Designing a Custom Floor Plan for Your Restaurant

Designing a Custom Floor Plan for Your Restaurant

A great floor plan is essential to the success of any restaurant. Not only will your staff be able to efficiently take care of your guests, restaurateurs will be able to fit more tables in your space to accommodate more guests. Avoid customers feeling cramped in tight corners, staff bumping into the back of seats, or patrons constantly having to ask, “Where’s the bathroom?”

Contact Baldwin Architectural Group serving Metro Atlanta for help designing your new restaurant. We have assisted dozens of Atlanta restaurants design a floor plan that fits their needs. Learn our strategies for designing a custom floor plan for your restaurant.

Host Space or Front of the House

There should be a large enough space in the front of the house to comfortably seat patrons waiting for a table. If there is not an adequate place for guests on a waiting list, it is a much easier decision for guests to decide to leave and find somewhere else to eat.

The host stand should be close to the front door of a restaurant. Hosts or hostesses should be able to greet guests as soon as they enter the facility.


It’s essential to plan the location of the kitchen relative to the dining room. The kitchen should be a proper distance away from customers to maintain health code regulations and smoothly send orders to guests.

Prep areas, dishwashing stations, and food storage locations should not be visible to patrons. A limited view of the cooking area can add a dynamic flare to the dining experience, but guests do not want to hear loud shouts from inside the kitchen.

The cooking area should be close enough to the wait staff, so they can send any verbal modifications on orders or for managers to properly run the expo station. Drink and POS stations should also be concealed from the customers.

Dining Room

The dining room should be spacious and have a mixture of booths, tables, and if possible, outdoor seating on the patio. Be sure the tables and booths are arranged so staff and guests can comfortably navigate around the restaurant.

Guests don’t want to constantly dodge trays of foods or rushed waiters, so consider arranging tables so there are wide rows. A natural flow of the traffic in your restaurant is essential for the safety of guests and staff on busy nights.


The bathroom should be away from the dining area but still readily visible to patrons. Guests do not want to hear loud flushing toilets and faucets while they eat, but they also want a bathroom that is easy to find.

The Bar

Bars should be near the front of the house and close to the host station. They should have adequate seating for solo guests looking for a quick meal or a drink. However, they should be close enough to a POS station, so waitresses can effectively communicate to bartenders or drop off food from the kitchen.

Contact Us for an Ideal Floor Plan

The restaurant architects at Baldwin Architectural Group are experienced in both commercial and residential design. We can craft a floor plan that works for your next project. View our portfolio for ideas and contact us for a consultation.Butcher-Brew-Rear-Perspective-Birds-Eye-View_Restaurant-Design