Alongside delicious menus, diners also expect a restaurant’s atmosphere to enhance the dining experience. With new trends dominating the commercial scene, businesses are looking to modernize dining spots to attract customers. Luckily, Torrance is filled with contractors well-versed in creating traditional and modern spaces that answer the needs of its clients.

We’ve compiled a list of the best restaurant contractors in Torrance. Each builder was for their years of service, the awards and press features they have received, and their expertise with building restaurant spaces. To build a unique restaurant in this bustling city, meet with the best builders in the city.  

Projex Pacific Inc. 

4937 Encinita Avenue, Temple City, CA 91780 

Projex Pacific is a contractor specializing in residential and commercial construction. Mr. Kazutoshi Aihama founded the company in 1979 working with various American and Japanese businesses all over California. For over 40 years, the firm has mastered the different styles of commercial and residential spaces for both national and international clients. Projex Pacific provides new construction, remodeling, and various additional services.  

The firm has completed projects for impressive clients like Tokyo Central, Miyako Hotel, Noritz America, Inc., and Coco Ichibanya. With a rich background in Japanese culture, the firm’s projects are heavily influenced by minimalist, zen Japanese design. Yake, for example, the Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ located in Pasadena. The premium restaurant offers its diners good food that can be enjoyed in its Japanese, Western-infused interior. 

Satoh Brothers International

19750 S Vermont Avenue, Suite #100, Torrance, CA 90502 

Satoh Brothers International brings precision and luxury Japanese design and construction and blends it with Western business practices. It is a multi-generational, family-owned firm; international and local clients continue to seek out its prime services. President Yoshio Satoh is the seasoned general contractor and architect at the helm of the firm. His depth of industry knowledge has guided the firm and set a high standard in commercial projects. The firm’s excellence and innovation in its craft have built its name among clients and peers in the industry.

Satoh Brothers’ team of American Institute of Architects (AIA) and LEED Accredited Professionals have built a diverse range of restaurants, retail, offices, educational, and hotel structures. One of its notable restaurant projects is Tsujita Artisan Noodle located in Glendale. The 2,500 square feet of Japanese restaurant was completed in 2016 and features a full commercial-grade kitchen, a renovation of the storefront, and extensive custom finishes in the main dining room. The finishes include wall tiling, millwork, multi-level ceilings, and high-end lighting.    

Esplanade Builders

23820 Hawthorne Boulevard, Suite #100, Torrance, CA 90505 

Esplanade Builders has been exceeding client’s expectations through experienced construction and high-caliber work since 2003. It is a certified small business that is owned and operated by Christian Sorenson. His expertise in construction spans from tenant improvements to multi-million dollar construction projects. Its team comprises skilled builders with award-winning works. The firm has been recognized by the AIA, the International Interior Design Association, and the Orange County Business Journal.   

An outstanding project in its collection of work is the VKCC Coffee Container located in Irvine. The team, led by Mike Foster, worked in collaboration with R McEvoy and completed the project in August of 2020. The team transformed a shipping container into a hip, retro coffee shop. It features new slab utilities, a creative amenity, and an industry-grade kitchen. The firm’s overall design and high-quality construction produced a beautiful restaurant and retail spot in the VKCC business park.   

Howard CDM

17434 Bellflower Boulevard, Suite #300, Bellflower, CA 90706 

Howard CDM opened its doors in 1972 creating a tangible legacy with its client-centered approach to construction. The company is headed by three seasoned executives— Martin D. Howard, Steve C. Phillips, and William G. Burkett. Each leader brings a fresh and progressive construction prowess that empowers the firm’s services. This skilled team provides clients with high-quality work partnered with impeccable design and material selection. The firm’s work has been featured in the New York Times, Urbanize LA, Curbed LA, Los Angeles Business Journal, and Boston Magazine

Howard CDM’s portfolio highlights its ability to deliver fresh and forward-thinking spaces. A perfect illustration is the Bavel restaurant located in Los Angeles and created in collaboration with Chef Ori Menashe/Sprout LA. The team transformed the existing brick warehouse space into a posh restaurant and dining space. The new restaurant earned the 2018 Eater’s Design of the Year Award. It features Versalam, structural steel reinforcement, a custom wine cellar, a CMU brick hearth, and a wood-fired pizza oven. Its ceramic tile inlay, patio trellis, hanging lights, planters with living foliage, and existing brick walls create a charming dining experience. 


  • Jake Gustafson

    Jake has served as Senior Editor at General Contractors and brings a wealth of experience rooted in his passion for building. Holding a degree in Construction Engineering Management from Oregon State University, he actively engaged in industry-related activities, including membership in the Associated General Contractors of America student chapter and participation in the Associated Schools in Construction student competition. Previously, Jake served as a project engineer for a prominent general contractor in Portland, where he played a pivotal role in various aspects of construction projects, from pre-construction to subcontractor management. His expertise extends to working on innovative projects, such as North America's largest CLT commercial building. Expertise: Commercial Construction, Commercial Remodeling, Home Design and Build Key Highlights: Editor at General Contractors, Project Engineer for Portland-based general contractor, Field Engineer for the largest CLT commercial building in North America Education: Oregon State University, Degree in Construction Engineering Management