There are some restaurants that stick in your mind, not for the food, but for the atmosphere and the unique people the restaurants seems to draw in. I think it would be fun to share some of those. Here are some of mine for the US, please share yours from all over
The one past restaurant that sticks in my head was one I went to as a kid. The Luau in Beverly Hills. It was always dark and had the Tiki atmosphere and dry ice to make the drinks smokey. The characters it attracted is something I still remember. And talking to older people that loved that restaurant, I found out there was a lot more going on then I could tell as a small child. From movie stars, to spies, to call girls at the bar.
Current restaurants: too many to list but here are a couple that stick in my mind:
The Fort in Morrison, Colorado. Not only is the food and location wonderful, but people feel comfortable going in their with suits or jeans so you get a good mix of folks. And the atmosphere is purely Colorado.
Another restaurant that sticks in my head is just an inexpensive little place that Goods Furniture has in their wine cellar. It's in Kewanee, Illinois, but they do a pretty good job in recreating the feel of wine cellars in Austria and Germany. And since your in the heart of the Midwest, in a small town, it is unique.