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Restaurant Web Sites - Inherently Badly Conceived and Designed...or Not

DiningDiva Aug 13, 2011 07:52 AM

http://www.slate.com/id/2301228/?Gt1=...

Interesting article from Slate about how poor designed and unusable many restaurant web sites are.

Do you agree or not?

  1. sockii Aug 15, 2011 09:11 AM

    Absolutely agree. I find easily 75% of restaurant websites ugly, overdone and completely useless - especially when trying to browse them on the fly on my iphone. If your frontpage is a flash animation I can't get past to even find out your hours and location, let alone a reasonably recent menu with prices? I'll pass in favor of a place I can easily get that information on-line. Thank goodness for Menupages.

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      gilintx Aug 13, 2011 03:53 PM

      I agree that designers feel pressured to present something sparkly to people who generally don't use the web that much, resulting in flash sites with long animations, auto-loadiing music, and unusable interfaces. OTOH, I have seen some pretty spiffy sites created entirely in HTML.
      Bad site: http://www.townhallbrewery.com/
      Not so bad site: http://nopasf.com/

      Give me an address, a phone number, a menu (not a pdf), your hours, and a map. That's pretty much all anyone wants.

      2 Replies
      1. re: gilintx
        stellamystar Aug 16, 2011 07:38 PM

        I hate PDF menus!

        1. re: stellamystar
          srsone Aug 16, 2011 07:47 PM

          join the conversation in this thread then.....

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/778527

      2. srsone Aug 13, 2011 08:16 AM

        yes i agree most of them are bad..and very annoying.......
        ....i also had a thread about how some sites put their menus on very large and annoying pdf files to download instead of just viewing it online...

        also a good comic on the oatmeal..
        http://theoatmeal.com/comics/restaura...
        which the article mentions...

        but this debate has been around for as long as the internet...there are articles going back to the 90s about bad websites...

        and for some reason restaurants just arent listening...

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