People walking into Bar Sajor, an eatery tucked away in a historic brick building in Pioneer Square in Seattle, will feel as though they have been transported to the Mediterranean. The beautiful, welcoming space, complete with high ceilings and large windows that allow light to filter in, features walls of simple white beadboard wainscoting adorned here and there with embellished mirrors and other installations by Tamara Codor creating a space with an exotic feel. Lovely brass accents along with dried flowers are dotted throughout the space as well, plus the restaurant also features an open kitchen where chef Matt Dillon and his team cook everything by wood flame.
Bar Sajor, 323 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle, WA, USA, +1 206 682 1117
Located in downtown Los Angeles within the historic Brockman Building, Bottega Louie is a large, multifaceted space featuring a restaurant, market selling gourmet goods, café, and patisserie. Creating a space with a distinctly European feel, the interior, designed by Michael Rominske of view design studio who won the 2009 AIA Los Angeles Restaurant Design Award for this restaurant, features an open floor plan, complete with an open kitchen, filled with light. From the Carrara marble floors to furniture pieces with warm wood panels inlayed with brass details to sleek, tufted black banquettes, the space exudes old-world charm perfect for sampling award-winning Italian and French delicacies.
Bottega Louie, 700 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 213 802 1470
Craftsman & Wolves
Located in the Mission District of San Francisco, Craftsman and Wolves is a popular patisserie specializing in delectable sweet and savory edibles with a modern twist. That modernness extends into bakery’s interior as well complementing the contemporary baked goods perfectly. The space features elements of wood, concrete, and steel with a lot of clean lines, brick walls, white tiled walls, and exposed beams. The color palette is made up of grey tones, which is represented in many decorative elements, including dark Eurostone quartz countertops. While the space is small with one communal table and bar with stools, the interior is lofty, which makes it feel larger.
Craftsman & Wolves, 746 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 913 7713
Gitane Restaurant & Bar
Gitane Restaurant and Bar, which means gypsy woman in French, is a beautiful downtown San Francisco venue featuring an elegant bar and eclectic, seductive dining space. Specializing in southern French cuisine with Italian and Spanish influences, the eatery not only presents guests with a delicious culinary feast but a visual one as well. With elements of the 50s, 60s, and 70s, the bohemian-style interior, designed by Charles Doell of Mister Important Design, is adorned with rich colors, hand-printed, bold wallpaper, drapes, dramatic tapestries, and colorful fabric while vintage light fixtures provide subtle lighting to the opulent rooms. An award-winning space, the restaurant also features artwork from the U.K. and Turkey.
Gitane Restaurant, 6 Claude Ln., San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 520 0816
Juniper & Ivy
Situated on the outskirts of Little Italy in San Diego, Juniper and Ivy is a lovely venue serving regional American cuisine within a modern space with rustic and industrial accents. The Johnson Studio in Atlanta was in charge of renovating and designing the 1920s-era warehouse in which this restaurant calls home. Featuring open beams — antique redwood original to the building — the interior also has metal, concrete, and wood elements. Ample seating, which includes curvy banquettes covered with cream-colored leather and chairs, awaits guests dining at this beautiful gem. Warm woods, including hickory tables, add warmth to the space while the walls feature vibrant artworks sure to catch people’s eyes.
Juniper & Ivy, 2228 Kettner Blvd., San Diego, CA, USA, +1 619 269 9036
Located in West Hollywood, La Bohème is a stylish restaurant specializing in New American cuisine with European influences. Known for its incredible architecture, the interior space is dramatic and romantic. The dining room is draped in a rich color palette of reds, browns, and black and features a grand fireplace while large chandeliers hang from the ceiling washing the room with a subtle glow at night. The seating arrangements are varied and include semi-private booths on the lower floor plus seating on the second floor, which provide beautiful views the lower level. The restaurant also features a lovely, romantic patio, complete with greenery and soft lighting.
La Bohème, 8400 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA, USA, +1 323 848 2360
Nestled in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Marjorie Restaurant is a gem of a restaurant with a menu offering creative ‘food for the soul’ inside a welcoming, eclectic interior. The cozy eatery features a warm steel bar, wood floors, plus raw silk ceiling pillows. Other design elements include art-adorned walls alongside many other handcrafted pieces. Colors are bold from the blue walls to the chairs in vibrant shades of blue, green, orange, and pink, which pop when set against the wooden tables. The bistro also has a lovely patio strewn with plants and other greenery plus wood tables and the same colorful seating found inside.
Marjorie Restaurant, 1412 E. Union St., Seattle, WA, USA, +1 206 441 9842
Located in the Mt. Tabor area of Portland, Songbird is a neighborhood eatery serving tasty farm-to-table edibles within a modern yet warm space. Wanting to make the most of the cozy interior, the owners worked with designers at Bright Designlab to create a space with a mixture of warm and contemporary elements that work together to form a cohesive, welcoming space. The room features bursts of color from the robin’s egg blue light fixtures dangling above the bar to the bright red bar stools. Other design accents include a dark brown wall for the espresso bar to a white oak slatted wall along with light wooden chairs and rich wooden tables.
Songbird, 6839 SE Belmont St., Portland, OR, USA, +1 503 477 6735
Workshop Kitchen & Bar
Located in Palm Springs, Workshop Kitchen and Bar features New American cuisine imbued with Mediterranean influences, which can be savored within a truly unique space. Tucked inside the historic El Paseo Building, a 1926 Spanish Colonial landmark, complete with a roof of terra cotta tiles and courtyard, the grand interior feels like a completely different building with its minimalistic décor. Designed by SOMA, the dining room features a lofty, cathedral ceiling with a concrete communal table flanked by towering concrete booths with black leather upholstery. Lighting fixtures by .PSLAB create a soft glow throughout the entire dining room and bar.
Located inside the luxury hotel, The Nines Hotel, in downtown Portland, Urban Farmer is a modern steakhouse with a stunning interior mixing natural elements with urban touches. Designed by David Ashen, the space features a variety of organic, reclaimed, and modern materials from the use of plant life and decorative jars filled with food to a communal table made from an old-growth Douglas Fir to steel accents. Colors consist of neutral shades with pops of colors, including purples and greens. While the space is open, there are distinct, diverse areas separated by low walls or different flooring making for a one-of-a-kind space sure to impress.