Contemporary in London, UK
Designed by betwixt.
With each table at Leadbelly's getting its own succulent and a number of plants adorning the space, the menus echo the lovely nature details from the space in the different menu covers with a cool range of linocut illustrations, accompanied by...
Bistro in Epernay, France
Designed by Studio Plastac.
Escalating typography is a semi-old trick but, yup, it always does the trick, adding some nice moments of motion and tension to these otherwise minimalist menus, presented in a calming combination of colored stock and wooden boards.
Mexican in Multiple Locations, WI
Designed by Project M Plus.
A fun and eclectic combination of typefaces come together vibrantly in this set of menus that add up to a quirky yet put-together aesthetic.
Visit Belair Cantina.
Bar in Madrid, Spain
Designed by El Calotipo.
If you thought you had seen it all -- or most of it -- on Art of the Menu, here is a menu that lights up with a switch on the back and casts a halo around the silhouette of the elevated logo. Bule Bule, I raise a glass to you.
Visit Bule Bule.
Greek in Santorini, Greece
Designed by Brand New Via Design.
The restaurant at the beautiful Santo Maris Hotel adds to its luxurious experience with these crafty menus presented on a light wood board held together by bronze clips, finished and polished by hand, with amorphous and unexpected...
Japanese in Hyogo, Japan
Designed by Taiki Taki.
This menu has a good mix of materials with a textured wood plank, white metal clasps, and tan and orange papers (neatly staggered to boot). The interiors are a little on the heavy side with a lot of lines and images but it does have a comprehensive...
French in Cambridge, MA
Designed by Javier Fuentes.
A fairly classic set of menus with simple and elegant typography and layouts -- hard to argue with that.
(Les Sablons closed late last year.)
Visit Les Sablons.
Contemporary in Bahrain
Designed by Blackink.
At this upscale and highly exclusive restaurant in Bahrain, Michelin-star Executive Chef Herve Pronzato from Paris heads a team of 40-plus chefs who serve ONLY seven tables and every detail has been luxuriously considered, including the menus which...
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.