Greek in Kavala, Greece
Designed by Artware.
A lovely palette of green, pink, and grey papers are nicely brought together through foil stamping and in a handsome wood case. The rest of the identity and restaurant decor (shown at the designer's link) is worth a look as well.
Bar in Eugene, OR
Designed by Quip.
This menu is specifically made for the more than 50 whiskeys offered by The Pint Pot and it exudes whiskey-ness. The leather covers, all in different hues of leather-ness, showcase nicely the debossed logo and house a comprehensive and informative menu.
Italian in Rome, Italy
Designed by Studio Forward.
Illustrations by Gianluca Biscalchin.
If you need a fix for something ornate, these gold foil covers will be fairly satisfying, down to the gold cord holding the pages together. The interiors are not as cool as the exteriors but bonus points...
Contemporary in Kansas City, MO
Designed by Design Ranch.
The black-on-black theme of these menus (and other identity applications) come, in part, from the name "Corvino", which is Italian for "Raven". The main dinner menu is elegantly presented on a black board with a leather strap and a simple...
Pub in Savannah, Georgia
Designed by Taylor Alley.
A fairly straightforward set of menus with some nice typographic flourishes in the logo and "Brunch" / "Dinner" titles, presented in the always-trusted board and elastic band combo.
Visit The Fitzroy.
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Seafood in Baltimore, MD
Designed by Younts Design Inc.
The highlight of this menu set is definitely the drinks, with a fiery red cloth cover and some elegant gold foil stamping that mixes the groovy logo with some cool line-art glassware illustrations that carry over to the interior. The food...
American in Baltimore, MD
Designed by Younts Design Inc.
A simple, elegant, and nicely balanced set of menus, all in a striking black and white palette with clean layouts and perfect typography.
Visit Square Meal.
American in Overland Park, KS
Designed by Carpenter Collective.
This is a great set of menus with fairly straightforward layouts but accentuated by fun illustrations and a quirky onion logo. The laser-etched board is nothing new but it is beautifully done and the gold bolts provide a memorable...
Bar in Varna, Bulgaria
Designed by Marka Collective.
"Our visual work" explains Marka Collective, "focuses on the hidden aspect of the bar - a blend between some retro Prohibition period inspiration and a post-apocalyptic dystopian feeling. A place which brings us back to the times when the...
Here are our favorite twelve menus shown on Art of the Menu this year. We will be back with our regular programming on January 10, 2019.
American in Los Angeles, CA
Designed by Farm Design.
Playing heavily off of the 1950s aesthetic -- in a good way -- these menus strike a great balance of exuding vintage charisma with contemporary flair. The repetition of the architectural detail on the outside of the building as a pattern on...
Juice in Columbus, OH
Designed by A & R Creative Group.
The stark minimalism of these menus is nicely offset by the charming icons for all that is on offer, from smoothies to avo toast. It can feel a little clinical but the pops of color in each of the illustrations add sufficient warmth...
Contemporary in Huesca, Spain
Designed by El Calotipo.
To match the slightly enigmatic name -- "Space N" -- the food menu comes in a moody black-tinted wooden board with the logo etched on it, revealing the original color. A white wood menu for drinks adds a striking contrast. No interiors to...
Bar in Singapore
Designed by Manic.
Birthplace of the "Singapore Sling" cocktail, the Long Bar in the Raffles Hotel recently reopened after a long restoration. With a renewed sense of environmental responsibility, Long Bar's menu cover is made from recycled corks, which give it a one-of-a-kind...
American in Livermore, CA
Designed by Jason Rothman.
Airy and crisp, these menus exude relaxed California vibes. A simple border treatment ties all the different menus together and the embossed logo is a lovely detail that makes the menus look more luxurious than they actually cost to do.
Bar in London, UK
Designed by Shotopop.
Look up "restraint" in the dictionary and a picture of this menu will not come up and I don't mean that sarcastically -- in a sea of restrained and minimalist menus it's sometimes enjoyable to see something over the top, opulent, and rich in visuals and...
American in Houston, Texas
Designed by Principle.
This simple yet lively menu system is nicely accented by a rattan pattern inspired by the classic weave of the Cesca chair by Marcel Breuer. Debossed and laser-etched it works beautifully on the materials chosen and complements the tight-gridded...
Italian in Bogota, Colombia
Designed by Arutza Studio.
The dark-tinted wood on this menu board serves as a great backdrop for the gold-printed logo on the back and the bright white stock on the front, neatly held by two stretch bands.
Visit Cacio e Pepe.
Bistro in Larisa, Greece
Designed by Sowl Creative Studio.
If you are able to discern through the dark and moody photographs, the highlight (no pun intended) of this menu is the laser-cut cube pattern cover that hides and reveals the first page of the menu. It's a nice touch but I wonder how...