5 Main Types of Restaurants

Anna Samygina
Mar 13, 2017 · 5 min read

Today I want to talk about what do u need to know to design for Restaurants and Bars. In this field of design, you can be incredibly creative and experimental. People come to bar or restaurant to spend time and get an experience. Well, the interior can definitely become the second most important thing in the restaurant after cuisine! There are 5 main types of dining.

Casual Dining

  • This type of restaurant has a relaxing and friendly atmosphere, moderate food pricing and table services.

Best Casual Dining Restaurant: Time Out Food Awards 2016 — Winner: Hubert. Time Out Food Awards 2015- Dishoom, King’s Cross, London (designed by Macaulay Sinclair). Time Out Food Awards 2015- Apero at The Ampersand Hotel, London

Dishoom, King’s Cross, London
Apero at The Ampersand Hotel, London

Family Style

Family style restaurant is very similar to casual dining with a difference, that the food is served in a bigger dishes on tables where customers can serve the food for themselves and pass it to the other people at the table. Benefits of the family restaurant include a relaxed atmosphere where customers have more control over what they eat. If done right, family style menus can have better food cost than a traditional menu. It caters well to families with children or groups of friends. Chinese and Japanese restaurants mostly serve the food in this way. It is very often that in Family style restaurant you will find a circular rotating ‘plate’ in the middle of the table, so people can reach to any dish they want.

Milo & Olive family-style restaurant

Fine Dining or High End

  • Customer service in a fine dining restaurant is much more attentive than in casual dining establishments. Fine dining service goes far beyond taking an order and delivering food. Many fine dining services include: Escorting patrons to the table, holding the chair for women, replacing linen napkins if a patron leaves the table etc…
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Maldives Rangali Island
Asiate Restaurant: Formal Dining With City Sky View, New York
The Gallery at Sketch — London — by India Mahdavi
The Jane — Belgium — by Studio Piet Boon
Le Bar du Plaza Athénée — France — by Jouin Manku

Fast Casual

  • This restaurant concept — a mash-up of fast food and casual dining — has been one of the strongest segments in the restaurant industry over the past decade. It continues to thrive, despite the recession and it continues to evolve to fit customer’s needs and preferences.
Chopt Restaurant, London
Tender Greens Restaurant Interior
Elevation Burger

Fast Food or Quick Serve Restaurant

  • Fast food is the most familiar restaurant to most people. Chains like McDonald’s and Burger King became popular in the 1950s, and helped spawn countless other concepts like Taco Bell, KFC and In-n-Out Burger.
Living Lab by Ab Rogers for Pizza Express
Little Chef by Ab Rogers Design
Pollini trippa Kiosk

Basics of Interior Design

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Basics of Interior Design

This publication helps to learn about interior design styles and materials used to design a space nowadays.

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is a rising Interior Designer. UAL Chelsea graduate. With this blog she tries to identify how to embrace nature and manmade world under one roof. Annafiora.com

Basics of Interior Design

This publication helps to learn about interior design styles and materials used to design a space nowadays.

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