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Interior design adds to the taste level at these Richmond establishments.

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Scott Elmquist

Max's On Broad

Interior design adds to the taste level at these Richmond establishments.

Out with generic design and those hospitality-industry formulas that could be anywhere. Instead, we're devoted to the idiosyncratic, the unexpected, the unfailingly warm and original. When a restaurant doesn't look like any other, it piques our interest — but the food must be worthy and not a design afterthought, or the whole thing falls flat.

Dinamo is better than an art history lesson. The gleaming silver, black and red decor distills Italian futurism to its essence for a distinctively stunning dining room. 821 W. Cary St. — K.N.

Tazza Kitchen is a knockout. Never underestimate the welcoming benefit of a wood-burning oven and a good wood fireplace. 3332 Pump Road.— R.M.

Portico is a shining star in ambience. A patio, stone pavers and a good glass of wine can make an evening. Two words: geothermal patio. 12506 River Road. — R.M.

Max's on Broad is like being on a movie set. Chic repurposed furniture and old tile add romance. The tables with the sliding windows on the second floor will be prime real estate in just a season. 305 Brook Road. — R.M.

The Daily has a feel of openness with the patio and glass front, zinc bar and oversized booths. 2934 W. Cary St. — D.B.

Max's on Broad makes great use of location, with a view onto Broad, while actually on Brook Road. Its intimate bar and sidewalk-level seats downstairs are busy with the see-and-be-seen crowd, while upstairs has the feel of a private club. — D.B.

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