The 20 Best Restaurant Websites of 2023
January 3, 2023
Our annual roundup of the internet's best restaurant websites.
Each year we put together a list of our favorite restaurant websites based on a set of criteria: overall design, attention to detail and the unique features that restaurants use to create a powerful first impression to visitors and drive critical revenue. Presenting the best restaurant websites of 2023.
New York, NY | sona-nyc.com
Priyanka Chopra Jonas is an Indian actress, singer and film producer. In 2021, she added the title "restaurateur" to her resume with the opening of SONA in NYC’s Flatiron District, which seeks to "reimagine the wonders of Indian fare in a space that evokes a bygone era of a boisterous yet elegant India." What’s interesting about SONA’s website is that it appears as a hidden veil to a heightened, eclectic dining experience. Elegant and clean, it leaves visitor’s imagining a boisterous atmosphere full of decadent food. Browsing through their menus is one way to be transported behind the doors of SONA. Then, guests can easily book reservations directly through the website.
Denver, CO | theogdenver.com
The Original is a revered Denver-based diner from Sage Restaurant Concepts. Built on the idea of reinventing the place where locals go, this neighborhood eatery satisfies diners with imaginative twists. Their website is a great example of bringing the restaurant experience online, with quirky illustrations of malts and T-bone steaks throughout which brings the website to life. The navy border keeps guests focused while browsing menus and new happenings from inside the restaurant. The highlighted “Reservations” button is optimized to prompt visitors to book a table, thus turning an online guest into a paying customer.
Washington, DC | federalistpig.com
Federalist Pig is one of Washington, DC’s most iconic barbecue joints — so much so that it was featured in an episode of Netflix's House of Cards. Its website is a feast for the senses, including bright colors, cheeky line illustrations and mouthwatering food photography. Despite how loud and eye-catching the design system is, the site itself is clean, well-structured and easy to navigate. It shows that restaurant websites do not need to choose between making a splash and being user-friendly.
High Street Market & Deli
San Luis Obispo, CA | highstdeli.com
Built in 1927, High Street Market and Deli has been serving the community of San Luis Obispo — in between Los Angeles and San Francisco — for nearly one hundred years. Their website is modern, clean and impactful, with fun and illustrative branding spread throughout — notably on their menus. Visitors can order catering directly on their website. But best of all, for their most devoted fans, visitors can shop their online store for all kinds of branded merch and goods.
Alpharetta, GA | collettarestaurant.com
Drawing influence from Northern Italy, Colletta is a collection of unique dining experiences, just outside of Atlanta, Georgia, with a twist on treasured classics. Part of The Indigo Road Hospitality Group, Colletta’s website draws in a visitor’s attention through clean and modern design. On mobile, their website features quick call-to-action buttons to make a reservation or to call the restaurant. Visitors can easily inquire about private dining or learn about events, happy hours and more.
New York, NY | romansnyc.com
Although Roman’s has partnered with BentoBox since 2018, the beloved Brooklyn-based restaurant recently went through a website refresh (BentoBox customers receive a complimentary redesign every 3 years). Roman’s aligns itself with local farmers and producers to serve "reverent Italian-influenced food." Unpretentious and subtle, the new website features a unique, graph paper background. For brevity, the homepage immediately features the lunch and dinner menus which are updated daily. Visitors can quickly call the restaurant with one click or simply make a reservation through the integration with Resy.
Big Gay Ice Cream
NYC & Philadelphia | biggayicecream.com
With four locations in the New York area, Big Gay Ice Cream is a haven for ice cream lovers. As tasteful as its dipped cones, the website is a fun, vibrant browsing experience. With the store locator feature, visitors can quickly find the brand's nearest location and can access important information (such as FAQs about their ice cream), read about their philanthropic efforts, inquire about hosting events and purchase gift cards.
New York, NY | antonsnyc.com
Anton’s is a nostalgic New York café whose cuisine celebrates the rich culinary history of New York City with deep European influences. Their website evokes a neo-classical feel with the use of italicized serif typefaces alongside beautiful photography of their cuisine and interiors. Anton’s use of a side navigation allows visitors to quickly browse through their menus, hours and press articles. The website uses highlighted buttons as a call to action, so guests can quickly reserve a table or even to subscribe to their e-newsletters.
Vancouver, BC (Canada) | discocheetah.com
What started in 2014 as a food cart, parked on the sidewalk in front of a local Vancouver brewery, has since grown into a brick and mortar restaurant with an operating food truck. Disco Cheetah Korean Grill serves up bright, bold Korean dishes and their website embodies the radiant aspect of Korean cuisine. Visitors can inquire about booking the food truck for an event, but the most unique feature is their online ordering store with mouth-watering photography of their to-go dishes.
Los Angeles, CA | damiandtla.com
Located in Los Angeles’ Arts District — and a twin concept to New York City's celebrated Cosme — Damian is firmly rooted in Mexican culture and cuisine, with a focus on seasonality using the best of California’s produce. Chef-owner Enrique Olvera takes a new approach to how guests experience Mexican cuisine at Damian. Evidence of this is reflected in their website. Delightedly minimal in its approach, “Damian” is boldly written on the left-hand side of the desktop version of their website alongside an image showcasing their elegant, minimalist interior. Visitors navigate the site simply by scrolling, with an About section, food and drink menus and critically important location information all sharing the same space. Whether it’s to make reservations or purchase a digital gift card, visitors can do so through the website with ease.
Las Vegas, NV | chinapoblano.com
Nobel Peace Prize Nominee José Andrés has had a prolific career as a chef, restaurateur, author and activist. His relief organization, World Central Kitchen, helps feed thousands wherever disaster strikes. China Poblano is one of the latest concepts from Andrés, mixing two rich food cultures: Chinese and Mexican. The website highlights the two cultures through bright colors and symbolic and textural iconography. The Happenings page details the latest events taking place at The Cosmopolitan luxury hotel-based restaurant.
Brooklyn, NY | dinernyc.com
Diner has been one of Brooklyn’s most celebrated local restaurants over the last two decades. Owned and operated by Andrew Tarlow of the Marlow Collective, its defining feature is the 90-year-old Pullman dining car in the bar. Its website is clean and modest, with full-bleed images of the interiors that allude to the unique dining experience. A highlighted “Online Ordering” button takes visitors to their online ordering store, where they can order for pickup and delivery directly through the website.
The Tailor's Son
San Francisco, CA | thetailorssonsf.com
Adriano Paganini is the founder of BACK OF THE HOUSE, Inc, the restaurant group behind some of San Francisco’s most clouted restaurants. The Tailor’s Son is Paganini’s latest, with a menu based on the food he grew up eating in Italy. Like the group’s hospitality philosophy, the website for The Tailor’s Son is unpretentious and showcases their brand with muted textural backgrounds — all while maintaining an air of casual modernity.
Brooklyn, NY | franciebrooklyn.com
Operated by renowned chef-owner Chris Cipollone (Piora, Cotogna) and owner-operator John Winterman (Batard, Daniel), Francie is a beloved Brooklyn restaurant that delivers an approachable yet elevated dining experience. A unique characteristic of their website is their “Happenings” page, where visitors can purchase tickets online to the “Learn How To Make Pasta Like A Pro” event or to get behind the scenes and work in a real kitchen through their “Guest Chef For A Day” experience.
NYC, Jamaica & Dubai | misslilys.com
Vibrant, colorful branding brings this Caribbean-influenced staple to life online. The eclectic, cool and friendly atmosphere makes Miss Lily’s a destination for booking rum and jerk chicken fueled events. With simple-to-fill-out inquiry forms, your next island party is a record flip away.
New York, NY | opheliany.com
Ophelia is a rooftop cocktail lounge on the 26th floor of New York City’s famous Beekman Tower with 360-degree views of Manhattan. Their enchanting website brilliantly fades from dark to light gradient as visitors scroll, with animated figures and allusions to the building’s rich art deco history. The website boasts a 5-star menu from Chef Antelmo Ambrosio with expertly crafted cocktails by Amir Babayoff.
Toronto, ON (Canada) | reigntoronto.ca
A Canadian brasserie with a nod toward traditional French cuisine, Reign is one of Toronto’s most popular restaurants, positioned as “big-city flair with a hint of country nobility.” Its branding shows online. Their website exudes the sophistication a dining guest would find inside the restaurant, with grandiose imagery of dishes and rich interiors; subtle notes of the evergreen and gold color palette is in abundance. An up-to-date music page showcases its monthly live entertainment.
New York, NY | tikichick.com
Tiki is back and here to stay. Tiki Chick is the latest concept from Pickle Hospitality. The group has worked meticulously to bring unique, approachable and refreshing tiki drinks to New Yorkers. Their website directly reflects their ethos with bright colors and fun branding, transporting visitors to a tropical paradise of another time, yet evokes our modern time. Just take a look at their elaborate menus, including fun, illustrated renditions of their tiki drinks.
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