Typically, going out to a restaurant isn’t solely about good food and good service. Of course, this is important, but it’s also the ambiance, atmosphere, and overall social experience that keeps guests returning. Interior design plays a huge role in this experience by using elements such as lighting, colors, finishes, textures, and furniture that considerably influence your overall dining experience.
Restaurant and bar design allows designers to unleash their creativity and permits them more freedom to design things that they wouldn’t necessarily design in a home or a commercial setting. It’s their responsibility to create a design and represent a brand that will set the restaurant apart from the rest. An aesthetically pleasing environment pairs well with a delicious meal and good company!
We recently worked on a project with the Ottawa Art Gallery, we designed Jackson Cafe & Restaurant. Our goal was to create a space that was as beautiful and harmonious as the space that surrounds it.
Jackson - Ottawa, Ontario
Here are some of our favourite restaurant and bar designs from all over the world that we have drawn inspiration from:
Clerkenwell Grind - London, UK
This restaurant is located in a 19th-century warehouse. The first floor contains the cocktail bar and dining area and the basement includes a separate bar for nightly events.
We love the impact the brass logo has against the chevron patterned navy timber wall.
The marble and velvet accents pair beautifully together and the worn timber floors contrast with the luxurious aesthetics. The brass pulls it all together and helps create a warm, stylish, inviting, atmosphere.
We can definitely picture our team sipping a cocktail (or two) at this bar.
The design is detailed and oriented, busy in a good way! With its industrial qualities and vintage vibes, this would definitely be a cool place to hang out.
Lolita Cafe - Ljubljana, Slovenia
Such an elegant, sophisticated, and feminine design. That graphic floral mural extended across the ceiling is stunning! This cafe has been nominated for Best International Interior in the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards.
I Love Paris - CDG Airport, Paris
This modern, chic restaurant screams French gastronomy! The ornate lighting surrounding this upscale champagne bar really creates a luxurious feel. If you’re ever waiting for a flight at the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, this is the place to be.
Hotel Mera Brasserie - Sopot, Poland
Their design is simple and clean yet quite memorable. We love the way the bright open dining area flawlessly transitions into the more intimate, darker bar by simply tweaking the colour scheme a pinch. And oh how we love the murals, this one is so cool!
Amazonico Restaurant - Madrid, Spain
Who doesn’t love a tropical feel? This restaurant will make you feel like you’re in the heart of the Brazilian jungle with its exotic design. Can we also address the greenery?? Ah the greenery! It really makes the space come to life. The large floor to ceiling windows brighten up the interior during the day and the lighting sets the mood for a more romantic evening.
The Gorgeous Kitchen - London, UK
The restaurant really does live up to its name! The blues and soft lighting evoke a feeling of tranquillity throughout the restaurant. Such a delicate, elegant design. Leather seats, copper finishes, backlit mirrors, talk about vintage glamour!
Bronte Restaurant - London, England
If you read our blog “Ferns & Flush”, you know just how much we love the combination of pink and green! A neutral background with carefully selected pieces of furniture help create that eclectic kind of vibe.
Nomo Kitchen - New York, USA
The high skylight ceiling of Nomo Kitchen lets in so much natural light, you can never get enough vitamin D! The greenery paired with the natural tones throughout the room make this space feel organic and harmonious. The chandeliers and ornamented glass add that touch of glam that really increases the beauty of the space.
Iberica - Victoria, London, UK
Who doesn’t love a good shade of Green! Subtle spanish elements integrated into the design, oh so lovely! Authentic and modern, we certainly would grab a bite here.
We hope you enjoyed these designs as much as we did. Let us know if you’re ever traveling and make it to any of these beautiful spaces.
See you next time!
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“It was important to us to give back and to create an environment that is enriching to both customers and staff. It’s cliché, but that’s what really sets us apart. We wanted to create a culture of care. That’s exactly what I see every time I’m in one of our restaurants.” -Stephanie Howarth
When he isn't kayaking Ottawa's white waters or making the team gin & tonics on Fridays, Justin is hard at work behind the scenes at West of Main. Justin is a pillar of the interior design company, he sets the bar high for his staff, and is a team motivator (aka he keeps us in line).
“I design for people and believe that the foundation of great design is successful communication and involvement with the client. I believe spaces that foster either intimate conversation or the sense of belonging to a bigger experience are the most magical and memorable spaces.”
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