Dezeen’s top 10 restaurant and bar interiors of 2023

For the latest roundup in Dezeen’s 2023 review we’ve selected 10 of this year’s most popular and evocative restaurant and bar interiors, ranging from a space-themed sushi bar in Milan to a beach-style eatery in London.

Also among this year’s eclectic roundup of restaurant and bar interiors is a renovated 16th-century brewery in Poland lined with a bold interior of red brick and ceramic tiles, as well as a bar and restaurant informed by Japanese psychedelia and cabins in Canada.

Read on for Dezeen’s top 10 restaurant and bar interiors of 2023:

Interior of Ikoyi restaurant by David Thulstrup
Photo by Irina Boersma

Ikoyi restaurant, UK, by David Thulstrup 

Copenhagen-based designer David Thulstrup designed a copper and oak interior for the Ikoyi restaurant, situated within London’s 180 The Strand building.

Drawing on spice-making processes from sub-Saharan west Africa, the interior features ceilings clad with metal-mesh panels and walls lined with oxidised copper sheets.

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Sando burger restaurant in Geneva by Sapid Studio
Photo by Alicia Dubuis

Sando, Switzerland, by Sapid Studio

Sapid Studio used Japanese patchwork techniques to inform the renovation of a burger restaurant in Geneva.

Named after the Japanese word for sandwich, Sando features a largely retained interior decorated with a corrugated stainless steel bar, patched up tiled flooring, and translucent tapestries.

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The Taproom bar at Tenczynek Brewery by Projekt Praga
Photo by ONI Studio

Tenczynek Brewery, Poland, by Projekt Praga

Red brick, ceramic tiles and oak furniture define the Tenczynek Brewery interior, designed by Polish design studio Projekt Praga.

Located outside of Krakow, the centuries-old brewery was converted into a bold-coloured restaurant and bar, with a self-service beer fountain occupying the centre of the historic brick-vaulted space.

Find out more about Tenczynek Brewery ›

Photo of Prada Caffè at Harrods
Photo courtesy of Prada

Prada Caffè, UK, by Prada

Located in London’s luxury department store Harrods, fashion house Prada opened a cafe informed by one of Milan‘s oldest patisseries.

Contrasting with Harrods’ baroque facade, Prada Caffè’s mint green latticed storefront references the brand’s signature green hue, which extends to the interior walls, ceilings and furniture.

Find out more about Prada Caffè ›

Bar area of Milk Beach Soho restaurant by A-nrd
Photo by Charlie McKay

Milk Beach Soho, UK, by A-nrd

London-based design studio A-nrd brought a “beachfront feel” reminiscent of an Australian beach club to this restaurant interior in Soho, London.

Milk Beach Soho’s minimal interior has a neutral material palette featuring a polished terrazzo floor and art deco-style furniture and lighting.

Find out more about Milk Beach Soho ›

ICHI Station restaurant in Milan by Masquespacio
Photo by Luis Beltran

Ichi Station, Italy, by Masquespacio

Ichi Station, by Valencian design studio Masquespacio, is a dine-in restaurant in Milan that draws on sci-fi and space tourism.

Designed to resemble a futuristic spaceship, the cylindrical restaurant interior has a material palette of glass and micro-cement along with rounded, custom-made furniture.

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Drift Santa Barbara by Anacapa Architecture
Photo by Erin Feinblatt

Drift Santa Barbara, US, by Anacapa Architecture

US studio Anacapa Architecture transformed a formerly closed early-1900s building into a hotel – hosting a ground-floor bar and cafe for both hotel guests and local visitors.

Located in central California, the rustic interior accentuates the building’s historical character and is complemented by concrete and wooden furniture.

Find out more about Drift ›

Wooden seating area below hand-painted mural by Álvaro Siza
Photo by Luís Moreira / Matilde Cunha

Cozinha das Flores, Portugal, by Space Copenhagen

Located in a 16th-century building in Porto, Cozinha das Flores’ interior is decorated by a ceramic mural created by Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza.

Designed by Space Copenhagen, the rustic interior is lined with green and burnt orange tiles, along with oak furniture and brass accents.

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Corner cafe and bar at Tate Modern by Holland Harvey
Photo by Jack Hobhouse

Corner, UK, by Holland Harvey

London-based architecture studio Holland Harvey revamped Tate Modern‘s ground-floor cafe to be less “Herzog & de Meuron-y”.

Doubling as the gallery’s first late-night spot, the interior is organised around a grey stone bar, while salvaged chairs and bespoke tables are used throughout the space.

Find out more about Corner ›

Cabin-like Japanese restaurant in Banff
Photo by Chris Amat

Hello Sunshine, Canada, by Frank Architecture 

Situated within the mountains of Alberta, Hello Sunshine is a bar and restaurant informed by Japanese psychedelia and cabins in collaboration with Little Giant.

Designed by Canadian studio Frank Architecture, the wooden interior features two raised fire pits accompanied by large flues clad with glazed ceramic tiles, along with paper lanterns and textile artworks.

Find out more about Hello Sunshine ›

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