Most Unique Restaurant Bathrooms
Last updated on March 23rd, 2020 at 08:15 pm
A bathroom is a bathroom, right? Some creative designers disagree. Most restaurant bathrooms serve their purpose, but don’t invite you to hang around too long. However, some restaurant bathrooms take the experience to new levels — the kind of experience that makes you want to look around, lounge a bit in the stall and marvel at the creativity that went into the restaurant bathroom designs. In fact, it may take a fellow patron knocking on the door to remind you you’re actually in a restroom.
20 Most Unique Restaurant Bathrooms
You don’t have to travel all over in search of creative restaurant bathrooms. We’re bringing them to you right here in the comfort of your own home — or restaurant bathroom stall. Here’s our list of the top 20 most unique restaurant bathrooms around the world:
1. Liberty Market: Gilbert, Arizona
Liberty Market in Gilbert, Arizona, sets itself apart by crafting inventive dishes with a focus on locally sourced ingredients. But that’s not the only thing that sets this restaurant apart. The bathrooms are so unique, they were entered into America’s Best Bathroom Contest.
The bathroom at Liberty Market is unisex, with individual stalls that run from floor to ceiling and a common sink area for patrons to share. However, the décor of the stalls is the real differentiating factor, as no two stalls are the same. Each of the four co-owners, plus the son of one co-owner, designed one of the five stalls with completely different themes that represent them as individuals. The stalls even have their own music to complement the design.
One Vespa-inspired stall features Italian landscape murals and a Vespa tire. Another features hand-written recipes, tiles like those in the kitchen and cooking utensils suspended from the stall ceiling.
2. Departure: Portland, Oregon
Departure, a modern Pan-Asian restaurant in the iconic Meier & Frank Building, offers sweeping views of Portland, but you may find yourself just as intrigued by the design inside the restaurant. The décor takes you on a trip through time, starting with a nod to the industrial beginnings of Portland and ending in the bathrooms with their futuristic design.
Stainless steel fixtures create the basis for the futuristic look. In the men’s restroom, the light appears to have a red glow, while the women’s restroom takes on a gold glow. You definitely feel like you’re in a different time in the Departure restrooms.
3. Smith & Mills: New York City, New York
If you prefer to go back in time for your bathroom experience, check out the restroom at Smith & Mills. Located inan old New York City carriage house, this restaurant has a charm that permeates the entire restaurant — including the restroom, which is housed inside an elevator car from 1902.
The sink comes from an old railcar and requires you to lift it to drain into the wall. Wrought iron detailing covers the ceiling and walls, adding to the space’s antique atmosphere. This bathroom definitely gives you lots of interesting details that may make you linger a little longer than normal.
4. Safe House: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
The spy theme of Safe House carries to the restrooms, starting with a series of mazes just to get to them. Men have an extra challenge. They must choose between two doors. One opens to a brick wall with a sign saying, “Whoa.” If you choose correctly, you enter the actual restroom with FBI and CIA signs on the stalls. Giant eyeballs decorate the inside of the stalls, giving you the feeling of being watched while you use the restroom. A peephole lets you look down into the bar to see what’s happening even while you’re taking care of business.
The women’s restroom includes some surprises as well, starting with the naked poster of Burt Reynolds with a metal heart covering his private area. If you take a peek under the heart, everyone knows it, thanks to the alarms that go off in the bar.
5. Steamworks: Vancouver, BC
The steam-powered craft beer production isn’t the only thing that stands out at Vancouver’s Steamworks. The women’s restroom features creative double-toilet stalls to comply with a city ordinance requiring the venue to offer 20 toilets for women.
The large stalls feature two shorter toilets with a divider large enough to provide privacy, yet small enough to allow eye contact to continue a conversation. This design plays into the idea of women going to the restroom in pairs.
6. Morimoto: New York City, New York
Head to Morimoto in New York City for amazing Japanese fusion fare. While you’re there, don’t miss the chance to visit the restrooms. Artist Takeshi Miyakawa uses mirrors to create a beautiful illusion. The mirror placement reflects cherry blossoms in a seemingly endless row.
The toilets also get patrons talking. The high-tech porcelain thrones feature automatic lid opening, flushing and deodorizing. A bidet feature on the toilet lets you choose from various water pressure levels. You may want to move in with high-end toilets like these.
7. Boca: Cincinnati, Ohio
The bathrooms at Boca in Cincinnati are like a choose-your-own-adventure series. The menu at the restaurant includes a mix of modern Italian and French food, but the bathrooms break conventions, with a different theme in each of the six restrooms. On the outside, all six co-ed restrooms appear similar with red doors at the entrance — but once you enter the door, you’ll notice a distinct theme.
The themes of the stalls include:
- A cooking theme featuring menus from restaurants that inspired the owner.
- A French countryside theme with images of 19th-century horse-drawn carriages.
- An art nouveau spirograph theme.
- An Opera theme with custom wallpaper featuring images of people seated in balcony boxes at the opera.
- A striped design with contrasting round lines.
- A bold room with a red background and whimsical zebra images.
8. La Boucherie: Los Angeles, California
If you’re looking for a luxurious food and restroom experience, La Boucherie has the menu and commode to match. This upscale French-American steakhouse impresses with table-side butchery, a walk-through wine tunnel and stunning bathrooms.
With a Marie Antoinette theme, La Boucherie’s restrooms provide a modern take on an opulent 18th-century powder room. Gold rimmed mirrors and fixtures accent the clean white room, and a tall window offers a view of the Hollywood sign and the Pacific Ocean. Individual sink and mirror areas and a central sitting area give this bathroom a fancy aura.
9. Jungle Jim’s International Food Market: Fairfield, Ohio
With an international market, event center and restaurant, Jungle Jim’s has a little bit of everything. Patrons can browse foods from over 70 countries in this fun and eclectic establishment, but the uniqueness doesn’t stop at the food. Jungle Jim’s bathrooms also pack quite the surprise.
From the outside, the bathrooms look like oversized, plastic portable potties that are common on construction sites or at outdoor events. While patrons wait in line for the restroom, they may be surprised to see groups of two or three people exiting the “single-seater” commode at once. Upon closer inspection, the port-a-potty is a cleverly-crafted doorway facade.
The interior of these restrooms has a refined, jungle-chic appearance that surprises many first-time visitors. With floral, marble and tropical elements, patrons soon forget that they entered the restroom through a port-a-potty.
10. Way Station: Brooklyn, New York
If you’re a “Doctor Who” fan, you must add the restroom at the Way Station to your bucket list. From the outside, the bathroom looks like the TARDIS. The inside of the restroom is just as interesting, with murals and decorations on the wall that fit the theme.
It’s a single bathroom right in plain sight in the bar, so don’t spend too much time admiring the inside, or you may have an angry line of fellow patrons waiting for you when you emerge.
11. Rivea at the Delano: Las Vegas, Nevada
The next time you’re in Vegas, take a break from the slot machines to head to The Delano. Go up to the 64th floor, where you’ll find the Rivea, a French-Italian restaurant with an attached nightclub. Not missing a chance to capitalize on those high views of Vegas, the restrooms let you look down on the strip below.
The toilets in the women’s restroom include floor-to-ceiling windows, so you can marvel at the lights on the Las Vegas Strip even while you use the toilet. The men’s restroom features large glass walls surrounding the urinals, so men won’t miss out on those views either.
12. Main Street Station: Las Vegas, Nevada
If you’re already in Vegas to see the Rivea restrooms, add another casino to your list: Main Street Station. The casino, hotel and brewery harbors an unexpected piece of history in the men’s restroom. When you step up to use the urinals, you’ll notice the wall behind it looks old. That’s because it is actually part of the Berlin Wall. The bathroom was under construction when the wall came down, so the designer enlisted the help of a friend to get sections of the wall. Glass covers the wall in case patrons decide to urinate on the wall and everything it represented.
While women won’t find a section of the Berlin wall in the ladies’ room, they can still take a peek. Security guards are willing to escort women into the men’s restroom to get a glimpse at the Berlin wall segments.
13. Beatrice & Woodsley: Denver, Colorado
The restroom at Beatrice and Woodsley is just one of the carefully crafted elements of this intimate, slow-paced dining location. This eatery is all about the experience, from the yellow tinted windows to the floor-to-ceiling reclaimed aspen trees.
When patrons take a break from their rustic American cuisine, they find a restroom that deserves its place among interesting restaurant bathrooms. In addition to dim lighting, tile, and wood décor, this bathroom incorporates a unique toilet paper installation on its extremely high ceiling.
Perhaps the rarest fixture is the handwashing station, which features a large basin with a long chain suspended over its center. Patrons can pull a lever to send a stream of water dripping down the chain, which they can then use to wash their hands.
14. Habana Outpost: Brooklyn, New York
The restroom at Habana Outpost is a brilliant example of a space that reflects the overall theme of the restaurant. The eco-friendly eatery carries that eco-consciousness to the restroom, which makes you feel like you’re outdoors, thanks to a glass ceiling, ferns and lots of other little outdoor touches.
But the restroom goes even further, using rainwater to flush the toilet. Local architecture students created the system, which uses gutters to collect the water and plant roots to filter the rainwater. A holding tank keeps the filtered water ready until someone flushes.
15. Cibo Wine Bar: Miami, Florida
A trip way down south in Miami gives you the chance to see another noteworthy restaurant bathroom. Regular restroom basics get an artistic makeover in a blend of old-world charm and modern industrial style. The faucets are one of the most notable features in the restroom. Water runs from the ceiling-mounted faucets, which look a bit like shower-heads. The water flow is motion-activated, so you don’t have to worry about touching dirty faucet handles.
16. The Salty Pig: Boston, Massachusetts
The Salty Pig is a charcuterie-focused restaurant with an array of house-made meats and curated cheeses on its menu. With a wide range of fresh and local ingredients available, patrons can customize their charcuterie experience and enjoy a unique food experience with each visit.
Though the name and menu of this Boston restaurant are memorable enough, the bathrooms push this establishment over the edge. The restroom features “The Far Side” comic strips plastered all over the walls and ceiling, giving you some funny reading material while you dry your hands.
17. The Oak Bar at the Hermitage Hotel: Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville offers plenty of sights and sounds, but the men’s restroom in the Oak Bar at the Hermitage Hotel is a fun side stop while you’re in town. The art deco bathroom has been around for some time, and due to popular demand, the hotel decided to preserve the restroom in its original condition.
When you walk into the restroom, you notice the bold green and black color scheme. The wall tiles create green stripes on a black background, and lime green fixtures add to the unique palette. Part of the history of the room includes a two-chair shoeshine station, where many politicians and business people sat making deals back in the day. The bathroom is so well known that even women want to sneak a peek — with permission from the hotel security guard, of course.
18. Otto’s Bierhalle: Toronto, ON
This German-style beer hall offers a variety of Bavarian and Alsatian cuisine. Its long communal tables and fresh décor blend modern interior design with a classic beer hall style. So what makes its bathroom so special?
At first glance, the unassuming single-person restroom has common amenities like black and white tile, a white throne and a sink. But one element stands out from the rest — a large red button. Located just above the toilet, the button is unlabeled and thoroughly mysterious. When a curious patron presses it, the bathroom transforms into a disco wonderland. A disco ball turns, lights flash, party lasers whirl and disco music blares out of nowhere for a one-person dance party.
With the perfect qualities for sharing on social media, Otto’s Bierhalle has quite the trendy restaurant bathroom.
19. BLVD: Chicago, Illinois
The entirety of the BLVD restaurant is inspired by the glamorous decadence that defined 1950’s Hollywood. Patrons enjoy upscale American food among rich black design accented with chandeliers and gold. These lavish old Hollywood decorations extend to the bathroom, which looks like a scene from a movie itself.
Black marble adorns the floor and matches exotic black wallpaper. A massive chandelier in the center of the room casts light onto the glittering gold fixtures and salmon-colored velvet couch below. As a whole, the restroom emulates the extravagant dressing rooms and parties common in the 1950s. One trip here will have you seeing stars.
20. The Mud House: St. Louis, Missouri
As a coffeehouse that serves breakfast and lunch all day, The Mud House offers a relaxing atmosphere for good times and good food. It’s only fitting that their bathroom embodies this goal.
After some quality time around the table, patrons find a bathroom that is plastered with vintage board games as wallpaper. From Monopoly to Stratego to checkers, the board game walls could provide hours of entertainment — but we don’t recommend staying that long. As an added touch, the ceiling is covered with detailed maps. No matter where you look, there is something new to discover.
Let Us Help You Design the Ultimate Restaurant Bathroom
Did you find inspiration in our tour of unique restaurant bathrooms? The restaurant décor and menu receive a lot of attention, but designing a unique bathroom can make the experience that much better for patrons. A unique restroom helps carry the theme of the restaurant and earns your business extra press. Who wouldn’t want to come visit a TARDIS restroom or a toilet with 64th-floor views of Vegas?