Mobile app examples – learn from the best

These days we’ll find a mobile app for almost anything – from monumental social tools to addictive mobile games and fitness trackers. Restaurant business owners might be of the opinion that mobile apps are only useful for a number of industries, but there are inspiring examples of innovative restaurant apps that will change their minds.

According to a recent survey, of the 11 restaurant clients participating we can assume that 40% of all visitors to your website are happening via their mobile phone.

If we had to single out one best reason why restaurant owners should invest in restaurant mobile apps for their business, it’s geofencing and location targeted marketing. This software allows businesses to set up a small device in and around your business location that will send push notifications to prospective diners or visitors entering your proximity in order to lure them into action.

It’s all about location and using this to your advantage for both listings, search, promotion, and communication. A mobile app for your restaurant also allows you to inspire customer loyalty and create app only discount deals.

According to recent research, 61% of restaurant customers would be willing to download a restaurant’s app if you promised them exclusive offers and deals from time to time.

Still not convinced? Let’s learn more about these inspiring real restaurant mobile app examples.


International franchises like Domino’s Pizza also understand the power of mobile apps for business growth and marketing. Building your own pizza has never been this easy. Choose from toppings from presets and place and track your order. The app also featured a map where the restaurant locations are geotagged. Their smooth UI (user-interface) and simple UX (user-experience) makes for one of the best examples of food and drink mobile apps.


People love their coffee, and Rhino Coffee is well aware of this need. That’s why their app is used as a reward system and loyalty program. The mobile app enables you to pay with your phone and earn rewards by doing so. It also shows you the menu and locations available in your area. Rhino Coffee is a great example of how you can use your restaurant app to inspire loyalty and returning visitors.


If it’s statistics you’re looking for to be convinced of the power of mobile apps for your restaurant, Starbucks is your proof. They were one of the first companies to use the mobile app channel for business growth. Back in 2011, they spent over $1 million to accept QR-code payments, and it paid off.

About 21% of Starbucks transactions are done via mobile app, with an estimated 11 million people currently signed up to the Starbucks mobile application.


As we know, e-commerce is all the rage. If your institution also offers online purchases, a mobile app can really boost your sales. Mini Bar is a great example of a niche service and product that utilizes the power of mobile. This company understands the need for people to have liquor delivered to their homes, whether they’re throwing a last minute party or want to have a gift delivered to a friend’s home. The company delivers to various locations, showing they understand the need for a mobile app to reach their demographic. The design is user-friendly and aesthetically pleasing.


Chipotle shows that ‘easy does it’. The application itself isn’t complicated and the interface isn’t overpowering. This restaurant understands our culture of instant gratification, so instead of standing in line, you can place your order in advance. This is ideal during rush hours and you’re able to skip the queue to pick up your order.

Yes, we know that these are the widely known brands that can pay huge amounts of money to have their app with all the extra features. But all of them had to start somewhere small, right?

After viewing those examples and reading the statistics, it’s almost shocking to note that only 4.8% of retailers have a mobile specific application for their establishment. Isn’t it time to give your customers what they want?

As a restaurant owner, you want to give your customers what they’re hungry for. Take this opportunity to increase brand visibility, gain access to nearby customers, showcase images of your delicious menu, build a rewards program and track valuable data for your marketing strategy.

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