• Many real-life eateries have been featured in hit romantic comedies.
  • There are several restaurants from classic films like “Pretty Woman,” “When Harry Met Sally,” and “You’ve Got Mail” that you can visit in real life.
  • You can also visit the diner in “Silver Linings Playbook,” the café in “50 First Dates,” the Japanese restaurant in “Notting Hill,” and the Central Park Boathouse in “27 Dresses.”
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There’s nothing quite as sweet as bringing your significant other to a restaurant from your favorite romantic comedy. And, fortunately, a number of these iconic on-screen eateries exist in the real world.

Here are 12 real-life restaurants that were featured in romantic films.


You can eat at the luxury Japanese restaurant from “Notting Hill” (1999).

Foto: Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant in “Notting Hill.”sourceUniversal Pictures

Nobu is the sushi restaurant in “Notting Hill” where Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant’s characters overhear a group of men insulting Roberts’ character.

The real-life restaurant is in London’s Old Park Lane, though they have locations all over the world. Even off-screen, celebrities often flock to the restaurant, which is co-owned by Robert DeNiro.


The Hukilau Cafe was featured in “50 First Dates” (2004).

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Foto: Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler in “50 First Dates.”sourceColumbia Pictures

If you want to visit the breakfast spot where Adam Sandler took Drew Barrymore over and over and over again in the movie “50 First Dates,” you can head to the Hukilau Café in Hawaii.

Though the crew didn’t actually film at the restaurant itself, they used its name.


The restaurant where Colin Firth proposed to Lúcia Moniz in “Love Actually” (2003) is in France.

Foto: Lúcia Moniz and Colin Firth in “Love Actually.”sourceUniversal Pictures

In the classic holiday romantic comedy “Love Actually,” Colin Firth’s character proposes to his on-screen love Lúcia Moniz in a crowded restaurant in Portugal.

Interestingly, the real-life Bar de la Marine, where they filmed the scene, is located in Marseille, France.


Katherine Heigl’s dream wedding in “27 Dresses” (2008) is at the Central Park Boathouse in New York City.

Foto: Katherine Heigl in Central Park in “27 Dresses.”sourceFox 2000 Pictures

The Loeb Boathouse in Central Park is where Katherine Heigl’s character from “27 Dresses” always dreamed of having her big day – until her younger sister hijacks all of her wedding plans.

This impressive boathouse is a real place you can visit to pick up a coffee or stay for a meal.

Other films and series like “Sex and the City,” “13 Going on 30,” and “When Harry Met Sally” have also filmed in and around the Boathouse.


You can reportedly sit at the same table where Julia Roberts and Richard Gere ate in “Pretty Woman” (1990).

Foto: Julia Roberts and Richard Gere in “Pretty Woman.”sourceTouchstone Pictures

In the classic 1990s romantic comedy “Pretty Woman,” Richard Gere takes Julia Roberts to a restaurant called The Voltaire.

At the time, the real-life restaurant was called Rex II Ristorante, but today the vintage swing-dance nightclub and restaurant goes by Cicada.

Since the restaurant is housed in a building on the National Register of Historic Places, it looks more or less exactly the same today as it did on screen.

And if you do decide to go, you can specially request the “Pretty Woman” table, according to Mental Floss.


Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack’s characters fell in love at Serendipity 3 in the movie “Serendipity” (2001).

Foto: Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack in “Serendipity.”sourceMiramax Films

After a chance encounter at Bloomingdale’s, John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale go out for ice cream in the movie “Serendipity.”

Despite being in relationships when they meet, they fall in love and serendipitously find each other again years later.

The restaurant where they had their first date is called Serendipity 3 on the Upper East Side of New York City and if you go, its famous frozen hot chocolate is a must-try.


Cafe Lalo was featured in the Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan classic, “You’ve Got Mail” (1998).

Foto: Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in “You’ve Got Mail.”sourceWarner Bros.

In the 1998 romantic comedy “You’ve Got Mail,” Meg Ryan thinks she’s been stood up by her blind date at Cafe Lalo but is instead met by Tom Hanks, her business rival.

The cafe-restaurant is on the Upper West Side of New York City and it claims to be “the most famous café in NYC.”


The famous restaurant scene from “When Harry Met Sally” (1989) took place in New York City’s Katz’s Delicatessen.

Foto: Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal in “When Harry Met Sally.”sourceIMDb/Columbia Pictures

The famous scene in “When Harry Met Sally,” in which Meg Ryan fakes an orgasm to prove a point to Billy Crystal, takes place at the famous Lower East Side establishment Katz’s Delicatessen.

There’s even a sign at the restaurant that reads, “Where Harry met Sally … Hope you have what she had! Enjoy!”

The restaurant has been around since 1888 and has been in numerous other films including “Enchanted,” “Across the Universe,” and “Donnie Brasco.”


You can grab a bite at the diner from “Silver Linings Playbook” (2012).

Foto: “Silver Linings Playbook” filmed at Llanerch Diner in Pennsylvania.sourceThe Weinstein Company

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper filmed one of the movie’s loud and physical fight scenes in Llanerch Diner.

“Silver Linings Playbook” may not be the lovey-dovey film you were thinking of for romantic-dinner inspiration, but visiting the diner is an easy way to see the set of an Oscar-nominated romantic comedy.

The diner is located in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, and has since been renovated.


“Four Weddings and a Funeral” (1994) shot one of the film’s iconic scenes at Café Rouge.

Foto: Andie MacDowell and Hugh Grant in “Four Weddings and a Funeral.”sourceMGM

Who can forget when Carrie listed all 33 of her previous lovers to Charles over coffee?

Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell shot the iconic “Four Weddings and a Funeral” scene in Café Rouge, a French-bistro chain in the United Kingdom.

For the authentic movie experience, make sure to visit the Covent Garden location on Wellington Street.


“Love, Simon” (2018) offers a cheaper option for a dinner date.

Foto: “Love, Simon” filmed in an Atlanta Waffle House.source20th Century Fox

Simon and Blue never go on a Waffle House date in “Love, Simon,” but Nick Robinson’s character does fantasize about them there.

In fact, he even believes that their usual Waffle House server is his mysterious internet connection for part of the film.

The whole movie was shot in Georgia, so if you want to visit the right Waffle House head to the Decatur, Georgia, location on Covington Highway.


An iconic New York restaurant was featured in “Definitely, Maybe” (2008).

Foto: “Definitely, Maybe” filmed a dinner-date scene at The Odeon.sourceFrank A./Yelp

In “Definitely, Maybe,” Will and Summer have one of their dates at The Odeon in New York City.

Ryan Reynolds and Rachel Weisz don’t work out in the end, but the iconic neon sign and art-deco theming made the restaurant an aesthetically-pleasing filming location.

Located in Lower Manhattan, the French-American brasserie has an extensive menu and even offers a delivery option if you don’t feel like dealing with New York traffic.

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