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 2019

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    Top Level
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    • Menu
    • Typesetting with imagery
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Signage
    • Product label
    • Brochure
    • Product packaging
    • Poster
    • Other design
    • Other business or advertising
    • Other book or magazine
    • Infographic
    • Business card
    • Sticker
  2. 2
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 59 )
    • Logo design
    • Menu
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Poster
    • Card or invitation
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Brochure
    • Logo & business card
    • Other design
    • Other business or advertising
    • Product label
    • Car, truck or van wrap
    • Stationery
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • T-shirt
    • Signage
    • Other art or illustration
    • Character or mascot
    • Business card
  3. 3
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 35 )
    • Menu
    • Poster
    • Other design
    • Logo design
    • Infographic
    • Brochure
    • Other business or advertising
    • Banner ad
    • Signage
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Sticker
    • Product packaging
    • Product label
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Other book or magazine
    • Logo & business card
  4. 4
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    ( 24 )
    • Menu
    • Brochure
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Logo design
    • Other business or advertising
    • Banner ad
    • Signage
    • Poster
    • Product label
    • Logo & hosted website
    • Infographic
    • Card or invitation
    • Book cover
  5. 5
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    ( 46 )
    • Brochure
    • Menu
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other book or magazine
    • Other business or advertising
    • Other design
    • Product packaging
    • Business card
    • Product label
    • Landing page design
    • Infographic
    • Stationery
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Merchandise
    • Magazine cover
    • Logo design
  6. 6
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    ( 34 )
    • Brochure
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Menu
    • Social media page
    • Other business or advertising
    • Infographic
    • Other book or magazine
    • Stationery
    • Icon or button
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Poster
    • Other web or app design
    • Other packaging or label
    • Other design
    • Logo design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Signage
  7. 7
    Top Level
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    ( 27 )
    • Poster
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Menu
    • Infographic
    • Other design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Other business or advertising
    • Card or invitation
    • Book cover
    • Brochure
    • Signage
    • Other packaging or label
    • Logo design
    • Logo & social media pack
  8. 8
    Top Level
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    ( 89 )
    • Brochure
    • Other design
    • Other business or advertising
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other book or magazine
    • PowerPoint template
    • Typesetting with imagery
    • Menu
    • Signage
    • Stationery
    • Infographic
    • Poster
    • Web page design
    • Logo design
    • Icon or button
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Book cover
    • Social media page
    • Other web or app design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Car, truck or van wrap
    • Banner ad
    • 3D
  9. 9
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Product packaging
    • Signage
    • Product label
    • Menu
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Car, truck or van wrap
    • Banner ad
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Clothing or apparel
    • T-shirt
    • PowerPoint template
    • Logo design
    • Brochure
    • Business card
    • Other design
    • Merchandise
    • Book cover
    • Poster
    • Other packaging or label
    • Other business or advertising
    • Other art or illustration
    • Logo & business card
    • Icon or button
    • Cup or mug
    • Stationery
    • Card or invitation
    • Logo & hosted website
  10. 10
    Top Level
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    ( 34 )
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Menu
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Other design
    • Logo design
    • Brochure
    • Poster
    • Signage
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Other business or advertising
    • T-shirt
    • Merchandise
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Character or mascot
    • Business card
    • Product packaging
  11. 11
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    ( 22 )
    • 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
  12. 12
    Top Level
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    ( 42 )
    • Book cover
    • Typesetting
    • Print or packaging design
    • Other book or magazine
    • Typesetting with imagery
    • Other Graphic Design
    • Other design
    • Magazine cover
    • Product label
    • Brochure
    • Web page design
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other art or illustration
    • Logo design
    • Button or icon
    • Menu
    • Product packaging
    • Logo & business card
    • Card or invitation
  13. 13
    Top Level
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    ( 19 )
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Brochure
    • Menu
    • Poster
    • Other business or advertising
    • Signage
    • Other book or magazine
    • Merchandise
    • Logo design
    • Email
  14. 14
    Top Level
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    ( 70 )
    • Sticker
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Banner ad
    • Poster
    • Signage
    • T-shirt
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Other business or advertising
    • Menu
    • Facebook cover
    • Other art or illustration
    • Merchandise
    • Logo design
    • Card or invitation
    • Brochure
    • Other design
    • Social media page
    • Product packaging
    • Email
    • Book cover
  15. 15
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    ( 14 )
    • Web page design
    • Landing page design
    • WordPress theme design
    • Menu
    • Banner ad
    • Logo design
    • Poster
    • Other web or app design
    • Infographic
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Book cover
    • Postcard, flyer or print
  16. 16
    Top Level
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    ( 125 )
    • Logo design
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Logo & business card
    • T-shirt
    • Product label
    • Book cover
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Business card
    • Card or invitation
    • Other business or advertising
    • Other art or illustration
    • Menu
    • Poster
    • Merchandise
    • Cup or mug
    • Sticker
    • Product packaging
    • Other design
    • Web page design
    • Social media page
    • Signage
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Car, truck or van wrap
    • Brand guide
  17. 17
    Top Level
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    ( 1 )
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Menu
    • Other business or advertising
    • Logo design
    • Web page design
    • Icon or button
    • Book cover
    • Poster
    • Other design
    • Logo & business card
    • Landing page design
    • Brochure
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Banner ad
    • Card or invitation
    • Other clothing or merchandise
  18. 18
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    ( 4 )
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Banner ad
    • Web page design
    • Menu
    • Sticker
    • Poster
    • Other packaging or label
    • Logo design
    • Brochure
    • Business card
  19. 19
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    ( 39 )
    • Banner ad
    • Logo design
    • Infographic
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Poster
    • Other business or advertising
    • Menu
    • Flash banner
    • Facebook cover
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Other design
    • Web page design
    • Social media page
    • Signage
    • Product packaging
    • Other packaging or label
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Logo & business card
  20. 20
    Top Level
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    ( 165 )
    • Other business or advertising
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Poster
    • Other design
    • Signage
    • Banner ad
    • Brochure
    • Logo design
    • Car, truck or van wrap
    • Illustration or graphics
    • PowerPoint template
    • Other packaging or label
    • Infographic
    • Business card
    • Other art or illustration
    • Other web or app design
    • Menu
    • Product label
    • Stationery
    • Social media page
    • Logo & business card
    • Other book or magazine
  21. 21
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    ( 8 )
    • Infographic
    • Other business or advertising
    • Menu
    • Product label
    • Poster
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Card or invitation
    • Brochure
    • Product packaging
    • Logo design
    • T-shirt
    • Other art or illustration
    • Magazine cover
    • Email
    • Logo & brand identity pack
  22. 22
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    ( 2 )
    • Menu
    • Stationery
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Business card
    • Signage
    • Product label
    • Poster
    • Card or invitation
    • Logo & business card
  23. 23
    Top Level
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    ( 88 )
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Brochure
    • Signage
    • Other business or advertising
    • Poster
    • Other design
    • Menu
    • Logo design
    • Landing page design
    • Banner ad
    • Other art or illustration
    • Infographic
    • Web page design
    • Product label
    • Other web or app design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Book cover
    • Other book or magazine
    • Other packaging or label
  24. 24
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    ( 51 )
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Typesetting with imagery
    • Brochure
    • Other business or advertising
    • Signage
    • Poster
    • Banner ad
    • Logo design
    • Other design
    • Menu
    • Other book or magazine
    • Infographic
    • Book cover
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Typesetting
    • Other web or app design
    • Magazine cover
    • Card or invitation
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    • Logo design
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • T-shirt
    • Poster
    • Business card
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Other design
    • Product label
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Menu
    • Logo & business card
    • Web page design
    • Signage
    • Product packaging
    • Other packaging or label
    • Other business or advertising
    • Logo & hosted website
    • Landing page design
    • Cup or mug
    • Brochure
  26. 26
    Top Level
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    ( 50 )
    • PowerPoint template
    • Sticker
    • Illustration or graphics
    • T-shirt
    • Infographic
    • Icon or button
    • Poster
    • Other design
    • Other business or advertising
    • Product label
    • Social media page
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Logo design
    • Web page design
    • Stationery
    • Product packaging
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Email
    • Cup or mug
    • Book cover
    • Menu
    • Character or mascot
    • Card or invitation
  27. 27
    Top Level
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    ( 14 )
    • Brochure
    • PowerPoint template
    • Product label
    • Infographic
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other business or advertising
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Other book or magazine
    • Stationery
    • Other packaging or label
    • Menu
    • Book cover
    • T-shirt
    • Product packaging
    • Other design
    • Icon or button
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Banner ad
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    Top Level
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    • Book cover
    • Product packaging
    • Product label
    • Other design
    • Banner ad
    • Other book or magazine
    • Other packaging or label
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Infographic
    • Menu
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Logo design
    • Other business or advertising
    • Brochure
    • Web page design
    • Typesetting
    • Other web or app design
    • App design
    • Landing page design
    • Typesetting with imagery
    • T-shirt
    • Signage
    • Poster
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Logo & brand identity pack
  29. 29
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    ( 28 )
    • Stationery
    • Brochure
    • Business card
    • Signage
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other business or advertising
    • Logo & business card
    • Brand guide
    • Other design
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Poster
    • Menu
    • Logo design
  30. 30
    Top Level
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    ( 28 )
    • Product label
    • Poster
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Product packaging
    • Signage
    • Other packaging or label
    • Other business or advertising
    • T-shirt
    • Stationery
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other art or illustration
    • Merchandise
    • Icon or button
    • Logo design
    • Facebook cover
    • Cup or mug
    • Other web or app design
    • Other design
    • Menu
    • Business card

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.