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8 of the Best Free WordPress Plugins for Restaurants

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WordPress is a great content management system for restaurant websites because it’s free, easy to use, and it offers lots of great plugins you can use to enhance the appearance and functionality of your site.

I’ve chosen 8 of my favourite free WordPress plugins for restaurant websites which you can use to create and manage your online menu, add Yelp reviews to your site, enable people to place orders and make bookings through your website, incorporate a map with custom markers into your site to help customers find your restaurant, and automatically display certain information, such as specials and opening hours, depending on the day of the week.

Easy Restaurant Menu Manager

easy restaurant menu manager free wordpress restaurant plugin

If you want to create an online version of your menu for your restaurant’s website, then you have to check out this free plugin for WordPress! Easy Restaurant Menu Manager enables users to create and update menu items quickly and easily, allowing restaurant owners to include categories, photos, descriptions, and prices for their starters, mains, and desserts. If you want to swap your PDF menus for CSS and HTML versions, then you have to check out this free plugin!

OpenMenu

openmenu free wordpress restaurant plugin

Do you want to integrate OpenMenu into your WordPress site?  Then this is the plugin for you!  OpenMenu is a free service which enables restaurant owners to create and update a single version of a menu which is shared via social networks, websites, and mobile apps.  With this free WordPress plugin, you can incorporate OpenMenu into your site using custom post types, shortcodes, and widgets, as well as control your menu’s appearance by tweaking various settings.

Yelp Bar

yelp bar free wordpress restaurant plugin

Does your restaurant have an excellent online reputation?  Then why not showcase your customers’ feedback on your website?  This free WordPress plugin will enable you to display your Yelp ratings at the top of your website, providing your site’s visitors with the reassurance they need to give your restaurant a try.  If you have lots of positive reviews on Yelp, then you should definitely use Yelp Bar on your WordPress site!

Basic Google Maps Placemarks

basic google maps placemarks free wordpress restaurant plugin

If you want to make sure your customers are able to find your restaurant, then you need to add this free plugin to your WordPress site!  With Basic Google Maps Placemarks, not only can you embed a map into your website, but you can also create markers which users can click to show their descriptions and titles.  You can use this plugin to create a map for your site with  placemarks for your restaurant (or restaurants) and any nearby landmarks which might help people find your business.

Seven Days

seven days free wordpress restaurant plugin

If you want to tell your site’s visitors about your daily menu specials or opening hours, then you have to check out Seven Days.  This free plugin will automatically hide or display a particular widget on your WordPress site depending on which day of the week it is, such as Tuesday’s specials or Sunday’s opening hours.  Seven Days is a great WordPress plugin for people who want to regularly update their websites without having to manually enable and disable certain widgets.

Yelp It

yelp it free wordpress restaurant plugin

With Yelp It, a free plugin for WordPress, you can include your restaurant’s latest Yelp reviews on your company’s website.  This plugin uses a shortcode to display the most recent Yelp reviews for a particular business, as well as a picture, review count, and company name.  If you want to share your restaurant’s Yelp reviews with your site’s visitors, then you definitely need to check out this free WordPress plugin.

ReDi Reservation

redi reservation free wordpress restaurant plugin

If you’re looking for a plugin to enable your customers to make reservations online, then you should try Redi Reservation.  This free plugin lets your WordPress site’s visitors see your restaurant’s availability, as well as make bookings online.  You and your customers should find ReDi Reservation easy to use, making it a great WordPress plugin for restaurants.

Open Dining Menu

open dining menu free wordpress restaurant plugin

Do you want your customers to be able to place delivery or takeaway orders through your restaurant’s website?  With Open Dining Menu, a free plugin for WordPress, people can use Open Dining, an online ordering system for restaurants, to place and pay for orders.  Open Dining offers a free package which includes online ordering, Facebook and mobile apps, unlimited orders, and the ability to accept credit cards, so it’s definitely worth trying.

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1 Comment

  1. On May 3, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Dom Wells said:

    These plugins are pretty good, but do have their flaws (I’ve heard some pretty bad things about ReDi), although Easy Restaurant Menu Manager is considered one of the best.

    Another great one to check out is Res Res, which can handle menus and reservations with ease. There’s a free version up here: https://wordpress.org/plugins/resres-restaurant-reservations/

    Cheers!