20 Tasty Restaurant Menu Designs

Posted on January 5, 2013 in Art & Graphic Design, Print Design

Thinking of starting a new restaurant or re-branding your current one? Don’t forget to get custom restaurant Menu Designs Printed! These are one of the most important parts of your brand package and will constantly be seen and used by your customers.

Your menu can be a powerful way to project a certain image upon your restaurant such as being “classy” or “fun”. The design should be consistent with your other branding and should be designed in the proper style so they are project the correct image. You may find it surprising how big of an influence your menus can have on your customer’s overall restaurant experience.

Menu Designs Should be Functional and Beautiful

When you create a menu you should keep your customers closely in mind. Your menu needs to be very functional and should be easy to read and understand. For example if you have many older customers a menu design with very small print could make it difficult for them to order if they have poor eye sight.

You also may be tempted to have your menu done in your native language and while some people may enjoy this, others may prefer to have the menu shown in English as well for quicker ordering.

These are just a few of the many things to consider when creating menu designs, so in the meantime check out these cool restaurant menu designs below for some inspiration and don’t for get to check out NextDayFlyers.com for all your restaurant Menu Printing needs.

Restaurant Menu Design Inspiration

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UK designer Tobias Hall shows us the strength of typography in his multi-layered menu design – including hand drawn fonts that look amazing!

Original Source: http://www.behance.net/TobiasHall

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Italian designer, Antonio D’Amore  has created a whole restaurant brand  - he makes this elegant design look so simple.

Original source: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Portobello/5474791

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 Another example of exquisite restaurant menu and branding for this Spanish burger joint – it’s so important for restaurants to create a concise and  uniformed look.

Original source: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Holly-Burger/4952965

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saloon_menuThis exquisite branding and Identity work was created for a whiskey bar and restaurant by Oat Design Studio in Somerville, Massachusetts. The design company has created a wonderful “old world Americana” feel without resorting to ten gallon hats and flappy bar doors!

Original source: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Saloon/3113501

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These exquisite menus were created by Blürb Studio in Poland for The Olive Tree Restaurant in Krakow. The main menu they created looks more like a beautiful photography book – filled with artistic shots and sublime food portraits.  The simple charcoal and white palette allows the colorful photos to “pop,” and the sophisticated font treatments create a clean and uncluttered look that is not only easy to follow but aesthetically pleasing.

Original source: http://www.behance.net/gallery/The-Olive-Tree/2260980

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This conceptual menu by designer, Elle Benway is such a fun and original design. Not only is it beautifully illustrated and typeset but it’s also wonderfully playful and interactive. I also love the pull down tabs that reveal menu info, the spinning “wheel of fate”, and the fabulous array of characters that she has created within the menu.

Original source: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Ruckuses-Menu/3980649

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There’s something that feels so personal and direct about the way that San Francisco designer, Sara Nicely has designed these menu and packaging items. The handwritten menus and menu-themed packaging that list all the ingredient is such a graphically pleasing type treatment.

Original source: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Flour-Pot-Bakery-Identity/646665

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BoyBurnsBarn design studio in Chicago has created “wood cabin chic.” I love how their table menus have been branded with their logo and how their overall design style has taken old-fashioned deer imagery and made it so sophisticated and modern. Truly artistic.

Original source: http://www.boyburnsbarn.com/portfolio/state-and-lake

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Modik Estudio in Spain has created a playful but incredibly artistic menu design. Throughout the entire restaurant branding they’ve created for the Sushi Bar, they have presented a highly whimsical design approach that elevates their menus and branding to another level! The menu concept is such a strong one; unfold the menu and it looks like a Japanese fan.

Original source: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Sushi-Bar/1319177

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I love the quality of branding design by Panda Design Studio and Illustrator, Andrew Cachia. They have created a truly artistic piece of typography that runs through all aspects of the restaurant. From the menus to the table tents, to their gorgeous signage, they have created something that has real energy and personality. In particular, I think that the use of typography in the descriptions of dishes adds a sense of  “flavor” to the menu items

Original source: http://www.behance.net/gallery/La-Mere-Restaurant-Branding/2848845

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Steve Simpson created these beautiful table-standing menus for a gastro bar in Dublin. The fun and lively designs that he’s created for the bar, walls, fittings, and menus are so immediate and “cool”. It just looks like such a “happening place” where people want to hang out.

Original source: http://stevesimpson.com/17721/849687/portfolio/menu-cover

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This is really beautiful work by Nadine Faour for JWT Bahrain. The beautiful illustrative style of the menu is almost “storybook” in its graphical appeal and leads the viewer on a wonderful culinary journey. The overall branding of this Bahrain sushi restaurant is so precise and synergized – starting with their menus and finishing with their custom take-out packaging.

Original source: http://nadinefaour.deviantart.com/

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I’m pretty certain that a pub menu has never looked so good! This is a complicated menu with many price-points and products that has been laid-out in a really easy-to-follow and original way by Colombian designer, Juan Urrego. By using price dots and other graphical touches, he has presented a non-typical menu that looks exciting and appealing.

Original source: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Windsor-Pub-Menu/6176857

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The distressed and rusted look of  these menus align with its history of the location of this former warehouse in Singapore. It immediately conjures European design and style for this Gastropub.

 Original source: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Table-N-1/560190

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These menus for Sissy’s Southern Kitchen are beautifully designed and illustrated in a colorful retro style  - fun, whacky, and a favorite with squirrels and chickens!

Original source: http://www.underconsideration.com/artofthemenu/archives/sissys_southern_kitchen.php

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Another colorful, funny, and fun menu design. This Swedish Mexican restaurant is branded to ensure that you have a good time.

Original source: http://www.underconsideration.com/artofthemenu/archives/sissys_southern_kitchen.php

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Sometimes you just have to go simple and stylish with your menus, as shown by the designer of this menu for Chez Lionel in Canada. This “hands-on” stamping style design gives a wonderfully hand-crafted feel.

Original source: http://www.underconsideration.com/artofthemenu/archives/chez_lionel.php

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This menu for The Catch in Singapore looks like a fascinating cookery magazine! The playful magazine-style cover with catchy headlines  sets the tone for each delicously photographed spread inside.

Original source: http://www.underconsideration.com/artofthemenu/archives/fish_and_co.php

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These are Individually hand-painted and bound menus for the Picasso Cafe in Oklahoma. They reflect the idea of hand-made and “artistic food”.

Original source: http://www.underconsideration.com/artofthemenu/archives/picasso_cafe.php

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What! Twenty not enough for ya’! Okay!  You twisted our arm! Here’s twenty more restaurant menu designs for your inspiration:

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4 Responses to “20 Tasty Restaurant Menu Designs”

  1. Eric Says:

    Sonic, Red Robin – these are tasty restaurant menu designs.

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  2. chips zynga Says:

    i was beginning to presume i may well be the sole human being that cared about this, at least currently i acknowledge i’m not ridiculous :) i’ll be sure to see some various other articles just after i get a tad of caffeine in me, it is really very hard to read without my coffee, I was really late last evening practicing zynga poker and after having a few beers i wound up losing all my facebook poker chips adios for now :)

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  3. Maurice Kindermann Says:

    Great list! Not enough cafe menu inspiration posts out there.

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