Cooking Up a Comparison of the Best Restaurant Themes for WordPress in 2015
In a business as competitive as the restaurant and bar business, a well-designed and functional website is a must. Staying ahead of the competition means implementing cutting-edge marketing and media strategies, and this all starts with your website.
Why choose a WordPress restaurant theme instead of a generic or multi-purpose theme? These themes are built specifically for attracting, communicating and engaging your potential clients, with a number of plugins you can use to save time and attract new business.
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With almost unlimited WordPress restaurant themes to choose from, we have compared them for you and delivered the best.
Our Criteria for Choosing the Best Theme
With each category of themes I compare, I assume that the end-user is not a WordPress pro. Therefore, in addition to functionality, I pay attention to how responsive the theme author is to customer comments, as well as how easy I think it would be for a WP beginner to purchase, install and customize each theme. With that in mind, here are my criteria:
- Ease of customization
- Included plugins
- Author support
- Update frequency
- Included Layouts
- Buyer rating and comments
Rarely do I include a theme in my comparisons that is too new to have a customer rating. I made an exception with this theme for two reasons. First, this is one of the most dynamic restaurant themes I could have imagined, and second, the theme author, HighGrade, has an excellent author rating (4.57) over all of their portfolio.
Tavern is an incredibly attractive, flexible restaurant theme. For anything but the biggest bar, cafe or restaurant, this theme will be more than sufficient. The theme is retina-ready and fully responsive, as all themes should be.
Included with the theme is OpenTable for reservations, an easy-to-customize menu page, SliderRevolution (my favorite) and Visual Composer for easy design, as well as Woocommerce for easy online ordering.
This cutting-edge theme passes the Google mobile-friendly test, which means that all text is readable without zooming, all links and buttons can be tapped easily, and no horizontal scroll. I cannot think of any category that this would be more important than a restaurant website.
Demo content is simple to install, Tavern is WPML compatible for easy multilingual translation, and Contact Form 7 is integrated, so a monthly newsletter or menu change can be easily sent to all of your clients.
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The theme author, HighGrade, provides free lifetime support, makes theme updates available at least once a month, and responds quickly to support requests. With any new theme, there will be the occasional bug or fix to repair, but from reading the theme comments, the author responds quickly and the purchasers seem very satisfied.
Overall, Tavern is a superior theme for any restaurant, cafe or bar that is ready to take it to the next level.
This theme is $58 – Check it out
Looking for something a little simpler and easy to use? BBQ, authored by NiceThemes, is a great restaurant theme if you want something a little more structured with a few less options. This simple-to-use theme has a multi-column layout, with an emphasis on white space and bold color accents.
You have virtually unlimited font choices with an included 500 or so Google fonts, and there is a nice home page slider. Color change is made easy with a click-to-select color picker in theme options, and there is a well-designed contact page with integrated Google maps.
The author includes free support and updates, and responds to client support tickets quickly. Updates seem to occur each month, and the theme rating (4.47) is extremely high for this category of theme.
If you are searching for an easy but fairly flexible theme that will get you on line quickly, at a bargain price, you cannot go wrong with BBQ theme.
This theme is $40 – Check it out
Capella, from theme author ThemeGoods, is an extremely attractive and functional WordPress restaurant theme, with the ability to customize almost anything in the theme through the theme options panel.
Capella is an extremely attractive and classy theme design, with parallax scrolling and multiple layouts built in to make the design your own. There are three built-in menu layouts, as well as a reservation and contact form included, so once the customer sends a reservation request, it appears instantly in your email.
This theme comes with the ability to create special events, and these are filterable and shareable easily by your customers. Of course the design is retina-and-mobile-ready, and design is done through a simple drag and drop content builder for quick launch of your website.
The author, ThemeGoods, provides consistent and quick lifetime support, and frequent updates to the theme. They are a Themeforest Elite author, with over 87k themes sold, and they have a high author rating over all themes in their portfolio.
Capella is definitely one of the best restaurant themes on the market, and will suit any restaurant, cafe, bar, deli or other food-related business.
Capella is $58 – Check it out
Though these three themes are all designed for the same category, as you can see they all offer very different benefits and features to the business owner. BBQ is a theme designed for someone with just a little WP experience that wants their site up and running quickly. Capella is much more elegant, designed for the pricier and full-service restaurant, with more customization and layout features.
The winner of this comparison, though, is Tavern. Hands down, this is the theme that all future themes are going to have to compete with. The design of the Tavern theme shows that the author thought of every small detail while designing it. From including OpenTable to integrating WooCommerce, this theme truly gives the restaurant or bar owner everything they need to increase business and beat the competition.
Winner – Tavern
Know of a great restaurant theme that I did not mention? Leave a comment and let me know! Need help building and installing your WordPress restaurant theme? Check out our partners at WPSupportCenter.