ACNH Diner Ideas For Your Island (Indoor + Outdoor)

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While playing New Horizons, you’ve likely stumbled upon some items like a giant neon sign that reads “We’re Open.”

Many players use these items to make a cutesy little diner.

I’ve done it, but I know the struggle becomes how to make your own diner stand out.

After all, everyone is using the same tables, chairs, signs, and accessories. So, how can your diner feel unique, despite using all the same items?

Well here’s some truly unique ideas for how you can make a diner with personality.


15. Sweets Shop

Sweets Shop and Diner - ACNH Idea
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This particular idea makes use of the typical accessories you’ll see in most diner setups.

You’ll need diner chairs, sofas, dining tables, stools, counter tables, and mini tables, all in a beautiful pink color.

What sets this idea apart is the utilization of various desserts that are displayed on the tables and counters.

While you’ll need to wait until your birthday to obtain the birthday cakes and cupcakes, it’s worth the wait to have so much sugary goodness at your disposal.

On the other hand, the various colors of candy machines can be bought at you leisure.

This isn’t the most exciting diner variation. But having a specialty in desserts is enough to give it some charm.


14. Valentine’s Day Date Spot

Valentines Day Diner Build - ACNH Idea
Image Source by @katanakrossing

A diner is a great place for young couples to spend a Saturday night on the most romantic day of the year.

In this idea, you’ll need to utilize the same counters, tables, and chairs in a red color, as well as some other unique furniture pieces.

The thing that makes this date spot stand out the most is the kisses wallpaper.

But if the lips are not your style, the red-heart pattern wallpaper is a good alternative.

You’ll also want to obtain a cute sofa and a giant heart rug, both in red, to make a lovely waiting area.

Finish it off with some heart-shaped bouquets available in early February, because flowers on the counter bring together the romantic atmosphere.


13. Drive-In Theater

Drive-In Theater Idea - ACNH
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What I find most interesting about this idea is that these are two separate locations that, when put together, make a really fun hangout spot for your island.

The diner area itself is comprised of your typical diner furniture items.

But just cross the street and you’re ready for the post-dinner movie!

The key items you’ll want to here are popcorn machines, because you can’t not have popcorn at the movies.

The other key item is the many throwback race car beds pointed at the screen, acting like the many movie-goers seated in their cars.

And the last part is where you’re able to be more creative. After obtaining three or four simple panels, line them up and customize them to display that night’s feature film.


12. Outdoor Bamboo Bakery

Outdoor Bamboo Bakery Idea - ACNH
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This idea fully embraces the possibilities of creating a diner outdoors by integrating bamboo in the design.

Once you have the area for your diner planned out, just plant bamboo trees around the perimeter to enclose it in a luscious bamboo forest.

You’ll need to chop a ton of bamboo trees after you plant them, in order to craft most of the decorations that are pictured.

Most notably, there’s the wall of bamboo partitions surrounding the joint to further the aesthetic.

Crafting bamboo lunchboxes also adds to the scene by suggesting that someone was already here, enjoying the natural beauty.


11. Pizza Shop Diner

Pizzeria Diner Space Idea - ACNH
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Mama mia, is this one gorgeous pizzeria!

Again, the furniture in this pizza diner is just a yellow variation of the diner counters and chairs.

However, this stands apart in its ability to perfectly capture the aesthetic of a typical pizzeria dining room.

You’ll need some tables with cloth instead of diner tables, and you can customize the tablecloths to match the chairs as well.

The brick oven makes for an even more authentic away to cook pizza for everyone, so be sure save up enough clay to craft one.

The finishing touch is the simple panels customized to have a custom pizza pattern on them, which only gets everyone hungrier!


10. Seaside Luau Bar

Luau Bar and Diner Build - ACNH Idea
Image Source by @mola_crossing

Something as simple as the location can truly make your diner stand out.

This idea places your personal eatery along the shores of your island’s beaches, with a nice seaside view while you hang out with friends.

The furniture is a nice light blue to match the nearby waves that slowly crash by your tables.

Planting palm trees is a must to enhance the tropical vibes of a seaside bar.

Maybe shake down some coconuts off your palm trees to craft some coconut juice for everyone to enjoy.

Seashell decorations, such as the pictured sea globe, can help tie together the oceanside theme for the ultimate beach hangout.


9. Starlight Arcade

Starlight Arcade and Diner Idea - ACNH
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Not every diner location needs to be focused on eating.

You can still utilize some of the same furniture, such as the diner neon sign and diner counter table, to create a cool underground arcade.

To create the starlight aspect of this arcade, you’ll need to obtain the DIY recipes for the starry-sky wall and galaxy flooring from Celeste.

This may take a while to obtain these items from her, so be patient, and be sure to catch plenty of shooting stars.

You’ll need star fragments to craft other cool nighttime projects like the starry garland as well.

Most importantly, you’ll need purchase plenty of pinball and arcade machines for the whole island to enjoy. These items can be costly, so save up those bells!


8. Classic 50’s Diner

Classic 50s Diner Idea - ACNH Design
Image Source by @AcnhUnicorn

While this is probably one of the most basic ideas, I would not do this list justice without showing off a good 50’s diner.

This is the foundation for all of these wonderful diner ideas, and there’s good reason.

Firstly, diner wallpaper can bought at Nook’s Cranny in multiple colors such as this lovely shade of pink.

In addition to typical diner furniture, this idea uses box sofas to create a larger booth for bigger parties to enjoy.

Menu boards, coffee cups, and espresso makers can all be purchased as well for a fun-spirited café that will take you back a few decades!


7. Kitty Cat Café

Kitty Cat Cafe Diner Space - ACNH
Image Source by @CookieKittyC1

In case you can’t tell, the theme of this diner is cats.

As per usual, the typical diner furniture is present, but this time in a cool teal color.

As for the cat décor, the lucky cat statue can be obtained from Gulliver after you wake him up while washed up on your island’s shores.

You can also buy the giant cat tower from Nook’s Cranny.

The small detail that sells me on this design is that this creator was able to obtain the picture from Lolly, a cat villager, and displays it proudly on the wall.

It’s also worth noting the villager is wearing a cat suit to visit the café. That’s just purr-fect!


6. Dim Sum Restaurant

Dim Sum Restaurant/Diner Idea - ACNH
Image Source by tachiyong

In mentioning diners that specialize in different types of food, here’s an elegant Japanese restaurant that has a unique variety of decorations.

The furniture here comes from the imperial set, featuring imperial tables, chairs, and partitions.

Handcarts are placed beside each table with steamer baskets sets on top, which require the seasonal spring bamboo to craft.

Lastly, there’s a koi in a tank in the corner behind the counter.

While this is not mandatory to create this scene, it definitely adds a nice touch with a Japanese aesthetic if you don’t mind going through the effort of catching a koi.


5. Fast Food Joint

Fast food join designed in ACNH
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Fast food might not be the healthiest option for any meal.

But fast food diners sure make for an aesthetically pleasing place to eat.

In this design you’ll find typical diner sofas, tables, and counters, all in red to match the desired restaurant’s color scheme.

The red two-toned tile wall also helps to contribute to the fast food feel.

Where your creativity is able to shine comes in the fast food restaurant you wish to emulate.

This creator decided on KFC, which led to the red and white color scheme.

However, there are alternatives that can still work with these decorations. For example, they’re all available in blue if you wish take make a Burger King sign.


4. Magical Mushroom Diner

Mushroom-themed diner idea in ACNH
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If you made sure to collect a ton of mushrooms around your island in November, then you’re in luck.

This magical mushroom eatery is available at your disposal to create.

Use your mushrooms to craft the mushroom tables and stools, and then customize them to be the bright red you see here.

You can also craft mush lamps and parasols to add décor, and maybe even illuminate the scene at nighttime.

While there’s only one garden gnome picture on the diner counter, you can purchase as many as you like to give your mushroom diner some permanent patrons.


3. Seafood Restaurant

Custom Seafood restaurant Idea in ACNH
Image Source by @bananimal_crossing

Including another popular type of cuisine, we have this stunning seafood restaurant decked out with tons of seaside decorations.

The fishing-boat flags come in four different variations as picture, which you’ll need to collect and hang proudly on the walls.

You’ll also need to obtain the ocean wallpaper and ship deck flooring from Sahara when she visits your island, so be sure to pay her a visit.

Lastly, some decorations you’ll need to craft include the barrel, palm tree lamp, and seashell rug. These are all pretty simple to craft set your restaurant sailing!


2. Basement Bar & Diner

Custom Basement Bar Diner Idea - ACNH
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Creating this basement bar honestly requires just about a little of everything from all the previous ideas.

There’s diner stools in black, as well as various food items such as a candy machine, espresso maker, and blender.

Other decorations include arcade machines, pool tables, jukeboxes, and electric guitars, all of which can be bought or found in balloon presents.

The part that most catches the eye here is the multitude of wall decorations.

Some of my favorites are the world map, mom’s painting, and the tapestry. However, you can use just about anything you want to decorate the walls as you wish!


1. Honeycomb Hot Spot

Honeycomb Diner Spot in ACNH
Image Source by @mariescrossing_zilerev

I don’t know what caused someone to think honeycombs would make for a good diner…

But it sure does look breathtaking.

All our typical diner counters and box sofas are present in a bright yellow to match the décor.

As for the walls and floors, you’ll need wasp nests to craft the honeycomb set.

You’d better get out there and shake down some trees, and probably bring some medicine with you in case you get stung.

The band display consisting of the drum set, rock guitar, and microphone is also a nice touch, especially when you can find them all in yellow.

Lastly, the soft serve lamps can be bought at Nook’s Cranny in a wonderful yellow that makes your honeycomb hot spot the number one hangout on the island!

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