The 10 Best-Designed Restaurants in America

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At Dwell, we're obsessed with eateries that treat their decor as carefully as their prix fixes. From Philadelphia to Palm Springs, these 10 tantalizing restaurant designs are a feast for the eye.

Modern home with Dining Room, Chair, Table, Pendant Lighting, and Dark Hardwood Floor. Jaleo (Las Vegas, Nevada)

An intimate dining area for eight influenced by Spanish surrealism is the Las Vegas Jaleo’s most outstanding feature. The space, designed by Rockwell Group, features black leather Showtime Chairs by Jaime Hayon that pair with a walnut table by Ian Ingersoll. The custom bookshelf wall coverings are by MDC. Photo  of The 10 Best-Designed Restaurants in AmericaView Photos

Jaleo (Las Vegas, Nevada)

An intimate dining area for eight influenced by Spanish surrealism is the Las Vegas Jaleo’s most outstanding feature. The space, designed by Rockwell Group, features black leather Showtime Chairs by Jaime Hayon that pair with a walnut table by Ian Ingersoll. The custom bookshelf wall coverings are by MDC.

Modern home with Dining Room, Chair, Pendant Lighting, Table, and Bench. RN74 (Seattle, Washington)

RN74’s name references the highway linking Burgundy’s wineries, which were connected by rail prior to the 20th century. With this heritage in mind, the New York-based studio AvroKO set about designing a space that recalls the romance of early locomotive travel. Station-style wine boards, dark vinyl booths, and custom chandeliers fabricated by Goodshop transport visitors from Downtown Seattle to the dining car from Brief Encounter. Photo  of The 10 Best-Designed Restaurants in AmericaView Photos

RN74 (Seattle, Washington)

RN74’s name references the highway linking Burgundy’s wineries, which were connected by rail prior to the 20th century. With this heritage in mind, the New York-based studio AvroKO set about designing a space that recalls the romance of early locomotive travel. Station-style wine boards, dark vinyl booths, and custom chandeliers fabricated by Goodshop transport visitors from Downtown Seattle to the dining car from Brief Encounter.

Modern home with Dining Room, Bar, Stools, Chair, Table, and Wall Lighting. Cherry Izakaya restaurant in Brooklyn features an intricate wood tapestry ceiling. Photo  of The 10 Best-Designed Restaurants in AmericaView Photos

Cherry Izakaya (Brooklyn, New York)

hOmE studio is responsible for some of New York's most beloved jewel-box restaurants. At Cherry Izakaya in Williamsburg, banquets made of reclaimed wood, an intricately carved ceiling, and a vintage Pachinko machine create a warm atmosphere inspired by 1970s Tokyo. The bankers are by O’lampia and the bar stools are by From the Source.

Modern home with Dining Room, Bench, Chair, Table, Shelves, Wall Lighting, and Pendant Lighting. JG Domestic (Philadelphia, Pennslyvania)

Located adjacent to Philadelphia’s bustling 30th Street Train Station, JG Domestic could have easily felt like an extension of the frenetic commuter hub. Instead, the mood inside is positively bucolic. A “living wall” of vegetation, plaid, striped, and burlap seating, and shelves lined with farmhouse trinkets lend the space tranquility. The lights on top of the shelves are custom by Créme. Photo  of The 10 Best-Designed Restaurants in AmericaView Photos

JG Domestic (Philadelphia, Pennslyvania)

Located adjacent to Philadelphia’s bustling 30th Street Train Station, JG Domestic could have easily felt like an extension of the frenetic commuter hub. Instead, the mood inside is positively bucolic. A “living wall” of vegetation, plaid, striped, and burlap seating, and shelves lined with farmhouse trinkets lend the space tranquility. The lights on top of the shelves are custom by Créme.

Modern home with Dining Room, Pendant Lighting, Recessed Lighting, Bar, Stools, Table, Chair, Bench, Dark Hardwood Floor, and Shelves. Hinoki and the Bird, another restaurant winner, designed by Studio MAI. Photo  of The 10 Best-Designed Restaurants in AmericaView Photos

Hinoki & the Bird (Los Angeles, California)

A lavish material palette of walnut, cedar, and brass belies Hinoki & the Bird’s playful side. The Beverly Hills eatery, which was recently recognized by the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles chapter, features oak banquettes upholstered with repurposed denim, an assortment of flea market chairs, and polished steel tiles in lieu of bathroom mirrors. Designer Milo Garcia of MAI Studio says he wanted to bring levity to upscale dining.

Modern home with Dining Room, Pendant Lighting, Concrete Floor, Bench, Chair, and Table. Workshop Kitchen + Bar (Palm Springs, California) 

Instead of the midcentury style so popular in Palm Springs, Workshop Kitchen + Bar opts for a bold mix of industrial and ecclesiastical design. Concrete “side chapels” flank a communal table underneath a 27-foot peaked ceiling. The exposed pendant lights are by .PSLAB. Photo  of The 10 Best-Designed Restaurants in AmericaView Photos

Workshop Kitchen + Bar (Palm Springs, California)

Instead of the midcentury style so popular in Palm Springs, Workshop Kitchen + Bar opts for a bold mix of industrial and ecclesiastical design. Concrete “side chapels” flank a communal table underneath a 27-foot peaked ceiling. The exposed pendant lights are by .PSLAB.

Modern home with Dining Room, Bench, Chair, Table, and Wall Lighting. The Musket Room (New York, New York)

Winner of the Restaurant and Bar Design Award for Best Restaurant in the Americas, the Musket Room is an effortlessly charming 70-seat eatery in the heart of downtown Manhattan, complete with midcentury chandeliers, a walnut bar, and backyard garden. Here, teal upholstered banquets line a wall of lime-washed exposed brick. Photo  of The 10 Best-Designed Restaurants in AmericaView Photos

The Musket Room (New York, New York)

Winner of the Restaurant and Bar Design Award for Best Restaurant in the Americas, the Musket Room is an effortlessly charming 70-seat eatery in the heart of downtown Manhattan, complete with midcentury chandeliers, a walnut bar, and backyard garden. Here, teal upholstered banquets line a wall of lime-washed exposed brick.

Modern home with Dining Room, Chair, Table, and Track Lighting. Saison (San Francisco, California) 

An open layout creates complete transparency between the kitchen and dining area at Saison, designed by Samantha+Hart Architecture, Michael Gibson of Tenant Design, and Jiun Ho. The restaurant's cozy capacity—18 seats—prevents the space from feeling too exposed, however. For the kitchen, the owners imported a custom Molteni stove from Italy, the only one in San Francisco. Photo  of The 10 Best-Designed Restaurants in AmericaView Photos

Saison (San Francisco, California)

An open layout creates complete transparency between the kitchen and dining area at Saison, designed by Jiun Ho. The restaurant's cozy capacity—18 seats—prevents the space from feeling too exposed, however. For the kitchen, the owners imported a custom Molteni stove from Italy, the only one in San Francisco.

Modern home with Dining Room, Pendant Lighting, Table, and Chair. Roost (Greenville, South Carolina)

Far from the urban meccas of fine dining, a farm-to-table restaurant scene is flourishing in Greenville, South Carolina. At Roost, this locavore ethos extends to the decor. Atlanta-based firm Johnson Studio chose locally sourced materials, such as limestone. Walls made of slated oak, which are meant to resemble produce crates, visually ratify the eatery’s connection with the land. Photo  of The 10 Best-Designed Restaurants in AmericaView Photos

Roost (Greenville, South Carolina)

Far from the urban meccas of fine dining, a farm-to-table restaurant scene is flourishing in Greenville, South Carolina. At Roost, this locavore ethos extends to the decor. Atlanta-based firm Johnson Studio chose locally sourced materials, such as limestone. Walls made of slated oak, which are meant to resemble produce crates, visually ratify the eatery’s connection with the land.

Modern home with Dining Room, Chair, Table, Pendant Lighting, and Bench. Cecconis (Miami, Florida)

Architect Martin Brudnizki chose to incorporate a little local color into the Miami outpost of the sophisticated London bistro, Cecconis. Seafoam seat cushions set amid lush greenery create a romantic interplay between indoor and out. Photo  of The 10 Best-Designed Restaurants in AmericaView Photos

Cecconis (Miami, Florida)

Architect Martin Brudnizki chose to incorporate a little local color into the Miami outpost of the sophisticated London bistro, Cecconis. Seafoam seat cushions set amid lush greenery create a romantic interplay between indoor and out.

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