Overview

Dallas neighborhoods like Deep Ellum are booming with new bars and restaurants offering craft cocktails or fresh takes on steak or fusion cuisines. Restaurant designers are taking advantage of the city’s rich history, with themes inspired by the Prohibition-era or the days when Dallas was a booming trading post. Dallas firms offer complete suites of services, from food and beverage concepts to uniforms and wall colors. They don’t just create a space, they create an experience.

Dallas restaurant design firms are ranked below based on their consistent collaborations with award-winning chefs, their awards from AIA Dallas and D Magazine, as well as national mentions from Zagat and other consumer publications and national trade organizations.

Top Architects

Archiphy Architects

Architects:
Margine Biswas

Address:
16990 N. Dallas Parkway, Suite 104, Dallas, TX 75248

About Archiphy Architects

Archiphy Architects is a full-service architecture firm that works on renovations, facilities planning, and new construction. It has worked on a large variety of commercial projects, from lounges to gyms and retail spaces. Founded in 2006 as a sole proprietorship of Margine Biswas, AIA, LEED AP, the firm grew and was incorporated in 2011. Biswas studied architecture at the University of Texas at Austin and worked at several Dallas firms before starting her own.

“I’ve always liked to draw and my first love was art.  I wanted to be an artist, but took History of Architecture as an elective in college.  I realized that architecture is a form of art, but the designs actually improve spaces, environments and lives. ” – Margine Biswas

Featured Projects

Pane Vino Allen is a 1,400-square-foot, family-owned Italian restaurant in Allen, a northern suburb of Dallas. The dining room and cocktail bar are built around an open kitchen with a large, wood-fired oven. Wood floors are offset by brick and stone walls. The commercial kitchen has quarry tile floors and stainless steel backsplashes, visually separating the kitchen space from the dining area. The bar’s lighting is recessed into the wine racks hanging from the ceiling. Archiphy also designed the restaurant’s outdoor patio. Roots on Tap, located across from Fair Park, serves fruit and vegetable drinks to its health-conscious Dallas customers. The firm designed the seating area, commercial kitchen, restroom remodel, and storage space. The simple and intimate space contains one line of booth and bench seating and a walk-up counter. Archiphy recently designed a new restaurant called Up On Knox, which was featured on Pure Wow as “One Of the 9 Dallas Restaurants Everyone Will Be Talking About This Year.”

“One thing that inspires me is each client’s perspective about their project and taking that first idea and connecting it to their essence.  I also look at each space and try to make it as efficient as possible before starting the more intricate details related to finishes.” – Margine Biswas

Coevál Studio

Architects:
John Paul Valverde
Miguel Vicens

Awards:
D Magazine Best Bars

Address:
154 Leslie Street, Dallas, TX 75207

About Coevál Studio

John Paul Valverde and Miguel Vicens opened Coeval Studio around three components: brand creation, interior environment, and architectural environment. The firm focuses on how the space flows, how it feels. Everything from uniforms to lighting is considered. The firm takes on 25 projects a year, including many trending bars and restaurants, such as Stirr and Nikkei. This year, Modern Luxury Interiors Texas gave Coeval Studio the award for Best Restaurant Design for STIRR, a cocktail, lunch, and dinner space in Deep Ellum.

Featured Projects

The Harwood Group wanted to offer something that is unique in Dallas: The Happiest Hour was the result. At 12,800 square feet, it’s the largest patio bar and lounge in the city, featuring a full kitchen, several bars, and a 3,000-square-foot rooftop patio — a project that took years to put together. The layout is precise and accommodates the bar’s high volume. Downstairs features circular tables, booths, and an L-shaped seated bar, while the upstairs contains comfy red-leather couches. Happiest Hour was one of D Magazine’s Best Bars in 2017 and 2015 and was Reader’s Choice for Best View from a Bar in 2016. Coveal Studio also designed Pakpao Thai, found in the Design District, which is the opposite of The Happiest Hour because it is very small. The limited space, only 1,300 square feet with a 20-foot kitchen, creates an intimate and lively space. Pakpao means “kite,” and the design features handmade Pakpao and Chula kites imported from Thailand. Three Buddha statues are suspended against a wall and it is adjacent to a storefront glass window that connects the dining room to the outdoor patio.

Droese Raney Architecture

Architects:
David Droese
Lance Raney

Awards:
West Dallas Chamber of Commerce

Address:
2120 Sylvan Avenue, Dallas, TX 75208

About Droese Raney Architecture

Formed in 1998 by Principals David Droese, AIA, and Lance Raney, Droese Raney Architecture has worked on architecture and interior design projects in the commercial, hospitality, and retail sectors around the country. Its portfolio includes new, prominent, high-end restaurants and retail stores throughout the Dallas area. Its works have been featured in a diverse set of publications like New York Magazine and on books like Open: The World’s Best New Fashion Stores. In 2014, the firm received the Visionary Developer Award from the West Dallas Chamber of Commerce.

Featured Projects

The Theodore at NorthPark Center was opened by James Beard award-winning executive chef Tim Byres in 2015. Designed by Droese Raney Architecture, the restaurant offers fresh takes on American cuisine and its interiors were inspired by Teddy Roosevelt and the era of Western discovery. The dining room is set up like a classic library featuring books, a fireplace, and private nooks. The Theodore also contains an open-air bakery. Another prominent Dallas chef worked with Droese Raney Architecture for their newest venture. Nilton “Junior” Borges and executive chef Josh Sutcliff opened the Mirador. Located on the top floor of the Forty Five Ten, one of the city’s premier upscale boutiques, the restaurant offers a rich American menu. The penthouse restaurant features floor-to-ceiling windows and patio dining, with the interior décor to match. It has velvet banquettes and chairs in curtained private nooks, marble tabletops near the bar bordered by a textured metallic wall, the refined boutique restaurant matches its upscale home.

Harrison

Address:
14990 Landmark Blvd. Ste. #265, Dallas, TX 75254

About Harrison

Harrison is an internationally recognized architecture and interior firm that caters specifically to the hospitality industry. When the firm takes on a client, it doesn’t just design a space for them, Harrison will improve on the restaurant’s brand through research and market analysis. The firm wants to design a restaurant that has a cohesive design and concept. This is why many big names in the restaurant industry seek Harrison’s specialized services. The firm has worked with notable household names, including Pizza Hut, Hilton, Casual Dining Group, and Hard Rock Cafe. The firm has satellite offices in the UK and Australia.

Featured Projects

Located in the quaint town of Beaumont is this colorful Mellow Mushroom diner. When the owners hired Harrison they wanted their diner to be the “talk of the town.” Harrison transformed this old Applebee’s into a 50’s style diner bright with neon lights that catch the attention of any passerby. When diners enter they are welcomed by a color-changing entrance portal; waiters will lead them to a Vegas-themed restaurant that has custom murals inspired by the vintage allure of Sin City.

JonesBaker Interiors and Architecture

Architects:
William Baker and JB Jones

Address:
1922 S Akard, Suite A, Dallas, TX 75215

About JonesBaker Interiors and Architecture

William Baker and JB Jones founded their studio in 1998 and they started with working on small-scale renovations for acquaintances. They’ve since grown to eight employees and have worked on projects around the world, as well as on notable Dallas restaurants like Meso Maya and Cook Hall. Now, JonesBaker Interiors and Architecture focus on the food and beverage and hospitality industries.

Featured Projects

Principal William Baker attempts to bring the bustling streets of Thailand to CrushCraft, which offers Thai street food to its Uptown customers.
He asked for the owner’s family to bring memorabilia from Thailand and used it as decorations for the restaurant. The back of the restaurant — a glass half-dome made of pink granite and stucco — did not fit the design. Instead, Baker used slat wood and locally grown bamboo to cover the walls and ceiling. He also contracted with Color Condition, a group offering streamer decorations, to create Thai-themed interchangeable installations. The installation features animated, brightly colored ribbons that fill the space with energy. The firm’s goal for designing Bowl & Barrel, a boutique bowling alley, was to reinterpret the American classic and make it more warm and intimate. The space also features a bar with a craft menu from former York Street chef Sharon Hage. The firm used structural columns to break up the large space into more intimate pockets and broke up the ceiling height by adding arched wood trusses. For its interiors, chic leather sofas and lounge furniture, along with a large communal table in the bar area were used to finish the modern classic space.

Keller Studio Inc

Address:
1263 W. Rosedale St. Ste. #101, Fort Worth, TX 76104

About Keller Studio Inc

Andy Keller has been designing restaurant, retail, hospitality, and healthcare establishments across the country for the past three decades. He established Keller Studio as a testament to his diverse experience and he gives a personal touch to each project. During its early years in Cincinnati, Keller Studio was known as a residential architect but when it relocated to Dallas it catered to corporate and commercial projects.

Featured Projects

The firm has a range of restaurant projects that includes a 300-seat cafeteria, an art deco food mart, and a colorful dessert place. The Unwind Wine Bar is its most elegant restaurant project. The site used to be a garage and storage unit area but it was transformed into a sophisticated winery that includes a rustic outdoor patio and sophisticated interiors. For a more mature look, leather seats were paired with dark oak tables and its stone and wood interiors bring a cabin feel to the wine bar.

Kuzuu Design

Designers:
Hatsumi Kuzuu

Awards:
D Home Magazine Best International Restaurant Design

Address:
501 S Second Avenue, Building C, Dallas, TX 75226

About Kuzuu Design

Kuzuu Design is an interior and architecture design company specializing in retail, hospitality, and residential spaces. It was founded by Hatsumi Kuzuu in 2004. The firm’s designs have won Best International Restaurant Design from D Home Magazine. One of Kuzuu’s designs was listed in the 20 Most Stunning Restaurants in the US by Zagat in 2013. Kuzuu has worked on over 30 hospitality spaces in the Dallas area, as well as a diverse number of projects that include law firms, martial arts studios, and Kazy’s Japanese Fish Market.

Featured Projects

Smoke and Mortar restaurant group hired Kuzuu Design to design its first
concept restaurant, IdleRye. Found in the newly transformed Deep Ellum neighborhood, IdleRye shoots for a steampunk Prohibition-era feel with galvanized metals. The rugged interiors were made from locally sourced, distressed wood and feature industrial Edison lighting and industrial pipe fittings and pulleys. The 3,400-square-foot restaurant contains an additional 900 square feet of patio for a total of 150 seats. A courtyard behind the restaurant offers additional café-style seating. In collaboration with Architecture and Fabrication, Kuzuu Design worked on the interiors of FT33 restaurant run by one of Dallas’s favorite chefs, Matt McCallister, and offers seasonal Texas-sourced ingredients. The restaurant seats 90, including the bar. The simple, clean space uses birch mahogany tables and industrial materials, including matching metal-grated shelving and ceiling structures. The chef’s table is a nine-foot granite slab.

MSC Design

Architects:
Matthew Stevens Crittenden

Address:
10935 Estate Lane, Suite 300, Dallas, TX 75238

About MSC Design

Founded in 2005 by Matthew Stevens Crittenden, the mission of MSC Design is to create quality, innovative designs for clients. The firm collaborates with real estate brokers and subcontractors to ensure quality throughout the entire process. The firm works on commercial and residential projects throughout the Dallas area. Crittenden studied architecture at Texas A&M University and has been in the industry for two decades. MSC Design was named as one of Dallas AIA’s 10 Under Ten in 2011. Preservation Dallas also gave the firm the Preservation Achievement Award for the adaptive reuse of a historic structure.

Featured Projects

MSC Design has worked on a number of Gloria’s Restaurants, a popular local chain offering Latin cuisine. Throughout the years, MSC Design has designed 14 branches that are found across the Dallas/Fort Worth and Austin areas. The restaurant located in the Bishop Arts District is a renovated space that used to be a working firehouse. The building was known as Station 15 and the design integrated historic features, like the brass fireman’s pole. Inside the space is all warm wood, with exposed wood beams in the ceiling, hardwood floors, and wood-backed booths, while outside, a new patio features skyline views and fountains integrating fire and water. The firm received a Preservation Dallas award for its design in 2012.

OFFICIAL

Architects:
Mark Leveno
Amy Leveno

Awards:
AIA Dallas Honor Award,
PaperCity Award

Address:
1841 Levee Street, Dallas, TX 75207

About OFFICIAL

Principals Mark and Amy Leveno have been architects for two decades but only started working together in 2005. In 2012, they decided to open their own firm, OFFICIAL. The firm combines Leveno’s expertise in furniture design and Leveno’s passion for architecture. Mark Leveno’s furniture designs have been exhibited internationally. He received his MFA in Furniture Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design and has taught furniture design and interior detailing at the University of Texas at Arlington. Amy Wynne Leveno, AIA, is LEED accredited and has worked on architecture projects in multiple cities throughout the US. She received her Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin and has taught at the Savannah College of Art and Design and the University of Texas at Arlington. OFFICIAL’s design for the Houndstooth Coffee and Jettison Cocktail Bar won a 2016 Honor Award for Small Projects from AIA Dallas. OFFICIAL also designed the second location for Houndstooth Coffee in East Austin.

Featured Projects

Houndstooth MLK is designed to play with light. Slotted, wooden panels in a houndstooth pattern cover one exterior wall off the covered patio, creating fun light and shadows. The main space contains high ceilings, big windows, and white wood paneling on the walls. A white wooden structure, called the “cloud”, floats above the coffee bar and bounces light throughout the room. White oak tables continue the light motif. The 2,100-square foot coffee shop turns into a cocktail bar in the evening. The bar occupies a back corner of the L-shaped building. An inverted void-like space offers an industrial peek at the interior of the ceiling bordered by hanging rectangular wood pieces painted gold. The structure acts as a built-in light fixture, casting a warm golden glow. Houndstooth MLK recently won the 2019 Dallas Papercity Design Award for Best Hospitality Design.

Plan B Group

Architects:
Royce Ring
Alex Urrunga

Awards:
Nation Restaurant News’ “Hot Concepts” Award

Address:
2208 Commerce Street, Dallas, TX 75201

About Plan B Group

Founded in 2005 by former restaurateurs Royce Ring and Alex Urrunga, Plan B Group knows the hospitality business. Ring and Urrunga hired architects, interior designers, and graphic designers to join the team of their award-winning full-service design firm. Plan B calls the combination of space, design, and ambiance the “Brand DNA.” The firm collaborates with restaurateurs on everything from the operational floor to the food. Its goal is to design a space that stays relevant year after year. Plan B’s list of hospitality clients (with a smattering of international names) is in the hundreds. Among other accomplishments, the firm has won a Nation’s Restaurant News’ “Hot Concepts” Award.

Featured Projects

The Velvet Taco serves trendy, non-traditional tacos. The very modern design mimics street art on the exterior with a retro diner feel inside. Patrons can order at the counter or lounge at varnished wood tables and metal stool seating. Plan B worked on everything from the architecture to the uniforms and music programming. The Velvet Taco has a retro margarita sign, bright pink window displays, and a trending logo on the exterior and the uniform sleeves. Velvet Taco is truly a brand, with franchises in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Houston, as well as in Chicago. For Whiskey Cake Kitchen and Bar, a farm-to-fork restaurant in Plano, Plan B did everything from choosing the furniture to coming up with the name. Exposed brick and tall ceilings with exposed beams give the space a post-industrial feel, while the on-site herb garden and cozy mix of upholstered and chair seating soften it up. The successful restaurant opened up its second location in Oklahoma City in 2013.

Wilson Associates

Architects:
Jim Rimelspach
James Carry
Michael Crosby
Tristan Auer
Dan Kwan

Address:
3811 Turtle Creek Boulevard, Suite 1600, Dallas, TX 75219

About Wilson Associates

Running out of ten satellite offices, Wilson Associates is a full-service firm offering interior design, food and beverage design, art consultation, architecture, master planning, and landscape services. Its design consultation services specialize in catering to the restaurant industry. Some of its food and beverage services include kitchen planning, food and beverage concept consultation, and interior design. This upscale firm works on high-end restaurants and bars in the Dallas area. Among the firm’s many accomplishments, Travel and Leisure’s list of the 100 Best Hotels in the World included two Wilson designs. It has also been part of Interior Design magazine’s Top Five Interior Design Giants list for the past decade.

“I was born into an architecture and artist family. My father is an architect and still draws at the age of 92 and my mother was an artist. Initially, I worked in residential because often, when you’re learning, you learn on a smaller scale. I was always trying to design the perfect South African home for myself in the vernacular that I loved. Gradually I became more commercial and became involved with Wilson Associates when they were working in South Africa, and I transitioned from architecture to interior architecture when I moved to the USA and focused on understanding drawing furniture and the detail involved. I think, wherever you go you see things that really resonate with you. I believe that through travel and observation, connection to nature and an appreciation of surroundings, you can always be inspired.” -Michael Crosby

Featured Projects

Zagat magazine named Flora Street Café, run by James Beard award-winner Stephen Pyles, one of the most anticipated summer openings in 2017. Wilson Associates’ Jim Rimelspach played on the concept of the restaurant being a theater for food. Pedestrians can peek through the wall-to-ceiling glass windows in front and be intrigued by the restaurant. It’s filled with art installations, including a silk tapestry from fiber artist Tim Harding, which evokes stage curtains. Guide Live called the restaurant “visually stunning.” A rectangular, alabaster LED light fixture hangs over the open kitchen The 5,000-square foot space can seat 76 diners.