12 Best Restaurant Website Designs in 2023

12 Best Restaurant Website Designs in 2023
Article by DesignRush DesignRush
Last Updated: February 15, 2023

The hospitality industry contributes $3.41 trillion per year to the global economy.

Businesses belonging to this very competitive industry must appeal to prospective customers and instill trust in them in order to get a slice of the pie. And there’s no better way to do both than with an effective online presence created by one of the finest web design companies on the market. 

We’re about to take a closer look at the best hotel & restaurant website designs that combine leisure and business with their holistic, user-centric approach.

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1. Aavya Indian Cuisine By Netilly

 Aavya restaurant website
[Source: Aavya Indian Cuisine]

Standout features:

  • Splendid food photography
  • Consistency in visual style throughout
  • A very simple font

The website for Aavya Indian Cuisine restaurant was designed and developed by Netilly. The colorful splendor of Indian dishes is immediately on display, as several hi-res, professionally shot food photos – set against the dark table, for better effect – provide the appetizing intro to the user journey.

Scrolling down, the alternating black and white backgrounds with contrasting sans-serif font complement more mouthwatering images, all arranged in different areas of the screen. The CTAs retain the simplicity of the website and are merely a larger font in gold color.

The interactive food menu makes good use of space and loads different meals on the same page with consistent visual style and impact. The obligatory “Order Online” button is present in the main menu and the call-to-action is at the very bottom of the page.

The menu navigation isn’t sticky but uses large fonts and enough links to provide an easy user journey that doesn’t confuse and overwhelm.

2. Kaat Mossel By Twisted Stranger

Kaat Mossel restaurant website
[Source: Kaat Mossel]

Standout features:

  • Motion effects
  • Diversity of content types
  • A large-scale menu

Kaat Mossel is a restaurant in Rotterdam, The Netherlands that specializes in mussels and seafood. Twisted Stranger has designed a website that uses micro-animations and motion effects to breathe life into a very diverse layout that doesn’t shy away from displaying content in numerous ways.

A motion effect hero image above the fold opens the user journey, while a very prominent, large main menu stays for the duration of the user’s visit. Also, the menu items are numbered, giving a unique feel to the navigation bar.

A series of recent news and events follow the homepage, with images that load with a "floating” effect. Their brand video, Instagram feed, opening hours, and reservation info round up the content on the homepage.

The Kaat Mossel website uses a color gradient effect, both on the dark grey main menu and the shades of green in the brand logo.

3. Salvo Cacciatori By Innova Studio

Salvo Cacciatori restaurant website
[Source: Salvo Cacciatori]

Standout features:

  • Photo-oriented website
  • Minimalist, white space design
  • Fast page loading speeds

Salvo Cacciatori, a traditional Italian restaurant on the gorgeous Ligurian coastline, is a visually-oriented affair conceived and delivered by Innova Studio. Mostly minimalistic with its design elements consisting of white space and thin lines, the website speaks through its images.

A massive photo of a restaurant's flagship dish permeates the area above the fold. It also blends in well with the whiteness of the rest of the website. Images dominate each area of the website as the user journey continues toward the footer.

A very elegant sans-serif typeface is used in the main menu for logos and menu items. A different, sturdier type is present in the written content, while subtle animated text appears on the image above the fold. Meanwhile, the CTAs are simple squares that do not differ from the rest of the written content.

The mega menu opens from the top left corner and features even more close-up photos of dishes on the left and key links on the right.

4. Le Sirenuse Hotel Positano By Positioner

La Sireneuse Hotel and Restaurant
[Source: La Sirenuse]

Standout features:

  • Classy typography
  • Mega menu with listed amenities
  • Homepage as a display of historical endorsements

Le Sirenuse, a luxurious hotel and resort in Positano, the quaint tourist spot on the Amalfi Coast, has a website worthy of the location’s glitz and excitement. Created by Positioner, its smooth scrolling, videos embedded in the background and classy fonts are on-brand and fitting for the establishment.

Inspirational quotes from famous people who visited Positano and a concise display of existing amenities in a carousel gallery are the main visual elements on the page. The toned-down colors muted beige and off-white, contribute to the dark grey serif font’s elegance.

The navigation bar consists of the “Menu” button to the left and the “Book” button to the right. The former opens a mega menu across the entire screen where a list of specific services, products, and information are found.

Clicking on “Book” opens a new page with a striking form and calendar. With no scrolling required, the page lets the user choose their preferred currency from the dropdown before committing to booking a room.

5. Praia Art Resort By Mediasoul

Praia Art Resort website
[Source: Praia Art Resort]

Standout features:

  • The elegant combination of colors
  • An interesting variety of content types
  • Massive fonts in the main copy

Next on the list of our restaurant's web design is another Italian resort, but this time on the Ionian Sea coast and with a website produced by Mediasoul. Large serif fonts, images of various sizes, videos and looping gifs – these are the often-repeated elements set against the austere and stylish site skeleton.

The hamburger menu icon in the top left opens an extensive list of amenities available at this establishment. The “Book Now” CTA opens a page in a new window with a four-step booking procedure. Above the fold, a lengthy, looping video of the resort’s environment entices the visitor.

Its content variety makes for an engaging UX, as white and copper form the main colorway for the website.

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6. The Garden Society By JDD Agency

The Garden Society website
[Source: The Garden Society]

Standout features:

  • An understated design above the fold, a bolder approach below
  • A complex, intricate logo
  • A speedy UI

A unique social setting that reconnects customers with nature in its cultivated and discerning form, The Garden Society website by JDD Agency embraces the utmost simplicity and consistent use of nature’s visual elements.

A very light shade of mint green sets the tone for what is an understated design overall, with the only ornament being the brand’s logo at the top. It separates the main navigation into two distinct halves, with plenty of space in between.

This white space philosophy continues throughout, with images and videos displayed mostly on a narrow, rectangular screen. The colors get somewhat bolder down the line, with olive green and dark red breaking the established order. Large boxes with stylish, modern fonts denote the premise’s main attractions.

7. Burger & Sauce By Paperock

Burger & Sauce restaurant website
[Source: Burger & Sauce]

Standout features:

  • Beautiful use of accent colors
  • A multi-location delivery information
  • Large, appetizing images of food

Burger & Sauce is a chain of fast-food restaurants in Birmingham, UK. A Paperock-designed website embodies the laidback, fun nature of this type of popular food: it is hip, casual and amusing while making sure to provide enough eye candy to tease the taste buds.

It opens with a decidedly black-and-white screen, with the only colored element being the food at the center as the user rotates them in a carousel gallery. The highlighted menu item comes in its own color, so every few seconds, a homepage takes on a slightly new look.

Beneath this section, a more elaborate approach gains traction as large photos in various settings take the stage. Video and hand-written testimonials provide some variety. And when the user is ready to order, the main navigation sports a mega menu approach in the Delivery section.

8. Gage Hotel By EyeLikeDesign

Gage Best Hotel website
[Source: Gage Hotel]

Standout features:

  • Striking photography above the fold
  • A logical structure of a homepage funnel
  • Book Now CTA is always on page

EyeLikeDesign’s website design for Gage Hotel begins by displaying the lavish courtyard exterior of the luxury establishment. Hovering over the three succinctly titled CTAs – “Stay,” “Explore” or “Dine” – loads equally stunning images of the hotel’s other amenities, including its rustic interior.

The logo and menu icons in white provide transparency and space for the images to come to full force. Opening the menu spreads the entire site link structure across the screen in a slick animation.

Scrolling down reveals an orderly arrangement of text and images that follow a logical sequence of a user journey down the sales funnel. These elements are a bit large, making them easy to read and understand on all devices.

9. Laurie Raphaël By Agence Minimal

 Laurie Rephael restaurant website
[Source: Laurie Raphael]

Standout features:

  • Vertical sticky navigation
  • Smooth page load animations
  • A two-tone color scheme

Laurie Raphaël, a restaurant serving specialties of the Quebec region, is a unique creation of Agence Minimal. A distinct combination of copper letterings against a dark grey background is as remarkable as the site’s sticky, vertical menu navigation on the right side of the browser window.

Large-font messaging and looping videos greet the visitor before they embark on a user journey towards the large-scale reservation CTA down at the footer. In this journey, they encounter a healthy mix of textual and visual content displayed in an unorthodox manner.

The links in the main menu open with a smooth animation which makes it feel as if they’re actually opening them on the same page.

10. Dome Experience By Matbold

Dome Experienced hotel website
[Source: Dome Experience]

Standout features:

  • A horizontal progress bar
  • Drag-to-begin engager that starts the experience
  • Plenty of transition animations

An animated website that is Dome Experience, signed by Matbold, is quite complex in its arrangements, motion effects and elements that rarely find their place on websites, such as a user progress bar (vertical at that).

The UX begins once the user drags the horizontal “handle” on the homepage to kick off the journey. Moving past the stunning opening image, the visitor goes past the clean color elements, photos, black CTA boxes, while the progress bar tracks their whereabouts on the site.

The main menu navigation initiated from the top right corner also opens across the entire screen, with an added background effect.

11. Avoriaz - Visite Virtuelle by poppr

Avoriaz hotel website
[Source: Avoriaz]

Standout features:

  • Google Street-style UX
  • Interactive 180-degree overview
  • Hi-res images and virtual tour

The website for Avoriaz Resort, designed by poppr, begins with a split-screen showcase of the hotel during winter and summer. The visitor, hovering over each, starts the animation on each half as well as the text overlay effect.

Clicking on either opens a website with amenities and offerings for each season. The website showcases the aerial 180-degree, sweeping overview of the location with hotspots for showing information about the specific amenity. 

Clicking on each hotspot transports the visitor - Google Street-style - to each location by zooming into it and providing additional information about available activities.

12. Setouchi Cominca Stays by Cinra

Setouchi hotel website
[Source: Setouchi]

Standout features:

  • Sliding menu from the right
  • Blended in CTAs
  • Japan-inspired aesthetics

A restaurant web design for this Japanese resort, created by Cinra agency, opens with a smooth transitioning carousel gallery of tranquil locations accompanied by a logo and white text that sits unobtrusively atop the imagery.

Minimal use of content, imagery, and text - akin to Japanese aesthetics - along with plenty of white space follow. The large, full-screen images, a map of the location, and numerous moving elements comprise the rest of the homepage.

The menu with destinations opens from the left in a nice sliding effect. The CTAs blend in well with the surroundings with their unassuming design.

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