Craft a Mouthwatering Menu For Free

Canva’s restaurant menu maker helps you transform a handful of food photos and some saucy sentences into a complete, professional restaurant menu in just a few minutes, so you can get back in the kitchen.

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Designing a restaurant menu with Canva is as easy as boiling water

Suppose you make the greatest lasagna the world has ever known. Or your tex-mex pad thai is to die for. Finally you give in, follow the advice you’ve heard for years, and start a restaurant. What’s next?

There’s plenty to do to turn a few good recipes and a dream into a real restaurant. Give Canva some of the heavy lifting with our restaurant menu maker. With your appetizers, entrees, soups, and specials combined with Canva’s free tools, you can create a professional menu that will delight your inner foodie and impress your customers.

How to make a restaurant menu

  1. Open Canva

    Launch Canva in desktop or mobile. Sign up if you’re a new user or log in if you already have an account. Open a fresh page and either start your design from scratch or find a template that’s perfect for you.

  2. Browse templates

    Find the best restaurant menu from our library of professionally-designed templates. Use the search tools to narrow down designs in different colors, layouts and themes then start customizing.

  3. Customize your menus

    Try out elements from different templates to perfect your design. Upload and use your own logos and photos for a truly personalized menu. Tweak your fonts and color combinations in a few clicks.

  4. Try more features and add more elements

    Need more images to entice? Search our massive media library filled with free and premium stock images, illustrations and vectors. Play around with photo filters, frames and grids for the perfect layout.

  5. Publish or print

    Post your restaurant menu directly on social media using the Share option. Download and save as a PDF and print them out to be handed out to your customers.

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Keep your menu current

Have new specials or seasonal dishes? No need to start from scratch. With our customizable layouts, it’s easy to replace photos and edit text to keep your menu’s selection fresh and up to date.

After updating your menu (and maybe adjusting those prices a bit), getting your restaurant menu ready to print is a snap. Once your menu’s done, click the Download button and save your design as a print-ready PDF file to get it ready to send to a print professional.

Bolster your menu with great design

There’s much more to making a dazzling menu than low-angled shots of your dishes and tasty descriptions. Give your menu some design panache with our super-sized library of over 1 million stock images and graphics. Plenty of symbols, icons, textures, and design elements are available for free, and premium images are priced at only $1.

Canva’s mobile features are food truck friendly

Are you a guerrilla cook, braving the culinary landscape with a truck, a cart, or a well-stocked wicker basket? Canva can be your companion. You can access Canva online or go completely mobile with our free iPhone, iPad, an Android apps.

No website? No problem. When you’re tweeting out your cart’s location to promote your fusion empanadas, share your menu with Canva. Simply click “Share” and you can link your hot and fresh menu on Facebook and Twitter, or link it directly to anyone with an e-mail address. No one will ever confuse your 16 different sauces again.


A good restaurant menu:

  • Is easy to read
  • Versatile for different seasons
  • Divided into logical sections
  • Sparse on photos but tasteful with illustration
  • Uses on-brand typography and doesn’t emphasize currency in the prices
  • Makes your food sound more enticing with creative names and tasty descriptions.

Different colors can motivate different behaviors. Orange stimulates the appetite while brown signals nature and earthiness. Green makes customers think of fresh, local ingredients; yellow puts people in a good mood and red grabs people’s attention. You can experiment with color schemes and see what works best.

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