Ralph Gentile


A practicing architect with his own firm since 1989, Mr. Gentile earned a Master of Architecture from UCLA and a Bachelor of Art & Environmental Studies from Antioch College. He served as Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California, School of Architecture, and as visiting faculty at Arizona State University, Tempe.  His projects are found throughout Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Tampa and New York.  A licensed architect in Nevada, he also completed several projects in Las Vegas.

Mr. Gentile approaches each project as a unique challenge. He aims to understand the design experience from both the owner’s goals as well as the guest’s perspective, while keeping a mindful eye on operations and budget.  His keen understanding of restaurant leasing, operations, branding, and management brings a unique and broad perspective to restaurant interiors.  This highly creative and provocative design approach results in successful restaurant, health spa, hotel/casino, retail, and commercial projects.

Mr. Gentile’s restaurant design experience ranges from formal elegance to ethnic to fast-casual dining.  He has worked with many of Los Angeles’ most well-known chef-owners. Recently completed work includes Girasol, Chi Lin, RivaBella, and 800 Degrees Pizza. Successful past projects include Sadie Kitchen and Lounge, Red O Hollywood, Next Door by Josie, Bel Air Bar and Grill, Georgetown Cupcake, Caffe Roma, Ago Los Angeles, Toscanova, Beachwood Brewery & BBQ, Truxton’s American Bistro, Le Colonial, and the original Nobu in Malibu.  Also, Gus’s Barbecue, Bar Pintxo, Josie Restaurant, The Oak Room/Village Pantry, The Farm of Beverly Hills @ LA Live, and Mexicali Cucina & Cantina. Currently his studio is completing two new locations of Red O (Fashion Island and Santa Monica) and 800 Degrees Pizza (downtown Los Angeles, and Santa Monica).

Several of Mr. Gentile’s designs are located in casinos and hotels.  In Las Vegas, projects include Morel’s French Bistro and Steakhouse, The Palazzo Casino; Dragon Noodle Co. and d.vino, Monte Carlo Casino; and Ago Restaurant and AJ’s, The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.  In California, his work include Mama’s Cucina Italiana, The Oak Room, The Pala Café, Noodles, and Papa’s Coffee in the Pala Casino and Resort, Northern San Diego County; and the C2 Steak House, Loco Caliente, Oak Creek Café, and The Bluepoint located in Cache Creek Casino in Brooks, California.

Mr. Gentile spa designs can be found within notable hotels and casinos including the Bliss Spa at the W Hotel in both Westwood and West Hollywood; the Pala Health Spa, Pala Casino Hotel and Resort;  Body Rock, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa;  The Rock Spa, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas;  and the Spa at Silverton Casino, Las Vegas.  Additionally he designed Hands On in Beverly Hills; and Eclipse Salon for noted stylist Tracy Johnson.  Mr. Gentile served as consultant for the Raffles/Amrita spa brand and Kerstin Florian International, a luxury spa products company.

In addition to restaurants and spas, Mr. Gentile creates hotel rooms and public spaces.  His past work includes The Hard Rock Hotel in Tampa, featuring his designs in 250 luxury guest rooms and suites.  He also completed hotel guest rooms, suites, and hotel reception for the Pala Casino Hotel and Resort.

His retail work comprises the Replay Country Stores in New York and Los Angeles; Diego Della Valle/J.P.Todd’s in Beverly Hills; and J. Crew, Los Angeles.

Mr. Gentile’s work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, Phoenix, and New York, and published in, THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, HOSPITALITY DESIGN MAGAZINE, LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE, DESIGN BUREAU, INTERIORS, PROGRESSIVE ARCHITECTURE, VISUAL MERCHANDISING & STORE DESIGN, VOGUE, and ANGELENO. He recently appeared on a segment of THE TODAY SHOW to address solutions for restaurant acoustics.