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What to Include In Your Restaurant Design Layout

What to Include In Your Restaurant Design Layout

Designing a layout for your restaurant should incorporate all the elements needed to create a message and incorporate your restaurant's theme and concept. Your restaurant layout design includes the kitchen, the dining area, the bar area, the managers office, the entrance way and even the restrooms. The layout will play a vital role in how smoothly your business will run on a daily basis and the message it conveys to your employees and customers. Investing in your restaurant layout and design will be a large part of your initial investment, but well worth it as it will convey to your customers who you are and what your restaurant has to offer.

Front of the House


The first impression will be made on your customers as they enter your restaurant. It is here that your theme and concept will be noticed. It is here that your customers will be able to view your restaurant and get a sense of what it has to offer. Designing an inviting entrance can make a huge and lasting impression on your customers.

Dining Area

Allocatiing space and designing the dining room, is another step in your restaurant design. For example, you will have to decide if you prefer one big open room or several smaller rooms Depending on the style of your restaurant, you may want to incorporate both tables and cozy booths into your design. Most important is that the dining room should have a natural flow, from the lobby to the bar to the dining room to the kitchen.

Bar Area

The bar area should fit seamlessly into the theme of your restaurant. It should be a welcoming place for guests to have a drink while waiting for a table, or be the destination of the dining experience. Decor, tables and chairs, lighting and colors will all play a role in the design and purpose of your bar.

Hostess Stations

If you have hostess stations, these should be included in your design layout. This area should be large enough to include a stand where the host/hostess can take reservations and also welcome customers. There may need to seating adjacent to the hostess area for customers to sit while waiting to for a table. This area will most likely be adjacent to the entrance.

POS System

Where you put the POS system will be part of your restaurant design. If you choose to have one by the entrance, then you will need to allot the proper space. Likewise many choose to incorporate the POS system in the bar area or the hostess stations so as not to take up additional space.


Restrooms are often underrated in restaurant designs, yet they are usually visited by most of the customers and have a huge impact on the impression your restaurant makes. They should be neatly designed, with ample space according to the size of your establishment, and they must always be clean and sanitary.

Other Items

If your restaurant has a salad bar, buffet table or server station, these must be incorporated into your restaurant design. They should be allotted appropriate space to make frequenting them comfortable for your customers. Your server stations should have enough room to accommodate server supplies, including condiments, flatware, dinnerware, napkins, and more.

Back of the House

The design and layout of the back of the house includes the kitchen, storage areas and offices.


You will want to design the kitchen so that it is highly functional for the staff and incorporates all that they will need to do their job. There should be adequate shelving to house equipment, utensils and other necessary items. You will need the proper space for ovens, ranges, steamers, fryers and other equipment. You will need sinks, dishwashing equipment and prep areas. The kitchen should be just large enough to allow employees to get their job done successfully, with ample room for movement.

Food Storage Areas

Your food storage area is very important in your restaurant. You will want ample space to keep a walk in cooler, a walk in freezer and ample dry storage space, with plenty of shelving. You will also need to have plenty of space available for all of the food and beverages that you will keep in stock.


Depending on the size of your layout, you will want to allocate some space to a managers office where the daily operations of the restaurant can be attended to. This space should be as small as possible, so as not to waste valuable revenue generating space. Additionally, you will need space for employees to keep their personal belongings, find their work schedules and a place to list other important notices.

The layout of your restaurant can determine whether or not you will attract customers. If done properly, it will help you convey the message and theme of your restaurant and make a lasting impression on your guests.

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