- 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).
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 Hukilau Cafe was featured in “50 First Dates” (2004).
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.
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.
You can reportedly sit at the same table where Julia Roberts and Richard Gere ate in “Pretty Woman” (1990).
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).
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.
Cafe Lalo was featured in the Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan classic, “You’ve Got Mail” (1998).
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.
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!”
You can grab a bite at the diner from “Silver Linings Playbook” (2012).
“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.
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.
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).
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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