For your staff to provide excellent service to your customers, you will need to provide them with all the necessary restaurant supplies and equipment. The type of restaurant supplies you need depends on two things: the type of service you intend to provide and the type of food that you will be serving at your restaurant. The requirements of a 24-hour, full-service restaurant are different from those of a quick-service breakfast deli. However, some basic restaurant supplies are needed in every kitchen. Along with discussing the list of necessary items, we will also talk about the importance of good-quality, standard-grade equipment for a restaurant in this article.

Knowing The Essentials

First you need to analyze what items you require depending on the type of restaurant you want to open. Otherwise, you will be spending money on equipment you don’t need. You need to ensure that the equipment you buy reflects the quality of service you intend to deliver at your restaurant. It should be reliable so that you never run the risk of undermining the reputation and goodwill of your enterprise. Having the right equipment, as per your requirements, will eventually result in significant savings through cost reductions.

Restaurant equipment can be categorized into three groups:

  1. Kitchen equipment
  2. Operational equipment
  3. Front of house supplies

Kitchen Equipment

First in line with all the essentials is the kitchen equipment. The requirements of a restaurant are much different from that of a household kitchen. From cooking equipment like pots, pans, spoons, knives, bowls, and measuring cups to serving ware for all the different types of dishes, you will need every item necessary to run your restaurant.

Here is a list of kitchen equipment needed to run a full functioning restaurant:

Refrigerator & Freezer

You will need good quality refrigerators and freezers to keep your food fresh and also to keep the food quality regulators off your back. The type and size of the refrigerator depend on your kitchen requirements and the space available to you. For a small restaurant, a reach-in refrigerator would be the best choice. It does not take up much space and is also convenient to use for the staff. A walk-in freezer would be a great choice as well if you can spare that much space and if your restaurant feature demands a lot of food storage.


The design and the model of the oven will depend on your restaurant and the food. You should take into account the size, quality, and function of the oven and choose one that fits your requirements. The size of the oven depends on the size of your kitchen and the amount of food you would need to prepare during hours of operation. Your oven should be able to hold the amounts of food required for your specific restaurant. There are different types of ovens available. The type of oven you choose depends on the type of food you intend to serve in your restaurant. The most common types are commercial, convection, combination, and conveyor ovens.


A kitchen range is an integral cog in the machinations of a kitchen and, consequently, a restaurant. You have two choices when it comes to ranges: gas or electric.


Ventilation keeps in check the atmosphere and temperature in a commercial kitchen. It also manages the airflow and maintains a clean and comfortable working environment for the staff.

Mixers and Slicers

Heavy-grade mixers are used for making bread or desserts on a commercial scale. A good example of a heavy-grade mixer is this Stainless Steel Mixer, it can hold up to 5.5L of batter and uses a powerful 1200W motor to mix your ingredients together flawlessly. You should choose a mixer based on your usage. Different types of mixers are flour mixers, hand mixers, and countertop mixers. 

Slicers are used to cut food like meat and cheese into slices efficiently. Find a durable stainless steel slicer like this Stainless Steel Meat Slicer if you would like to increase the productivity of your restaurant. They would be needed if your restaurant offers sandwiches and platters on its menu. 

Operational Equipment

Many restaurants use automated equipment for daily operations to cut labor costs. Management systems like inventory control systems and other equipment like cash registers and credit card processing machines make day to day operations easier and seamless.

Front of House Equipment

The front of house equipment includes the seating arrangement for customers, menu boards, silverware, glassware like these Coupe Cocktail Glasses, and other essentials that suit the theme and ambiance of your restaurant.

This is important because while they are waiting for the food, they’ll be looking around the overall atmosphere and aesthetic of your restaurant. Though it sometimes seems of little importance, front of house restaurant supplies plays a vital role in the success of your restaurant.

You can find all the restaurant supplies and essentials you need at Unique Restaurant Supplies. From heavy-grade machinery like their 8 Layer Food Dehydrator to something as simple as their Non-Slip Handheld Nutcracker, all the restaurant essentials are widely available to cater to your needs. If you are looking for premium, good quality equipment that is reliable and cost-effective, visit their website. It’s the one-stop-shop for all your restaurant supplies needs. Choosing the best and most cost-efficient supplies and equipment is one of the first steps towards starting your own restaurant. It should be done with the utmost care and due diligence. If you have any further questions on restaurant supplies, submit a contact form and we’ll get in touch with you shortly.