From acclaimed Chef Peter Hemsley, Aphotic draws inspiration from a Greek prefix meaning “without light,” a reference to the depths of the sea where less than 1% of sunlight penetrates. The menu focuses on sustainable seafood and the design reflects that ethos with a dark and moody vibe created by Hemsley and designer Dave Middleton.

Originally a 1940s warehouse featuring a barrel roof of exposed Douglas Fir, the restaurant’s wood-fired oven serves as a focal point. Black walls and dim lighting accented by custom walnut woodwork and cabinetry evoke the dark depths of the ocean. Japanese shou sugi ban detailing and bronze touches complete the main dining room design. Glass light fixtures add flair to the bar, bathroom and private dining room, while approximately 2,500 pounds of driftwood lines the bathroom walls.

Images courtesy of Aphotic/Bread & Butter PR