Restaurant Plants Provide a Touch of Greenery and Nature in Dining Spaces

Here are the best plants to create an inviting and tranquil ambiance.

By: THURSD. | 30-08-2023 | 10 min read
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Restaurant Plants

Though a sophisticated interior decor design, tasty and quality cuisines might do the trick oftentimes; restaurant plants can even elevate the brand and status of a restaurant to higher heights. The infusion of plants into your dining space adds complementing aesthetics and greenery and creates a relaxing and serene ambiance for your customers.

Diners can unwind and take their meals with lots of tranquility and satisfaction; with the presence of ideal restaurant plants. The goal is to create the most fulfilling experience for your diners, both with the quality of the specials offered and the atmosphere within. The following piece explores the twelve ideal restaurant plants to transform your dining interiors and patio for those with an outdoor dining garden.

Best Indoor Plants for Restaurants

There is a myriad of plant choices to pick from when it comes to indoor plants for your restaurant. However, it is prudent to identify from the get-go what your aim is with your indoor plants for the restaurant. For most, it is to add aesthetics, depth, and texture without overshadowing the existing interior decor. While others need to adopt herbs and spices used in their cuisines as indoor plants.


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Picture by @Mobiliaro


The best indoor plants for a restaurant should be able to tolerate bright to low indirect light throughout the day, less watering, and continuous fluctuations in temperatures. The staff are already occupied with serving customers, finicky plants will be a burden to them and might not be given the right attention or care. On the contrary, less demanding, easy-to-care-for and maintain indoor plants are the best indoor restaurant plants to grow in your diner.

You can go for miniature plants or tall leafy houseplants; often referred to as statement plants, which tremendously upgrade the look and character of your restaurant. Here are the best four choices of indoor plants for restaurants you should consider.

  1. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii)
  2. Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica)
  3. Snake Plant (Dracaena trifasciata)
  4. ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii)

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii) has dark green large foliage which can add the right shades of green and curate the best nature experience for your diners.


Peace Lily Spathiphyllum restaurant plant
Peace Lily in Gulmohar Restaurant, Bombay, India


Peace Lily is a less demanding indoor restaurant plant, which requires minimal watering and can be even once a week. It is easy to tell if the Peace Lily plant is underwater, when its leaves start to wilt, that is a sign that it lacks enough water. Its whitish blooms are the cherry on top, because it brightens your dining space, stimulating positive energy and mood and enhancing a great dining experience.

Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica)

Rubber Plant (Ficus elastic) is a popular and widely loved houseplant. With its glossy burgundy foliage, Rubber plants can be grown at the entrance or near the door.


Rubber Plant Ficus Elastica restaurant plant
Rubber Plant by @perilladining


The rubber plant's leaves cannot go unnoticed, placing this plant near the entrance or at the entrance is a great way to welcome diners into your restaurant. Expose your Rubber plant to bright indirect light and water once a week only when the top soil loses its moisture.

Snake Plant (Dracaena trifasciata)

Snake Plant (Dracaena trifasciata) is a must-have restaurant plant; it has air-purifying qualities, which makes it of great value when grown in a restaurant.


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Snake plants on a terrace by @Urban Plants


Snake Plants have striped foliage which grows taller when watered, and exposed to bright indirect light throughout the day. Snake plants can quickly become the focal point of your restaurant, due to their beauty and luxury-like personality. To achieve the desired aesthetics, you can grow strategically 2-3 Snake plants within different locations in your dining space.

ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)

ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) is a succulent native to Africa and can easily thrive as an indoor restaurant plant. When it comes to restaurant decoration with plants and the right tones of greenery, the Zamioculcas should be your go-to restaurant plant of choice.


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Zamioculcas by @Panya Cafe Bar


Being a succulent, it is easy to take care of, infrequent watering and exposure to bright indirect light should suffice. Due to its shooting rhizomes, the ZZ Plant can easily grow bushy but in an ideal way that can develop into a cutting-edge decoration in your restaurant.

Best Plants for Restaurant Tables

The addition of one or two small plants for restaurant tables can easily transform it, and stimulate a positive mood and energy for each customer using the restaurant tables.


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Picture by @Desativado


Succulents, small herbs, and air plants are befitting restaurant table plants. Avoid plants that are quick to shade their foliage daily, because this might create a negative impression on your dinners. The use of small pots for table plants is highly recommended, the plants should not steal the show but just add to the texture and the arrangement of the table and the sitting space in general without blocking or getting in the way of the clients.

Below are small plants for restaurant tables to add a touch of greenery and improve your table and indoor aesthetics.

  1. Jade Plant (Crassula ovata)
  2. Aloe Vera
  3. Panda Plant (Kalanchoe tomentosa)
  4. Zebra Haworthia (Haworthiopsis attenuate)

Jade Plant (Crassula ovata)

The Jade plant (Crassula ovata) is a succulent with thick foliage, which the plant uses to store water. For the best experience and to decorate your restaurant tables the right way with Jade plants, ensure to water only once the top soil dries, and expose it to bright indirect light.


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Jade Plant by @Daily Plants


Monitor the dead or shriveled branches and prune them to enhance the beauty of your Jade plant on the dining tables. Being a slower grower, achieving only 2 inches of height annually makes the Jade plant ideal plant for restaurant tables.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is an effortless indoor plant and can easily fit as a plant for restaurant interiors. Exposure to bright indirect light, minimal watering, and pruning of affected foliage or dry tips of the Aloe Vera leaves is all that is required to grow the Aloe Vera plant optimally on your restaurant tables.


Restaurant plants Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera on a terrace by Ron Lach


Aloe Vera is a famous indoor plant with immense benefits ranging from air-purifying qualities to medicinal values. The addition of Aloe Vera into your indoor restaurant's plants portfolio will excite your diners because this is a familiar yet loved houseplant by all and sundry.

Panda Plant (Kalanchoe tomentosa)

Panda Plant (Kalanchoe tomentosa) just like any other succulent plant is hardy and can withstand minimal watering. Overwatering your Panda Pplant is as good as signing its death, water it only when top soil is dry. Exposure to 6 hours of bright indirect light is needed for this popular indoor succulent plant to thrive as a restaurant plant.


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Panda Plant by @Jft. Faith


It is a slow-growing houseplant, which makes it perfect for a restaurant table plant because repotting does not have to be done annually but once every two years. When provided with optimal conditions and care, the Panda plant can grow 1-2 inches in height every year.

Zebra Haworthia (Haworthiopsis Attenuate)

Zebra Haworthia (Haworthiopsis attenuate) is an elegant succulent plant, that is easy to grow and care for indoors. The provision of bright indirect sunlight and less watering once a week are some of the growing and caring conditions for the Zebra Haworthia.


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Zebra Haworthia by @Grow_the leaves


Its triangular-shaped foliage, with white stripes giving a zebra-like look, makes this plant a darling for plant lovers. Especially for a restaurant table, it can curate the best ambiance on a restaurant table. Its beauty adds depth and a befitting contrast to your restaurant's interior decor.

Best Outdoor Plants for Restaurants

Demand for outdoor dining has picked up over the years, with a vast majority of diners having a preference for taking their meals outside the restaurant, with a good view, breeze, and ambiance. Depending on the size of your outdoor space, customizing it with a touch of greenery and nature can transform the look and the design of your outdoor dining space. A restaurant with plants indoors, outdoors, or on its tables is a haven for plant lovers and every diner in particular.


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Picture by @Shvets Anna


Outdoor restaurant plants ought to have a high affinity to bright and direct sunlight exposure and sometimes tolerate excessive rains. Do not hold back when it comes to the kind of plants to choose for your outdoor space; blooming plants should of course be a priority to create an alluring dining space. The addition of herbs and spices, whether using planters or directly planting on the ground is advisable, this can be a clean source for all the seasoning of your cuisines.

For outdoor plants for your restaurant, consider the following top picks of both blooming, herbs, and spices plants.

  1. Rosemary
  2. Herb Garden
  3. Lavender Plant
  4. Canna Lilies


Rosemary loves to bask a lot, growing it outdoors gives the plant the perfect conditions to thrive. Whether planted in planters or directly on the ground depending on your restaurant's outdoor space, the soil should have a PH of 6-7 and be well-drained to enhance the growth of your Rosemary bushes.


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Rosemary by @Patty


Rosemary has incredible benefits ranging from adding a great scent to your outdoor restaurant space to blending well with other spices and herbs used for your delicacies.

Herb Garden

Designing a greenery and nature galore outdoor dining space is a great way to gain traction but also it is an opportunity to incorporate your favorite and most used herbs into your plant portfolio. Through the creation of a patio herb garden, you can plant your everyday herbs in one place and solely take care of them the right way, while reducing your expenditure on external herb purchases drastically.


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Herb garden by @Karolina


Herbs like Thyme, Basil, Mint, and Oregano among others can be planted in your herb garden, with an aesthetic approach to enhance their appeal but also develop a reliable and quality source of fresh ingredients for all your restaurant's dishes. Notably, growing and caring for herbs is effortless, the provision of full sun and frequent watering is more than enough to grow healthy and quality herbs outdoors. Constant trimming or harvesting triggers a robust growth of your herbs, leading to ever-present greenery and beauty in your outdoor dining space.

Lavender Plant

The English Lavender plant is an herb with diverse culinary uses but also adds up as a colorful and stunning outdoor plant. Blooming during the summer to fall, with purple, lavender, pink, and white blooms, the Lavender plant makes a unique yet striking outdoor plant to grow outside your restaurant garden.


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Lavender by @Proven winners


The lavender plant loves a well-draining soil or potting mix, frequent watering, and pruning to give it a fresh and ever-beautiful look. Ensure to prune once a year to prevent the plant from being woody and rugged which might impact its appeal and interfere with the design and aesthetic goal of your outdoor restaurant space.

Canna Lily

Canna Lilies are soft perennials with impressive height and dramatic foliage. Canna Lilies prefer full exposure to bright sunlight and like to stay on the moist side. Growing your Canna Lilies in water-retaining soil should be ideal to prevent the soil from drying, which might impact the plant negatively.


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Canna Lilies by @Flowers fore


When taken care of properly, Canna Lilies will reward you with flowers from June to October annually. However, during winter shelter your Canna Lilies to avoid losing them.

Contribute to the Dining Experience

Greening up your restaurant's indoor, and outdoor spaces including the restaurant tables adds depth, texture, and pop color that complements the restaurant's interior decor. The above restaurant plants can easily transform your dining space brand and atmosphere. Whether you choose the air-purifying benefits of the Snake Plant or the alluring nature of the Rubber Plant, the scent of a Rosemary; the addition of plants will contribute to a long-lasting first impression and subsequent dining experience.

A touch of greenery and nature, paired with top-notch dishes will compel your clients to be repeat clients while also recommending your restaurant to their friends and family.


Header Image by @Cross Creek Nursey and Landscaping, Feature Image by @Greenery Imports.


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