It is crucial that a restaurant’s interior design gives guests a clear indication of the kind of food and service they can expect. If you’re building a restaurant, you need to choose a professional who will craft your establishment with your brand personality in mind and provide the best possible dining experience for your customers.

The list below includes the best restaurant architects in Chula Vista, California. These firms were selected for their accreditations, certifications, and professional affiliations. Industry awards, client reviews, and press features were also taken into account, as well as the range of services the firms offer, their specializations, and the length of time they have been in the industry. 

Architectural Concepts Inc

3958 First Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103

Headquartered in San Diego, Architectural Concepts is a licensed architectural design firm providing service in California, Arizona, Florida, Texas, New York, Hawaii, and Pennsylvania. It has been in the business for three decades, offering architecture, interior design, master planning, and consultation services for corporate office, health care, resort, retail, and restaurant clients. The firm takes pride in its dedication and talent, as well as its ability to build solutions that yield outstanding results. The firm fosters collaboration and is committed to going the extra mile to bring its clients’ visions to life.

Margit E. Whitlock founded Architectural Concepts in 1992; she has been responsible for creating the concepts that drive the design. She is an accomplished speaker, and her work is often published in magazines such as Developments and Resort Trades. She led the Architectural Concepts team in designing the Social Tap American Eatery in San Diego.

The historic windows were dismantled and re-attached to a custom metal frame, allowing them to act as an awning providing an open-air experience for the firm’s patrons. The interior features old brick, acid-washed panels, iron strapping, and subway tile to accent and pay homage to the building’s history. Both custom light fixtures and custom social tables with rotating seats give the place a rustic feel.

Hauck Architecture

4888 Ronson Court, Suite F, San Diego, CA 92111

Hauck Architecture is a San Diego-based, full-service architecture and interior design firm specializing in custom residential, hospitality, and craft beer projects. The firm is led by T. Dustin Hauck, who has over 20 years of architectural practice experience and takes pride in delivering exceptional design that consistently exceeds his clients’ expectations. As principal of the firm, he takes responsibility and serves as the driving force behind anything the firm undertakes. Under his leadership, since 1996, the firm has been changing the restaurant design industry by offering its clients their Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited and Green Building Professional-certified services. The firm is committed to pinpointing each and every green or sustainable design solution available to them that will increase efficiency and decrease their environmental impact.

One of the firm’s most notable projects is the Rip Current tasting room in North Park, which offers the full line of award-winning Rip Current brews in an airy, comfortable space. Two sides open to the street, creating a wonderful cross-breeze and bringing in lots of light. The stainless steel bar with dark rough wood accents, exposed ceiling, and plenty of bar seating make this a great hangout.

H2 Hawkins + Hawkins Architects, Inc

726 9th Avenue, Suite #1, San Diego, CA 92101

H2 Architects is an architecture firm based in San Diego, offering creative and innovative design solutions for clients across California and Washington. The firm offers high-quality architecture, master planning, tenant improvements, construction management, and feasibility studies. Founded in 1988, the client-focused company has expanded its services with licenses throughout the west coast. The well-experienced firm specializes in commercial, cultural, multifamily, and mixed-use projects.

H2 Architects is committed to sustainable design and has completed numerous LEED projects. For 30 years, the design studio has been featured in various publications, including San Diego Décor Magazine, Best of Remodeling Magazine, and The Los Angeles Times. The award-winning firm has also been honored with nine PCBC Gold Nugget Awards of Merit.

The firm’s work on the Pan Bon restaurant in San Diego resulted in the design concepts of CIERREESSE Arredamenti from Italy, which were integrated into the final design of the restaurant. The team also provided construction documents and construction services. The main dining room is a dramatic two-story space with a 4,000-square-foot mezzanine and a balcony lounge area.  

COAR Design Group

6353 Del Cerro Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92120

COAR Design Group is a multi-award-winning firm that thrives in guiding and assisting clients with their architectural needs. For over 23 years, the firm has shown a firm commitment to its clients through its exemplary service and well-rounded design solutions. The firm works efficiently by closely collaborating with other professionals and its clients to deliver the best results. Its dedication is matched only by its responsiveness principle. All of these factors come together as the firm consistently produces flawless design after flawless design.

COAR Design Group has won a number of awards, including the People’s Choice Orchid Award, the Fire Station Design Award, and the Design-Build Institute of America National Award of Merit. The firm earned these accolades through its client-driven approach, which seeks to elevate users’ experiences.

The Shop and Flame Café in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum is a prime example of what the firm can deliver to its clients. The guest experience of the museum was extended through the immersive digital experiences of the shop and café. Some of the inclusive designs and assistive technologies incorporated into the Café include assisted listening, universal access controls, RFID-triggered customizations, and accessible spaces with ramped circulation.

Coston Architects

8415 La Mesa Boulevard #4, La Mesa, CA 91942

Coston Architects is a La Mesa-based full-service architectural firm founded in 1999. It specializes in custom residential, hospitality, and commercial projects,  and it serves clients in La Mesa and San Diego. For over 23 years, the firm has used its comprehensive expertise to build effective solutions for complex projects. It distinguishes itself from other architectural firms by working closely with its clients and supporting them every step of the way. Coston Architects builds personal relationships with its clients to learn and understand their distinct goals.

The firm uses strategic planning and state-of-the-art technologies to provide clients and stakeholders with a smooth path from conceptualization to completion. Kent Coston leads Coston Architects. Kent has 20 years of architectural experience and has previously worked with several architectural firms. Kent is a licensed architect in California and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

For the Cucina Urbana project, the firm created a homey feel with a mix of rustic elements, vintage pieces, and contemporary elements. The columns are wrapped in various wood species of fence boards recovered from San Diego County. Laurel’s original white chairs were reupholstered in burlap coffee bags that she recovered from her coffee vendors. Existing Swarovski chandeliers were made more casual with objects like horseshoes, old keys, bottle openers, and tin birds.