A restaurant makes a first impression with its decor, even if diners say they’re ultimately there for the food. Eater pays tribute to the stunners of the restaurant world with its Design of the Year awards, both nationally and across Eater cities.
In 2017, several standout restaurants caught the eye. There’s El Five, a kitschy, almost garish restaurant atop a five-floor building in Denver. Japanese izakaya Zuma in Vegas takes its inspiration from the planet’s four elements. The sexy Chinese Tuxedo is aiming to draw in a younger crowd in Manhattan’s Chinatown. Bright colors and eye-catching art pieces make Seattle’s Pinxto a distinctive destination.
Eater is rolling out profiles of all of its award winners throughout the year. Find a rundown of the country’s Chef of the Year winners here, and find out which places took the title of Restaurant of the Year here. Eater will continue to update this post as additional profiles roll out across cities.