• # Paul Blake
  • # App Development
  • # 15 January, 2020

How Much Does it Cost to Build a Restaurant App?

Restaurant App Development Cost?

Restaurant app development cost depends upon mobile app features typically small restaurant app development costs $1,000 to $10,000, medium restaurant app development with features such as online food delivery cost $2,000 to $20,000, and multinational big food chain app development costs around $10,000 to $100,000.

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 takes 8-36 weeks with complete functionalities and it costs you anywhere from $1,000 -$50,000.

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

The development cost will include coding, 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


All of this takes around 30-55 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 advanced dedicated app includes:

  • All features 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 10-40 weeks if the average rate per hour is $70-$250 the cost starts from min $25,000 based on the functionalities.