Cafe Lido

  • Prize
    Winner in Interior Design North America
  • Company/Firm
  • Lead Designer
    Christian Schnyder
  • Location
    Santa Barbara, California, USA
  • Project Date
  • Construction Company
    Young Construction
  • Architect
    Andrulaitis + Mixon Architects
  • Interior Designer
  • Hospitality
  • Developer
    KHP Capital Partners

The Café Lido is part of the Hotel Mar Monte renovation project in Santa Barbara, California. It is situated across the beautiful beach front and next to the hotel’s pool deck. It is the hotel’s official three-meal restaurant and bar.

The hotel was built in 1932 as a luxury hotel for the rich and famous from Los Angeles. Over time went through many expansions and changes, losing some of its charm and character. The Café Lido is located within the original breezeway of what used to be the hotel’s main entrance. The arches and ceiling are part of the original architecture, stripped down to expose the building’s history and showing off its significance.

The Mediterranean inspired menu also informed some of the material selections, such as the Moroccan zellige tile at the bar and base of the arches. The pendant lights and hanging plants emphasize the sense of being in a warm, southern climate and its proximity to the water.

To keep the one room space visually interesting the design has been layered. The eye keeps discovering new angles and details as the patrons move through the place.

The space feels open and airy for breakfast and lunch but turns romantic for the evening a