Whether you have a table for two or twenty in your home, a dining area has special design needs to consider. There’s the question of surface space, making enough room for seating, getting the lighting just right, and even factoring in storage. Then there’s the “wow factor” — the impression your dining room makes on guests. Even if you rarely play host, creating a gorgeous setting will make even weeknight dinners feel all the more impressive.

For inspiration on dining that creates an unforgettable atmosphere, we thought that there was no better place to look than restaurants. From an indoor-outdoor space to an intimate bistro, the following spaces put a spectacular spin on table-and-chair set-ups.

The Domes, Brooklyn, New York

Winter in Brooklyn doesn’t exactly lend itself to outdoor dining—but the Domes at The Hoxton are changing that. Each enclosed space shelters a table for 8 without obstructing the view.

Get the look: Mid-Century Modern Ladder Back Side Chairs

Faux sheepskin adds a textural touch to the sleek chrome frames of this mid 20th-century set.

Le Coucou, New York

Simplicity can be dramatic — especially if the lighting is just right. The proof is in the dining room at Le Coucou, which features velvet-cushioned chairs underneath grand chandeliers. The shades on each bulb beautifully diffuse light into a gentle glow.

Get the look: Jonathan Adler Ventana Oval Chandelier

Ebonized wood and linen shades gives handsome appeal to an eight-light chandelier.

Petit Trois, Los Angeles, California

You’ll find a little bit of Paris in Los Angeles with Petit Trois, an intimate space where guests perch on stools as they enjoy classic fare prepped right before their eyes. Arched mirrors, painted wood floors, and fanciful wallpaper really do transport you to France — and proves that small spaces can handle statement decor.

Get the look: Maison Drucker Cafe Stools

Though Petit Trois opts for a backless stool, this classic bistro counter-height chair offers a bit more comfort without sacrificing style.

Lenoir, Austin, Texas

This eternally-popular restaurant is famed for three things: Its simple “hot weather” year-round menu, its wine garden, and for its vintage-chic approach to decor. Whitewashed woods lend an airy atmosphere to the dining room, but it is the bright clusters of faceted pendants that make the space feel even more light and airy.

Get the look: Waterworks Zenith Ceiling Mounted Pendant

Inspired by a 19th-century design, this pedant beautifully combines antique and modern influences.

The DeBruce, Livingston Manor, New York

Set in the newly-reinvented Catskills, this restaurant feels miles away from stress. Though the views are nothing short of jaw-dropping, the clean-lined yet rustic decor commands attention.

Get the look: Anton Bjorsing Bjorsing Chair

Walnut wood and the subtle curved arms of this chair “soften” the minimalist lines of a timeless design.

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