You may think that your restaurant shopfront solely lies at your restaurant front door, but this is not always the case according to a recent survey by Open Table, a whopping 86% of customers had taken to the web to appraise a restaurants menu prior to visiting.

A great website is like that perfect dish that you have lovingly prepared and like that dish, there are many ingredients that go a long way to making sure your restaurants website is truly the crème de la crème.

So, what are the most important things that your potential customers are looking for when it comes to deciding what restaurant to go to?

We outline the top website examples that you can use as inspiration to showcase your own restaurant whilst providing that all-important information to help influence potential customers to book a table.

150 Of The Best Restaurant Website Design Examples

1. Caravan Exmouth Market

Why we love it: It’s a clean and classic design where you can access information within just one click. 

2. Parts & Labour

Why we love it: Its excellent use of full-width images that showcase the restaurant and its food. 

3. Marie Catribs

Why we love it: For its stylish and unique typography which makes this site standout.

4. Patria Toronto

Why we love it: For its strong calls to action (Reserve Now)

5. Mei Mei Boston

Why we love it: For its informative content – from their food truck to their blog posts

6. Marlowe SF

Why we love it: Fantastic imagery and that the restaurant awards are prominently displayed

7. Susie Cakes

Why we love it: For its easy-to-use menu and that it is mobile friendly

8. Brewsters

Why we love it: For its bold and vibrant design

9. Restaurant Benedicts

Why we love it: It represents chef-owner Richard Bainbridge’s brand and personality effortlessly

10. Dutch’s Portland

Why we love it: For the elegant embed of its Instagram feed

11. Bliss and Vinegar

Why we love it: It promotes their reward scheme and gift certificates

12. Costa Vida

Why we love it: For its handy ‘find my location’ feature

13. Smokey Bones

Why we love it: For its evocative imagery

14. Cragie On Main

Why we love it: its contact details are front and centre, making it easy to get in touch

15. Sugar Mill

Why we love it: Its use of a carousel of handy slides on the homepage

16. City Tap Penn Quarter

Why we love it: It easily identifies its USP’s which hits the visitor upon entering the website

17. Jack’s Bar London

Why we love it: It immediately sets the tone and gives the visitor an idea of the brand identity.

18. Pho Cafe

Why we love it: For its colour and lively design

19. Pause Cat Cafe

Why we love it: How it showcases its unique selling points and its evocative imagery

20. Banque & Bohem

Why we love it: For its stylish imagery in the gallery

21. Chicago Bagel Authority

Why we love it: Clean and contemporary design

22. Upper Crust Pizzeria

Why we love it: You can access your desired locations with ease and order online effortlessly

23. Bob’s Steak & Chop House

Why we love it: For its strong calls-to-action- you can easily make a reservation from one click of a button

24. One Market

Why we love it: It utilises stunning photography, both restaurant and the food

25. Southern Belly BBQ

Why we love it: the way it shouts about its impressive array of awards

26. Maialino

Why we love it: For integrating its menus into the homepage graphic

27. Desert Chill

Why we love it: For its cool and fun design that really represents the brand

28. Brawn

Why we love it: Its use of great line drawings

29. Toni Patisserie

Why we love it: The way it encourages data capture

30. Salty Sow

Why we love it: Its fun typography and styling

31. Gramercy Tavern

Why we love it: For its style and its ease for making a reservation

32. Black Sheep Pizza

Why we love it: For the way it highlights its press reviews on the homepage

33. Frita Batidos

Why we love it: For its soft use of colour and friendly design

34. Blue Oak BBQ

Why we love it: It utilises a full-width screen

35. Butchers’ Bistro

Why we love it: The homepage hits you with a reservation button and it really sets the tone of what the diner can expect

36. The Pig Hotel

Why we love it: It showcases the beautiful views of where the hotel/restaurant is located, and you can easily navigate between their various locations

37. The Saint Austere

Why we love it: For its stunning food imagery

38. The Nugget Spot

Why we love it: the menu easily identifies what dishes are suitable for people with specific dietary requirements.

39. Fuji At Kendall

Why we love it: It’s quirky side menu which highlights how you an order online

40. Tasty n Alder

Why we love it: It’s stylish and eye-catching logo

41. True Food Kitchen

Why we love it: It ‘does exactly what is says on the tin’ and has a strong brand identity

42. Butcher and the Rye

Why we love it: For its simple but effective navigation

43. Brasil Arts Cafe

Why we love it: Its striking imagery and evocative copy

44. Mani Osteria

Why we love it: How it outlines its opening hours at a glance

45. Rosella Coffee

Why we love it: For its skilful use of imagery

46. Some Random Bar

Why we love it: For its fun and quirky design

47. The High Tower

Why we love it: How it highlights ‘happy hour’, its standout logo and how it’s not afraid to use ‘white space’.

48. Jolly Pumpkin

Why we love it: How you can easily navigate from each of the restaurants from the focused landing page

49. Bistro Zola

Why we love it: For its clean layout and wonderful use of imagery

50. Isabel’s Restaurant

Why we love it: For its stylish use of photography

51. The Gnarly Barley

Why we love it: How easy it is to access the information that you want

52. Oleana Restaurant

Why we love it: For its simple but stylish navigation

53. Doc Fords

Why we love it: The slogan and the social proof on its front page

54. Up Dog

Why we love it: For its solid use of colour and imagery

55. Blue Collar Miami

 Why we love it: For how it highlights its daily specials

56. Jimmy’z Kitchen

Why we love it: This sites strength is that it really makes use of video which is great for engaging content

57. Proper Pittsburgh

Why we love it: For its daring use of a menu navigation in the middle of the website page

58. Thip Khao

Why we love it: For its rich colours and effective content

59. La Ventana

Why we love it: For its clean and stylish layout

60. Stormfish

 Why we love it: The gorgeous ripple effect of the sea in the background

61. Mission Juice

Why we love it: Love the clean, clear image presented

62. Bar Isabel

Why we love it: For its quirky design elements like the latlong coordinates on the homepage

63. Earls

Why we love it: For its stunning contemporary design and focus on striking imagery

64. Amsterdam Beer

Why we love it: Not only is it a beautifully designed and visually appealing website but it has a strong information architecture too

65. Elcatrin

 

Why we love it: Its stylishly authentic and you can access the information you need really easily

66. Le Bernardin

Why we love it: It’s unusual side menu and its use of compelling imagery

67. La Pierre Qui Tourne

Why we love it: It’s unique use of line drawings add a sense of charm to this stylish website

68. Pure Thai Cookhouse

Why we love it: For its easy layout and colourfully rich imagery

69. Girl and the Goat

Why we love it: For its excellent fusion of strong visuals and helpful content

70. Sarcoa

Why we love it: It’s a simple, yet effective website that utilises great typography.

71. Porte Sainte Claire

Why we love it: For its great use of moving imagery

72. Famous Cookies

 Why we love it: The way it showcases its assorted products

73. Nunsongyee

Why we love it: It showcases its food products well. 

(NOTE: Nunsongyee uses CandyBar to run its loyalty program!)

74. Megumi

Why we love it: For proving that websites don’t always need to have a white and clean background

75. Solegiallo

Why we love it: for its use of striking imagery and evocative music

76. The Eddy

Why we love it: It has a simple but effective design and provides a great insight into the restaurant team

77. Artifact Coffee

Why we love it: It is super stylish with cute features such as the postcard and the memo board

78. Brass Union

Why we love it: For it’s fantastic use of imagery

79. Restaurant Roots

Why we love it: Everything you need in the first instance is on the home page – awards, tasting menus and more

80. Eat The Ordinary

Why we love it: It is like viewing the most delightful starry night when you first land on the site

81. Quay

Why we love it: How you can reserve a table right from the home page and the great menu layouts

82. Rosebud Kitchen

Why we love it: For its great colour palette

83. Junction Moama

Why we love it: The way it showcases its fantastically stylish features

84. Easy Bistro

Why we love it: For its stylish aesthetics and easy-to-use reservations button

85. The Black Sparrow

 Why we love it: For its simple burger menu

86. Marianne Restaurant

Why we love it: You can buy gift certificates for Marianne’s restaurant

87. Gaucho Restaurants

Why we love it: For its simple menu/navigation

88. Arbor Restaurant

Why we love it: It effortlessly demonstrates its eco-friendly values whilst showcasing its first-class cuisine

89. Matchaya

Why we love it: The background colours are very representative of what they sell

(NOTE: Matchaya uses CandyBar to run its loyalty program!)

90. Restaurante Baobab

Why we love it: For its quirky sensibilities

91. Common Man Coffee Roasters

Why we love it: The black and white, minimalistic background

92. Mercer Tavern

 Why we love it: How it uses such rich and colourful imagery

93. Joes

Why we love it: For its fun use of video and quirky features like Joe’s Jukebox

94. Whitmans

Why we love it: For its unusual menu buttons

95. The Bancroft

Why we love it: The way it showcases the restaurants nod to heritage

96. Brindisa Kitchens

Why we love it: It hits you with a special prize draw as soon as you hit the site

97. Pitch Cardiff

Why we love it: It manages expectations, encouraging people to book in advance with their handy booking tool

98. Cow and Co. Cafe

Why we love it: The way it uses its mailing list to capture data

99. The King Arms London

Why we love it: For its unusual menu layout that isn’t typically laid out to the top of the webpage

100. Cafe Monocle

Why we love it: Its emphasis on its unique selling points

101. The Paper Mill

Why we love it: The way it uses its carousel of imagery

102. Drury Buildings

Why we love it: For showcasing both the exterior and the interior of this stylish restaurant

103. Nam Nam Noodle Bar

Why we love it: Very classic look that conveys the “authenticity” of their noodles

104. Colonia Verde

Why we love it: the way it utilises full-width imagery

105. Wired Cafe

Why we love it: Its use of colour in the menu/top navigation bar

106. Bay Street Biergarten

 Why we love it: The way that you can take a 36- degree tour

107. Fifteen

Why we love it: It’s simple but effective navigation

108. Lemonadela

Why we love it: Its pretty yellow background with quirky detailing such as the ‘squeezing’ of information

109. Shizuku

Why we love it: for its simplicity

110. Ole Soiree

Why we love it: The way it uses quirky but fun imagery

111. Brae Restaurant

Why we love it: It utilises a simple but effective navigation

112. Cafe Sydney

 Why we love it: It really sets the scene of the magnificent location of this eatery

113. Benitos Hat

 Why we love it: the way it promotes its loyalty reward scheme

114. Giraffe

Why we love it: It highlights its exclusive offers prominently and uses strong colours

115. Jubany

Why we love it: the way it evokes the senses with compelling text and imagery

116. Big Apple Hotdogs

Why we love it: Its use of the grid of the city and how it encourages you to review the eatery

117. Ruby Violet

Why we love it: Its stunning use of colour which blends effortlessly with the food imagery

118. River Cottage

Why we love it: The way it lays out the different user journeys

119. Royal Plate

Why we love it: Its fantastic use of its Instagram dish reel and its ‘moving’ food images

120. Rosas Thai Cafe

Why we love it: Its use of retro typography

121. Ilbuco Ristorante

Why we love it: For its fantastic use of both horizontal and vertical scrolling and its stylish aesthetics

122. Marche Notre Dame

Why we love it: the way it resembles a vintage café chalkboard

123. Wafuken

Why we love it: The beautiful central image that showcases its food

124. Tio Luchin

Why we love it: For using an opaque dark background to best demonstrate the ingredients and final plated dishes

125. Moxhe

Why we love it: The way it uses looped visual imagery that really sets the tone of the restaurant

126. A Poke Theory

Why we love it: Love the slogan

(NOTE: Read the story behind A Poke Theory here.)

127. Crudo

Why we love it: The way it uses ever-changing backgrounds and its fabulous use of colour

128. Baltazar Istanbul

Why we love it: Subtle but stylish nods to design such as the mouse cursor changing when you click and the way it utilises its exclusive offers on the home page

129. D’Good Cafe

Why we love it: The way they put their dishes right and center. 

(NOTE: Read the story behind D’Good Cafe here.)

130. Green Rebel

Why we love it: The unfolding menu options are a neat touch

131. Shukuu Izakaya

 

Why we love it: Those delicious skewers!

(NOTE: Read the story behind Shukuu Izakaya here.)

132. Pizzeria Napoli Centrale

Why we love it: For its easily accessible menu and other supporting information

133. Le Mugs

Why we love it: For its significant use of imagery and muted colours

134. Giuliano Restaurant

Why we love it: for its compelling copy about the heritage of the restaurant and the people behind it

135. Astrid y Gaston

Why we love it: the way it uses rich imagery of colourful dishes

136. Ele

Why we love it: The way it uses photos of the chefs in action

137. Sophie’s Steakhouse

Why we love it: Its moving images gives this site a truly modern feel

138. Rosewater

Why we love it: This site uses simple but familiar vintage styling giving it a lovely throwback vibe that is filled with nostalgia

139. Blackhouse

Why we love it: For using innovative functionality such as ‘send a gift card’

140. Indis

Why we love it: It uses a gallery function to showcase more of their dishes

141. El Burro

Why we love it: It showcases the restaurants branding perfectly from the moment you land on the site and are greeted by a little cactus plant

142. Gourmet Natural Restaurant

Why we love it: It shows the dining area on a bright sunny day and highlights that this is available to use all-year around

143. Provenance Raleigh

Why we love it: It really sets the tone of what this restaurant is trying to achieve with effective copy and striking imagery

144. La Marcha

Why we love it: Its superb use of imagery will have you licking your lips in anticipation of the food that is presented

145. Paddock

Why we love it: for not being afraid to go super-simple in design and to use bold call to actions

146. Block 16

Why we love it: Another simple site but it is not afraid to tell the story of the ethos of the restaurant

147. Pineapple and Pearls

Why we love it: It looks equally as stylish on a tablet and mobile as it does on a widescreen desktop

148. Zadie’s Oyster Room

Why we love it: For its use of subtle gold detailing and its oyster background

149. Quince Restaurant

Why we love it: This site fuses dark charcoal backgrounds with pops of colour which really makes their dishes standout

150. Eleven Madison Park

Why we love it: For not being afraid of white space, at first glance this looks like a one-page microsite, but the side menu is subtle but effective.

A winning restaurant website must represent your eateries’ dining experience, attract new customers, encourage existing customers to revisit, tell a story and showcase the heart and soul of your brand.

Therefore, it has never been more important to make sure that your website has that all important mix of ‘ingredients’ – stylish design, simple navigation alongside helpful and informative information.

Posted by Si Quan Ong

Si Quan is CandyBar's Content Marketing Manager. He is also the co-founder of BreakDance Decoded, an online breakdance training company. He loves standup comedy, and has a dream to visit at least 100 countries in his lifetime.