Merrillville Red Lobster Bar Harbor Design

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Photos in this particular collage are courtesy of Red Lobster. I decided to spare innocent bystanders from my aggressive photo taking.

One of the things that I love about dining out… besides getting my eat on, is observing the restaurant’s overall atmosphere and design. I love capturing those elements with my camera, even if that makes me look a little weird… or as Greg says like I ain’t never been anywhere before, lol. I’m a media blogger and photog. It’s just what I do. Earlier this season, I was invited to dine, observe, and capture at one of my favorite restaurants; Red Lobster. Yum! My local Red Lobster had been remodeled so I was given the opportunity to check it out.

Red Lobster restaurants all across North America are being redesigned (700 by 2014) in a style inspired by the seaside fishing villages of Bar Harbor, Maine. The new exterior features of the restaurants reflect architecture found throughout New England, including a stone tower, ship lanterns, and Adirondack-style chairs to encourage conversation. Interiors are now more inviting, welcoming guests to cozier booths, softer lighting, nautical decor, and seaside-inspired artwork. Red Lobster even redesigned their logo! There goes my inner nerd.

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The redesign is just one of the many improvements made inside Red Lobster restaurants over the last several years – from the debut of an award-winning Today’s Fresh Fish Menu to bringing guests more delicious items prepared on their signature Wood-Fire Grill.

Our time spent at our local Red Lobster restaurant was very pleasant. When we walked into the restaurant, I immediately noticed the walls which were painted a soft cream color and decorated with portholes, nautical flags, and seaside paintings. The design was fresh, clean, and chill. Food was delicious as usual. I had the Harborside Lobster & Shrimp, Greg had the Steak Lobster-and-Shrimp Oscar, and Jayden, chicken fingers and fries. Oh, and of course we noshed on those scrumptious Cheddar Bay Biscuits. Nom.

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Our waiter was so nice and attentive. He even offered to take a photo of us together or in his words, “When I come back, I’m going to take a photo of you guys! Okay?” I thought that was super sweet. I wish I could remember his name. If I find our receipt, I’ll be sure to update this post. I am loving the overall changes in our Red Lobster. That evening, I had my dose of Food Network and HGTV. Pretty sweet. I’m sharing the love below. Enter the giveaway so that you can dine, observe, and capture and too!

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Win a $40 Red Lobster Gift Card!

Giveaway ends March 21st 12:01 EST. A winner in the U.S. will be randomly selected and announced in the Rafflecopter widget below. Check out my Giveaway Rules if you have any questions. Good luck!


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Red Lobster provided me with two gift cards; one to visit my local restaurant and one to facilitate this giveaway. Full disclosure here. Opinions are my own… and you know this :).

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is the founder of Sophistishe. She's a free spirit, rental rebel, curator of pretty things, lover of vintage pyrex, and the tropics. Sheena can be found in NW Indiana with her husband and two scrumptious boys, clutching kraft paper, chalkboard paint, sriracha and chipotle pepper.

161 Comments

  • Reply March 20, 2012

    meme

    I love the new design it is so bright and inviting

  • Reply March 20, 2012

    Roxann

    I think it looks great.

  • Reply March 20, 2012

    Gianna

    I love the outdoor look!

  • Reply March 20, 2012

    Breanne

    I like it!

  • Reply March 20, 2012

    Nicole DeFontes

    Beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Reply March 20, 2012

    Russell Moore

    Very retro look– I like it.

  • Reply March 20, 2012

    Charity S

    I love the design.

  • Reply March 20, 2012

    Jared Roberts

    I like it! Thanks for doing this giveaway!

  • Reply March 20, 2012

    mary gardner

    i really like it!

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  • Reply March 20, 2012

    julie hawkins

    I like the design. I’d enjoy the atmosphere.

  • Reply March 20, 2012

    shirley pebbles

    I love it. It looks so elegant.

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  • Reply March 20, 2012

    Donna L

    It’s very nice. I like it very much.

  • Reply March 20, 2012

    Jennifer R

    I like the new Bar Harbor design scheme. It looks very inviting.
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  • Reply March 20, 2012

    Diana Camden

    I think the redesign is very nice, they are doing that in many places in the country.

    Diana Camden

  • Reply March 20, 2012

    Danielle Hinnenkamp

    beautiful

  • Reply March 20, 2012

    Carri Reynolds

    Love the cheddar biscuits

  • Reply March 20, 2012

    Sandra K321

    I like the new design; it looks the way a restaurant named Red Lobster should look, a bit rustic.

  • Reply March 20, 2012

    Dorothy7

    Love the Design modern

  • Reply March 20, 2012

    Kelsey Little

    I think Red Lobsters definitely needed a “face lift” The new design looks very relaxing and comfortable, but also has the feel of a nice fancy sit down restaurant.

    Thanks,
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  • Reply March 20, 2012

    Leah McGee

    It’s simply breath taking.

  • Reply March 20, 2012

    Jackee Spencer

    I like it, its so inviting!

  • Reply March 20, 2012

    Ross Hassel

    Very nice and modern looking.

  • Reply March 20, 2012

    Michelle Tucker

    I think it’s very nice for a red Lobster. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Reply March 20, 2012

    Nikki Thoresen

    It’s classy!

  • Reply March 20, 2012

    Tim Moss

    It Looks awesome!

  • Reply March 20, 2012

    kathy pease

    i think it looks very inviting and relxing

  • Reply March 20, 2012

    Melanie Montgomery

    I think its great! I love Red Lobster, always have.

  • Reply March 20, 2012

    Heather S

    It looks nice

  • Reply March 20, 2012

    Allyson bossie

    I think the new design is really nice!

  • Reply March 20, 2012

    Nadine L

    I love the outside tables, nothing better than to sit outside on a hot ME and enjoy the sea air while enjoying great seafood

  • Reply March 20, 2012

    Dorothy Campbell

    I love the new Bar Harbor design.

  • Reply March 20, 2012

    Rachel

    I think it takes it back to the roots of the restaurant

  • Reply March 20, 2012

    amy deeter

    i really like it
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  • Reply March 20, 2012

    Dorothy Hubbard

    I am all for refreshing a look, especially a favorite such as red lobster.

  • Reply March 20, 2012

    Shawn

    I like it a lot.

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  • Reply March 20, 2012

    Karen

    I think it’s very nice. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Reply March 20, 2012

    Amy DeLong

    like the change!
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  • Reply March 20, 2012

    tracey byram

    I think the new design gives Red Lobster more of a seafood atmosphere while being family friendly.

  • Reply March 20, 2012

    Julie

    I like it

  • Reply March 20, 2012

    Carol

    It’s super cool, very cutting edge

  • Reply March 20, 2012

    Sarah

    I like the new design – I hope our local Red Lobster is on the list for renovation.

  • Reply March 20, 2012

    Sue Cooper

    I like the new design – it’s a fresher look.

  • Reply March 20, 2012

    Stacey P (cosaver213)

    I like it, makes Red Lobster look more authentic.

  • Reply March 20, 2012

    Alisha L.

    I think it’s a wonderful upgrade! Very refreshing.

  • Reply March 19, 2012

    Lisa Garner

    I think it brighter and more eye catching than the original and looks more modern.

  • Reply March 19, 2012

    Chastidy

    I love the new design much more classy :)

  • Reply March 19, 2012

    Kayla

    I like the new design! I think it looks more upscale!

  • Reply March 19, 2012

    tallcapp

    I like the new design and it does look very much like the buildings in Bar Harbor.

  • Reply March 19, 2012

    Penny Snyder

    Love the new design! grammypenny@frontier.com

  • Reply March 19, 2012

    Debra F

    I really like the new design and it is more inviting

  • Reply March 19, 2012

    carol s.

    The new look is very nice. Sophisticated nautical-not gaudy.

  • Reply March 19, 2012

    shawna

    I like it!

  • Reply March 19, 2012

    ferriz

    i think it looks terrific! very welcoming.

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  • Reply March 19, 2012

    Jacob LaFountaine

    Has a nice warm and simple feel to it

  • Reply March 19, 2012

    Brenda Gaines

    it looks nice, wish they would update my local red lobster lol

  • Reply March 19, 2012

    Danielle

    I love your design. It adds a little outside comfort to the warm, inviting feel

  • Reply March 19, 2012

    Patricia Jones

    It looks splendid! However it is your son’s grin which won my heart!
    God Bless,

    • Reply March 22, 2012

      Sheena

      Aww, thank you!!!

  • Reply March 19, 2012

    Marie C

    It’s so pretty. I’ve never been in a Red Lobster, so I can’t really compare. My closest is in one of the neighboring towns.

  • Reply March 19, 2012

    Wendy T

    I think it looks very modern and cozy.

  • Reply March 19, 2012

    Melody

    I love the new design and I love red lobster!

  • Reply March 19, 2012

    Dara Nix

    I LOVE it! I wish they would update ours – it is WAY too cramped and outdated!

  • Reply March 19, 2012

    Ellie W

    I think it looks great!

  • Reply March 19, 2012

    Angela Winesburg

    I love it, very classy looking

  • Reply March 19, 2012

    Tiffany Hearn

    I love it and I love Red Lobster! My first date with my husband 19 years ago was at Red Lobster! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  • Reply March 19, 2012

    Pat Cipolla

    Red Lobster is always good. Good food and atmosphere

  • Reply March 19, 2012

    Ashley C

    I love it, it has a very cape cod appeal. The clean lines make it pleasant and different from other Red Lobsters

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  • Reply March 19, 2012

    Jessica

    I love the new design, very elegant!

  • Reply March 19, 2012

    Gaye M

    I think the restaurant looks great – inviting and comfortable. (Just so they don’t “re-design” the food, ’cause it’s already great!)

  • Reply March 19, 2012

    Larry Lattuca

    I love the new look – very appropriate but then again, I LOVE everything about Red Lobster!!

  • Reply March 19, 2012

    Marjorie Whitney

    Looks like a very nice design.

  • Reply March 19, 2012

    Stephanie Adkins

    I really love it!

  • Reply March 19, 2012

    Amy Zachek

    The new design takes it up a notch from same old Red Lobster – it gives the restaurant more of that designer touch.

  • Reply March 19, 2012

    Linda Lansford

    Very nice

  • Reply March 19, 2012

    heatherzilla

    I really like the new design. It looks nice. I hope our Red Lobster will be remodeled soon!

  • Reply March 19, 2012

    Jill

    Like the look. Nice to see it a little more updated.

  • Reply March 19, 2012

    Debbie C

    I think the new design is great, clean and inviting, it has personality.

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  • Reply March 19, 2012

    Brittney House

    It makes the red lobster look a little more classy and less like a typical fast food type resturant.

  • Reply March 18, 2012

    Kyl Neusch

    think it looks nice

  • Reply March 18, 2012

    Debbie Hogue

    I think it looks very nice. Great atmosphere for dining.

  • Reply March 18, 2012

    jules

    i love it! Very modern and bright.

  • Reply March 18, 2012

    joni

    I think it’s beautiful.

  • Reply March 18, 2012

    Bev

    I think the new design looks very nice. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Reply March 18, 2012

    Christine

    looks great

  • Reply March 18, 2012

    Lucy Schwartz

    It looks sea worthy. I like the ambiance.

  • Reply March 18, 2012

    Crystal F

    I think it looks really nice. I would love to eat there. thank you!

  • Reply March 18, 2012

    steph

    i like it, very stream lined!

  • Reply March 18, 2012

    Diane F

    I think it looks great. Really updates Red Lobster!

  • Reply March 18, 2012

    Caryn S

    It looks a lot more sophisticated. I like it.

  • Reply March 18, 2012

    styleezta

    pretty awesome!!

  • Reply March 18, 2012

    Jessica T.

    I think it looks great.

  • Reply March 18, 2012

    Janice Cooper

    Looks nice and cozy

  • Reply March 18, 2012

    Jessica B

    Looks good!

  • Reply March 17, 2012

    Sassy

    i think it looks great

  • Reply March 17, 2012

    Patricia Treskovich

    very nice

  • Reply March 17, 2012

    Sylvie W

    I give it two thumbs up.

  • Reply March 17, 2012

    Tina M

    It’s nice. I like it.

  • Reply March 17, 2012

    Kathleen Downes

    Very nice. I love nautical themes.

  • Reply March 17, 2012

    SHAYNA

    I LOVE THE NEW DESIGN :)

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  • Reply March 17, 2012

    Jimmy

    The new design is great!

  • Reply March 17, 2012

    John Stetson

    Since I grew up in New England it reminds me of home.

  • Reply March 17, 2012

    courtney b

    i like it much better, usually i dont like new logos but this one is pretty snazzy

  • Reply March 17, 2012

    Carolsue

    It’s pretty classy looking! I like it.

  • Reply March 17, 2012

    Elena V

    I like the lighting, it’s dimmed and not too bright, which makes the atmosphere more relaxing.

  • Reply March 17, 2012

    Cheri Anne

    I’ll be honest. I don’t think the interior looks any different than the red lobsters I have been to the past two decades. I still love Red Lobster though.
    infamouspillow@gmail.com

  • Reply March 17, 2012

    Jeffrey

    Looks like something from Cape Cod

  • Reply March 17, 2012

    Tom Bellamy

    I love it!

  • Reply March 17, 2012

    Deborah Stinson

    I love the new design. I grew up on the shores of Cape Cod and have lived on or near the ocean or a lake my entire life so love nautical and beach design.

  • Reply March 17, 2012

    Denise B.

    You know, I honestly don’t know what to say about it. I haven’t been in one in years and don’t know what they look like on the inside, and the outside looks like the one by us.

  • Reply March 17, 2012

    Debra G

    love the new design…very inviting

  • Reply March 17, 2012

    Holly C.

    I like it, very comfortable and nautical looking

  • Reply March 17, 2012

    Elisabeth

    very classy!

  • Reply March 17, 2012

    paige chandler

    Very upscale and cozy

  • Reply March 17, 2012

    Ashley Hatten

    It looks great I love the new design its nice and updated! thanks!

  • Reply March 17, 2012

    Maryann

    I love the design

  • Reply March 17, 2012

    Mary Casper

    I have only seen the new design once but I like it

  • Reply March 17, 2012

    Elena

    I think the new design looks nice and modern

  • Reply March 17, 2012

    Cody

    I think the new decor looks pretty awesome.
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  • Reply March 17, 2012

    DeeAnn S

    I think the redesign looks good at your Red Lobster. But our local restaurant has windows on three sides of the building and I would hate to see them covered up with wood paneling. :( Maybe a fresh coat of paint and a few new pictures would be enough to spruce it up at bit though. Thanks.

  • Reply March 17, 2012

    Ashley Tucker

    I love it..looks great

  • Reply March 17, 2012

    Susan Ladd

    I think the new Bar Harbor design is very nice. I want to thank you for this awesome sweep and hope to win :) Happy St. Patrick’s Day !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply March 17, 2012

    Lynda E

    More like an authentic seafood place than the old design.

  • Reply March 17, 2012

    Jennifer Marie

    I think it looks fancy!! Love it!

  • Reply March 17, 2012

    Charlotte Padgett

    Beautiful. I love Red Lobster!

  • Reply March 17, 2012

    Linda

    I like it, looks so fresh and comfy!

  • Reply March 17, 2012

    Mary Happymommy

    Classy is the word that comes to mind for me as well. I really like the rock wall.

  • Reply March 17, 2012

    Sandy Brown

    I think it’s beautiful and very functional

  • Reply March 17, 2012

    Jessica Vaughan Gengler

    I love the design. I think it is a fresh look for the restaurant.

  • Reply March 17, 2012

    Joseph

    The new design make Red Lobster more fresh and appealing. They have needed to update their look for sometime now.

  • Reply March 17, 2012

    Theresa Jenkins

    looks very classy

  • Reply March 16, 2012

    Jessie C.

    I like it , looks comfortable and home sweet home.

  • Reply March 16, 2012

    Kathy Schoenherr

    Looks like a very nice design. Seems more open than some of the other Red Lobster restaurants.

  • Reply March 16, 2012

    Suzanne K

    I like it – inside looks homey

  • Reply March 16, 2012

    Tari Lawson

    I like the new design. Fits the Red Lobster name very well.

  • Reply March 15, 2012

    Barbara Montag

    I like the new design – very fitting for the business.
    Thank you.

  • Reply March 15, 2012

    Monique Rizzo

    I like it, classy!
    Thanks for the chance.
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  • Reply March 15, 2012

    Sarah Hirsch

    i like it! it looks really nice

  • Reply March 15, 2012

    Rebecca Graham

    I like the new design. It looks comfortable and relaxing.

  • Reply March 15, 2012

    Cynthia C

    I think the design is charming.

  • Reply March 15, 2012

    Susan Chester

    I like the new design. It looks cozy and comfortable.

  • Reply March 15, 2012

    Susan Smith

    I like the new design

  • Reply March 15, 2012

    Paula Tavernie

    I like it!

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  • Reply March 15, 2012

    Ann F

    I like the Bar Harbor design! I have relatives that live in Bangor so we get their often

  • Reply March 15, 2012

    EMMA L HORTON

    IT IS OKAY

  • Reply March 15, 2012

    debbie

    I think it looks very nice.

  • Reply March 15, 2012

    suzanna60

    I like the new design clean and up to date

  • Reply March 14, 2012

    Shannon Baas

    Very nice design.

  • Reply March 14, 2012

    Jody Sisson

    I Like The New Design.

  • Reply March 14, 2012

    Jaque R.

    I like the new design…it is fitting. :-) Thank you.

  • Reply March 14, 2012

    Kristen M

    I think it looks classic and comfortable!

  • Reply March 14, 2012

    Alex@designcontest

    The new design looks good to me. I will use giveaway opportunity for sure.

  • Reply March 14, 2012

    Denise L

    I like it. It seems modern and clean but keeps the old fashioned Red Lobster sensabilities.

  • Reply March 14, 2012

    Margaret Smith

    I like the new design.
    Thanks so much.

  • Reply March 14, 2012

    McKim

    Looks nice and comfy/casual.

  • Reply March 14, 2012

    Tasha Phillips

    I have not been to Red Lobster (or The Lobster as my friends and I refer to it!) in a few years. It looks less worn and more fresh from the pictures. Maybe I need to make RL my restaurant for my birthday dinner this weekend!

  • Reply March 14, 2012

    Shanice

    I love Red Lobster, and the new design looks good! This post makes me want to go to Red Lobster tonight. LOL I get the same meal every time I go (create your own feast, shrimp scampi & crab legs). I’m from the coast, so loving seafood is in my blood. Haha I definitely entered this giveaway!

    Your layout is adorable, btw.

    • Reply March 15, 2012

      Sheena

      I’m thinking we need to go back later this month. My mom’s birthday is coming up, hmm. LOL

      Thank you!

  • Reply March 14, 2012

    Cassie

    I like the updated look and the biscuits!

  • Reply March 14, 2012

    Richard Morris

    Personally, i love it. I associate eating lobsters with being near the ocean so this look transplants you into that world

  • Reply March 14, 2012

    Jessica

    I absolutely LOVE Red Lobster. We’re all seafood junkies in my house. :)

  • Reply March 14, 2012

    Katy

    I like the new design!

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