17 Inspiring Restaurant Websites of 2020
First Century Roman gourmet expert Apicius claimed that “the first bite is with the eyes.” As we all know, aesthetically pleasing visuals of food will leave us craving for more.
A successful restaurant website is able to create first impressions with a vibrant design. Once you’ve enticed your hungry visitors with your site, they’ll be eager to search for all the relevant information without delay: from browsing your menu to the online ordering or reservation options. That’s why it’s important to have a site in which customers can easily navigate and find what they’re looking for.
Whether you’re just starting your restaurant website or are looking to take your existing one to the next level, we’ve put together a list of 17 effective restaurant websites to provide you with some insight and inspiration.
Inspiring restaurant website examples
Market on Front
Pelicano Coffee Pioneers
The Highland Kitchen
Seven Grams Caffe
House of Negroni
01. Red Bamboo
Vegan comfort food Red Bamboo serves an eclectic vegan cuisine to its many devotees, with Janet Jackson and Stevie Wonder among them. The restaurant’s homepage design is engaging and communicative, with a beautiful full-width photograph of the food, accompanied by an elegant logo that combines an image of bamboo sticks with the restaurant name.
Throughout the homepage, Red Bamboo employs a number of call-to-action (CTA) buttons to encourage users to “Order Now” and “Order Pickup,” guiding its visitors on what to do next. These kinds of direct messages help prompt users to take action.
On their menu page, Red Bamboo allows site visitors to view their different dishes and prices online, while also offering a downloadable PDF menu. Using the recognizable PDF icon, visitors instinctively know to click if they so desire. What’s great about this option is that regular customers are given a preference on how they choose their order, and can easily save it for future reference or share it with friends.
Embedding its Instagram feed on the website, Red Bamboo has also been able to strengthen its brand and share moments in real time with site visitors. It also helps ensure that its restaurant website is regularly updated with fresh and new content.
Soufi’s touts itself as Downtown Toronto’s first Syrian restaurant and cafe, with two specialties: manaeesh and knafeh. New visitors might be unfamiliar with these heavenly treats or how to properly pronounce them (K-nah-feh), but Soufi’s devoted an entire section to telling its unique story as an authentic Syrian restaurant that has also hired refugees in the community.
The Our Story page shares more about the place, its cuisine and heritage, through a combination of text, photographs, and a prominent CTA leading to a promotional video. Telling a captivating personal story, along with a strong background and mission behind it, is a great practice when creating a restaurant website.
Soufi’s online ordering system allows visitors to easily order their favorite dishes. The site even provides a time estimate, with all pick-up orders ready in under 15 minutes. Curb-side pickup has become an increasingly popular practice, so implementing a lightbox to draw attention to this important service makes Soufi’s reliable.
03. Hanai Poke
If you cannot make it to Hawaii, Hanai Poke’s website is graced with an array of vector art and calm, pastel colors that remind us of that dream vacation. These fun illustrations make Hanai Poke look cool and fresh, just like its food.
A slideshow of food photography on the homepage ensures that visitors don’t miss out on the restaurant’s raw and healthy food offerings.
Hanai Poke’s website is entirely branded with its logo appearing several times throughout. It also shows up on the header, which stays put across the site. Clicking on the logo in the header leads back to the homepage wherever you are on the site, which is an important website navigation practice.
Yantra is an Indian restaurant that serves “a balanced mix of classic and contemporary dishes.”
An asymmetrical website layout, as applied on Yantra, is a great way to juxtapose two elements on any restaurant website: text and visuals.
On the left side of the screen, visitors are pulled in by a photograph of Yantra’s modern interior design; the right side draws your attention to Yantra’s mission statement.
Yantra’s delivery and takeaway menu allows for a frictionless user experience, with photos and prices for each of the dishes. Once an item is clicked, a popup window appears, where customers can read more about their selection and make any special requests.
Park’s Restaurant serves a blend of Korean and Latin American food by its chef who claims he “is a messed-up Latino with kimchi in his blood.” Located in Montreal, Park’s Restaurant’s website is multilingual, in both English and French.
Park’s Restaurant has masterfully executed a minimalist website design without losing its richness. While there is a lot of information, both personal and practical, nothing gets lost. Every piece of content, from opening hours to a chef’s welcome, becomes part of a cohesive unit.
Park’s Restaurant establishes an instant mood and sets a modern tone using typography and its logo only. Before visitors are introduced to its dishes, Park’s Restaurant uses visual language to convey that it’s a credible, professional and serious business.
06. Market on Front
Market on Front is a restaurant, artisan grocery store, coffee shop and deli in Montana. With this kind of versatility, no wonder Market on Front has placed importance in its website menu in a fixed header for ease of navigation.
There is no need to search any further than the top of the homepage to find everything Market on Front has to offer. From its social media accounts and contact information, to its online ordering system and more, this plump header is the portal to all the business’s functions. The dropdown menu in the header organizes the menus into different subcategories - breakfast, lunch and dinner, and coffee bar.
There are many different types of logos and Market on Front has successfully pulled off one that will help it get its name out there, as a restaurant, coffee shop and deli. They’ve created their own logo utilizing typography and a rectangular text box, making the brand clearly identifiable.
Pelicano Coffee Pioneers has been a roasting company located in the British coastal town of Brighton since 2014. You don’t have to wait until your next trip to pick up some hand roasted coffee, as visitors can quickly purchase merchandise on their restaurant website.
For those coffee fans, Pelicano Coffee Pioneers offers coffee subscriptions on its online store. When you’ve decided on your coffee plan, you can click on the highlighted “Get it!” button that begins the checkout process. Pelicano Coffee Pioneers also offers a range of payment options, including Paypal, which is great for international visitors who may prefer this more accessible method of transaction.
Good communication is the driving force behind this website. Whether an item may be out of stock or a new coffee blend has just been released, Pelicano Coffee Pioneers flags these important updates using clear microcopy like “Best Seller,” “Just Dropped!” or “Baristas Pick.”
Pelicano Coffee Pioneers is also committed to communicating with its distinct visual language. Each coffee blend has its own unique illustration that is identifiable to its individual name, boosting its brand identity.
08. Yang’s Place
The family-owned Chinese restaurant Yang’s Place stands out with its geometrical website layout that combines clickable text boxes and beautiful food photography. Following top food photography tips, Yang’s Place dishes look real and fresh.
Yang’s Place is able to tell users who they are and what they do with the support of a strong About Us page. A box-based arrangement of visual, text and the visual is a great example of breaking down wordy content with photographs. Users are more easily able to grasp all the information in this format.
The images across Tougura’s site visually transport visitors to Japan’s waters. But it's the featured image on Tougura’s homepage that brings this restaurant website to life. With rows of exotic looking fish, various sea salt grains, fruits and vegetables, this single image on the homepage tells visitors of all cultures that this isn’t an ordinary restaurant. It is a place where the ingredients are prominently featured as a badge of honor.
Tougura also hosts a blog, where it can share its experiences and expertise in the field of Japanese cuisine and fishing. Thanks to the integration of Google Maps on the Contact Us page, it’s easy to pin down those Japanese waters.
The Highland Kitchen provides private catering in Scotland and beyond. With such a vast clientele, this website draws particular attention to its customer reviews in a dedicated testimonials page.
The Highland Kitchen features customer quotes with the individuals’ names, geographic location and date stamp. The page of testimonials are organized by year, with a floating anchor menu on the right side for easy navigation. This is particularly helpful when a page is very long and helps visitors save time to click on the relevant parts that interest them.
Iseya’s restaurant website is rich with visual content, including photography, text and video. The sequence of boxes alternating between a photo of uncooked beans, the word “quality” (in Japanese) and video of the pastry maker assembling a finished product helps focus the visitor’s attention to what's on offer.
These curated visual boxes are also part of building Iseya’s brand identity. When building a brand, it helps to communicate specific details, or values, to your audience. Iseya wants us to know that both traditional techniques, as demonstrated in its video clips, and quality are what sets it apart.
Upon landing on the site, Seven Grams Caffe invites users to join their mailing list. This helps strengthen their email marketing strategy, and allows loyal customers to stay in-the-know with the coffee shop’s updates.
As a one-page website, Seven Grams Caffe displays all of its content using strips that help distinguish between the different sections. Visitors can browse the page by scrolling or using the menu at the header, which uses anchor links that lead to the relevant sections.
Its website footer at the bottom of the page is where Seven Grams Caffe can organize additional elements that are critical to its business, leaving a lasting good impression. Its footer contains icons to its different social media presence, from Facebook to their Yelp review page or even a Google Maps icon.
13. Schaller’s Stube
Schaller’s Stube Sausage Bar is a combination of Berlin style street food with a New York touch. It is a beautifully designed one-page website that lets visitors save time by getting all the information they need on a single page. It’s simple yet intuitive.
On its restaurant website, Schaller’s Stube has added subtle parallax scrolling to grab your attention. This effect spurs a three-dimensional and more immersive browsing experience, which can be seen in many restaurant website templates.
Opa is a vegan fine dining restaurant in Tel Aviv. Opa welcomes guests with an engaging wide-screen video showcasing its unique farm to food philosophy and expertise. It is a great example of using high quality videography on a site. It is also a soundless video, so visitors are not disrupted by unwanted noise.
Using Wix Multilingual, Opa’s restaurant website allows users to easily switch languages on its language menu on the header.
15. Zero Fox
Offering a craft bar, Korean and Japanese kitchen, Zero Fox’s ambitions are well placed with its eye-catching homepage. The full-width image of mutliple beer labels from all different parts of the world tells a tale of adventure and treasures.
An image gallery lets this restaurant website show off Zero Fox’s fun and friendly atmosphere. By using the Wix Pro Gallery, Zero Fox is able to create a feed-like layout that is scrollable and automatically mobile-friendly. The images are displayed in their highest quality.
Using Wix Restaurants Menus, Zero Fox is able to create a complete menu with photos of its dishes, a textual description, and prices. Each menu item is labeled with the appropriate dietary information, as well as the spicy factor.
16. House of Negroni
The House of Negroni, which draws in a mature crowd, has crafted an effective website color scheme. It's mostly black and deep red colors convey feelings of to luxury and quality.
House of Negroni has created an effective favicon using the N initial from its name. Favicons are the little icons that show up at the top of the browser window, and can help establish the professionalism of a business. In the same typeface as its logo, the House of Negroni favicon captures the essence of its brand in a single letter.
Located in Canada, Atma is an Indian restaurant that serves bold and daring dishes. It’s choice of bright orange as its primary brand color evokes notions of positivity and playfulness, just like curry.
Atma wants us to feel like we’ve traveled to India with it. It’s Taj Mahal shaped logo is timeless and symbolic, relying on an iconic graphic. The accompanying visual language completes this journey, with decorative elements such as the Hindu god Ganesha.
Atma knows that visitors want to be assured of a restaurant’s credibility before taking any further decision. That’s why Atma prominently honors its TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence badge on its homepage. It tells users that Atma maintains customer satisfaction, as measured by the highest standards in the industry.
By Cecilia Lazzaro Blasbalg
Wix Blog Writer