Almost every movie features a restaurant at some point, and what would a sitcom be without it’s neighborhood bar or diner? Some of these spots only exist on soundstages in Hollywood, but some of them are real…meaning that you can go there.
Katz’s Delicatessen from ‘When Harry Met Sally’
Katz’s Delicatessen is a Kosher deli in New York that has been open for 128 years. It was featured in the memorable part of the film where Meg Ryan fakes an orgasm for Billy Crystal. You can find the table that they shot at by a sign that says:
“Where Harry met Sally…hope you have what she had!”
Cafe Lalo from ‘You’ve Got Mail’
Another Meg Ryan favorite was You’ve Got Mail, and Cafe Lalo is the spot where she and Tom Hanks first meet. The cafe is located in the Upper West Side of New York and is popular for its coffee and baked goods.
The Bar from ‘Lost In Translation’
The New York Grill in the Park Hyatt Tokyo was the bar featured in Lost and Translation starring Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray.
Cheers from ‘Cheers’
Cheers was actually filmed on a soundstage but there is a Beacon Hill Cheers bar that was founded in 1969 and formerly known as the Bull & Finch Pub. Inside it will look eerily familiar to fans of the TV show.
The Voltaire from ‘Pretty Woman’
There is a scene in Pretty Woman where Julia Roberts accidentally flings some escargot, and the scene was shot at this restaurant. In real life the Voltaire is called The Cicada, after formerly being called Rex Il Ristorante.
Serendipity 3 from ‘Serendipity’
The Serendipity ice cream shop from the film Serendipity is a real spot in New York. Wait times can be up to an hour if you just show up, but reservations can be made up to a month in advance. Jonathan (John Cusack) and Sara (Kate Beckinsale) shared the Frrrozen Hot Chocolate.
Coyote Ugly from ‘Coyote Ugly’
Coyote Ugly is a real bar in the East Village of New York city. The film shot the outside shots there but the inside was actually modeled after a different dive bar called Hogs & Heifers that used to be in the Meatpacking district. It no longer exists.
Holsen’s from ‘The Sopranos’
The last scene of the HBO show took place here. Holsen’s is a real diner in New Jersey that is particular known for its candy, milkshakes, and ice cream.
Kansas City Barbeque from ‘Top Gun’
The Kansas City Barbeque from Top Gun is actually located in San Diego, but that is its real name. The location was where they shot the scene of Goose and Maverick singing “Great Balls of Fire.”