Restaurant projects come with the added challenge of having to design and craft highly specific spaces that cater not only to a client’s patrons but also their brands and their team’s specific needs. Often, these can range from various complex master kitchens to lounges and entertainment facilities. This list showcases Santa Clara’s eight best and leading contractors behind some of its most recognizable restaurants and commercial spaces. These firms are also proud recipients of countless industry accolades and have since been featured in a variety of publications. 

TEAMWRKX Construction, Inc.

1855 Park Ave., San Jose, CA 95126

Founded in 2004, TEAMWRKX offers its clients a complete and comprehensive range of services. It operates out of its office in San Jose and has since secured a solid reputation for itself. The company credits its success to the experience of its talented team of professionals. Together, they have completed 5,400 spaces and have overseen all of them from start to finish. The firm has completed projects for brands like GoPro, Jaguar, Apple, and Facebook. Its portfolio also depicts spaces for Honda, Chevrolet, and BMW. The photo below is an excellent example of the firm’s talent and expertise.

Completed in collaboration with the great people over at Thiel &Thiel, this project spans over 7,456 square feet and was completed within a five-month timeframe. For this, the firm’s team had to work on its dining lounge, a wine room, and its cellar. It also installed new MEP and framed infrastructure, in addition to an all-new layout. 


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 areas throughout the country, and it has become well-known for its team’s talents and expertise. Founded in 1996, it proudly serves as a woman-led enterprise. The Skyline team has transformed various spaces into dynamic and unique offices, and it has received numerous recognitions. Its portfolio demonstrates its completed projects in the healthcare, financial, and retail sectors. The firm has also worked on a variety of headquarters.

The project above was completed for Chipotle and was finished within a twelve-week timeframe. It was designed by the professionals of FHA Architects. For this, the firm’s team was tasked with converting an existing ground-floor office suite into a restaurant. It also worked on its new heat pumps, a pollution control unit, condensing units, and walk-in cooler equipment. Some other specialized features include its custom wood paneling and finishes. 

South Bay Construction

1711 Dell Ave., Campbell, CA 95008

Extending its services throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, South Bay Construction is composed of an experienced team of talented professionals. It draws inspiration from decades of industry experience and employs a design-build approach. It offers its clients stellar value engineering and consistently secures long-term relationships with some of the area’s most notable household brands. South Bay’s portfolio displays a wide range of project types, including commercial structures as well as education, health care, and hospitality facilities. It also manages several mixed-use, residential, tenant improvement, and retail projects. 

The project above depicts the firm’s work for Santa Clara Square Marketplace. It sits in a 100-acre land, consisting of seven high-end buildings which houses Whole Foods, top restaurants and shops all conveniently nestled alongside this new residential and commercial community.

Build Group, Inc.

1210 Coleman Ave., Santa Clara, CA 95050

The Build Group operates out of several offices in California, located in San Francisco, Santa Clara, Oakland, and Venice, as well as an office in Seattle, Washington. The company offers its clients a complete range of industry services. Its talented and experienced team of professionals adheres to the highest industry standards. The firm’s portfolio depicts a wide range of spaces rendered in a variety of architectural vernaculars.

The project above showcases the firm’s work for the Kokkari Restaurant in San Francisco. Completed in 2015, this project features a timeless European old-world feel. Set inside of a four-story building, the firm’s team had to replace the entirety of its first floor, install an exhaust system, and other major features, such as hardwood floors, exposed ceiling beams, lintels, shutters, and operable windows. 

Pacific Ridge Builders

1500 Wyatt Drive, Suite 14, Santa Clara, CA 95054

Pacific Ridge Builders specializes in a wide range of project types, from tenant improvements and laboratories to life sciences and health care spaces. Its portfolio also depicts several data centers, corporate interiors, education, commercial, and restaurant projects. Its comprehensive services include preconstruction, cost estimating, value engineering, and detailed planning. The Pacific team is also highly well-versed in the design-build process, which lessens the additional challenge for clients in terms of having to look for outsourced professionals and subcontractors. Featured below is one of the firm’s best works.

Located in Los Gatos, this project was designed for the Hapa’s Brewing Company. It serves as the brand’s all-new taproom. It features a new kitchen, new bar, new restrooms, a bi-fold window connecting the indoor space with an outdoor beer garden. 

Cody|Brock Commercial Builders

1021 Howard Ave., Suite D, San Carlos, CA 94070

Cody|Brock’s commercial construction services extend throughout the Bay Area, operating out of its office centrally located on the peninsula in San Carlos. The Cody|Brock team partners with clients throughout the building process from pre-construction and value engineering through final project closeout, providing cost-effective and comprehensive solutions to complex spaces. The firm’s portfolio showcases several award-winning historic building renovations, biotech and lab spaces, tenant improvements, and ground-up construction work. Since its inception in 1994, Cody|Brock has established relationships with some of the area’s most reliable and capable subcontractors, resulting in outstanding customer service and consistently excellent work. The project below showcases one of the firm’s many great projects on the peninsula.

Located in Menlo Park, this restaurant tenant improvement created Menlo Park’s popular community hub, Coffeebar. The project spans over 3,900 square feet and was completed in partnership with the professionals of Walker|Warner Architects. The tenant improvement created a rustic, modern environment with tongue and groove resawn wood walls and live-edge elm slab tables. Special features include a unique ceiling pattern of European acoustical tile, a one-of-a-kind chandelier crafted from bicycle chains, Terrazzo counters, and accent wall. Other contemporary and trendy elements include a beer and wine bar and lounge area and a community room with digital art displays.