Social networks for restaurants
Géraldine Malet

Géraldine puts her passion for the web, marketing and communication, writing and storytelling at the service of companies and entrepreneurs.

If, as an entrepreneur and restaurant manager, you want to stay connected with your customers, you are no doubt aware that being present on social media platforms has become almost unavoidable. Perhaps you already tweet with your subscribers, keep in touch with your Facebook community or post your best pictures on your Instagram account. Or perhaps you are not entirely comfortable with these new media forms. You may well wonder “What can I say that will grab attention?”

If so, remember the old adage: “A picture is worth a thousand words.”

The impact of a well-chosen photo or video can go well beyond words, and offers a particularly effective vehicle for making your publications stand out. Whether your strength lies with your concept, your cuisine, your interior design, your team or your location, an image can encapsulate each and any of these aspects to excellent effect. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or YouTube are perfect for this purpose. Which begs the question: “Which images should I use?”

This is what we will try to decipher here.

Your food

This one seems obvious, right? Showing your dishes and your culinary specialities is essential since your business’s bottom line is all about feeding your customers. Bear in mind that your photos should quite literally make people’s mouths water. If your cooking or your photos are not sufficiently enticing then, on the contrary, you risk sending them away. Why not hire a professional to produce some really beautiful pictures? Alternatively there are plenty of ideas available (for free) on the Internet to give you inspiration for bringing out the best in your dishes.

instagram for restaurants

Instagram account of Jam Tree Restaurant jam_tree

Instagram for restaurants

Instagram account of US chain Canteen California: food that is generous, enticing and full of flavour. A treat for your eyes and, no doubt, your taste buds…

Your drinks

If your menu features a variety of drinks, why not show off the best among them? If you pride yourself on offering fantastic milkshakes, appetizing fruit juices or a wide selection of cocktails, then let your potential customers see some pictures!

Starbucks on Twitter

Starbucks has a strong presence on social networks and a loyal and active community. The brand communicates on new products regularly, like here on its Twitter account @StarbucksUK.

le ziz restaurant

Le Ziz Restaurant publishes some mouth watering cocktails…

Your atmosphere and your ambiance

All those who have not yet had a chance to visit your restaurant may be wondering what it looks like on the inside. Use the social media to your advantage to arouse their curiosity and make them want to come and eat in your establishment.

Daddy Donkey on social networks

London-based Mexican grillhouse Daddy Donkey uses social networks to communicate on its casual, friendly and colourful atmosphere.

Your team

Your team is an all-important part of your restaurant, so why not do it justice and post some photos of its members in action? As well as putting a face to your establishment and your trade name, you will strengthen your relationship with your employees by giving them an important role in the story of your restaurant.

Moose Coffee Manchester

On social networks, Moose Coffee doesn’t hesitate to shine a light on its teams.

Photos of suppliers and/or producers

Consumers are now increasingly consumer citizens who are much more inquiring and eager to know exactly what goes into the dishes that they consume. As a result, they may be interested to know which ingredients you use in your cooking. This holds true even more if the quality of your ingredients is a differentiating factor, or if you offer organic or vegetarian food. What’s more, it offers a great way for you to demonstrate your transparency, an all-too rare approach that will certainly be appreciated.

How to use social media for a restaurant

The french restaurant PUR etc. gives regular details on its raw materials and unreservedly pays tribute to its local suppliers, both on its Facebook page and its Twitter account.

The backstages

Cooking backstage in restaurantss

Meringues preparation @Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant

Backstages at Moose Coffee Liverpool

Moose Coffee in Liverpool

Customers generally like to know how the dishes they eat are prepared. By filming or taking photos of your team leader/pizza chef in full swing, you will demonstrate his or her know-how and, by the same token, gain the confidence of your customers. Pay attention to the cleanliness of your kitchen and your worktops: the extent to which your photo or video is viewed, shared and passed on to others could be much greater than you ever imagined!

Your cooking seen from your customers’ viewpoint

You have no doubt heard of – or even seen in your establishment – the recent phenomenon dubbed food porn. Originally a highly appealing visual presentation of food, this phenomenon has since been adopted by the social media, whereby users post and share pictures of their dishes. Why not ride this wave and encourage your customers to take photos of your culinary creations and then share them along with the name of your restaurant? Drawing on their involvement will create ties; this is the very essence of social media.


The Zomato site features numerous examples of food porn.  In this way, your customers become your ambassadors by posting photos of your cooking with targeted hash tags.

Hashtag Starbucks

Starbucks consumers on social media.

Happy customers

Do you sometimes organize celebratory events, happy hours, or merely notice that the atmosphere is particularly good on certain occasions? Why not capture these moments in pictures or videos and then post them on your profiles? Make sure you obtain your customers’ consent beforehand. People will come along to your restaurant more readily if you show pictures of satisfied, smiling customers.


On Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Facebook’ page (Jamie-Olivers-Fifteen) happy customers are identified with their personal names.

Gourmet Burger Kitchen Facebook

Eating at Gourmet Burger Kitchen looks like a fun experience, as show those pictures on its Facebook account @gourmetburgerkitchen

In short, photos and videos can be a great way to have your customers participate on social media platforms, to get them involved and to create ties. Give one of these ideas a try and see how your customers react!

Now, what will you publish tomorrow?