Life - Style Updated: February 22, 2023

Seven Restaurants In The World With Epic Art Collections

By Rasheed Olajide Awoniyi
February 22, 2023

In restaurants with epic art collections, visitors get the best of meals and a good show with gallery-worthy artefacts that are worth millions of dollars around the globe.

Any good restaurateur will tell you that it is not just about the food.

The world's top restaurants go above and beyond to ensure that every single element of the dining experience is taken care of.

Below are seven restaurants in the world with epic art collections that go even far above what some museums and art collection centres offer. 

1. Red Rooster Overtown in Miami


Chef Marcus Samuelsson's debut Miami restaurant is a sensory overload: the menu is heavy on Southern comfort food, the playlist is continually blasting, and there is art wherever you turn.

The restaurant's collection, curated by Derek Fleming and David Simkins, has conversation-starting works that exemplify 'the excellence in the African-American experience.'

Visitors can survey the room for pieces by Kara Walker, Derrick Adams, Elizabeth Catlett, and Rashid Johnson while they wait for their food.


2. Piqniq in Hong Kong


This beautiful rooftop eatery is one of Hong Kong's coolest al fresco hangouts.

Piqniq, located on the top floor of H Queen's, is decorated with beanbags, fairy lights, and vivid works of art that only add to the magnificent views of the surrounding Central area.

The centrepiece of the eatery is a plump, crimson, polka-dotted pumpkin by renowned artist Yayoi Kasuma.

Lala Curio's hand-painted wallpaper, which lures guests to the terrace with cloud trees, birds, and flowers, adds to the charm.



3. La Colombe d’Or in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France

If walls could talk, they would have a lot to say about this extraordinary inn and restaurant on the French Riviera.

La Colombe d'Or, which opened its doors in 1931, became a haven for artists who were lured to the area during both World Wars.

Throughout time, the list of regulars grew to include Matisse, Picasso, and Miró, all of whom left their mark on the walls.

The collection has only increased since then, and it is worth going outdoors to see the Fernand Léger mosaic and an Alexander Calder mobile that surrounds the pool.


4. Le Gavroche in London

This restaurant behemoth delivers unrepentant old-school gourmet dining, complete with two Michelin stars.

The art on the walls is equally remarkable and has only grown in strength thanks to current chef-manager Michel Roux Jr.'s impeccable taste.

Visitors can certainly allow their gaze to wander the space as they work their way through the eight-course tasting meal, looking for paintings by Picasso, Miró, and Dal.

Many original compositions tell stories about the history of this London restaurant. 


5. Casa Lever in NYC

Until recently, this sleek Midtown Italian restaurant housed 32 of Warhol's famed silk-screen pictures, featuring well-known faces like Judy Garland, Aretha Franklin, and Alfred Hitchcock.

The new collection, which launched in 2019, is also nothing to laugh at.

The Warhols have been replaced by paintings by Damien Hirst, a British artist.

In the private dining room, you can spot 'Since the Majority of Me Rejects the Majority of You', a glossy, butterfly-filled masterpiece. 

Then there's Denatonium Benzoate, a hypnotizing white canvas that's covered in colourful polka dots.

6. Atlas in Atlanta

Atlas is not your typical hotel restaurant; the upscale dining establishment inside St. Regis Atlanta also serves as a venerable art museum.

Because of its ever-changing exhibition of modern twentieth-century art, which has included works such as Francis Bacon's Study for Portrait and Pablo Picasso's La Famille.

A treasure trove of 39 works by Japanese-French painter and printmaker Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita, famed for his portraits of ladies and cats, is currently on show.

After dinner, guests can enjoy a nightcap in the sister restaurant, 'The Garden Room,' which features a colourful Klimt-inspired mosaic.

7. Sketch Gallery in London

Even if you have not had the opportunity to dine at this famed London restaurant, you have probably seen it on your Instagram feed.

The 91 colourful paintings by award-winning artist David Shrigley contribute to the restaurant's unmistakably pink, marvellously amusing atmosphere.

The graphic prints range from a cat image to a news item that reads, 'Woman Spills Coffee.'

Guests will also notice Shrigley's work on the table, as the artist has created several ceramic items imprinted with phrases such as 'That is not OK' and 'Dirt.'

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