It’s not a standard in WordPress space to provide full-blown or bespoke solutions for small-to-middle size businesses like restaurants or hotels, but the number of such solutions is growing.
Moreover, even without ready-made tools, it’s still possible to find a great combo of different plugins! Extensibility is one of the biggest advantages of WordPress and you can benefit from it when building a WordPress restaurant ordering system or just an interactive restaurant menu.
So, we are going to talk about some cool WordPress plugins for restaurants and cafes – WordPress menu plugins, a table reservation system and more. Some are more or less ultimate solutions and others perform individual tasks. Let’s dive in!
WordPress Food Menu Plugin by MotoPress
Pricing: free with premium addons
Demo powered by Oceanica Lite theme
A great WordPress food menu plugin for creating an interactive restaurant or cafe menu on WordPress. It’s a free plugin that apart from helping you in building the menu, supports PayPal and Cash on delivery payment methods for selling food and beverages online (all free of charge.)
Its main advantages are in the variety of stylish layouts (grid, list and simple list, multiple columns), responsive design and lots of other great features. The menu items can be also properly categorized and displayed with different tags.
One of the growing food trends is ‘’obsession with health” so the prospects may find the “Nutrition info” section really useful – it can be easily added with this plugin. If you are building a site for a client, they will definitely like this feature.
The plugin is based on shortcodes, but a user-friendly shortcode generator is also there to ease your work – so you’ll simply need to tick the buttons like ‘how many columns to display’, ‘grid or list’, ‘categories to display’, etc. The plugin is integrated with MotoPress Content Editor – WordPress Page Builder if you want to edit and customize the menu items visually.
The plugin is free, but if you need some specific sort of functionality like WordPress Food ordering system with a delivery service or Toppings option (allows clients to customize the orders by adding ingredients or side dishes to the meal), you may optionally get these premium extensions for this Restaurant Menu plugin.
This is a popular solution among premium WordPress food menu plugins that combines two important features – building the menu and a table reservation service. It offers creative responsive design and some useful bookings management options.
Each of the options comes with a well thought-out customization and design toolkit, so you may create a simple list of your menus as well as more visual ones with images. Overall, you can choose from boxed style menu, grid menu, tabbed style menu, several featured styles menu layout, etc. The lightbox style menu item showing Ingredients, nutrition info and other important details are also available and look pretty cute.
The plugin also comes packaged with great custom font icons to make your menu even more unique and attractive.
If you want to automate a table reservation service, the plugin is ready to do this task as well. Guests can send through reservation requests and the management staff can view, approve or add bookings manually.
Using this plugin you may customize the colors of your menu, select custom menu icons, choose from different menu types, add locations for your restaurant or cafe if there are multiple ones, categorize menus, customize the reservation submission form fields, set the notifications, etc.
Overall, this premium plugin looks like a pretty ultimate solution for building a restaurant WordPress site.
Pricing: free with paid addons
If you go with any free WordPress restaurant dedicated plugin for creating a restaurant menu, this free reservation plugin can be a good complementary tool to add important piece of functionality to your website and at the same time not to lose a dime.
The plugin is very advanced in functionality – you may use for basic operations like approving or rejecting reservations, sending email notifications and restricting booking time. For example, you may set the system to automatically block reservation option when you are closed or during holiday periods.
This WordPress reservation plugin also allows to set custom user roles for managing bookings, accept bookings at multiple locations and even ban abusive customers.
As for paid extensions, you might get any of the following ones: Custom fields for Restaurant Reservations, Email Templates for Restaurant Reservations, Bookings Export to PDF and Excel/CSV files and more.
Pricing: free with premium addons
RestaurantPress is a nice WordPress plugin for restaurant and cafe menus, it comes with responsive design and many simple layouts. You’ll be able to show your menu in a single-column, two-column or grid layout. The plugin is widgets ready, so you may display your menu even in a sidebar.
If you want to display each menu items with multiple images, you may use a built-in image gallery to showcase the menu items in the best light.
The plugin also allows to categorize the menus by their types (for example, courses or holiday menus.) It’s pretty handy in setting up and customizing, so even non-techs should deal with the task well.
If you want to sell your menu items online, you’ll need to purchase additional WooCommerce integration addon ($39 for one site) that will allow you to enable any payment gateway.
Pricing: free with paid subscription
Another restaurant reservations plugin alternative, which is free. It’s not that popular as the one by Theme of the Crop we mentioned above, but also offers a good bunch of useful options.
In addition to accepting online reservations, this reservation system shows free available space at the specific time, so you can make the whole bookings managements process more automated.
If you need more features like maximum available seats for online reservations by weekday, setting open times, support for multiple places, customizable notification emails, you can proceed with a paid subscription.
There is nothing more powerful than ‘crowd wisdom’ when it comes to evaluating the product or service before paying for it. So you’ll most likely need to use a review system, which will help you keep transparent relationship with your prospects.
One of great free solutions is Good Reviews for WordPress. It adds reviews and testimonials to the posts, pages and widgets using Schema markup, which is great for proper search engine rankings.
You can customize the reviews and make them more personalized by adding reviewer’s photos, numbered ratings, customize the appearance of reviews.
But bear in mind that this plugin doesn’t allow guests to submit reviews. If you need to post reviews submitted by guests, consider a free WP Customers Review plugin.
Pricing: free with paid features
All types of various restaurant establishments should provide website visitors with proper and instant contact information. That’s why so many restaurant and cafe websites feature not only basic contact info, but also indicate their location on the map.
The plugins like Google Maps Easy makes the process of displaying your info on the map even easier, in a more beautiful way.
The plugin allows to use map markers with media descriptions, add locations by searching or coordination. Import and Export features for your markers and locations are also available.
If you need more customization freedom and features, check out the following paid options of the plugin: heatmap layer, front-end and maps markers editing, slider mode for Google map markers, and more.
All the WordPress food menu plugins listed can work great as standalone solutions with any WordPress theme. To build a menu, you can safely use the FoodPress plugin. If you need to create a menu and also sell food and beverages online, MotoPress Restaurant Menu plugin is a great choice (no extra cost for accepting online payments). Restaurant Reservations can be a better solution if you’re on budget, but want to enable a table reservation service. If you want to collect authentic reviews, WP Customers review is a great solution. But you need to add reviews yourself, Good Reviews for WordPress is a nice and neat plugin.
By the way, do you use any of these or WordPress food menu plugins on your or your client’s website? Have you found a perfect combo for your needs in this post? Share your knowledge and experience.