How to Design a Restaurant Menu for Free

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How to Design a Restaurant Menu for Free
Easily create menus. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Professional designers can be costly, prohibitively so, if you are just starting out to realise your dream of having your own restaurant or helping a friend realise his dream. You can design the new restaurant's menu for free using layouts offered by websites such as Using free layouts for menus can reduce your cost while still giving you a professional-looking menu. Quickly personalise these designs by replacing the information in the layout with your restaurant's information and menu.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


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    Go to or

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    Select the free layout you want to download. From select your preferred file format for download. offers 17 different files formats for both PC and Mac, including Word, Corel, and InDesign. HP offers Word templates compatible with all versions of Word.

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    Download your selected layout. From, click "Download Now" and log in or create an account. Your free layout will download. From, select your layout, and click "Download all Microsoft Word templates."

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    Change the information in the free layout to your restaurant's information. If you chose a layout, open the program you want to work in and change the text and graphics. For HP layouts, open the file in Word, and change the graphics and text. Be specific in describing the restaurant's dishes, both to entice diners and to save the restaurant's staff from having to answer questions about ingredients.

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    Print your menus from home, or, for a more professional look, have a printing service print them for you. If you print them from home, try a card stock for a sturdier menu, or consider plastic covers to keep your menus clean and crisp.

Tips and warnings

  • Have someone proofread your menu very carefully before printing it. Most word-processing and other programs allow you to spellcheck but may not have unusual food ingredients in their dictionary and won't catch errors of punctuation, spacing or fact.

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