Rao's Miami Beach

  • Prize
    Winner in Interior Design North America
  • Company/Firm
    EDG Interior Architecture + Design
  • Lead Designer
    Patrick O'Hare, AIA, IIDA
  • Other Designer(s)
    Cindy Moore, Ray Gonzalez
  • Architect
    Neuvio Architects
  • Interior Designer
    EDG Interior Architecture + Design
  • Hospitality
    Rao's Restaurant Group
  • Construction Company
    RCC Associates
  • Photo Credit
    Eric Laignel
  • Location
    Loews Miami Beach, 1601 Collins Avenue, Miami, FL 33139
  • Project Date
    November 2023
  • Developer
    Loews Miami Beach

Rao’s, the legendary East Harlem Italian restaurant, has opened its Rao's red doors at Loews Miami Beach. Our layered interior channels the spirit and pedigree of the original location while taking cues from the hotel’s gorgeous, 1930s style.
The plush Ultra Lounge introduces the Rao's story with its NY vibe and iconic, signed photos. The cozy, wood-paneled corridor, lined with green mohair banquettes, martini tables and a wine wall, transitions to a U-shaped lounge with bold red club chairs.
The signature bar, with striped awnings and year-round greenery, beckons from the dining room. Its leather-wrapped bar front and stylish chairs encourage guests to linger. A large service station in the center of the room adds to the sense of action and formal hospitality.
Old school Pullman booths, crystal chandeliers, and antique brass finishes complement the historic features. A mix of vintage NY and Miami artwork celebrates the link between the cities. Grasscloth wall coverings and cane screens amp up the Miami feel.
The Rao’s Room, with original fireplace, is a VIP section of sorts; it’s home away from home for regulars and functions as a private dining room, with its own small bar.

EDG Interior Architecture + Design is a global leader in hospitality branding and design. The company's interdisciplinary team comprises brand strategists, interior designers, architects, and graphic designers, all working collaboratively to merge visionary design with strategic innovation. Founded in 1987, EDG is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area with strategic offices in Dallas and Singapore. Our global perspective and collaborative approach are anchored by a total commitment to concept and project performance.

Other prizes
Interior Design 2023 Best of Year Award, Spa/Beauty: Mii amo Spa NEWH Top Interior Design Firm 2023, San Francisco Chapter IIDA 2022 Global Excellence Award, Restaurants, Lounges & Bars: Firangi Superstar LIV Hospitality Design Awards 2022, Casual Restaurant: Pelican Brewing LIV Hospitality Design Awards 2022, Residence: Montage Healdsburg Harvest Homes HD Awards 2021, Best New Brand Launch: Terramor Outdoor Resort LIV Hospitality Design Awards 2021, Casual Restaurant: Firangi Superstar LIV Hospitality Design Awards 2021, Architectural Design, Hotel: Viceroy Santa Monica