San Diego
,
CA USA

Reading Club & Seneca

Members Club & Restaurant
,
Est.
San Diego
,
CA USA
Members Club & Restaurant
,
Est.

About

A rooftop dining room and members club with designs inspired by nautical traditions, seaside locales, maritime detailing and the spirit of exploration in search of new knowledge. They celebrate not just the bounty of discovery, but the experience of a journey itself.
Nautical inspirations serve as the through line for The Reading Club and Seneca Trattoria. The Reading Club's identity is influenced by the many historic ships that passed through and along the San Diego Harbor. Seneca Trattoria took inspiration from the nautical mess halls and communal dining in tight, swaying quarters, which fostered a sense of community among the ships passengers for long periods of intimate, shared time.
Restaurant & Bar Design Awards

Best Standalone Restaurant

LOCATION
San Diego
,
CA USA
Size
3,800 ft² / 353 m²
CaTEGORY
Members Clubs & Workplace
Client
Consortium Holdings
Keys
On The Fringe

Meticulous details with a maritime spirit.

Inlaid copper strips use flag semafore to spell out secret messages when tables are arranged a certain way. Textured holophane glass on light fixtures refracts light similar to lighthouses and ship deck lighting. Tassels on furniture capture the ever-present sway and motion while sailing. A feature, streamline 40’s banquette brings in a WWII-era pin-up vibe found on ships of that era.
Open Gallery
Fringe, tassels, bold patterns and colors, and signature graphics pull the daring design together.

Enveloping Light

The Reading Club's light fixtures throughout the space serve as individual moments of art and awe. Grand fluted column lighting, massive feature chandeliers and pervasive light coves give the space a sense of elevated refinement and envelope guests in warmth.
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"Highly curated and meticulously designed."

Hospitality Design

'Below Deck' Meeting Spaces

Private meeting and event rooms double as rare spirits and manuscript storage. Both rooms feature a vaulted ceiling and intimate proportions, creating a feeling of being ‘below deck’ amongst the storage of treasures and refined supplies.
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Awards & Accolades

Best Hotel Restaurant finalist
Sleeper AHEAD Americas Awards
Best Restaurant
Restaurant & Bar Design Awards
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