100+ Best Restaurant Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational restaurant quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.

Famous Restaurant Quotes

Although the skills aren’t hard to learn, finding the happiness and finding the satisfaction and finding fulfillment in continuously serving somebody else something good to eat, is what makes a really good restaurant. Mario Batali, Chef.

A good restaurant is like a vacation; it transports you, and it becomes a lot more than just about the food.

The business of feeding people is the most amazing business in the world. José Andrés, Chef and Founder of World Central Kitchen

In the restaurant business, you learn quickly there’s no margin in having enemies.

There are people with otherwise chaotic and disorganized lives, a certain type of person that’s always found a home in the restaurant business in much the same way that a lot of people find a home in the military. Anthony Bourdain, Chef, Author and Television Show Host

You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy food, and that’s kind of the same thing.

There’s the common misconception that restaurants make a lot of money. It’s not true. If you look at maybe the top chef in the world, or at least monetarily, it’s like Wolfgang Puck, but he makes as much money as an average crappy investment banker. David Chang, Chef and Television Host.

When you’re cooking in the premier league of restaurants, when things go down, it has to be sorted immediately.

Find what’s hot, find what’s just opened and then look for the worst review of the week. There is so much to learn from watching a restaurant getting absolutely panned and having a bad experience. Go and see it for yourself. Gordon Ramsey, Chef and Television Host

 One cannot think well, love well, or sleep well if one has not dined well

You’ve always got to work to your highest ability level. When times are great and restaurants are jamming, that’s when some restaurants get sloppy and take things for granted. Never take things for granted.  Michael Symon, Chef and Television Host

Restaurants want to be judged on their intentions  not the results.

Let’s face it: if you and I have the same capabilities, the same energy, the same staff, if the only thing that’s different between you and me is the products we can get, and I can get a better product than you, I’m going to be a better chef. Thomas Keller, Chef

My plans are not to open a restaurant, but what I would like to do is open a kitchen somewhere in D.C. proper and have a chef’s table where people can come and taste my food without having to have a catered event.

Food is one part of the experience. And it has to be somewhere between 50 to 60 percent of the dining experience. But the rest counts as well: The mood, the atmosphere, the music, the feeling, the design, the harmony between what you have on the plate and what surrounds the plate. Alain Ducasse, Chef

I really like the idea of restaurant life, especially in New York where everyone has small apartments  that restaurant culture where you sit at a table for a long time and the afternoon goes by and you’re kind of living there. I like that more than nightlife.

One of the reasons that people enjoy coming to a great restaurant is that when an extraordinary meal is placed in front of them, they feel honored, respected, and even a little bit loved.  Marcus Samuelsson, Chef

As a restaurateur, my job is to basically control the chaos and the drama. There’s always going to be chaos in the restaurant business.

One thing I always say is being a great chef today is not enough  you have to be a great businessman. Wolfgang Puck, Chef

Being branded the number one restaurant in the world is actually very humbling.

Customers don’t always know what they want. The decline in coffee-drinking was due to the fact that most of the coffee people bought was stale and they weren’t enjoying it. Once they tasted ours and experienced what we call “the third place, a gathering place between home and work where they were treated with respect they found we were filling a need they didn’t know they had. Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks

In the bar and restaurant industry, you’re always one idea away from your next quarter million

A restaurant is a fantasy, a kind of living fantasy in which diners are the most important members of the cast. Warner LeRoy, Businessman

A good restaurant is like a vacation; it transports you, and it becomes a lot more than just about the food. Philip Rosenthal, Television Writer and Producer

Nothing goes perfectly, especially when you are opening a restaurant

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

 Restaurants are like having children: it’s fun to make them, maybe, but then you have them for good and bad. You are going to have to raise them and if something goes wrong when they are 30 years old, they will still be your little boy.

Although a great restaurant experience must include great food, a bad restaurant experience can be achieved through bad service alone. Ideally, service is invisible. You notice it only when something goes wrong. Dana Spiotta, Author

If you’re a person who says yes most of the time, you’ll find yourself in the hotel business and the restaurant business.

Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice. Wayne Dyer, Author and Motivational Speaker

The livelihood of the restaurant is dependent upon getting the word out. There’s so much more competition. You can do an event every week and not cook at all.

Fortunately, I knew the cardinal rule of getting on with one’s fellow cooks. It applies in any kitchen and can be summed up in two short words: bust ass. Jacques Pépin, Chef

 I believe that if you have good organizational skills, then creativity can come out of that, but it’s hard to be really creative when everything is a mess. And in a restaurant, organizational skills are imperative

There’s a couple of universal principles in life. One is, don’t ever open a restaurant. One out of every two fails.

It’s amazing the relationships you forge in a kitchen. When you cooperate in an environment that’s hot. Where there’s a lot of knives. You’re trusting your well being with someone you’ve never before met or known. Alexandra Guarnaschelli, Chef and Television Host

Today, in the newspapers and magazines, the first sentence is, my restaurant is expensive.

There’s a bond among a kitchen staff, I think. You spend more time with your chef in the kitchen than you do with your own family. Gordon Ramsay

If you have a good experience in a restaurant, you tell 2 people. If you have a bad experience, you tell 10 people. Anthony Bourdain

Profit is not the legitimate purpose of business. The legitimate purpose of business is to provide a product or service that people need and do it so well that it’s profitable.

Be a positive energy trampoline, absorb what you need and rebound more back. Dave Carolan, Coach

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.

Each one, teach one. I want to believe that I am here to teach one and, more, that there is one here who is meant to teach me. And if we each one teach one, we will make a difference. Marcus Samuelsson

The secret of a successful restaurant is sharp knives

Line cooking done well is a beautiful thing to watch. It’s a high speed collaboration resembling, at its best, ballet or modern dance. Anthony Bourdain

Although a great restaurant experience must include great food, a bad restaurant experience can be achieved through bad service alone. Ideally, service is invisible. You notice it only when something goes wrong. Dana Spiotta

The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same. Colin R. Davis, Conductor

Although the skills aren’t hard to learn, finding the happiness and finding the satisfaction and finding fulfillment in continuously serving somebody else something good to eat, is what makes a really good restaurant.  Mario Batali

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. Thomas Edison, Inventor

When you are able to shift your inner awareness to how you can serve others, and when you make this the central focus of your life, you will then be in a position to know true miracles in your progress toward prosperity. Wayne W. Dyer

 We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated. Maya Angelou, Author

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. Mahatma Gandhi

Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. Bill Gates, Founder of Microsoft

To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.  Douglas Adams

Here is a simple but powerful rule: always give people more than what they expect to get. Nelson Boswell, Author

Earn your success based on service to others, not at the expense of others.  H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

The goal as a company is to have customer service that is not just the best but legendary. Sam Walton, Founder of Wal Mart

Always render more and better service than is expected of you, no matter what your task may be. Og Mandino

Make a customer, not a sale. Katherine Barchetti, Store Owner

Service which is rendered without joy helps neither the servant nor the served. But all other pleasures and possessions pale into nothingness before service which is rendered in a spirit of joy.  Mahatma Gandhi

Well done is better than well said. Benjamin Franklin, Inventor and Author

Joy can only be real if people look upon their life as a service and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness. Leo Tolstoy

If you do build a great experience, customers tell each other about that. Word of mouth is very powerful. Jeff Bezos, Founder of Amazon

A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity. The Buddha

Customers don’t expect you to be perfect. They do expect you to fix things when they go wrong. Donald Porter, Vice President of British Airways

The customer experience is the next competitive battleground.  Jerry Gregoire

Being on par in terms of price and quality only gets you into the game. Service wins the game. Tony Allesandra, Author and Speaker

We see our customers as invited guests to a party, and we are the hosts. It’s our job every day to make every important aspect of the customer experience a little bit better.  Jeff Bezos

If you’re not serving the customer, your job is to be serving someone who is. Jan Calzon, former CEO of SAP Group

Here is a simple but powerful rule: always give people more than what they expect to get.  Nelson Boswell

Merely satisfying customers will not be enough to earn their loyalty. Instead, they must experience exceptional service worthy of their repeat business and referral. Understand the factors that drive this customer revolution. Rick Tate, Author

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together. Vincent Van Gogh

Loyal customers, they don’t just come back, they don’t simply recommend you, they insist that their friends do business with you. Chip Bell, Founder of Chip Bell Group

Dealing with people is probably the biggest problem you face, especially if you are in business. Yes, and that is also true if you are a housewife, architect or engineer. Dale Carnegie, Writer and Lecturer

Every contact we have with a customer influences whether or not they’ll come back. We have to be great every time or we’ll lose them. Kevin Stirtz, Author

A customer is the most important visitor on our premises, he is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an interruption in our work. He is the purpose of it. He is not an outsider in our business. He is part of it. We are not doing him a favor by serving him. He is doing us a favor by giving us an opportunity to do so. Mahatma Gandhi, Lawyer, Activist, and Ethicist

Every company’s greatest assets are its customers, because without customers there is no company. Michael LeBoeuf, Author

It’s a very, very tough market. So unless you do a really good job, you buy the right products from the manufacturers, you service the customer, they keep coming back, they bring their friends in, it’s all about numbers, numbers, numbers. John Ilhan, Founder of Crazy John’s

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. Winston Churchill

If you love your customer to death, you can’t go wrong. Graham Day, Business Executive and Lawyer

Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. Lou Holtz

The most important adage and the only adage is, the customer comes first, whatever the business, the customer comes first. Kerry Stokes, Businessman

It’s not what happens to you that determines how far you will go in life; it is how you handle what happens to you. Zig Ziglar

Customer service is just a day in, day out ongoing, never ending, unremitting, persevering, compassionate, type of activity. Leon Gorman, CEO of L.L. Bean

It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it. Lou Holtz

Friendly makes sales  and friendly generates repeat business. Jeffrey Gitomer, Author and Speaker

Service, in short, is not what you do, but who you are. It is a way of living that you need to bring to everything you do, if you are to bring it to your customer interactions. Betsy Sanders, Executive and Speaker

 Statistics suggest that when customers complain, business owners and managers ought to get excited about it. The complaining customer represents a huge opportunity for more business. Zig Ziglar, Author, Salesman, and Speaker

We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. Einstein

Do what you do so well that they will want to see it again and bring their friends. Walt Disney, Founder of Disney

If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail. Abraham Maslow

You are serving a customer, not a life sentence. Learn how to enjoy your work. Laurie McIntosh, Educator and Author

Hospitality is central to the restaurant business, yet it’s a hard idea to define precisely. Mostly, it involves being nice to people and making them feel welcome. You notice it when it’s there, and you particularly notice it when it isn’t. A single significant lapse in this area can be your dominant impression of an entire meal. John Lanchester, Journalist

It all comes back to the basics. Serve customers the best tasting food at a good value in a clean, comfortable restaurant, and they’ll keep coming back. Dave Thomas, Founder of Wendy’s

I’m a restaurant junkie. Amy Carlson

In a restaurant, choose a table near a waiter. Jewish Proverb

I absolutely love low key restaurants. Andy Cohen

Going to a restaurant is one of my keenest pleasures. Meeting someplace with old and new friends, ordering wine, eating food, surrounded by strangers, I think is the core of what it means to live a civilized life. Adam Gopnik, Writer

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

There is no love more sincere than the love of food. George Bernard Shaw, Author

Insanity hovered close at hand, like an eager waiter at an expensive restaurant. Arundhati Roy

Fame itself doesn’t really afford you anything more than a good seat in a restaurant. David Bowie, Singer

I’ve been touted for my guacamole. I’ll stand by my method. People have asked me to come to their home and prepare it. Restaurants have asked me about it.

 Billy Gibbons

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

Nothing goes perfectly, especially when you’re opening a restaurant. Bobby Flay

If you want a reliable tip, drive into a town, go to the nearest appliance store, and seek out the dishwasher repair man. He spends a lot of time in restaurant kitchens and usually has strong opinions about them. Bryan Miller, Television Writer

When I’m hiring a cook for one of my restaurants, and I want to see what they can do, I usually ask them to make me an omelet. Bobby Flay

Food is our common ground, a universal experience.  James Beard, Chef and Author

I think everybody at some point in time has thought to themselves, ‘I have a really great idea for a restaurant. Bobby Flay

Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly. M. F. K. Fisher, Food Writer

I worked in restaurants the first half of my life. Bradley Cooper

The only thing I like better than talking about food is eating. John Walters, Broadcaster

If I go to a restaurant, other people stare. The meal is ruined. Brigitte Bardot

After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations. Oscar Wilde, Author

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

I want to enjoy my life, and food is a big part of it. Gwyneth Paltrow, Actress

My weaknesses have always been food and men  in that order. Dolly Parton, Singer and Philanthropist