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
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Tattingers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Restaurants
Jerry Stiller, Blythe Danner, Chris Elliott

Premiered: 1988

Name of restaurant: Tattingers

Tattingers 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
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Two Guys and a Girl is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Restaurants
Traylor Howard, Ryan Reynolds, Richard Ruccolo

Premiered: 1998

Name of restaurant: Beacon Street Pizza

Two 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
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Alice is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Restaurants
Linda Lavin, Beth Howland, Vic Tayback

Premiered: 1976

Name of restaurant: Mel's Diner

Alice is an American sitcom television series that ran from August 31, 1976 to March 19, 1985 on CBS. The series is based on the 1974 film Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. The show stars Linda ...more
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Three's a Crowd is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Restaurants
John Ritter, Jessica Walter, Robert Mandan

Premiered: 1984

Name of restaurant: Robin's Nest

Three'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
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Coffee Prince is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Restaurants
Kris Bernal, Aljur Abrenica, Jolina Magdangal

Premiered: 2009

Name of restaurant: Coffee Prince

Coffee 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
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Miranda is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Restaurants
Miranda Miranda Hart, Patricia Hodge, Tom Ellis

Premiered: 2009

Name of restaurant: Gary's

Miranda 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
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Party Down is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Restaurants
Adam Scott, Ken Marino, Ryan Hansen

Premiered: 2009

Name of restaurant: Party Down Catering

Party 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
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Spatz is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Restaurants
Spatz Paul Michael, Sue Devaney, Joe Greco

Premiered: 1990

Name of restaurant: Spatz

Spatz 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
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Kitchen Confidential is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Restaurants
Bradley Cooper, Jaime King, Frank Langella

Premiered: 2005

Name of restaurant: Nolita

Kitchen 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
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Shirokuma Café is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Restaurants
Shirokuma Café Hiroshi Kamiya, Takahiro Sakurai, Jun Fukuyama

Premiered: 2012

Name of restaurant: Polar Bear's Café

Shirokuma 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
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Midnight Diner: Tokyo St... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Restaurants
Kaoru Kobayashi, Joe Odagiri, Asako Kobayashi

Name of restaurant: Midnight Diner

Midnight 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
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Abby's is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Restaurants
Natalie Morales, Neil Flynn, Nelson Franklin

Name of restaurant: Abby's

Abby'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.
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Gentefied is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Restaurants
Karrie Martin, Joseph Julian Soria, Carlos Santos

Premiered: 2020

Name of restaurant: Mama Fina's Restaurant & Mexican Food & Tacos

Gentefied (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