15 places to eat and find design inspiration
Step out of the office, grab a bite to eat and find inspiration. We’ve put together 15 places to eat and find design inspiration across the United States.
Whenever I am in a new place I find a restaurant in town with the best interior design. I believe the feeling a restaurant gives you is just as important as the food itself. Just consider the fact that the idea for Vishion, the color search engine, was inspired by the bar at Kindred (number 15 on the list).
A beautiful interior isn’t just for Instagram, it can put you in the perfect mood to brainstorm. We hope you find inspiration in one of the restaurants mentioned below.
1. JG Domestic – Philadelphia
JG Domestic has the aesthetics you hope to have in your home garden, mixing plant-life and beautiful wood decor. The restaurant’s owner, Chef Jose Garces, has more than a dozen restaurants across the country and the winner of the James Beard Foundation’s prestigious “Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic” award.
2. Cecconi’s – Miami Beach
In the courtyard of Soho Beach House, Cecconi’s is a modern-day Italian restaurant filled with beautiful plant life and eclectic tile. The calming shade of blue and green, balanced by the dark-stained wood, makes this a wonderful place to grab a drink and think.
3. Bindaas – Washington, DC
Along with a cozy ambiance, Bindaas in Washington, DC serves its patrons Indian street food. With pops of color in a dimly lit room, this space shows how you can play with color to bring energy to a darker space.
4. Jaleo – Las Vegas
Red is the primary color of Jaleo, the Spanish restaurant inside the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. Sitting around a table in the restaurant’s private room reminds me of a set from a James Bond film.
5. Born and Raised – San Diego
Get ready to step back into the roaring twenties when you dine at Born and Raised in San Diego. The space, designed by Paul Basile, provides a timeless appeal. The entire restaurant nods to the mid-century and art deco eras.
6. Tallula’s – Los Angeles
Bright walls, scores of plants, and an airy patio make Tallula’s in Los Angeles a great restaurant to seek design inspiration. According to Eater, the design firm ORA transformed what was once a Japanese restaurant into the eye-catching Mexican restaurant it is today.
7. Hai Hai – Minneapolis
Hai Hai is a Minneapolis restaurant with an Asian-street flair. The vibrant wallpaper, matched with splashes of turquoise, and bright blue chairs make the eatery feel unique and special. Hai Hai owner Christina Nguyen sourced a patchwork of tropical wallpapers from Pierre Frey’s Jungle & Maya collections, according to Mpls. St.Paul Magazine.
8. Bubby’s – New York City
I’ve personally had breakfast at Bubby’s in Tribeca and can attest to its quaint vibe. While traveling, the design and colors of this space can give you a breath of home when you’re away from home. Open for 27 years, Bubby’s isn’t necessarily a new restaurant but still one worth trying.
9. Fulton Market Kitchen – Chicago
Fulton Market Kitchen in Chicago is a self-proclaimed art gallery and restaurant. Inspired by the 1980s NYC art scene and the Wynwood Walls in Miami, the space was conceptualized and designed by Alex Morales and Daniel Alonso.
10. Trestle – San Francisco
Trestle was the only restaurant I had on my list when I visited San Francisco with my husband a few years ago. Sitting in the intimate, small space makes you feel like you’re about to experience something special and the decor simply elevates the feeling.
11. The Collins Quarter – Savannah
Placing green and red so closely together can be risky (unless you’re going for a holiday theme), but The Collins Quarters in Savannah shows how to pull it off. According to its website, the restaurant was styled after Melbourne’s historic Collins Street to deliver a unique café experience.
12. Leon’s Oyster Shop – Charleston
Leon’s Oyster Shop in Charleston is housed in an old body shop that belonged to Leon Ravenel—a businessman that served Charleston residents for many years. According to their website, “the space preserves much of that industrial history, complete with functioning garage doors, concrete floors, and some remaining memorabilia from Leon himself.”
13. Republique – Los Angeles
It’s hard not to fall in love with the architecture of Republique in Los Angeles. According to Architectural Digest, the revamp of the 1929 property was done with the help of architect Osvaldo Maoizzi. The tile work and pop of blue throughout the restaurant highlights the amazing design of the restaurant.
14. The Corson Building – Seattle
The Corson Building in Seattle, with its familial style seating and homey vibe, is the perfect area to feel inspiration. Originally built in the first part of the last century, the building was constructed as a home and still honors many elements of its original design.
15. Kindred – Davidson
I have a special place in my heart for the design of Kindred in Davidson. The interior of this restaurant is what inspired me to create Vishion. To say I love the colors in this space would be the understatement of the century.
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Samantha Smith started Vishion in 2017 after struggling to find a specific piece of home decor in the perfect color. Thus, was born Sam’s vision for Vishion. Today, the color search engine partners with some of the top brands in the world to help interior design professionals and design lovers search for products and designs by color, instantly.
When Smith isn’t pitching and traveling to various competitions or running her Vishion team, she can be found hanging with her husband, Steve, and their two dogs in Charlotte, NC.