Kingfisher pays homage to the amalgamation of Vietnamese and French cultures that went on to influence design, architecture and cuisine in the 19th and 20th centuries. The radiant and deep color palette is reflective of Vietnam’s native colorful Kingfisher, after which the restaurant is named.
All activity in the restaurant radiates from the central grand bloom above the bar, custom made by a local metal craftsman. The space is enveloped in the tropical tones and lush motif in the wallpaper, so reminiscent of Vietnam’s biodiversity.
The NanaWall facade brings flexibility to the space, allowing the seating to be adjusted according to varying spatial needs like busy nights, large events or health and safety protocols which is currently in high demand.
Kingfisher brings an upscale dining experience to Golden Hill’s restaurant scene and shows that San Diego’s restaurant design culture rivals what you experience in LA and NYC. It’s a destination restaurant and the intimacy of the space makes it perfect for date nights and small gatherings but also inviting enough for residents show up for a walk-in spot at the bar.
Kingfisher’s design speaks to San Diego’s fusion of ethnicities, cultures, and tastes, where the old world meets the new. French influence and exotic east Asian motifs play off one another, as do the variation in the materials employed. This family-owned passion project embodies the entrepreneurial spirit of San Diego.
2469 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92102
Rodolfo Ocio, Rodolfo@ociodesigngroup.com