The restaurant industry has always been big on design especially when it comes to beach-inspired eateries. And with the growing popularity of food shows such as Top Chef, the innovative style of many restaurants is on par with their eclectic menus. Take cues from these style-setters when you are designing your own coastal retreat.
Brent Bolthouse of LA nightlife fame is due to give birth to Bungalow, a new beachside lounge in a cottage at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica. The space is Baja chic complete with Mexican blankets, Moroccan tiles, rattan furniture and cozy fireplaces.
The patio, with its comfortable couches and rustic cocktail tables, will surely be the place to hang after a hard day at the beach. Bolthouse plans to create some true beach atmosphere with the addition of acoustic performances featuring up-and-coming artists.
With its mix of rattan pendants, cabana striped chairs and marine-inspired accessories, the Surf Lodge in Montauk is the epitome of surfer chic. New this summer is the Byron Restaurant at the Surf Lodge inspired by one of Australia’s most acclaimed surf spots on Byron Bay.
Teal painted floors and white tongue and groove walls are set against a fun backdrop of flipper artwork.
Red and blue striped chairs on the deck are a great place to enjoy a Corona with a twist of lime.
Fuego at the Hotel Maya in Long Beach takes Latin flair to new heights. From its beautifully patterned floor tiles and hanging glass pendants to the string lit-sailcloth shade, it has a wonderful summer ambiance.
Perlas Seafood and Oyster Bar is a modern take on the nautical look. And believe it or not, it’s nowhere near the beach. Located in the hip neighborhood of South Congress Street in Austin, close your eyes and it feels like you could be in a Pacific Northwest city in Washington or a quaint seaside town in Maine.
Bright sunny yellow and vibrant blue seating say seaside better than any other color combo.
White painted wicker stools are a great and affordable way to accommodate extra seating. Check out the prized wall-mounted marlin that looks straight out of a 70s beach hideaway
The show piece of the space is the centrally-located aquarium filled with tropical fish and coral.
It’s not seaside but it sure feels that way at Atlanta’s the Optimist with a menu that focuses on sustainable seafood prepared in a wood-burning oven. Adjacent is the Oyster Bar, “a more casual fish camp style venue, featuring an outdoor patio, live music and an oyster bar.”
The marine industrial look features chrome colored accessories and navy striped chairs with a hint of yellow.
The round cafe styled tables display unique red grainsack-looking stripes.
The bathroom corridor takes cues from sailcloth numbers or lifeguard towers.
Gabardine in Point Loma is Top Chef Brian Malarky’s new eaterie. According to the website, it’s clever name is a result of the notion that the space is “a place where guests can GAB at the BAR and DINE.” The retro beach vibe uses lighting mounted on fishing poles and images of backstroking Gabby, the restaurant’s whimsical swimming mascot.
Gabby is featured on most of the restaurants promotional items including its water classes.
SHOREbar in Santa Monica has a west coast and east coast mentality with its ‘Nantucket chic meets Santa Monica class’ decor. Designed by Rosetta Getty, blue stripes and white wood from the east coast dominate the design with vintage art and accessories included from the west. It has great local flavor with each booth representing a local beach town such as Santa Barbara, Newport Beach and Catalina Island using photography and vintage maps.
If you have ever lived or visited the South Bay of Los Angeles, Good Stuff is a must.
Founded by water man Chris Bennett in 1979, the space features vintage surfboards, a monochromatic color scheme and framed photos of the Redondo, Hermosa and Manhattan Beach beach scenes showcasing the surfers, lifeguards and paddleboarders that the restaurant supports.
Hungry yet for some good beach eats?