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3 Design-Driven Restaurants

BY Jackie Bryant, Bonnie Davidson, Angelina Lewis, Kalah Siegel and Jennifer Yun | June 29, 2017 | Feature

Part of our 50 finest things happening in San Diego's food scene right now.

Brian Malarkey’s latest venture is the stunning Herb & Wood, the design of which can be credited to the restaurant’s partner and general manager, Christopher Puffer. With high ceilings and four distinct spaces—a patio, lounge, main dining room and smaller loft-style lounge—there was plenty of room for creativity. Exposed rafters, globe lights, plants and a range of textures mark the 9,500-square-foot space. 2210 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy, 619.955.8495

Evoking strong memories of childhood, school vacations and camping in the woods or along the California coast, Campfire’s whimsical design features banquettes by local company Bradley Mountain, and ample outdoor space includes a teepee for children. Designers Bells & Whistles used wood, antique camping pieces and various metals to evoke an indoor-outdoor experience to enhance Campfire’s live-fire cooking. 2725 State St., Carlsbad, 760.637.5121

Chic designer Paul Basile of Basile Studio oversaw the redesign of Little Italy staple Craft & Commerce, which reopened late last year with a few added bells and whistles, such as a clandestine tiki bar called False Idol, in the back. The new space boasts vaulted and mirrored ceilings, marble bar tops, reclaimed wood tables, wrought iron accents, a variety of creative tiling and plenty of antique inspiration. 675 W. Beech St., Little Italy, 619.269.2202

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