Underground restaurant

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An underground restaurant, sometimes known as a supper club or closed door restaurant, is a social dining eating establishment operated out of someone's home, generally (though not invariably) bypassing local zoning and health-code regulations. They are, in effect, paying dinner parties. They are usually advertised by word of mouth or guerilla advertising, often on Facebook, and may require references to make a reservation. An underground restaurant is also known as a guestaurant, which is a hybrid between being a guest in a dinner party and a restaurant.

Underground restaurants are popular in Latin America, where they're known as either a paladar or a restaurante de puertas cerradas (closed door restaurant). Depending on local licensing laws, they may or may not be illegal; either way, they've been built into the culture for decades, and often have higher standards than many licensed establishments.[1] They are becoming increasingly popular in the U.S.[2]

The attraction of the underground restaurant for the customer is the opportunity to sample new food, often at low cost outside the traditional restaurant experience,[3] which can be expensive and disappointing—underground restaurants have been described as "anti-restaurants." They also generally provide a more intimate, dinner party style experience. For the host, the benefit is to make some money and experiment with cooking without being required to invest in a restaurant proper. "It's literally like playing restaurant," one host told the San Francisco Chronicle, "You can create the event, and then it's over."[4]

By country[edit]


United Kingdom[edit]

In the UK, Underground Restaurants and Supper Clubs have started to blossom, with reviews in leading newspapers such as The Times and The Guardian. They range across the UK[12] but are mainly concentrated in London.[citation needed]

  • Parkholme Supper Club, London - the first UK charity supperclub, raising money for Médecins Sans Frontières[13]
  • The Underground Restaurant, London [14]
  • Charlie and Evelyn's Table, Edinburgh [12]
  • Kitchen Porter, Edinburgh [12]
  • The Underground Supper Club, Walthamstow - Dining on a London Underground Tube Carriage, London [15]
  • Find a Supper Club [16]

United States[edit]

  • Chef DAT Underground Dinners, Dallas, Texas[17]
  • FRANK, Dallas, Texas,[18] named "Best Restaurant in DFW" by Yelp,[19] and "Best of the City 2014" by Modern Luxury,[20]
  • CULINARY MISCHiEF, Phoenix, Arizona; Los Angeles, California; New York City, New York; London, United Kingdom; Florence, Italy [21][22][23]


  • Guerilla-Kochen – The first legalized underground restaurant in Germany serves fine menus with selected wines and accompanied by live music. "[24]
  • Zum röhrenden Hirsch - Underground Restaurant in Krefeld [25]
  • C like Chef - Underground Restaurant in Munich [26]

armeritta supper club // Dortmund
b.alive dinner club // Berlin
Ceci n'est pas un restaurant // Cologne
Ceci n'est pas un restaurant // Frankfurt
Chicoree // Dresden
Daniel's Eatery // Berlin
Die WeinKüche // Berlin
green cookery lounge // Düsseldorf
Hidden KItchen // Mainz
I EAT YOU // Berlin
innen schön rosa // Göttingen
Katchina Supper Club // Cologne
Kitchen Guerilla // Hamburg & Istanbul
Kouzina Marina // Cologne
Krauted Haus // Berlin
Magic Garden Supper Club // Düsseldorf
Metti una sera a cena // Berlin
Mother's Mother // Berlin
My Flying Table // Wildeshausen
Secret Supper Club // Munich
Secret Dinner // Hannover
Sophiencafé // Berlin
Sweet Potato Supper Club // Passau
The Bread Exchange // Berlin
The Green vs. The Greek // Berlin
Tischgeflüster // Augsburg
Zuhause // Berlin
Herdheimchen // Heilbronn


Spice Lounge Supper Club // Zürich

Hong Kong[edit]

First, Li Cheng's(崩牙成) underground restaurant, tradional Cantonese cruisine. .

In 1998, Liu Jien-Wei and Wang Hai couple restaurant, Sichuan cruisine,於上環鴨巴甸街

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Perlman, Dan. Mi casa, su cuenta, The Guardian, April 17, 2008.
  2. ^ Smillie, Susan. Going underground, The Guardian, May 29, 2009.
  3. ^ Sarah Schindler, Unpermitted Urban Agriculture: Transgressive Actions, Changing Norms, and the Local Food Movement, 2014 Wisconsin Law Review 369, available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2414016
  4. ^ DeFao, Janine. Guerrilla Gourmet, San Francisco Chronicle, Jan 22, 2006.
  5. ^ 'Charlie’s Burgers: European Vacation', Toronto Star, July 8, 2010.
  6. ^ 'Revealed: Charlie Burger's true identity', Globe and Mail, July 22, 2011.
  7. ^ 'Kitchen confidential: At this underground dinner party, cleaning your plate hurts so good', Maclean's, March 30, 2009.
  8. ^ 'Fine dining alive and well in Toronto', Toronto Star, April 5, 2010.
  9. ^ 'Notes from the Underground', Toronto Star, March 31, 2009.
  10. ^ 'Charlie's offers good deal on great food', Toronto Star, March 31, 2009.
  11. ^ Toronto 'anti-restaurant' ranked third best new food experience by Food & Wine magazine | National Post
  12. ^ a b c Supper Clubs My Monkfish.com, (2011), Retrieved 26 July 2013
  13. ^ Médecins Sans Frontières. Events List,
  14. ^ "Our Valentine's date with Ms Marmite Lover", Hello!, January 28, 2013.
  15. ^ "http://now-here-this.timeout.com/2013/05/15/underground-supper-club/", TimeOut, May 15, 2013.
  16. ^ Find a Supper Club. [1],
  17. ^ Shih, Carol (6 September 2013). "People We Love: Chef David Anthony Temple". D Magazine. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  18. ^ "Frank Underground pop-up reunites MasterChefs Ben Starr and Jennie Kelley", Pegasus News, June 8, 2012.
  19. ^ "Check out the best restaurants in DFW according to Yelp", Dallas Morning News, December 18, 2014.
  20. ^ "Best of the City", Modern Luxury Dallas, January 15, 2015.
  21. ^ http://www.candidmagazine.com/interview-culinary-mischiefs-gabriele-bertaccini/
  22. ^ http://legacy.graziadaily.co.uk/food/review--culinary-mischief-the-new-luxury-supper-club
  23. ^ http://www.vogue.co.uk/blogs/vogue-today/2013/11/5/vogue-eats-dining-with-gabriele-bertaccini
  24. ^ [2] 'Nodbayerischer Kurier: Neue Gastro Idee in Bayreuth'
  25. ^ [3] 'Spiegel.de'
  26. ^ [4] 'ClikeChef Website'
  27. ^ [5] 'funtasty adventures - Website about Supperclubs'

[1] "The Secret Feast", The Guardian, February 9, 2009.

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