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The Best TV Shows Set In Restaurants

Updated December 30, 2020 120 votes 38 voters 3.0k views20 items

List RulesVote 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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    Cheers

    Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman

    Name of restaurant: Cheers

    Cheers is an American sitcom that ran for eleven seasons between 1982 and 1993. The show was...  more
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    Bob's Burgers

    H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz

    Name of restaurant: Bob's Burgers

    Bob's Burgers (FOX, 2011) is an American animated comedy television series created by Loren...  more
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    Sweetbitter

    Ella Purnell, Tom Sturridge

    Name of restaurant: never named

    Sweetbitter (Starz, 2018) is an American drama television series, based on the novel by...  more
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    SpongeBob SquarePants

    Tom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass

    Name of restaurant: Krusty Krab

    SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon, 1999) is an American animated television series created by...  more
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    Alice

    Linda Lavin, Beth Howland

    Name of restaurant: Mel's Diner

    Alice is an American sitcom television series that ran from August 31, 1976 to March 19, 1985...  more
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    Pushing Daisies

    Lee Pace, Anna Friel

    Name of restaurant: Pie Hole

    Pushing Daisies (ABC, 2007) is an American fantasy comedy-drama television series created by...  more
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    It's a Living

    Michael Richards, Susan Sullivan

    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...  more
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    Tattingers

    Jerry Stiller, Blythe Danner

    Name of restaurant: Tattingers

    Tattingers is an American comedy-drama series that aired by the NBC television network as part...  more
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    Two Guys and a Girl

    Traylor Howard, Ryan Reynolds

    Name of restaurant: Beacon Street Pizza

    Two Guys and a Girl is an American sitcom created by Kenny Schwartz and Danny Jacobson. It was...  more
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    Three's a Crowd

    John Ritter, Jessica Walter

    Name of restaurant: Robin's Nest

    Three's a Crowd is an American television sitcom sequel to Three's Company. It is loosely...  more
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    Coffee Prince

    Kris Bernal, Aljur Abrenica

    Name of restaurant: Coffee Prince

    Coffee Prince is a Filipino romantic-comedy series developed by Des Garbes Severino, which...  more
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    Miranda

    Miranda Hart, Patricia Hodge

    Name of restaurant: Gary's

    Miranda is a British television sitcom written by and starring comedian Miranda Hart. It...  more
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    Party Down

    Adam Scott, Ken Marino

    Name of restaurant: Party Down Catering

    Party Down (Starz, 2009) is an American sitcom created by John Enbom, Rob Thomas, Dan...  more
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    Spatz

    Paul Michael, Sue Devaney

    Name of restaurant: Spatz

    Spatz is a children's comedy series that ran on CITV during the 1990s, produced by Thames...  more
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    Kitchen Confidential

    Bradley Cooper, Jaime King

    Name of restaurant: Nolita

    Kitchen Confidential is an American television sitcom that debuted on September 19, 2005, on...  more
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    Shirokuma Café

    Hiroshi Kamiya, Takahiro Sakurai

    Name of restaurant: Polar Bear's Café

    Shirokuma Cafe is a Japanese manga series by Aloha Higa. It revolves around the everyday lives...  more
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    Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories

    Kaoru Kobayashi, Joe Odagiri

    Name of restaurant: Midnight Diner

    Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories (Netflix, 2016) is the fourth season of the Japanese TV series...  more
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    Abby's

    Natalie Morales, Neil Flynn

    Name of restaurant: Abby's

    Abby's (NBC, 2019) is an American comedy television series created by Josh Malmuth. A woman...  more
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    Gentefied

    Karrie Martin, Joseph Julian Soria

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

    Gentefied (Netflix, 2020) is an American comedy drama television series created by Marvin...  more
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    Call Me Kat

    Mayim Bialik
    Call Me Kat (Fox, 2021) is an American comedy series based on the British sitcom Miranda by...  more