Whether you’re a restaurant serving up some of the most inventive dishes in town or a spa with the best varieties of relaxing indulgences on the block, your menu is one of the most powerful weapons in your marketing arsenal.

Your menu is your customers’ first glimpse into who you are and what you have to offer; if it looks good, they’re going to do business with you—and if it doesn’t, they’re likely to go and check out the menu elsewhere.

That’s why it’s so important to hire a top designer to bring your menu to life. When your menu looks good, it lets your customers know the items on the menu are good, too.

How to get the best menu design

Now, you’re probably familiar with the concept of hiring a freelance designer. But what you might not be familiar with is the fact that hiring a freelance designer isn’t your only option when it comes to getting graphic design done. Anyone thinking of creating a menu should seriously consider a menu design contest.

How a design contest works is simple. You write a brief describing what you are looking for and designers from all over the world submit concepts unique to your brief. You then choose finalists, give them feedback to hone the designs and ultimately pick your favorite menu design. If you’re not exactly sure what you’re looking for in your menu and want to see a variety of different design styles, a design contest is a great way to go.

Learn more about menu design contests –>

On the flip side, if you already have a clear idea of the style and direction you’d like to take your menu, hiring a freelancer is a great choice!

The 10 best freelance menu designers to hire in 2018

Top Level
5.0
( 54 )
  • Menu
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Product label
  • Signage
  • Product packaging
  • Poster
  • Other design
  • Other business or advertising
  • Typesetting with imagery
  • Brochure
  • Other book or magazine
  • Infographic
  • Business card
Top Level
5.0
( 21 )
  • Menu
  • Poster
  • Other design
  • Logo design
  • Other business or advertising
  • Infographic
  • Brochure
  • Banner ad
  • Signage
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Sticker
  • Product packaging
  • Product label
  • Other clothing or merchandise
  • Other book or magazine
  • Logo & business card
Top Level
4.9
( 61 )
  • Brochure
  • Other design
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Other business or advertising
  • Other book or magazine
  • PowerPoint template
  • Menu
  • Signage
  • Stationery
  • Infographic
  • Poster
  • Web page design
  • Icon or button
  • Logo & brand identity pack
  • Book cover
  • Other web or app design
  • Logo design
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Car, truck or van wrap
  • Banner ad
  • 3D
Top Level
5.0
( 21 )
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Infographic
  • Menu
  • Banner ad
  • Business card
  • Brochure
  • Other packaging or label
  • Other design
  • Logo design
  • Facebook cover
  • T-shirt
  • Sticker
  • Signage
  • Product packaging
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Brand guide
Top Level
4.9
( 17 )
  • Brochure
  • Menu
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Infographic
  • Other business or advertising
  • Other book or magazine
  • Stationery
  • Other packaging or label
  • Other design
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Product packaging
  • Signage
  • Product label
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Menu
  • Car, truck or van wrap
  • Banner ad
  • Other clothing or merchandise
  • Clothing or apparel
  • Brochure
  • T-shirt
  • PowerPoint template
  • Other design
  • Merchandise
  • Business card
  • Poster
  • Other business or advertising
  • Other art or illustration
  • Logo & business card
  • Icon or button
  • Cup or mug
  • Book cover
Top Level
5.0
( 19 )
  • Brochure
  • Menu
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Other book or magazine
  • Other design
  • Product packaging
  • Product label
  • Other business or advertising
  • Landing page design
  • Infographic
  • Stationery
  • Merchandise
  • Business card
Top Level
4.9
( 16 )
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Brochure
  • Menu
  • Poster
  • Other business or advertising
  • Signage
  • Other book or magazine
  • Merchandise
  • Logo design
  • Email
Top Level
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Other business or advertising
  • Menu
  • Logo design
  • Web page design
  • Icon or button
  • Book cover
  • Poster
  • Other design
  • Logo & business card
  • Landing page design
  • Brochure
Top Level
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Banner ad
  • Web page design
  • Menu
  • Sticker
  • Poster
  • Other packaging or label
  • Logo design
  • Brochure

How did we choose these as the top menu designers?

We know getting the right menu design is critical for your business—and that’s why we go above and beyond to make sure we’re recommending the best talent for your menu design. Here’s what we looked at when choosing designers to feature on this list:

1. Design quality

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When a designer joins 99designs, our team reviews their portfolio, evaluates each piece, and considers the conceptual thought, technical execution and knowledge of design principles evident in their work. Once the review is complete, they then assign the designer one of three levels:

  • Top Level
  • Mid Level
  • Entry Level

You’ll find these levels displayed on designer portfolios so you can easily see if you’re working with a designer with a ton of experience (and the design chops to match) or someone who’s a bit more up-and-coming.

2. Menu design experience

Figure skating and hockey both require training and skill, but most people on the ice specialize in one or the other—not both. With design, it’s the same thing—while all designers have design skill and talent, most specialize in a particular area. In addition to looking at overall quality, we specifically vetted each and every designer on this list to make sure they had experience with and specialized in menu design.

3. Professionalism

It’s a given that you want a designer with design skills—but it’s just as important to work with a menu designer who communicates with you throughout the process, delivers on time and is all-around good to work with. We took past customer experiences into account to make sure all of our recommended menu designers offer the best of both worlds—awesome design and professional client service.

Are you ready to hire an awesome freelance menu designer?

Your menu is your potential customers’ first glimpse into what they can expect from your business—and if you want those potential customers to turn into repeat customers, you need a professionally designed menu that’s going to knock their socks off.

Want more menu designer choices?
None of these designers fit the bill for your menu? It’s all good! We’ve got tons more menu designers for you to check out.