A feast for the eyes at San Diego eateries

Art is exploding all around San Diego. Large-scale artwork and murals are moving into multiple restaurants, bringing colorful energy to the dining experience. Rising up in the California art scene with stunning, conversation-starting works, San Diego is propelling the art movement forward and recognizing some of the incredible talent in the city's own backyard.

Here are must-see works around San Diego. (Editor's note: The work included on this list is large-scale, not smaller, framed works within the space.)

Common Theory Public House

Art: Hops mural and CT3 Hop Dragon

Artists: Christopher Konecki and Gloria Muriel (respectively)

The scoop: Beautifully combining craft with art, this Convoy Street beer supports the local art scene by commissioning multiple murals. The hops mural by Konecki covers an entire wall. The dragon piece by Muriel commemorated Common Theory's recent third anniversary and the CT3 triple hazy IPA that was brewed in collaboration with Pure Project for the occasion. Muriel's dragon is an homage to the owners' Chinese heritage and is inspired by the company's logo.

4805 Convoy St., Kearny Mesa. commontheorysd.com

 

Puesto

Art: Multiple murals

Artist: Chor Boogie

The scoop: Already known for his work in San Diego over the years, including the San Diego Museum of Art and the New Children's Museum, the San Francisco-based artist is known worldwide for his bold, vibrant and colorful murals. Global clients have included the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Google, Hugh Hefner, Jay-Z, and the late Prince.

Puesto  La Jolla : 1026 Wall St., La Jolla; Puesto at The Headquarters: 789 W. Harbor Drive, downtown. eatpuesto.com

Veladora, Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

Art: "Imploration"

Artist: Damien Hirst

The scoop: Made from actual butterfly wings, this 7-by-7-foot work by the internationally renowned Hirst is a stunning work for art connoisseurs, budding entomologists and mariposa fans alike.

5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe. ranchovalencia.com

 

Curadero

Art: Multiple murals

Artist: Neuzz

The scoop: Painted by Mexican muralist Neuzz, the eye-catching downstairs work "is a pictorial representation of the merge that took place during European Colonization and Hispano-American miscegenation represented through a native ceremony celebrated by the ritual of fire. Fire represents the fusion of different cultures, knowledge, belief and philosophies. Both cultures intertwined their wisdom and knowledge regarding astronomy, mother nature, healing powers, gods, goddesses, the four elements and food ... ." The other not-to-miss Neuzz mural is upstairs in the Arriba Room of the Hotel Palomar hotel - this one depicting a shaman, a curadero.

1047 Fifth Ave. No. 100, downtown. curadero.com

 

Madison

Art: Floral motif mural

Artist: Celeste Byers

The scoop: Spotted recently at the "Muse" exhibition at La Bodega, Byers painted an ethereal floral mural inspired by the flowers that appear on the tables at the restaurant. 4622 Park Blvd., University Heights. madisononpark.com

 

Blvd Noodles

Art: Various, depicting a dragon, cat, and apes

Artist: Kara "KJ" Ashley

The scoop: The artist's work is spread throughout the restaurant, with a gigantic orange and red dragon on the dining wall, a cat near the back door, and apes relaxing among bamboo on the patio.

8325 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa. blvdnoodles.com

 

Campfire

Art: 3-D mountain mural

Artist: Barbara Rourke

The scoop: Paying homage to the restaurant's theme, the mural comprises individually carved wood slats that depict the curvature of a mountain landscape.

2725 State St., Carlsbad. thisiscampfire.com

 

The Haven

Art: Geometric wood mural

Artist: Jason Lane

The scoop: Stare long enough at this vibrant, multicolored mural, and you will see shapes and dimensions come out of the woodwork, literally. Children of the '80s will have a happy flashback to the days of the video game "Q*Bert."

4051 Adams Ave., Kensington. thehavenpizzeria.com

 

Delk is a freelance writer.

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