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How Much Does it Cost to Build a Restaurant App?

Once a restaurant owner has decided they want to develop an app for their business the first question that arises is how much will it cost? The answer is direct and straightforward, the cost totally depends on the features that are required, how many hours the development is going to take and what the desired platform is.

Developing a restaurant app usually take 7-8 weeks with complete functionalities and it costs you anywhere from $10,000 -$25,000.

The apps developed for restaurants can be of two types: a simple one and a complex one.

The development cost will include code writing, design, and app testing or even marketing if required. The final cost is calculated as an hourly rate of the developer, designer, and tester on the number of work hours estimated by them.

For a simple application with few basic core features that include:

  • Menu
  • Take orders
  • Payments
  • Push Notifications
  • Reviews
  • Location services

Etc.

All of which takes around 4-5 days and a small team that includes 2 developers, 1 designer, and 1 quality assurance engineer. So for the simple restaurant apps, the cost lies somewhere between $5000 and $10000.

But on the other side if we’re looking for a top-notch, high quality, extremely innovative and complex restaurant app the story is entirely different. Such complex apps have functionalities like:

An advance dedicated app includes:

  • All feature mentioned in a simple restaurant app
  • Pre-order meal
  • Pre-book tables
  • Online table reservation facility
  • Price-list, Opening hours, minimum order, order status tracking, and payment choices
  • Social media integration attracting more traffic
  • Add reviews and ratings
  • Menu with pictures, prices, and reviews
  • Customer service
  • Direct interaction with the restaurant

For developing a complex app with all these functionalities, a skilled restaurant app development company is required to make sure a final flawless application is developed. Apps like this require a total time of 2-3 weeks if the average rate per hour is $70-$250 the cost starts from min $25,000 based on the functionalities.

After knowing the requirements, functionalities and the importance of the app being developed right you choose to go for a free-lancer the rates lie somewhere between $20-$100.