“Mouth-watering” probably isn’t a word you would think of using to describe web design, but that’s exactly the one that comes to mind when looking at these 35 sites inspired by and focusing on food.
Big Apple Hot Dogs
New York-style hot dogs in London. Their cartoony dogs are so adorable you might not even want to eat them!
This site for what appears to be a Chinese/Mexican fusion restaurant features vibrant, cartoony images of their food all over the main page.
So food-centric that when you go to this recipe site you are immediately treated to a gorgeous, page-filling image of a meal.
No, it’s not revolutionary for a food company to feature their product on the website, but Pro Foods nicely includes attractive images of the fruits each of their Pro Ade Protein waters are flavored with as part of the pictures.
This site for the food-recommending app is similar to Gojee in that it includes a big, gorgeous picture of a recipe on their main page, but they still manage to describe the product as well.
Ripe, red tomatoes, fresh green cilantro, golden tortilla chips, and a watermelon cocktail paired together on the main page? I’m sold.
The Square Restaurant
How do you convince customers to shell out the big bucks as a fine dining establishment? Square’s amazingly vivid rotating food images on their homepage sure do help.
This UK restaurant’s site is designed to look like a chalk menu board, but also includes delectable images of foods they serve mixed in.
One of the few sites on this list not selling food in some way, the site for the documentary Food, Inc. makes you think about food a bit differently (just like the movie) by immediately featuring an image of a cow stamped with a UPC label, and links to articles focusing on food.
Estates & Wine
With a name like that, you expect elegance and class, and that’s exactly what you get with images of foods, wines, and vineyards on a site dedicated to helping you pair food and wine together well.
Blush Organic Frozen Yogurt
You might be forgiven for thinking Blush’s product looks quite a bit like Pinkberry, but they get points in foodie web design by displaying the individual ingredients that go in their yogurt and pairing foods together in a way that’s visually appealing.
Speaking of frozen yogurt, this site not only has pretty images of their food, but smartly uses colors on the site to complement the dishes.
Flor Do Marcuja
The main image on their homepage is a gorgeous meal, and the sections you can click on are also all foods from their menu.
Stunning images of perfectly made meals are all over this site, inviting you to click onward.
Culture Kitchen SF
They believe that food is about bring people together and learning about cultures as much as it is about eating. I believe that the site’s design, including beautiful food images and diagrams showing ingredients, will help them to spread the message.
Jubble Bubble Tea
Who can resist a main page with an image of refreshing fruits and leaves splashed by water with their tea at the center?
Finally, a site that has nothing to do with food. Strawberryj.am shows you what’s popular on social networks, but the site uses a jar or strawberry jam as a clever motif.
Cake Sweet Cake
Talk about eye candy. This site is chock full of images of delectable-looking cakes for you to peruse (and hopefully order).
Oh yeah. Who wouldn’t love KFC? Even just by looking at their site makes mouths water.
Porte Sainte Claire
Another high-end restaurant that gets it right. Just show us the food, people!
The site for the Ness app is eye-catching with a giant background of food, as well as a number of smaller food images displayed on an iPhone screen. Better yet, they immediately state their case: it’s a food search engine. Nice.
The site, a food subscription service, really sells the product by including images of delicious-looking food everywhere.
With pictures of food so vibrant it looks like it’s right in front of you, the only way this restaurant could make me more ready to eat their food is by somehow incorporating small.
The big background picture of a seafood dish sets the mood on this site dedicated to information and recipes for seafood.
Like strawberries? You’ll love this site that not only has incredible strawberry recipes, but amazing images of these dishes as well.
Is there such a thing as food porn? This catering company will have you wanting to call them up immediately with their stunning giant background images of catered meals.
Orca Bay Seafoods
Feeling fishy? Head to this site to check out a color palate that brings the ocean to life.
Fundo Los Platos
A site for an organic food company that has an earthy and natural feel.
Its simple, straightforward design houses a navigation system centered around food: food events, food trips, and places for foodies.
Brewing your own beer has never looked so good.
The pictures of delicious goodies draw you in, and the text tells the story of good, sustainable food.
The Coastal Cupboard
See food. Learn how to cook food. Order ingredients. Enjoy!
With images of amazing meals everywhere and a clear interface, Allrecipes.com is the go-to place for any kind of recipe you can imagine.
Nothing says European beer like a screen-filling frosty pint, but this site goes further by letting you click on the beer to head to different sections.
As you can see, there are many different ways that food can inspire site designs. The only limit, really, is your imagination.
About the Author:
Ferina Santos is part of the team behind Open Colleges, Australia’s provider of web design courses. A feisty nerd at heart with an obsession for media and vanity, she captures all her random musings with daily photographs in her blog, A Pink Banana.