Menu Design

Many graphic designers on Upwork have a specialty in bar menu design. They have an eye for powerful design for bar menus, and also know what will look professional and enticing on social media. Drink menus are designed to promote specific menu items, like happy hour or new cocktails. While graphic designers can create custom bar menus, they can also provide bar menu templates with custom fonts and sections. For clients who want to be able to use a similar cocktail menu consistently with new menu items, it may make sense to purchase a template from a bar menu designer. When searching for a bar menu design in Upwork, use the Project Attributes search functionality to narrow it down to “Bar.” In Upwork, graphic designers who specialize in bar menu design provide examples of past cocktail and bar menus they’ve worked on and downloadable templates they have available.

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Menu Design FAQ

How do you design a restaurant menu?

A great graphic design using professional typography can create a standout menu design that will leave diners hungry for everything on the menu. To get started, it’s important to decide what type of menu you will need. Is it a menu board that you typically see at a fast-food restaurant or on the side of a food truck? Maybe you need a restaurant flyer that lists your appetizers, entrées, kids’ menu, drinks, and other options. Will it be a cocktail menu, a bar menu, or a café menu? Once you decide what type of menu items you plan to feature, you’ll be able to work with a designer to create a mock-up of your restaurant menu in no time.

What can I use to design a menu?

If you want to design your own restaurant menu, make sure that the menu layout on your mock-up has all the information you think is important. Once that is decided, you’ll need to choose the design elements that will work best for your menu. You will also need to decide on the colors you want to use to make your menu stand out.

When you’ve made those decisions, you’re ready to start the formal design process. You can do that by adding your content into graphic design programs such as Canva and Adobe Spark. If you don’t know how to use those programs, you can find tutorials online to help you.*

*Upwork is not affiliated with and does not sponsor or endorse any of the tools or services discussed in this section. These tools and services are provided only as potential options, and each reader and company should take the time needed to adequately analyze and determine the tools or services that would best fit their specific needs and situation.

What is the specific tool in a restaurant where we design a menu?

If you’re looking for a restaurant menu maker to design your menu, you simply need a computer or handheld device with an internet connection. With those specific tools, you can upload your content and your own logos and drop it into menu templates found in programs such as Adobe Spark and Canva. From there, you select your menu layout—whether it’s going to be a restaurant flyer, for instance, or an elegant menu or a catering menu that folds into a trifold. The possibilities are endless.*

*Upwork is not affiliated with and does not sponsor or endorse any of the tools or services discussed in this section. These tools and services are provided only as potential options, and each reader and company should take the time needed to adequately analyze and determine the tools or services that would best fit their specific needs and situation.

What is a menu designer?

A menu designer is a skilled graphic designer who will help you create a professional menu that stands out. To find the right menu designer for you, all you have to do is search your favorite social media channels or look for one on sites such as Upwork.

In your search, you’ll find designers who would be happy to create a menu for you with a minimalist design or a menu packed full of beautiful images and descriptions. With your ideas, theme, and restaurant offerings, the right designer will create the best restaurant menu for you.