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The 20 Best Hotel Restaurant Design Ideas

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Tessa ZuluagaAuthor

What are some of the best hotel restaurant designs?

Some of the most beautiful restaurants in the world are located inside of hotels. These dining experiences aren’t meant for just hotel guests, however, the right interior design can make any customer feel like they’re on vacation. This approach is no mistake. Hotel restaurants aim to be outstanding and this starts with their interior design.

“My definition of a good hotel is a place I’d stay at.” - Robert De Niro. With this logic, the definition of a good hotel restaurant is a place you’d dine at.

In this article, we’ll break down 20 examples of outstanding hotel restaurant design and what makes them so significant.

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The top 20 hotel restaurant design examples

Le Sel at The Banneker - Washington, DC

Le Sel is a modern French bistro near Dupont Circle in Washington, DC. Le Sel (which translates to salt) is the heartbeat of this neighborhood. There are many dining options here from the beautiful dining room to their dog-friendly patio, from delicious brunch to a romantic dinner, Le Sel has it all.

Le Sel matches the modern yet classy aesthetic of The Kimpton Benneker Hotel. With patterned tile, leather booths, and bistro-styled chairs this restaurant will elevate your dining experience to make you feel like you’re in France enjoying a pastry board.

Camellias at Hotel Bennett - Charleston, SC

If you’re looking for a gem in Charleston that the ladies will love, check out Camellias at Hotel Bennett. Inspired by the renowned Fabergé jewels, Camellias’ etched-mirror ceiling and crystal chandelier create a lovely ambiance. This bold pink interior includes marble reclaimed from the library that stood in this spot, a nod to the area’s rich history and tradition.

Camellias serves afternoon tea, wine & cocktails, and even offers caviar service. This pink bar will truly make you feel like you’re in a fairytale with chic booths, a stunning bar, and plenty of sparkle. Make sure to check Camellias out for your next outing with the girls.

Miss River at the Four Seasons Hotel - New Orleans, LA

Another elegant bar that gives diners a memorable experience is Miss River located in the Four Seasons Hotel in New Orleans. This ingredient-driven restaurant pays tribute to New Orleans's grand dining while providing surprise and fun to the dining experience.

The dining room here is full of charm with rounded booths, gold accents, and a stunning bar in the very center of everything. Miss River does an excellent job of setting a classy tone while giving a fun, lively vibe simultaneously.

The Canal Club at The Scott - Scottsdale, AZ

Similarly, over in Scottsdale, this restaurant is infused with the colors and comforts of 1930s Havana. The Canal Club brings together the unique flare of New Orleans with the elegance of Bauhaus, all while celebrating the desert sanctuary of Arizona.

The restaurant, bar, and lounge area offer a casual, yet elegant ambiance while capitalizing on an ideal indoor-outdoor layout. This creates a vibrant and comfortable atmosphere. The decor pairs together well with bulb light fixtures, an LED sign, and busy wallpapers. Check The Canal Club out for the best vibes and poolside cocktails.

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The Inn at Little Washington - Washington, VA

This American cuisine restaurant is unique with a healthy menu yet an old-world feel. Whimsical decor touches such as a rolling cow (named Faira) displaying cheeses invite guests to relax and have fun. This restaurant also works with local farmers and in 2021, Michelin awarded The Inn a Green Star for sustainability.

The interior design gives a cottage-core feel to make guests feel at home. The Inn uses a variety of bright colors to decorate the space and lights it up with natural light and a cozy fireplace. If The Inn makes you return for more, consider staying in one of its twenty-three guest rooms and suites that are sumptuous hideaways.

Matador Room at The Miami Beach EDITION - Miami Beach, FL

Inspired by its history and 1950s glamor, the menus at the Matador Room at The Miami Beach EDITION offer a delicious take on Caribbean, Spanish, and Latin and South American cuisines. The space’s original chandelier has been restored and is hung over the sunken oval dining room that is reminiscent of the glamorous supper clubs of the 1940s and 50s.

At the Matador Bar, an expansive black walnut and stone bar is the room’s centerpiece, with floor-to-ceiling windows that provide the only unobstructed view of the ocean at any hotel in Miami Beach. Black walnut-paneled walls are covered with photographs by famed French photographer Lucien Clergue that portray the art of bullfighting, while a thoughtfully crafted cocktail menu pays homage to the art of bartending. Visit the Matador Room for a rich experience filled with craft cocktails and a flavorful meal.

Josephine Estelle at the Ace Hotel - New Orleans, LA

This pretty, plant-covered restaurant is located at the Ace Hotel in New Orleans. Josephine Estelle is an award-winning osteria celebrating the marriage between Italian recipes and the bright flavors of the American South.

This restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch. They serve a menu emphasizing seasonal local ingredients, delectable wines, and handmade pastas prepared daily. The decor here is fun and fresh. With greenery, murals, and a tall bar Josephine Estelle’s atmosphere will make you want to stay awhile.

Domingo at Canopy by Hilton - San Antonio, TX

Domingo at Canopy by Hilton located in San Antonio is a modern tribute to South Texas cuisine. They also feature a great happy hour with $5 beers, $6 cocktails, and cheap snacks! The design of this restaurant will transport you to the heart of Mexico City, with breathtaking views of the riverwalk.

The interior decor contains blends of black and white accents with bright colors like orange. This is a beautiful restaurant with an open outdoor dining space, perfect for a summer day. The details from the black and white tables to the matching booths and plates make for a lovely atmosphere.

NoMad Restaurant at The NoMad Hotel - Las Vegas, NV

The NoMad Hotel, Las Vegas offers the comfort of a European home, brought to life in the grand spirit of Las Vegas. Located in the heart of the Strip, it draws inspiration from the natural surroundings of the desert with some classic glamor of this storied city.

The NoMad Restaurant is designed with class amid a multi-story Library housing 25,000 books from David Rockefeller’s personal collection. The menu here celebrates grand, clubby mid-century dining with a bit of theater. An extensive selection of expertly prepared cocktails, rare spirits, and a vast list of wines sourced from all over the world complete the menu. If you want a fancy ambiance, or if you want a classy break from the Vegas bustling nightlife, check out NoMad Restaurant.

Cafe Boulud at The Brazilian Court Hotel - Palm Beach, FL

Café Boulud Palm Beach is located at the historic Brazilian Court Hotel and serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and room service takeout. Since opening in 2003, Café Boulud has been a coveted dining destination in Palm Beach.

Pecky Cypress ceilings cover the in-room dining area with a shimmering bed of sea shells. Adorned with modern touches of leather, velvets, and backlit stone slabs, the dining room creates the perfect atmosphere for a mouthwatering meal. In addition to the dining room, this hotel restaurant offers a dining terrace with a view of the towering South Courtyard palm trees.

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The Pink Cabana at Sands Hotel and Spa - Indian Wells, CA

In the Sands Hotel and Spa in Indian Wells, California you can find one of the prettiest hotel restaurants. The Pink Cabana is a fresh, modern take on the great Tennis and Racquet Clubs of the 50’s and 60’s in Palm Springs. Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s design team did an incredible job paying attention to detail here from the tile to the gallery wall and everything in-between this restaurant design is, well, perfect. If you’re looking for

The Pink Cabana also specializes in elevated libations. They feature unique wines from Mediterranean climates that are designed to pair with all of their culinary offerings. The Pink Cabana is a highly curated wine and spirit destination with a lovely atmosphere, we highly recommend.

Villon at Proper Hotel - San Francisco, CA

The Villon at Proper Hotel in San Francisco is designed with redefined luxury. This restaurant is a sophisticated gathering point with signature dishes, craft cocktails, and an award-winning wine list. The decor here almost makes you feel like you’re dining in the sky, with light blue walls, white fluffy lighting fixtures, and memorable detailing. You can check Villon out for any meal from weekend brunch and tea service to dinner!

The Polo Lounge at Beverly Hills Hotel - Beverly Hills, CA

Looking for old Hollywood design inspiration? We’ve got the hotel restaurant for you. Where else but the Polo Lounge could have a candy-striped ceiling and make it look effortlessly cool? Polo Lounge’s iconic room, once described as ‘Hollywood’s commissary’ has a history as fabled as Tinsel Town itself.

The Polo Lounge serves American cuisine with an Italian edge and serves up a special board worthy of intense daily investigation. You might come for the stories and the beautiful interior but you’ll come again for the food.

Cress on Oak Creek at L’Auberge de Sedona - Sedona, AZ

Nestled into the wooded bank of a meandering creek, Cress on Oak Creek immerses diners into Sedona’s natural beauty. The menu here is infused with French techniques, European influence, and local ingredients. Cress offers breakfast, lunch, Sunday brunch, a la carte dinner, and Chef’s tasting menus, all expertly paired with dynamic cocktails and a seasoned wine list.

Sedona is known for being one of the most beautiful towns in the country with its bright red rocks. This restaurant focuses on a simple design to not take away from this natural beauty. Guests enjoy the views of Oak Creek while taking delight in their tasty dinner.

La Mer at Halekulani Hotel - Honolulu, HI

On the beach at Waikiki...that’s where you’ll find me. La Mer is Hawaii’s only AAA Five Diamond and Forbes 5 Star restaurant, with spectacular views of the Pacific. La Mer’s internationally acclaimed menu features local and tropical ingredients in dishes inspired by flavors from the south of France. Here they make every effort to support local farms. Ingredients used at La Mer are sourced from across the Hawaiian islands to enhance their unique and signature flavors.

This is another hotel restaurant that keeps its interior simple so guests can focus on the beauty of the view. The decor is as elegant as a fine-dining restaurant and it has plenty of Hawaiian design accents throughout the dining room.

Le Cavalier at Hotel Du Pont - Wilmington, DE

Le Cavalier is a lively brasserie that evokes the grand European traditions with a reinvented spin. The menu is influenced by the flavors of Provence and highlights the seasonal tastes of Delaware. Le Cavalier is winning praise for its menu of French classics with modern, unexpected twists. The food is paired with a bold craft cocktail program and a natural wine list.

The design here is sophisticated and classic. With mosaic tile flooring, a large marble bar top, and arched windows, there’s plenty of inspiration to be taken here. The space is designed to be refined and equally welcoming for intimate dates, celebratory large parties, family and social gatherings, and business meetings. Personally, we don’t care about the occasion we would love to dine here!

Cabra at The Hoxton - Chicago, IL

If you’re looking for a vibrant and colorful dining experience, check out Cabra at The Hoxton in Chicago. This menu features bright, light flavors paired with rich ingredients in unexpected ways. With fun booths, a long bar, and beautiful views of the city this restaurant doesn’t miss.

The food here is just as beaming as the furniture. You can find all the different colors on your plates and pair these offerings with flavorful cocktails. When the weather permits you can also enjoy a drink on the patio! In a city that can sometimes feel grey, spice up your dining experience with some vibrance at Cabra.

1 Kitchen at 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay - Princeville, HI

This amazing hotel restaurant was founded on plant-forward, hyper-local, and sustainably sourced cuisine from the island and its surrounding waters. The menu features the best ingredients from Kaua’i’s farmers, ranchers, fishers, and growers.

Everything about this restaurant showcases its routes in Kauai. The dining room is adorned with a wealth of Native Hawaiian fibers skillfully crafted by local O'ahu artist Marques Marzan.⁠ Inspired by his island home, Marzan draws upon his knowledge of Hawaiian culture to bridge the traditions of the past with the innovations of the present.⁠

Addison at Fairmont Grand Del Mar - San Diego, CA

Addison, Southern California’s first and only three Michelin-starred restaurant in the heart of San Diego, showcases the beauty and allure of California Gastronomy. This restaurant is known for its ten-course tasting meal with wine pairings to enhance, showcasing top California vintages and newly discovered selections from around the globe. 

The design of Addison matches its incredible dining experience. The dining room is classy and dimly lit to set the best ambiance possible. You can see their extensive wine offerings filling a wall. The space is clean and contemporary in the best way possible. If you’re looking for a unique fine dining experience, book a reservation at Addison today.

Chez Philippe at The Peabody - Memphis, TN

Speaking of experience, at Chez Philippe, modern American cuisine meets French presentation in four courses or a seven-course tasting menu. This restaurant is a great spot to celebrate an occasion and also offers an extensive, award-winning wine list. With formal table settings, marble pillars, and beautiful paintings this spot is just as classy as it is tasty.

A classic restaurant will always be in style and this is a prime example of classic restaurant design.

Improve your restaurant design today

The allure of hotel restaurants lies not only in their menus but also in their ambiance and design. Through these 20 exceptional examples, we've outlined how these establishments elevate their dining experience through design elements, leaving a lasting impression on their guests. You can do the same for your restaurant. A memorable restaurant design starts with a strong restaurant branding guide. Start crafting yours today.

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