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50 Restaurant Design Innovations

From Interactive Menu Boards to Multi-Sensory Restaurant Spaces

— February 21, 2018 — Lifestyle
These restaurant design innovations range from interior design details to interactive menu tools. When it comes to impressive interior detailing, eateries to note include Jilin, China's Waka Haiku Setsugekka -- a restaurant serving handcrafted Japanese cuisine in a multisensory setting -- and Carmen, Mexico's Alux Restaurant and Lounge which is vibrant and neon-lit despite of being situated inside a naturally formed underground cavern.

When it comes to interactive ordering tools, restaurants to note include KFC and Robinsons' recent Wimbledon pop-up which featured an interactive fast food window, allowing those passing by to order a snack and play a two-person retro game of pong while waiting to receive their meal.

Other restaurant design innovations gaining attention include pop-culture themed restaurant activations including recent pop-ups inspired by hit series Riverdale and retro television classic Saved by the Bell.
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Voice Assistant Restaurant Systems
Voice Assistant Restaurant Systems
TGI Fridays Now Accepts Amazon Pay Through Amazon Alexa
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Smile-Activated Ordering Kiosks
Smile-Activated Ordering Kiosks
CaliBurger's Facial Recognition Kiosks Quickly Recall Favorites
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On-Table Ordering Tablets
On-Table Ordering Tablets
PrestoPrime EMV Speeds Up the Ordering Process
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Tablet-Based Restaurant Trivia Games
Tablet-Based Restaurant Trivia Games
Buzztime Encourages Customers to Stay Longer and Spend More
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46
Self-Ordering Dining Tech
Self-Ordering Dining Tech
The Lightspeed Self-Order Menu Reduces Wait Time and Improves Service
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Living Meme-Created Restaurants
Living Meme-Created Restaurants
Salt Bae Opened the Nusr-Et Steakhouse to Cash in on His Fame
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Whimsical Cereal Cafes
Whimsical Cereal Cafes
The Cereal Box, Inc. Serves More Than 50 Types of Cereal
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French-Themed Vodka Pop-Ups
French-Themed Vodka Pop-Ups
This Grey Goose Event Combined Cocktails, Crepes, and Live Music
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Sensory Cocktail Tastings
Sensory Cocktail Tastings
The Rivington Gin Garden Has Visitors Select Cocktails from Scents
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Self-Ordering Restaurant Kiosks
Self-Ordering Restaurant Kiosks
Titbit Kiosks Encourage Impulse Buys and Add-Ons
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Multi-Sensory Dining Installations
Multi-Sensory Dining Installations
This teamLab Experience Makes Mealtime Highly Interactive
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Wood-Fired Vegan Pizzerias
Wood-Fired Vegan Pizzerias
Purezza is Expanding in the UK with a Second Plant-Based Pizza Parlor
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Interactive Touchscreen Dining Tables
Interactive Touchscreen Dining Tables
Order Food and Play Games with Kodisoft's Tables
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Italian Chalet-Inspired Eateries
Italian Chalet-Inspired Eateries
The Baita Pop-Up Restaurant is Designed Like an Italian Chalet
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Speckled Granite Pizza Bars
Speckled Granite Pizza Bars
Lievito is an Elegantly Designed Pizza and Wine Bar
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35
Futuristic Spy-Themed Museums
Futuristic Spy-Themed Museums
David Adjaye's 'Spyscape' Invites Patrons to Be Undercover Agents
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60s-Inspired Icelandic Bars
60s-Inspired Icelandic Bars
Mat Bar's Interior Takes Cues from the History of the Building
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Bamboo Forest-Inspired Interiors
Bamboo Forest-Inspired Interiors
Sybarite Designed 'Yen' to Look Like Tranquil Asian Woodlands
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Victorian-Inspired Bars
Victorian-Inspired Bars
Wyers Restaurant Takes Inspiration From its History as a Textile Factory
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Interactive Restaurant Activities
Interactive Restaurant Activities
Toronto's Richtree Market Offers Fun Farm and Pizza-Making Games
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Emoji Tasting Menus
Emoji Tasting Menus
Bangkok's Gaggan Uses Icons to Represent Its Food Items
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VR Fast Food Restaurants
VR Fast Food Restaurants
Guests Can Play KFC's 'The Hard Way' at One Remodeled Location
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Anime Princess Menus
Anime Princess Menus
Universal Studios Japan is Launching a Special Sailor Moon Food Menu
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Buzzing Urban Taquerias
Buzzing Urban Taquerias
The Mission Taqueria Restaurant is Located in Philadelphia
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Deli-Style QSR Takeout Shops
Deli-Style QSR Takeout Shops
THE TABLE by KFC will Serve More Wholesome Food to Shoppers
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Cavernous Underground Bars
Cavernous Underground Bars
'Alux Restaurant and Lounge' is in a Naturally Extant Cavern
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Quirky Contemporary Pita Shops
Quirky Contemporary Pita Shops
Studio Roselyn's Design Was Influenced by Bad Food Photography
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Modern Seafood Restaurants
Modern Seafood Restaurants
Piedro Sal is a Gorgeous Restaurant That Celebrates Seafood and Design
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Nutritious Brewed Soup Bars
Nutritious Brewed Soup Bars
On The Umami Offers Drip Dashi Made from Tasty Ingredients
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Autonomous Bao Restaurants
Autonomous Bao Restaurants
'Wow Bao' is Opening a Staffless Restaurant in Chicago
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Bi-Cultural Australian Eateries
Bi-Cultural Australian Eateries
Papi Chulo Offers Authentic Latin Cuisine in the Heart of Sydney
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Mystery Series Pop-Up Restaurants
Mystery Series Pop-Up Restaurants
The Riverdale Popup Restaurant is Happening in Toronto
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VR Sampling Experiences
VR Sampling Experiences
Président Cheese's 'Taste with A Pro' Pairs Food and Recipe Creation
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Vegan Deli Restaurants
Vegan Deli Restaurants
Montreal's Gusta Foods is a New Gourmet, Plant-Based Restaurant
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Pop-Up Sitcom Diners
Pop-Up Sitcom Diners
A Saved by the Bell-Themed Diner is Coming to Los Angeles
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Moody Restaurant Branding
Moody Restaurant Branding
Foreign Policy's One Night Only Branding References Americana
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Vivid Tropical Eateries
Vivid Tropical Eateries
The Madero Café Fuses Lush Greenery with Neon-Colored Beach Decor
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13
Artisan Churro Cafes
Artisan Churro Cafes
La Bodega del Barrio Mimics an Urban Convenience Store
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12
Curvy Wooden Restaurants
Curvy Wooden Restaurants
ATX Cocina is Decorated with Bright Blond Wood
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11
Modernized QSR Restaurant Locations
Modernized QSR Restaurant Locations
This Chicago McDonald's Location is Airy and Futuristic
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Interactive Fast Food Windows
Interactive Fast Food Windows
KFC and Robinsons are Celebrating Wimbledon with a Pong Game
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Texan Restaurant-Focused Food Halls
Texan Restaurant-Focused Food Halls
The Fareground Food Hall Celebrates Local Austin Restaraunts
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Organic Big Box Eateries
Organic Big Box Eateries
Walmart Has Partnered with Grown Restaurant to Open a New Location
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Hybrid Bakery-Restaurants
Hybrid Bakery-Restaurants
'189 by Dominique Ansel' is a New Restaurant at The Grove in LA
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Modern Vintage Restaurant Decor
Modern Vintage Restaurant Decor
'Basic Projects' Revamped a Diner to Fit a Historic District
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Experiential Colombian Restaurants
Experiential Colombian Restaurants
ElCielo Restaurant Spotlights Molecular Gastronomy and Mixology
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4
Naturally Decorated Japanese Restaurants
Naturally Decorated Japanese Restaurants
This yakinku Restaurant in Tokyo Has a Cave-Like Interior
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Multi-Sensory Japanese Restaurants
Multi-Sensory Japanese Restaurants
Waka Haiku Setsugekka's Design is Reflective of Japan's Cuisine
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All-Chocolate Pizzeria Pop-Ups
All-Chocolate Pizzeria Pop-Ups
Cioccolato's Serves Chocolate Pizza in a Restaurant Made Out of It
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Fast Food Salad Shops
Fast Food Salad Shops
KFC's K Pro is a Healthy Remix on the Famous Fast Food Restaurant
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