By Reserve

Published on March 12, 2016

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Photography by WILDE WINE BAR

From modern hand-blown bulbs to classic shimmering crystals, restaurants these days are lighting up their spaces with eye-catching chandeliers. Slip into one of these beautifully lit spots for a great meal, or model your dream home after one of these fine dining rooms. Here are 23 restaurants from across the country with the bright idea to add beautiful lighting:

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Photography by MICHAEL PIAZZA

Island Creek Oyster Bar (Boston)

A striking, industrial-style display of light fixtures hang from the ceiling in a cage-like structure above the raw bar and dining room at Island Creek Oyster bar.

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Photography by RED BIRD

Red Bird (Boston)

The Red Bird’s brick and tile walls, dark wood floors and modern, rounded chandeliers give the intimate space an industrial feel.

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RM Champagne Salon (Chicago)

Complete with a marble fireplace and crystal-beaded chandeliers, RM Champagne Salon is the ideal place to celebrate with a glass of bubbly in a sophisticated setting.

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Photography by ESTADIO

Estadio (Washington D.C.)

The Moorish-style decor utilizes elaborate tile and iron work — reflected in the centerpiece chandelier — as well as dark wood and stone to transport diners back to old Spain.

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Photography by FIOLA

Fiola (Washington D.C.)

Fiola’s geometric chandeliers, bright art and dark leather seats create an art deco atmosphere, complemented by lots of global wines and creative cocktails.

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Photography by Greg Powers

Kapnos (Washington D.C.)

Plush cushions and drapes create the stylish, exotic atmosphere at Kapnos, while a cluster of crystal clear chandeliers add a touch of luxurious flair.

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Photography by FORBIDDEN ROOTS

Forbidden Root (Chicago)

Forbidden Root, a “botanical brewery,” uses wood, brick, plants and cast-iron chandeliers to create an outdoors-meets-industrial feel.

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Photography by CROSSROADS Kitchen

Crossroads Kitchen (Los Angeles)

Tiered chandeliers with dangling light bulbs line inventive vegan eatery Crossroads Kitchen, setting the mood of the warm, rustic scene.

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Photography by RED O.

Red O (Los Angeles)

Bold, authentic Mexican cuisine and classic steakhouse fare come together in the stunning atmosphere of Red O, embellished with unique, conical chandeliers.

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Photography by TAVERN

Tavern (Los Angeles)

Anchored in the glass atrium by a nautical rope, Tavern’s understated chandelier adds just the right amount of light to the relaxed, elegant atmosphere.

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Photography by Wilde Wine Bar

Wilde Wine Bar (Los Angeles)

Inspired by European-style brasseries, Wilde Wine Bar boldly showcases a breathtaking, shimmering chandelier in the center of its retro-chic bar.

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Photography by ABC COCINA

ABC Cocina (New York)

The brick-walled, rustic-chic dining room — adorned with an eclectic mix of hand-blown glass bulbs and twinkling lights — creates a glamorous ambience at ABC Cocina.

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Photography by BAR PRIMI

Bar Primi (New York)

A retro-meets-modern light fixture — an arrangement of bulbs framed by a conical shade — brightens the dining room of Italian hot spot, Bar Primi.

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Empellón Taqueria (New York)

Mexican eatery Empellón Taqueria serves up innovative cuisine and tasty margaritas in an artful dining room illuminated by iron light fixtures.

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Photography by MALONEY & PORCELLI

Maloney & Porcelli (New York)

Maloney & Porcelli — with its playful takes on classic decor including globe-like light fixtures — embodies the charm and grandeur of 1950s New York.

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Photography by SMITH & WOLLENSKY

Smith & Wollensky (New York)

Smith & Wollensky features an old-school bar — indicative of classic New York — made vibrant by colorful chandeliers.

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Photography by FORK

Fork (Philadelphia)

Nature-inspired murals cover the walls of sophisticated New American restaurant Fork, in a warm ambience filled with the light from lamp-like, burnt orange chandeliers.

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Photography by RN74

RN74 (San Francisco)

The grand, train station-themed space of RN74 features industrial accents, a dynamic timetable list spotlighting the wines on offer and sleek rows of rectangular, yellow-orange lights.

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Photography by RUSTIC CANYON

Rustic Canyon Wine Bar & Seasonal Kitchen (Los Angeles)

Rustic Canyon Wine Bar & Seasonal Kitchen is a casual yet stylish Santa Monica spot that remains down-to-earth, with a minimally decorated dining room, wood accents and two bright chandeliers setting the tone.

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Photography by SADELLE

Sadelle’s (New York)

Sadelle’s puts a modern spin on the traditional Jewish deli with its massive pinwheel chandeliers, soaring brick walls, leather booths and vintage-style details.

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Photography by MOURAD

Mourad (San Francisco)

Located inside a newly renovated Art Deco tower, Mourad features starburst chandeliers and lofty ceilings, as well as private dining rooms and a lounge.

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Photography by VETRI

Vetri (Philadelphia)

Exposed wood beams keep the intimate townhouse setting rustic and reminiscent of Italy, while elegant chandeliers elevate the atmosphere to match Vetri’s impressive menu.

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Photography by WHISK

WHISK  (Chicago)

Laidback, BYOB restaurant WHISK features rich orange accents, ornate ceilings and fun, bright chandeliers.

Reserve was created to help diners find great restaurants, make a reservation and effortlessly pay the bill at the end of the meal. The Reserve team works with hundreds of the best restaurants in major cities across the country and makes it easy for locals and travelers alike to enjoy a casual bite or an amazing meal. 

Through the Reserve app, you can discover cool restaurants, book a table, chat with Reserve’s digital concierge to get restaurant recommendations and see different options if exactly what you want isn’t available. Paying or splitting the check is easy – after the meal the check can be billed to your card on file, including the preferred tip.