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10 Most Appetizing Restaurant Menu Card Design

Roy Millar by Roy Millar Tweet - in Menu Design - 7 min read

Menu Card Design

Menu Card Design is one of the most important advertising tool for every restaurant. Customers can gauge quality standards and personality of a restaurant by seeing its menu card. So, you need to have a well-designed menu card in place to entice your diners.

Restaurant business is huge in the U.S. According to restaurant.org, the U.S annual sales in the restaurant industry are $799 billion. This industry employs 14.7 million people. There are more than 1 million restaurants in the U.S. But there is a lot of competition too. You have to compete with many new and established restaurants in your vicinity. So, your unique marketing activities to promote your food items and services will be crucial. Pay attention also to your menu card design that is the first thing a customer see at the table. You can make a good first impression if the card design is impressive.

Colorful and nice presentation of food items always plays a vital role in making the dishes appear more sumptuous and appetizing. Keeping this in mind, many hotels and restaurants lay much stress on the creativity and uniqueness of their menu card design.

Every restaurant has its own way of branding it’s services and delicacies. But they all pay heed to their menu design to make it look unique and memorable.

Here Are 10 Most Appetizing Restaurant Menu Card Design

01. Big Steak Cordon Bleu

Colorful and lively pictures of dishes in this menu card design are aligned across the two corners. The images of burgers are deliberately kept huge in size in order to lure the customers and to evoke hunger. The entire key ingredients peeping through the servings highlight the card’s true design USB!

Big Steak Cordon Bleu

02. The Inside

This menu design is unique due to its lengthy shape. The designer choose to pick just one color as part of efforts to make the design look unique. Such strategic choice of colors can make any graphic design look memorable.

There is a lot of space left vacant between the text to highlight the text. It is also a customer-friendly menu card design due to small card size.

The Inside

03. Kulirma

A simple yet royal looking Kulirma menu card design is decorated with only few images of dishes. The natural colors of foods has made the card look unique.
The red color of the dishes against the brown background and lots of space across the card is the chief attraction of this card design.

Kulirma

04. Dunkin Donuts

A purpose of incorporating many colors in this menu design is to lure the customers with a lot of dishes. This makes it harder for the foodies to settle down for only one or two tasty dishes! Clear bifurcation of veg, non-veg, donuts, ice creams and other fancies draws customers’ attention to their choice of dishes. It would be good if your menu card colors match with your restaurant logo colors.

Dunkin Donuts

05. BLOCkhouse

This menu has vintage style coloring and subtle backgrounds. The designer has incorporated white in larger amount to spell sophistication and luxury. The classic patterns designed around the food items also give the touch of elegance to the menu card design and make it more attractive. Menu card design such as this is also an example of colors play a key role in graphic design.

BLOCkhouse

06. City Dinner Express

This menu card design highlights the restaurant’s main serving omelet pictorially. The design makes the toppings options appear on a red base. Thus, the designer has tried to capture the true dining essence of non-vegetarian foods. The use of formal sans serif typeface makes design unique and help create informal and friendly environment in the restaurant.

City Dinner Express

07. Applebee’s Anywhere

There are only three big images of dishes served in this menu design. These images catch the attention immediately. Then, these images help in drawing the attention to the names of the dishes and their prices in small text.

restaurant menu design

This menu is also an excellent example of a neat and simple design layout. Despite so many dishes mentioned, the menu is still easily readable and catches customer’s eyes easily. But make sure that your simple menu design in sync with your restaurant website design for online customers.

08. Healthy Dinner Finder

The designer used contrasting colors red and black to highlight main offering from the restaurant. Delicious dishes are highlighted within the circles. The designer has effectively used every inch of the space up to corner of the menu card design.

Healthy Dinner Finder

This delivers a rich enticing look to the card. White color gives relief to the eyes and helps in reading the menu text easily. Also, use of red and a hint of yellow in the subheadings give the menu a unique look.

09. Lemenocell

This is another example of a simple and elegant menu card design. There are selected images of dishes and their perfect blending with the restaurant interiors. Restaurant detailing makes the card appear really attractive. The pictures of the restaurant interior plus the food items give assurance of good service to the customers.

Lemenocell

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10. Luna E Pomodoro

It is a simple but excellent menu design. The layout is entirely in white and provides contrast for black typeface of the text. Use of red and yellow in patches catches the attention more toward the design.

Besides these remarkable menu designs, you may also be interested in some more inspirational menu card designs. Here we present you menu designs created by professional graphic designers from Designhill. Designhill is a leading graphic design crowdsourcing platform that lets clients launch their design contests to meet their designing needs.

Luna E Pomodoro

They can pick a winning design from dozens of design entries from many talented designers. If none of the design meets your requirements, you can get refunds from the site under its 100% Money Back Guarantee scheme.

01. Ras-Al-Khaimah

This is an amazing menu card design for its proportional layout. All the small images of dishes are attractively lined in the same size. This gives a unique look to the menu card. Despite so many images and text, the design still looks neat and clean. The reader does not get stuck to a place, and instead easily scans the entire menu easily before placing an order.

Ras-Al-Khaimah

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02. Choza Taqueria

The client wanted a menu card to prominently display it in all the stores. The design brief said that colors should be consistent with the restaurant’s brand logo. The designed menu card meets these requirements perfectly.

Choza Taqueria

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The design makes use of just one color which is taken from the brand logo color and it avoids typical design approach such as step1 and step 2 approach that many menu cards follow when helping customers choose dishes. It surely is a memorable menu card for its simple layout.

Conclusion

Menu card designs are crucial to the success of a restaurant business. The card design must be cleanly laid out so that every information catches the customer’s eyes. There must be a judicious use of colors, typefaces, and most importantly images. Despite a lot of images and text, the card should look an attractive design.

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Roy Millar

Roy Miller is a visual artist and spends most of his time conceptualizing off-the-rack designs at popular crowdsourcing company, Designhill. In addition, he's a social media enthusiast,online market analyst and blogger. When not writing, he loves spending his time playing video games and watching sci-fi movies! Twitter

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  • AH

    These are poor examples of optimal menu designs. This is what happens when clients rely on cheaper designers to produce output. Disappointing compilation.

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