Restaurant projects are often challenging and complicated work, mostly due to the complexities and certain intricacies that come with a client’s specific needs.

From extensive renovations to ground-up builds, this list showcases some of Palo Alto’s best firms who can manage these difficult projects. This list is curated based on the firms’ experiences, backgrounds, and impressive portfolios.

W. L. Butler

1629 Main St., Redwood City, CA 94063

Founded in 1975, W.L. Butler is the brainchild of its founder and namesake, William Butler. Since its inception, the firm has grown from being a small construction company into the large-scale firm it is today. Under his leadership, W.L. has secured long-term relationships with both the area’s leading subcontractors and premier clients. The firm has become widely respected and has extended its services throughout the most sought-after places in California. It has had the privilege of completing spaces for various Fortune 500 companies. Some of these include Target, Costco, Gilead, Charles Schwab, Samsung, Whole Foods, and AmerisourceBergen. Its portfolio also depicts several stellar projects from the automotive, healthcare, and retail industries. 

Showcased above is one of the firm’s best works from its portfolio. Completed for the Byer properties’ Lou’s Village restaurant. Located in the heart of San Jose, this space spans over 3,500 square feet and entailed working on several new finishes and a banquet facility.

Skyline Construction

2384 Walsh Ave., Santa Clara CA 95051

Servicing the greater San Francisco Bay area, Skyline Construction is an employee-owned firm that specializes in working on corporate office interiors. The firm is a part of a family of construction companies that have serviced a variety of areas throughout the country and is well-known for its team’s talents and expertise. The Skyline team has transformed various spaces into dynamic and unique offices, and it has received numerous recognitions. The firm has been in the industry since 1996 and is also proud to be a woman-led enterprise. Sifting through its portfolio, one may notice that, in addition to corporate offices, it has completed projects in the healthcare, financial, and retail sectors. The firm has worked on a variety of headquarters. Showcased below is one of the firm’s best projects.

Completed in collaboration with the professionals at FHA Architects, this restaurant was completed for Chipotle and was finished in a span of over twelve weeks. For this space, the firm was tasked with converting its existing ground-floor office suite in this thriving restaurant. Its team also upgraded its electrical power and gas, in addition to its kitchen equipment and refrigeration units.

TICO Construction

1585 Terminal Avenue, San Jose, CA 95112

Headquartered in San Jose, TICO extends its services throughout the area surrounding it. It is composed of a talented and experienced team of professionals and provides its clients with a wide range of stellar general contracting services. The firm can take on projects regardless of size or scale and offers its services at highly competitive prices. Aside from the restaurant market, its portfolio also depicts various spaces completed for the automotive, biotechnology, financial, and healthcare sectors. It has also worked on various office and retail spaces.

The project above best embodies the firm’s talent and expertise. Completed for the Manresa Restaurant, this project features a chic and elegant design, with an excellent color palette, as well as custom finishes and fixtures.

De Mattei Construction

1794 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126

With over three decades of industry experience, De Mattei Construction offers its clients a comprehensive range of general contracting and remodeling services. Since its inception, it has secured a solid reputation as one of the Bay Area’s premier construction firms that specializes in both residential and commercial projects. The firm is composed of a talented and experienced team of professionals. Together, they commit themselves to the highest of industry standards. The project below is a fine example of the company’s talent and expertise.

For this project, the firm employed an excellent transitional theme. It has rustic finishes, wood elements, and paneled flooring, and it showcases an excellent bar and booths.

Vance Brown Builders

3197 Park Blvd., Palo Alto, CA 94306

With over eight decades of industry experience, Vance Brown Builders values the long-term partnerships it has secured with both subcontractors and clients. It offers a complete and comprehensive range of services and achieves the best results through cost-effective methods. The firm is also an expert in the design-build process, which gives the clients the option to keep the entire process in-house. Its use of the latest Building Information Technology and affinity for sustainable practices are especially impressive.

The project above is an excellent example of the company’s talent and expertise. Located in Palo Alto, this space was designed and completed for Tin Pot Creamery. It entailed the building out of over 900 square feet of space and various specialty finishes and elements.

BPR Builders

809 Laurel St #550, San Carlos, CA 94070

BPR Builders specializes in restaurant, residential, and fine retail construction projects. It extends its services throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and is headquartered in its office in San Carlos. The firm has been in business since 2001 and has worked in some of the best areas in Palo Alto, Redwood City, San Carlos, San Mateo, Belmont, Burlingame, Los Altos, and Woodside. The company’s portfolio depicts a wide range of both extensive remodels and ground-up construction work. 

For the project above, the firm worked on around 15,000 square feet of space within a ninety-day timeframe. It primarily worked on its commercial kitchen. Some other installations include the restaurant’s walk-in freezers, ranges, and ventilation systems.