From rustic fine dining to colorful ceilings designed to “whet your appetite,” here are six of the best examples of interior design for restaurants in California.
Loqui in downtown Los Angeles, California, Wick Architecture & Design
Los Angeles study Wick Architecture & Design looked at materials more commonly found on construction sites when designing Loqui, another “mom and pop” taqueria location in downtown Los Angeles.
Concrete floors and exposed pipes from the renovation were left in place, while walls and surfaces were lined with brick terracotta and olive-colored stucco. Tables, chairs and benches are made of painted oak, and the facade is made of patinated steel.
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Madison in San Diego, California, by Archisects
California-based studio Archisects designed bright blue niches and walls and ceilings lined with cedar for Madison, a restaurant and cocktail bar built at a former nightclub in San Diego’s University Heights neighborhood.
The designers used wood and geometric shapes to create a warm and cozy space, with nautical lighting fixtures nodding toward the city’s coastal location.
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Bavel in the Los Angeles Art District of California, Studio Unltd
Los Angeles-based studio Unltd has turned a former warehouse in the Los Angeles Arts District into a Middle Eastern Bavel restaurant (pictured above and above).
The plants follow the whitewashed walls, and the banquets are covered with a fabric with a geometric pattern. The bar area draws inspiration from Casablanca, Morocco, with pink metal seats and gold-turquoise shelves set in vaulted niches.
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Auburn on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, California, Klein Agency
Jon and Masha Kleinhample, a design team of a husband and wife from Belgium, wanted to create a homey aesthetic for Auburn, a fine restaurant on Melrose Avenue.
The kitchen is open to the dining room, and the dishes are placed in open cabinets. Rustic ceiling beams exit from the inside through an open dining area where wood grows through a hole cut into the roof.
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Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura in Beverly Hills, California, by Gucci
The Gucci store in Beverly Hills has its own Italian restaurant on the top floor. The intimate restaurant with 50 bedspreads is designed to look like the restaurant of a fashion house in Florence, with a marble entrance and tapestry mats spread out on wooden floors.
The outdoor terrace has a mosaic floor with a star pattern and a retractable awning supported by steel beams painted in jade green.
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Salted pig in Riverside, California, M Plus project
Project M Plus, a collective of Los Angeles-based architects and designers, used a range of warm tones to “stimulate appetite and senses” for this restaurant in Riverside.
The ceiling and exposed channels are brick red, with sage-green accents in the dining area below. Leather-covered banquets are wrapped in wooden bars and lit by domed copper lamps.
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