So you’re creating a restaurant website, and you’re looking for restaurant website design examples for inspiration and guidance. You’re also wondering which website platform is best to use for your restaurant website.
But before we dive into examples of what restaurant websites look like in the wild on a variety of website builders and hosting platforms, there is one thing to keep in mind when you’re evaluating a website: it’s not just about how the websites look. The functionality matters too.
Think of it like buying a car. You have a make / model in mind, and you’re probably looking to see them drive by on the road to see how they actually look. However, you also care about how they operate. Does it accelerate well? Does it have the hauling capabilities you need? How is the gas mileage?
Looking at a restaurant website examples should be done in the same way. We collected the following restaurant website examples not just to show you how they look on different platforms, but how they can function, so you can be sure you create a website that fits both the look and functionality you need!
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Best Restaurant Website Examples
We’ve pulled these examples based on functionality, design, and usability. Again, when you’re looking to build a restaurant website, remember that you’re not just thinking about making the site look good. You want to think about what your site actually needs to do, and find a platform that supports all of your needs.
Luke’s Lobster is a great example of a restaurant website that accomplishes a lot with a little amount of space. What you see on the header image is actually the entire homepage. Their rotating carousel showcases different content pieces (like where they’re hiring, information about their food sourcing, etc.), and the top and bottom menus cover everything you need from a navigation standpoint. The condensed homepage makes it incredibly easy to get around the website without making the site feel empty (there’s actually a lot of content there!).
Speaking of content, another element of Luke’s we liked was their emphasis on their values, specifically in how they get their food. They have an entire page dedicated to sustainability, where they break down how they source their food.
Not only is the information on the page helpful, but the use of sketches adds a fun design element as well. This is an excellent example of a restaurant website that goes beyond just the basic “menu and hours of operations” layout we see so often, and provides valuable information their customers want and need.
Gus’s Fried Chicken
Software: Self-Hosted WordPress
Gus’s Fried Chicken is an example of a restaurant website that works well for franchises. From a design perspective, it’s pretty “no-frills”. It’s straightforward, clean, and simple.
Even the Store Menus are listed out in a pretty basic layout:
While it’s not the most beautiful design, it gets the job done. It’s easy to find the location you’re looking for and click through to the menu. And when you do click through to the menu, Gus’s Fried Chicken gives you all of the information you need on one page, from hours of operations to contact information to the menu for that location.
If you have a restaurant with multiple locations but don’t necessarily want to create a robust website, Gus’s is a solid example to use for inspiration. Again, it’s not the most beautiful design… but it’s functional and has everything you need.
Software: Self-Hosted WordPress
On the opposite side of the spectrum is a small local restaurant website example from Joy Cafe. This website is looks more designed than the previous example, but simply because Joy Cafe pairs high-quality photos of their food with simple font combinations that stand out as elegant and polished.
This just goes to show that you can still have a “pretty” or “well-designed” restaurant website without having to do a bunch of complicated design and development (or without having to hire someone to build something completely custom). High-quality photos of your food and decor, along with a carefully selected color palette and font styling, can go a long way.
One more call out to make here — Joy Cafe includes Online Ordering capabilities through ChowNow.
Notice that this restaurant website is built on self-hosted WordPress. This is one of the major pros of using self-hosted WordPress — you can integrate almost any app / software with it to give you the functionality you need.
Software: Weebly Website Builder
What caught our eye first about Public Espresso’s website is the header image. It’s high-quality, beautiful, and gives a great depiction at what you can expect when you eat at the restaurant. The two call to action buttons highlight the two most important actions (order online or look at the menu), and the white stands out subtly against the image.
We also found the block layout on the homepage clean and easy to follow.
By pairing high-quality images with blocks of copy and specific calls to action, Public Espresso has made it easy to scan for information and then dive deeper if you want to learn more, all without sacrificing the clean design of the page.
The overall feel of the site is a bit more “templated”, but again, this could be a good thing if you’re looking for an easy way to create a restaurant website that looks good without having to design something custom. You could likely find a similar restaurant website template through a quick search or browse of Weebly specific examples.
Scottie’s Pizza Parlor
Software: Wix Website Builder
Scottie’s Pizza Parlor takes an entirely different approach than the previous examples we’ve seen. Their design is louder and brighter, and they combine photos with more designed elements (check out that logo!).
What really stood out to us though was how all of the crucial information and actions are right at the top of the page. The black bar at the top shows location, contact information, and hours of operations. Beneath that you have a well-organized menu and social media buttons to send you to their Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter account.
All in all, the website is incredibly easy to use! If you’re looking for a good example of how to organize your content on your restaurant website, this restaurant website example is a good place to look for inspiration.
Software: Self-hosted WordPress
Au Cheval’s website is an amazing example of a restaurant website that completely prioritizes images. Their entire homepage is just high-quality photos (no text besides their logo) that capture the atmosphere of the restaurant and their food.
This is an excellent example of how you can create a well-designed restaurant website without having to use any fancy design elements or advanced coding — good photos can do the trick.
We also liked how the navigation doesn’t take away from the overall design style of the site. When you click on the navigation icon (the three lines in the top right corner of the screen), you get a dropdown that fits in nicely with the overall tone of the site.
If you’re looking for a simple website that uses high-quality photos to do most of the “design work”, then Au Cheval is a great example to use.
Software: Weebly Website Builder
One of the things we really enjoyed about Pastaria is the color palette they used on the site. They’ve done a great job of making the design cohesive. Notice how they used colors that tie into the photos they use on the site (i.e. the orange of the menu and the orange of the kitchen equipment in the photo).
This is also an excellent example of a single-page website. All of the information is on a single page, and the navigation in the orange circle “jumps” you down the page when you click on the respective links. The circle also floats down the page with you, so you access to it whenever you scroll.
If you’re looking to create a single-page website, Pastaria is an excellent restaurant website example to follow. They combine beautiful design with simplicity, and the result is spectacular.
Now that you have some inspiration in terms of the design, colors, and functionality you may want in your church website, where do you go from here?
Well, it really depends on where you are in your restaurant website building journey!
If you’re ready to decide on a website builder, check out my guide to choosing a website builder here.
If you’re looking to go DIY with a specific template to match your design and functionality needs, check out my Build a Restaurant Website: Templates, Design, and Setup Guide.
Lastly, if you’re wondering how to market your church website, check out my guide to creating a local marketing strategy!