How To Create A Restaurant Website With WordPress: What You Need

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Need to create a restaurant website? If so, WordPress is an awesome solution that can do everything you need it to do, while still giving you the flexibility to make the exact changes that you want (that’s not always the case with Squarespace!).

In this post, I’m going to lay out everything that you need to create a restaurant website with WordPress. I’m not going to go through everything step-by-step, per se, but by the end of this post, you should have all of the knowledge that you need to get started building your own restaurant website.

The Most Important Features That Any Restaurant Website Needs

Before I get into the how, I want to give a little theory because, quite frankly, I see a lot of poorly done restaurant websites.

Here’s the skinny on restaurant websites in the modern world:

Nowadays, most Google searches are performed on mobile devices rather than desktop devices. But what’s really important is that the category where that trend is most visible is Food & Beverage.

For Food & Beverage searches, nearly three-quarters of all searches are done on mobile devices.

That means the number one thing about your restaurant website is that it needs to look awesome on mobile because that’s where most people will probably be viewing it.

Beyond that, it needs:

So the four must-haves of any restaurant website are:

  • Great mobile design
  • Quick page load times
  • An HTML menu for easy mobile browsing
  • Clear location and opening hours information

Beyond that, you might also want functionality that is specific to your restaurant like:

  • Online reservations
  • Online food ordering
  • Etc.

I’ll show you how to get those features as well.

3 Examples Of Restaurant Websites Built With WordPress

Can you create a restaurant website with WordPress that ticks all of those boxes? You betcha. Here are some great examples:

Mendocino Farms

divi restaurant example

Mendocino Farms uses the Divi theme to power its site. Read our Divi theme review for more about this flexible theme.

This one is also a good example of how you can include both a PDF and HTML menu at the same time.

The Rabbit Hole

the rabbit hole

The Rabbit Hole uses the Rosa theme, which gets a mention later on in this article.

La Pierre Qui Tourne

La Pierre Qui Tourne uses a custom theme. I just put this in to show you the types of cool websites that you can build with WordPress.

How To Create A Restaurant Website With WordPress

Below, I’ll give you a high-level look at what you need to do to create a restaurant website with WordPress.

Step 1: Get Hosting And Install WordPress

Hosting is the engine that actually powers your WordPress restaurant website.

Beyond that, hosting also affects how quickly your website loads (remember – I already told you that one of the most important features of your restaurant website is quick page load times).

For that reason, you shouldn’t just throw your website up on the cheapest host that you can find.

Instead, we recommend SiteGround when you’re getting started. Not only is SiteGround where this website is hosted (we put our money where our mouth is!), it also:

  • Is still affordable, starting at $4 per month.
  • Offers great support, which is helpful if this is your first website.
  • Gives you an option to pre-install WordPress, which makes things a lot simpler.

Check out our review of SiteGround to learn more. Then, click here to sign up and create your site.

Step 2: Choose How To Create Your Restaurant Site: 2 Options

There are two general approaches that you can take to create a restaurant website with WordPress:

  • An all-in-one restaurant theme
  • A multipurpose theme that uses plugins to add restaurant-specific functionality

The two are not mutually exclusive – even if you use a restaurant theme, you’ll still probably want to use some plugins as well.

But the difference mainly comes down to this:

  • If you choose a restaurant theme, your theme will already have built-in functionality for important restaurant details like menus, contact information, hours. Depending on the theme, you might also get online ordering and reservation functionality, as well.
  • If you choose to go the plugin route, you can still add all that functionality, you’ll just use separate plugins to do it.

So which is better? I don’t think I can answer that question.

Using a theme will usually be a bit more “plug and play”. That is, you install the theme, import the demo content, add your own information, and you’re good to go.

With that being said, you usually don’t have a ton of options for customizing how your site looks beyond the options provided by your theme.

Using the plugin route will give you more flexibility, but you’ll also have more moving parts because you’ll be bringing together different plugins under one roof.

Step 2.A: Choose Your Restaurant Theme

If you want to use a WordPress restaurant theme, the difficulty is mainly in…choosing the actual theme that you want!

There are a ton of restaurant themes out there. And, at least for me, I always struggle to choose when I have a ton of options (spoiled for choice!). You can check out a big list of WordPress restaurant themes here, but I’ve included some of my favorites below.

Rosa

  • Beautiful mobile responsive design
  • HTML menus that look great
  • Online reservation functionality
  • Online ordering through WooCommerce

Get Rosa

Elixir

  • Multiple homepage styles
  • HTML menus
  • Responsive design

Get Elixir

Berg

  • Vertical navigation that makes your location/hours super obvious
  • 6 different demos
  • HTML menu
  • Reservations

Get Berg

The Spot

the spot

  • HTML food and drink menu
  • Online reservations
  • Display reviews
  • Location/opening hours with proper schema markup

Get The Spot

What To Do Once You Choose A Theme

Once you’ve found a theme that you love:

  • Install the theme at your site
  • Import the demo content (consult your theme’s support documentation for this)
  • Customize the theme with your own details/imagery (again, your theme should provide support docs that can help you do this)

Step 2B: Choose Your Restaurant Plugins

As an alternative to choosing a WordPress restaurant theme, you can also choose a multipurpose base theme and build your own restaurant website on top of it.

While this method is a bit more involved on the design front, you don’t need to know any code to do it.

In general, here’s how I recommend that you handle things:

Use a page builder to build general layout pages like your homepage and contact page. WordPress page builders let you use a simple drag and drop interface, rather than needing to know how to code.

For this I recommend:

Elementor even has a restaurant template set that can help you import already-created designs to work from.

Build your own WooCommerce restaurant ordering system

You can accept food orders through your website by using the WordPress eCommerce platform WooCommerce to build your own WooCommerce restaurant ordering system. You’ll need the following plugin to do this:

Using the plugin, you’ll be able to accept orders through your website for delivery or takeaway. You can create a sortable table of your menu options, let customers add as many items and customizations to their carts as they like, and take payments by using WooCommerce.
This is makes for a really good low cost JustEat alternative: you’re in full control of your website, and the only fees you pay are for credit card processing – much lower than using a hosted service such as JustEat. You will need to pay for WordPress hosting and the plugin, but WordPress itself and WooCommerce are both free.
Installation and set up are very similar to what this post has already shown: you just need to add the plugin above, which lets you build a single-page order form where customers can select from your menu or “build their own” dishes based on product variations that you set. You can then accept the order and payment, have the order sent to your kitchen, and get another happy customer.
If you want to accept orders as you create a restaurant website with WordPress, this is the way to do it. You’ll find full details on creating the restaurant ordering system here.

Creating Restaurant Menus With Plugins

For your restaurant’s menu, you can actually use Elementor just fine.

Or, you can always use a dedicated restaurant menu plugin. Two good ones are:

Accepting Reservations With Plugins

To handle reservation functionality, you’ll almost certainly need a third-party plugin. A few good options are:

Check out this post for more great restaurant plugins.

Step 3: Promote Your Site And Make It Rank

Once you’ve built your restaurant site using one of the above methods (or a combination of methods), you’ll want to make sure that it ranks in Google so that whenever someone searches for your restaurant, they can easily find your official site.

To do that, I recommend that you:

Enjoy Your New WordPress Restaurant Website

If you need to create a restaurant website, you won’t find an easier, more flexible solution than self-hosted WordPress.

Whether you use themes for an easy all-in-one solution or build your site from scratch using a page builder like Elementor, you should have all the tools that you need to create an awesome WordPress restaurant website.

Have any other questions about how to create a restaurant website with WordPress? Leave a comment and I’ll try to help out!

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Colin Newcomer

Colin Newcomer

Colin Newcomer is a freelance writer and long-time Internet marketer. He specializes in digital marketing, WordPress and B2B writing. He lives a life of danger, riding a scooter through the chaos of Hanoi. You can also follow his travel blog.
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