Think about your favorite restaurant; what keeps you coming back meal after meal? Is it the food? What about the friendly wait staff? Chances are, it’s the atmosphere of the restaurant that draws you in and keeps you there.

Creating an inviting atmosphere is rarely an accident, and there are a few things that restaurateurs pay careful attention to when crafting the perfect atmosphere for their eatery. Even if you aren’t running a restaurant, these tips are sure to help your next family get together!


Some restaurants such as sports bars aren’t meant to be places of peaceful quiet, while coffee shops aren’t meant for watching high-intensity sports games. The key is to find the right balance and cater to the clientele. Owners can control the level of noise by adjusting the volume of the music or TVs playing in the restaurant, and the customers usually follow suit.


Have you ever eaten somewhere that felt cramped? Some might enjoy that experience but most like to have a decent bubble around their table from other patrons so they can enjoy their coffee or meal in peace. While stuffing the restaurant with more seats allows more people to dine at once, it isn’t always the best approach.


You don’t want to stay in a restaurant with bright fluorescent bulbs burning at maximum brightness, but at the same time, many don’t enjoy eating in the dark either. Natural light during the day is a great way to encourage an inviting atmosphere while adjusting the lights at night to fit the mood ensures guests stay put.

The Chow Public Market and Eatery opens May 2018 and will be the go-to spot for eating out. It will have one of the best relaxing atmospheres in Boise for business meetings and social get-togethers. The grand opening is quickly approaching, and we can’t wait to share the experience with you!