Yes, the margaritas are delicious. The guacamole? Necessary. But the appeal of Bartaco (aside from the rest of the menu and especially the tacos) is as much the experience of enjoying said tacos in a space that feels like summer, 365 days a year. Everything from the white shiplap walls to the weathered wood accents create the perfect fresh-from-the-beach feel, whether you’re dining in sandals or snow boots. And if you can’t escape to your own Mexican seaside retreat, why not try to recreate the look in your own home. With just a few small changes, your rooms will feel refreshed and you’ll have the perfect place to enjoy your Bartaco takeout.
Hanging woven baskets provide the shades for the lighting in the restaurant. This rattan pendant will give you a similar, rustic look. Basket Pendant by Currey & Company; price upon request. Klaff’s, Norwalk; klaffs.com
If you can’t have windows that look out onto breaking waves, opt for overscale art and create your own water views.
Wave on Film by Danielle Guthrie, minted.com
California company Serena & Lily has plenty of the blue and white pieces that lend to the laid-back coastal vibe.
Rockport Ottomans; starting at $298. Westport; serenaandlily.com
Adding some metal to your white-washed mix will balance all the other natural wood and wicker elements. With their minimalist industrial look, these stools provide stylish seating at your own bar. Turner Gunmetal Adjustable Backless Bar Stool; $229. Crate & Barrel, Westport; crateandbarrel.com
Loll Design’s modern take on Adirondack outdoor furniture looks smart in any outdoor space. No need to worry about maintenance here, the recycled plastic is water and weather-proof. Adirondack Two-Seater Bench in White; starting at $990. Design Within Reach, Stamford; dwr.com
No nautical look would be complete without some stripes. Lillian August, Pillow; $115. Norwalk; lillianaugust.com
Made of woven seagrass rope, this stool does double-duty. Use it to rest your cocktail or your own beach bum when you’re short on seats. Heather Woven Stool; $279. Ethan Allen, Stamford; ethanallen.com
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