Restaurant Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old restaurant quotes, restaurant sayings, and restaurant proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Some minds are like soup in a poor restaurant better left unstirred.     

P. G. Wodehouse

In a restaurant one is both observed and unobserved. Joy and sorrow can be displayed and observed "unwittingly," the writer scowling naively and the diners wondering, What the hell is he doing?     

David Mamet

It's easier to be faithful to a restaurant than it is to a woman.     

Federico Fellini

Never eat in a restaurant that has a bowling trophy on the cash register.     

Warren Miller

Life is like a restaurant; you can have anything you want as long as you are willing to pay the price.     

Moffat Machingura

But what makes my job so great is there's no one answer that's right for every restaurant.     

David Rockwell

It's very hard when you eat out every day for a living, and a new restaurant comes along and you haven't got that same vigour that you had 10 years ago.     

Gordon Ramsay

Restaurants get you in with food to sell you liquor; religions get you in with belief to sell you rules.     

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

There are advantages to being a star though - you can always get a table in a full restaurant.     

Ingrid Bergman

A restaurant on the moon could not have had less atmosphere.     

Geoff Dyer

The secret of a successful restaurant is sharp knives.     

George Orwell

Nothing goes perfectly, especially when you're opening a restaurant.     

Bobby Flay

A restaurant is a fantasy-a kind of living fantasy in which diners are the most important members of the cast.     

Warner LeRoy

When you go to a restaurant, the less you know about what happens in the kitchen, the more you enjoy your meal.     

Jeffrey Wright

Capitalism has turned human beings into commodities. To the owner of a restaurant: the cook and a bag of potatoes are equally important.     

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Great works are often born on a street corner or in a restaurant's revolving door.     

Albert Camus

Eating at fast food outlets and other restaurants is simply a manifestation of the commodification of time coupled with the relatively low value many Americans have placed on the food they eat.     

Andrew F. Smith

If anything is good for pounding humility into you permanently, it's the restaurant business.     

Anthony Bourdain

The disparity between a restaurant's price and food quality rises in direct proportion to the size of the pepper mill.     

Bryan Miller

The highway is replete with culinary landmines disguised as quaint local restaurants that carry such reassuring names as Millie’s, Pop’s and Capt’n Dick’s.     

Bryan Miller

I never eat in a restaurant that's over a hundred feet off the ground and won't stand still.     

Calvin Trillin

I'm in favor of liberalized immigration because of the effect it would have on restaurants. I’d let just about everybody in except the English.     

Calvin Trillin

Fame itself doesn't really afford you anything more than a good seat in a restaurant.     

David Bowie

A well-run restaurant is like a winning baseball team. It makes the most of every crew member's talent and takes advantage of every split-second opportunity to speed up service.     

David Ogilvy

I love Indian, Italian and Mexican food. And if it's a romantic type of thing, I like a good French restaurant.     

Dolly Parton

When I was a small boy, my father told me never to recommend a church or a woman to anyone. And I have found it wise never to recommend a restaurant either. Something always goes wrong with the cheese souffle.     

Edmund G. Love

I'm working harder than ever now, and I'm putting on my pants the same as I always have. I just get up every day and try to do a little better than the day before, and that is to run a great restaurant with great food, great wine, and great service. That’s my philosophy.     

Emeril Lagasse

Great restaurants are, of course, nothing but mouth-brothels. There is no point in going to them if one intends to keep one’s belt buckled.     

Frederic Raphael

The other night I ate at a real nice family restaurant. Every table had an argument going.     

George Carlin

When you first entered the restaurant, I thought you were handsome and then, of course, you spoke.     

Helen Hunt