WooCommerce Restaurant Ordering lets customers order and pay for their food for delivery or collection from their desktop or mobile device. You can choose to display your menu across a maximum of 3 columns and orders can be placed instantly or through a pop-out lightbox. The lightbox gives customers the option to customise their order – the plugin handles a degree of variation itself but is also compatible with the official Product Add-On plugin, which opens up such aspects as extra toppings and side dishes.
The basic plugin costs £109 for a single site licence per year, up to £389 for 20 sites, making it ideal for building client sites to allow restaurants to handle their own bookings. Takeaway and deliveries are almost an essential service and sites such as Just Eat and UberEats charge a significant commission for their services. All the licences come with a free 14-day trial and a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Features and Benefits
- Convenient, single-page menus
- Quick order or customise through a pop-out lightbox on each item
- Customers pay up-front for their food
- Tested on the most popular themes but designed to work with any
- Customise dishes and sell different size portions with variations options
- Compatible with Product Add-ons and Delivery Slot plugins
- Choose what you display for each dish, including nutritional and allergy information
- Works on any desktop or mobile device
- Multiple layout options
How to Use Restaurant Ordering
When you install the plugin all your dishes will appear on one page, broken into categories of your choice. All the plugins from Barn2 come with newbie-friendly installation instructions to get you going straight away. You need to have WooCommerce and once you’ve installed the plugin you can set up the initial data for your restaurant; it will automatically create a page called Restaurant Ordering, but you can choose another if you prefer.
The categories come from your WooCommerce setup and then you can fill them with your food, including pictures, descriptions and additional information. Decide whether you want to use lightboxes or just quick ordering and then you can create food ordering forms.
The default view is all categories on a single page form but if you want to split your offerings across your site you can use shortcodes and have things running on multiple pages. Once you set it to live, you can start taking orders. WooCommerce will email you when a new order is received but there are other plugins that can provide SMS notifications or print the orders straight to the kitchen.
Restaurant Ordering integrates with your existing WooCommerce set up to produce a clear and mobile-friendly ordering system for restaurant sites. For maximum functionality, you might do well to look at adding compatible plugins. Product Addons will give you enhanced options for users to customise their food, Delivery Slots adds bookable time slots and lets you manage your kitchen’s capability to prevent them from being overwhelmed at busy periods. A push notification plugin can avoid you needing to constantly monitor your email for orders. These functions come under “nice to have” but the basic plugin is more than adequate to add remote ordering and payment services, avoiding the commission fees of the large ordering services.