I thought the opening restaurant scene in Social Network was the scene of the year in the best movie of the year.

I think it's also one of the best restaurant scenes ever.

Also in 2010, there was the great erotic, food-as-sex, restaurant scene in the Tilda Swinton movie I Am Love. The Kids are All Right had plenty of restaurant scenes -- the Mark Ruffalo character owned a hot L.A. restaurant -- but there was something unconvincing about them.


A few actors won Oscars for playing characters that owned worked in, or habituated restaurants, inn, clubs or diners: Joan Crawford in Mildred Pierce, Ben Johnson in The Last Picture Show, Ellen Burstyn in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, Wendy Hlller and David Niven in Separate Tables, Helen Hunt and Jack Nicholson in As Good at Gets, and Halle Berry in Monster's Ball. Others?

It might be fun to make a list today of the all time great restaurant scenes, or greatest scenes set in a restaurant. Maybe we can arrive at a Top 10 list by the end of the day.

I was tempted to exclude scenes from movies that are actually set in, or about restaurants. But that would mean leaving out the closing kitchen scene in Big Night.

Here are few for your consideration; what are your favorite movie restaurant scenes?

The diner scene from Five Easy Pieces

The bravura opening tracking shot from Goodfellas

Michael's killing of Sollozzo and McClusky in the Godfather

Sally proves at point at Katz's Deli in When Harry Met Sally

The haff-blind date between James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan in A Shop Around the Corner

The spaghetti scene from The Lady and the Tramp