How to Write a Restaurant Dessert Menu

Including photos in your dessert menu tempts customers to buy.
Including photos in your dessert menu tempts customers to buy. (Image: Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Many people consider dessert the best part of the meal. Once your patrons have satisfied their hunger, they often long for something sweet to finish off their dining experience. When the dessert menu arrives at the table, ensure that it is designed in such a way that they'll be powerless to exercise self control and are compelled to order something decadent.

Things You'll Need

  • List of dessert items
  • Dessert recipes
  • Dessert pricing

Compile a list of all desserts offered by your restaurant. Collect your written recipes for each one, as well as your price list.

Group your desserts by category on your menu. Place all cakes, pies, puddings and other items in the order you want them to appear on your menu. Write the price in beside each dessert.

Choose catchy names for your desserts. Instead of merely listing chocolate cake as an option, consider a more descriptive name like Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake. Rather than putting strawberry pie with ice cream on the menu, consider listing it as Ruby Red Strawberry Pie a la Mode.

Write a tantalizing description of each dessert underneath its name. For example, describe your Irish Pound Cake as "a thick sweet slice of golden goodness made with fresh eggs, butter and cream cheese, liberally laced with fine Irish whiskey and dolloped with creamy whipped topping." Use words that paint a vivid picture and make your guests' mouths water before the dessert even reaches the table.

Proofread your menu for mistakes in spelling or descriptions and then have your chef do the same. Make your menu picture perfect before you send it to the printer.

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