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 shows set in restaurants, kitchens and 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 shows 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.