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If you’ve ever been to a restaurant solely for the ‘grammable moments, you’re not alone. Tons of trend-setting hotspots hire world-class designers to curate interiors that create a particular ambiance. After all, eating out is about more than just treating yourself to a meal, it’s an experience. Take it from Gem NYC’s talented teen chef: a well-designed space is paramount to success and totally sets the mood for the patrons. Looking to expand our own must-visit list of eateries, we polled a few of our favorite designers on the thoughtfully designed restaurants that impressed them.


Shavonda Gardner of SG Style Blog raves about the minimal, black and white bistro feel of a little French restaurant in Sacramento. With a stunning outdoor patio and the chicest lighting fixtures, this quaint space is a charming peek into French design.

Le Pain Quotidien

“I love restaurants that feel welcoming and when you travel across the country you can feel the same energy – for that reason, Le Pain Quotidien has won my best consistency award because of the bright decor and the long farm tables, and the delicious pastries,” says New York based designer, Robin Wilson.


Located in central Stockholm, Haymarket’s Art Deco theme of 1920s optimism is truly something to behold. Designer Jacquelyn Clark of Lark and Linen lusts after the hotel restaurant’s interior, where pretty pastels and boho patterned accents meet in the most feminine way.

Iron Horse Tavern

Katrina Blair Sullivan champions local Sacramento restaurant Iron Horse Tavern where she says, “The interior is incredible. I love the patterned tile with you first walk in, and the dark ceiling tiles that make the space feel cozy and moody. I love all the brick walls and lighting, the outdoor seating is also amazing lots of plants and relaxing vibe.”


Le Turtle

Amber Lewis is a lover of this upscale, trend-setting New York eatery that features mixed materials, sleek, Scandi-inspired accents, and marble-topped tables that is definitely feed-worthy.

The Butcher’s Daughter

Heather Bullard appreciates the relaxed boho decor of Butcher’s Daughter. With three locations in New York and two in LA, there are plenty of good vibes (and vegetarian food) to go around. Love the design? Tour founder Heather Tierney’s bungalow-and-breakfast that you can rent on Airbnb.

Hank’s Austin 

Southern designer Claire Zinnecker (yes, of television fame) recently finished designing this minimal, of-the-moment spot in Austin, Texas. “It’s my baby,” she says. We say, we’re ready to book a flight to see for ourselves. 

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