Santa Ana is a city in Orange County, California and is known as the financial and governmental center of Orange County. It is a beautiful town with lots of culture and diversity and it offers its residents an exciting urban-suburban mix. Santa Ana houses the corporate headquarters of several companies and surrounding stores, restaurants, and coffee shops are delightful.

Listed below are five of The Best Restaurant Architects in Santa Ana, California. They were chosen based on their experience, portfolio, and awards garnered in their years of service.

Anders Lasater Architects

384 Forest Avenue, #12, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Established in 2006, Anders Lasater Architects has designed homes in Orange County, Palm Springs, Chicago, Lake Tahoe, Hawaii, and Greece. The firm creates significant spaces using its mastery of materials, light, space, and proportion. Over the years, the firm has been recognized for its outstanding service and dedication to residential projects, as well as in the hotel, retail, and restaurant sectors.

Anders Lasater is the CEO and President of the company and has worked as the managing associate for Mark Singer Architects in Laguna Beach. He completed his degree in architecture at Cal Poly Pomona and he holds a Master of Architecture degree from UCLA. He is a licensed architect in Texas, Hawaii, and California; he’s a Certified Green Building Professional as well.

Anders Lasater Architects has been honored with various awards, including the 2021 Luxe Magazine: Residential Excellence in Design Award, the 2020 Build Architectural Awards: Most Transformative Renovation Firm, and the AIA Honor Award Winner-Inside Out. The firm has also been recognized by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professionals (LEED APs). 


245 East Third Street, Long Beach, CA 90802

RDCollaborative was founded in 1979 and has become a top-notch leader in the retail design and retail architecture industry. Its expertise and 40 years of experience in the business have made it one of the most-sought firms in the area. Through the combined practice of interior design, planning, and architecture, the firm has been able to meet the various needs of its clients. The firm focuses on creating places and spaces that cater to its clients’ needs. It is a full-service architecture practice whose services include designing retail, entertainment, and hospitality environments. The firm has developed a deep relationship with its past clients, encouraging active participation in all phases of building.  

RDCollaborative has made a name for itself since its inception. The firm has won a number of awards, including being named #83 on the 2021 BD+C Giants 400 Survey. It is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).

Bundy-Finkel Architects

1120 Bristol Street, Suite 120, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Bundy-Finkel Architects was established in 1991 by two principals, Richard Finkel and Timothy Bundy, friends and classmates since their time at Cal Poly Pomona. Having come from large, well-respected firms, they discovered how to design and make drawings for many projects. They both worked at Blomgren Associates as Principals before starting their own company in 1991. The firm’s team members are urged to give input as proficient designers, artisans, and general problem solvers throughout the phases of a project. The firm strives to address the needs of its clients through open communication, always quality service.

The firm has been repeatedly recognized, including a win with the 1999 Western Builder’s Conference Gold Nugget Merit Award. The firm is also a member of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design organization (LEED).

Carlile Coatsworth Architects

18600 MacArthur Boulevard, Suite 300, Irvine, CA 92612

Carlile Coatsworth Architects was established in the late ‘70s when Cal Coatsworth and Jeff Carlie met in their architecture classes at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. They found a shared passion in architecture, design, and planning. They decided to start their own architectural company in 1989. The firm has since evolved into a mid-sized architectural firm of twenty employees which comprises six licensed architects and a number of different projects. It focuses on the specific needs of the clients and collaborates with them to determine their architecture needs by creating groundbreaking designs. It offers its clients exceptional service whether a project, residential, retail, automotive, or industrial.

Heading the company is Calvin J. Coatsworth, a graduate of the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Even as a child in Arcadia, California he wanted to be an Architect. His love for architectural design made him pursue the craft. 

Today, the firm aspires to be more than an architectural firm; it creates projects that improve communities.

James Gartner & Associates Architects

2036 N Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92706

James Gartner & Associates Architects, Inc. was established in 1987 in Santa Ana. The firm has since enjoyed working on a variety of projects. It has substantial experience in office buildings, restaurant design, tenant improvements, specialty fitness, historic restorations, retail interiors, hospitality, custom housing projects, and express car washes. Its plan of action is very simple: it does its work with excellence, professionalism, and integrity.

James Gartner, AIA, NCARB finished his education at Montana State University and holds a Master of Architecture Degree. After graduating, he worked in the design department of a large firm in Calgary, Alberta. After a short stint in Canada, he eventually joined a renowned design firmin Helena. After five years, he returned to California to start his own company in Orange County. He has been serving on the Santa Ana Planning Commission since 2008. His experience and expertise have allowed the firm to excel in the business industry.

Over the years, the company has been accredited by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).