All - You - Can - Eat Buffets
Typically offers 'all- you - can -eat' for a set price. Diners can view the food and pick and choose what they want & can decide how much food they want to take. Is effective at serving large numbers of people at once.
Al - Fresco/outdoor dining
Restaurants that employ robots as servants to undertake tasks such as cooking and serving food & delivering drinks to customers tables.
French- style small restaurant that serves moderately priced meals
Conveyor Belt Sushi
Plates of sushi on a rotating conveyor belt
Above: Yo Sushi! at Bluewater Shopping Centre, UK
Themed restaurants that originated in Japan where service staff are dressed as maids
Dai Pai Dong
Open air food stalls in Hong Kong with stools as seats
Source: Always Foodie
Roadside restaurants in India and Pakistan. Operate similarly to a truck stop.
Source: The Hindu
Pre-fabricated restaurant building of early American life that serves a wide range of foods, most of which are American -fare such as burgers and fries.
Source: Bernie's Diner Grill & Bar Restaurant in Barcelona
Form of entertainment that combines a restaurant meal with a staged play or musical
Source: Creative Loafing Charlotte
Type of tourist train service which allows people to eat dinner, whilst experiencing a short train ride. Many of these dinner trains can be found throughout North America.
Columbia Star Dinner Train - Columbian Missourian
Type of service provided by restaurants that allows customers to purchase food and beverage items without leaving their cars.
Source: Paul Sakuma/AP
Family style restaurant
Casual dining restaurant where food is served on platters. In some places, alcohol isn't served at these establishments.
Chained restaurants such as Chipotle Mexican Grill, Denny's and Nandos usually do not offer full table service but they offer high-end quality food, in comparison to fast food establishments such as McDonalds, Burger King and KFC.
Emphasize on speed and delivery of service. Examples include KFC, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Burger King
Source: Oakmont of Segovia
A ship, boat or vessel used as a restaurant on water.
Source: Jumbo Kingdom
Food Booth/Food stand
Indoor plaza or area within a shopping mall or centre for example that consists of counters of multiple food vendors and service counters.
Serves high-end food and beer
above: Draft Gastropub & European Food in Manilla
Small cheap restaurant or diner that serves fried food, such as English Fry-Ups
Open - air complexes housing stalls that sell a variety of food. Are found in city centres in parts of East Asia. Very similar to the food court, but food is considered cheaper and more affordable, in terms of price.
Source: Your Singapore
Hong Kong- styled fast food
Served in fast casual restaurants such as Cafe de Coral found in malls and shopping centres throughout Hong Kong. Is a mix of Canto- Western fusion food, Cantonese and Asian food.
Source: The Robot Chef
Brazilian self-service buffet type restaurant, where you select food items from a buffet table, which is then weighed at the till. You are then charged by the kilo, based on the amount of food on the plate - hence the name.
Source: Expat Brazil
Meat and Three
Restaurants within the Southern USA in which s/he picks one meat from a selection of 306 choices & 3 side dishes from the list. It is often served with cornbread and sweet tea. Its roots can be traced back to Nashville, Tennessee.
Source: 10 Best
Sells prepared and cooked food in a type of vehicle, i.e. food trucks. Food may include hot dogs, tacos, ice cream and sandwiches.
Customers pick and create a bowl of ingredients displayed in a buffet selection. This bowl is handed to the chef, who stir-fries the food on a griddle and adds sauces to it. S/he then puts the cooked food on a plate or bowl and returns it to the customer.
Restaurant that specializes in oysters
John Dory Oyster Bar in NYC
Specializes in breakfast items such as waffles, pancakes, omelettes. They exist throughout the U.S and in the Netherlands & Denmark.
Source: Photo from Photocrawler
Source: The Wright Brothers Spitalfields
Steakhouse - Specializes in beef steaks and other types of meat known as chops. Steakhouses originated in the U.S.
Supper Clubs/Pop - Up Restaurant
Dining establishment that doubles up as a social club.
Source: Supperclub Restaurant, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Table top cooking
Food items are prepared by restaurants for customers to cook on embedded gas stoves, cookers and grills. Korean barbecue & Vietnamese restaurants are known for offering table top cooking with their skewered meats, vegetables, condiments, as well as traditional Chinese hot pots.
Source: Creative Loafing
Prepared or cooked meals purchased at the restaurant that the customer takes away and consumes elsewhere.
Photo by Woman Magazine/Rex Features
Restaurants where the main focus of attention is on the concept & the selling of that concept to customers. The food menu is centered around a particular theme of that restaurant.
Above: The Rainforest Cafe in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Restaurant located inside a tower building and is accessible by elevator.
Above: The CN tower in Toronto, Canada
A social dining eating establishment taking place in someone's home. They are, in effect, paying dinner parties. These are popular in South America and elsewhere around the world. The benefits of an underground restaurant is to make money and to cook food, without having to invest in an actual restaurant.
Above: underground food collective - image by Nona Brookyln.com
Source: Vegetarian buffet restaurant in Taipei, Taiwan via Wikipedia
Chinese morning and/or afternoon tea restaurants, which involves drinking tea & eating dim sum dishes. These are found within Chinatown and other dim sum restaurants in and around China, Hong Kong and UK, U.S, Australia, Canada in particular.
Above: Marigold restaurant in Sydney, Australia - Time Out