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, paid 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. More recently, websites such as Eat My World have popped up which help people find and book these supper clubs.

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 part of 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 restaurant property. "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]
  • Kitchen Theory, London
  • The Edinburgh Salon, Edinburgh
  • 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]
  • Frank's Cucina[1]


  • 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 and 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]

  • Li Cheng's (崩牙成) underground restaurant – traditional Cantonese cuisine.
  • Liu Jien-Wei and Wang Hai couple's restaurant – since 1998, Sichuan cuisine, 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. [2],
  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. ^ [3] 'Nodbayerischer Kurier: Neue Gastro Idee in Bayreuth'
  25. ^ [4] 'Spiegel.de'
  26. ^ [5] 'ClikeChef Website'
  27. ^ [6] 'funtasty adventures - Website about Supperclubs'

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

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