Los Angeles is the city where the greatest movies are made! A lot of those movies are being shot at the backlots of L.A.’s legendary Studios like Universal or Warner Bros. However, some scenes are shot at real life locations including some of the city’s best restaurants and bars. So why not have dinner or a cocktail at these iconic spots? As a bonding experience with your favorite TV characters, we definitely recommend trying out the following L.A. restaurants:
The Cicada Restaurant
Located inside the James Oviatt Building in DTLA, Cicada has played a role in quite a few films and TV shows, including Mad Men and Scandal. It’s also served as an inspiration for the design of Hotel Cortez in American Horror Story: Hotel. And, of course, its most notable scene occurred in Pretty Woman, in which Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts) accidentally flings an escargot shell across the room. Make your reservations at this lovely art deco Italian restaurant today!
Musso & Frank
This egendary Hollywood restaurant is featured in Tim Burton’s film, Ed Wood, a biopic about the notoriously terrible filmmaker, where Wood (Johnny Depp) meets Orson Welles (Vincent D’Onofrio). The significance of this scene is that Welles’ Citizen Kane is considered one of the greatest films of all time, while Wood’s Plan 9 from Outer Space – one of the worst. Make your reservations today, and have a steak and a martini.
The Redwood Bar
The Redwood Bar is featured in the 2009 romantic comedy, 500 Days of Summer, where Tom Hansen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) performs The Pixies’ “Here Comes Your Man” while out at karaoke with coworkers, impressing Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel). Swing by this pirate-themed downtown L.A. dive and enjoy the live music they’re known for.
The Blue Room
This Burbank dive bar is named for the color of its cushy booths and chairs. It plays Ferdy’s Bar in the 2000 thriller, Memento, starring Guy Pearce as an insurance investigator who is unable to store short-term memories, which makes it especially difficult for him to solve the murder of his wife. One clue leads him to Ferdy’s Bar, where he meets bartender Natalie (Carrie-Ann Moss). Stop by for a drink with your friends!
Originally named The Red Spot, this restaurant became the Formosa Cafe in the 1930s, serving up cocktails and Cantonese and American food to its celebrity clientele. It was featured in a hilarious scene from L.A. Confidential, where Detective Edmund Exley (Guy Pearce) accuses Lana Turner of being a prostitute dressed up like Lana Turner while his partner (Kevin Spacey), wryly observes. Unfortunately, this place is now permanently closed, even though its exterior still attracts you on Santa Monica Boulevard.