Trying to come up with a high-impact, low-cost way to give your restaurant a breath of [deliciously yummy] fresh air? Take a few moments to DIY a completely-customized and professional menu redesign. MyCreativeShop employs designers who are always hungry to create the next great restaurant menu template. Order up one of their creations, then use our online design kitchen to fill in all the key details – your logo, signature dishes, and other menu items. You can also take advantage of the menu redux to pare down your less popular offerings and add in a few new soon-to-be favorites. Send your finished carte du jour to your local print shop or let us deliver a hot and fresh stack of brand-new menus to your waiting hands.
Crafting a menu for your restaurant involves a number of moving components. Since we dive deep into all things menu in our post “How to Make A Menu: The Ultimate Guide,” this response will provide the practical steps to execute a great restaurant menu design. After reading our guide, gather together an organized list of all the dishes and offerings you plan to include in your menu, along with names, descriptions, and prices that follow the recommendations we share. As with any marketing design project, you should have a solid understanding of your establishment’s branding strategy before embarking on a new creative endeavor. With all this in hand, look over the various restaurant menu templates we have to offer, filtering by size, style, and folds. Choose the one that meets your needs, then employ your signature brand color palette, insert your logo and restaurant name, and use our text box tools to replace all of the sample dishes, prices, and descriptions with your own. We also uncovered a few menu secrets that you should consider when you layout and design your menu. Keeping in mind that all elements of your menu should come together to tell your story, add in any additional original content or images necessary to share that story with your customers. Select a font or two that fits your branding and personality, and easily insert any additional items (shapes, arrows, icons, etc.) if needed. Once you’ve made all the customizations you intend to, proofread diligently (obvious typos are never professional) before printing with us or anywhere else you like.
There are a myriad of ways to lay out a restaurant menu, so you’ll need to decide for yourself what works best for you. With that said, we have some really create resources that we've developed for you.
1. For an overview of menu creation, check out our article How to Make A Menu: The Ultimate Guide.
2. For a detailed list of incredibly helpful insights into the menu layout process, take a look at our article 9 Menu Secrets Every Restaurant Owner Should Know. Highlights include organizing your dishes into a logical progression (beginning with starters and moving naturally into each successive course) and following the natural flow of the readers’ eyes (upper left to upper right, then center) when deciding on placement of high-profit dishes. Providing the reader with fewer options also streamlines the decision-making process and makes it more likely that your more profitable dishes will be selected. Call-out boxes and other methods of highlighting those offerings that are your best earners are also effective tools in the menu layout process. Also, a lot can be learned by having another set of eyes look over your menu and provide feedback. Armed with our tips and your know-how, you can create a menu layout that earns its keep!