If you’re a restaurant owner, or if you own any type of food-related business, it’s safe to assume you’re busy every day creating a mouth-watering menu, hiring staff, developing relationships with your customers, locating and ordering ingredients, and maintaining your online store (if you have one).
With all of these activities keeping you engaged, building your restaurant’s WordPress website may feel like an overwhelming and daunting task — especially if you don’t have any experience with web development. But without a great website, you’re bound to miss out on valuable customers.
WordPress restaurant themes make the process of creating your site quick and easy. Restaurant themes have menu templates, reservation-making integrations, photo galleries for images of your dishes, contact pages, online stores, and more to help you efficiently build a professional site that your customers will enjoy spending time on.
The best restaurant themes for WordPress
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15 of the Best Restaurant Themes for WordPress in 2019
Whether you run a fine-dining restaurant, cafe, bistro, bakery, or bar, or if you own an online food business, there is a WordPress theme tailored to your needs. We’ve compiled this list of favorite 15 restaurant themes to help you find one that best suits your needs ... so you can get back to connecting and entertaining your customers.
Seasons is a responsive WordPress theme, meaning it adapts to the type of device and screen it’s being viewed on, whether that’s desktop, mobile, or tablet. It’s a versatile theme that can be used for almost any restaurant type including cafes, food trucks, and catering companies. The theme’s homepage has a featured image slideshow where you can add your newest and most important content, such as menu items and featured dishes for your visitors to drool over. There’s also a pre-built menu page that allows you to quickly add, update, and edit available items for your potential customers.
Resto is a theme flexible enough to be used for both restaurants and online food businesses. The theme allows you to customize different shopping pages so you can easily sell items and manage your store. Since Resto is SEO-friendly, it’s set up to help you rank on search engines like Google, get more visitors to your site and customers to your restaurant.
Butter is a restaurant theme ideal for any business that sells food online — it includes a WooCommerce integration which makes managing your e-commerce store simple. Butter also has a parallax scrolling effect feature that you can implement to create a 3D, interactive, video-like experience on your pages. There’s also a drag-and-drop page builder that you can use to quickly customize your layout, sections, and more to achieve any look or experience you’re going for.
Igloo is a great theme option for restaurants and bars. There are customizable layouts for your menus so you can easily highlight your newest, specialty items. Igloo also offers other content layouts and features to add to your site, such as a testimonial page where your leads can learn more about the positive experiences customers have had on your site and with your products. The theme has several pre-made color schemes available to choose from.
Italica is a flexible theme with six different customizable “skins” that work in a similar way to your WordPress templates to make your theme suitable for your specific restaurant type. You can apply the different skins to get a completely different look and feel. The theme offers a variety of demo content that you can review pre-install to make customization quick and easy. Italica also has an “Appointment Manager” feature that you can add to a site page so your customers can make reservations directly from your site.
Six different “skins” to customize your site
Demo content available
Appointment Manager feature to handle reservations
Benedicta is a multi-purpose theme that includes a variety of menu templates tailored towards several different types of restaurants. The theme gives you the option to include a photo gallery to share pictures of your favorite dishes. Benedicta also has site pages for your restaurant’s blog and news so you can share all of your latest updates with customers.
Nigiri is a theme specifically tailored towards seafood and sushi restaurants. The theme includes a modern, sleek, and minimalist design. There are a number of templates available that are sushi-focused and allow you to include menu item descriptions and images. The theme has an OpenTable integration so it’s easy for your customers to book reservations without having to call your restaurant.
Sage is an ideal theme for bars, bistros, and cafes, as well as businesses that sell food products online. It has a number of pre-built elements related to these types of restaurants, and an easy-to-use drag-and-drop page builder, so you’re able to design your website with minimal effort. The theme also includes a WooCommerce integration so you can easily manage your online store and product sales.
Bakes and Cakes is a theme created for — you guessed it — bakeries. It’s SEO-focused to help your site rank on search engines and drive more traffic. The theme has multiple gallery options and product pages so you can display your baked goods. Bakes and Cakes also has a template that allows you to include testimonials and rave reviews on your web pages.
Resca is a multi-purpose restaurant theme. It offers a “one-page” feature that allows you to build your entire site on a single page for a minimalist design that features only your most important content. The theme is integrated with OpenTable to ensure reservations are easy to make for your customers. Resca also includes a contact form plugin so creating a custom form for your customers is simple.
If your theme does not come with a contact form plugin and you’re looking for a simple way to add a form to your site, check out HubSpot’s WordPress Contact Form builder.
Picante is a multi-purpose WordPress theme with a “Live Visual Page Builder” feature that allows you to make changes or updates to your theme and view them in real-time. There are eight unique templates available so you can quickly begin designing (or re-designing) your site. The theme provides you with expert support so you can get the assistance you may need while working on your site.
Live page builder feature to make changes and view them in real-time
Dine is created for high-end restaurants and cafes. Each of the theme’s customizable templates come with an elegant, clean design. Dine also offers an “Off Canvas Menu” feature that provides your mobile website visitors with an easy-to-read, mobile-friendly menu. You also get access to the Google Fonts library when you become a Dine user, so you can implement any typography of your choice on your site.
Tamarind is a multi-purpose restaurant theme with a variety of pre-made templates that you can choose from. The theme includes an OpenTable integration as well as the Contact 7 Reservation Forms plugin for you to manage your reservations. There are also a variety of presentation styles that you can add to your site to uniquely display your breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus.
Pre-made theme templates
OpenTable integration and Contact 7 Reservation Forms
Tavern is a WordPress theme ideal for bistros, cafes, and bars. The drag-and-drop page builder requires no coding knowledge and includes over 60 pre-made elements that you can use to customize your site. The theme is approved by the Google Mobile-Friendly Test meaning your site will be responsive and functional for visitors browsing on-the-go.
The Flavour’s responsive design automatically changes your site’s format to fit the screen it’s being viewed on, whether that’s desktop, mobile, or tablet. There are different image slider options that you can add to your site pages so visitors are able to scroll through full-width photographs of your menu items. There are also restaurant-specific icons (typically of different food items) that visitors can click on to be redirected to a different section or page, creating an interactive and unique experience.
Sliders to display multiple, full-width images
Restaurant-specific icons for visitors to click
Back To You
No matter the type of food business you run, or the type of restaurant you own, you’ll need a WordPress theme to get your website looking and functioning the way it should to ensure a positive user experience. If, after reviewing our 15 theme recommendations, you’re still interested in considering other restaurant themes for your WordPress site, there are hundreds of options for you to browse in the WordPress theme library. Get started increasing traffic on your site, sharing your menu items, improving user experience, and easily managing your reservations by installing a restaurant theme and customizing it to your liking.
Originally published Dec 14, 2018 4:00:00 PM, updated July 12 2019