One of the biggest investments is always the kitchen. Depending on the size of your restaurant you need to stock it up with all necessary equipment to ensure everything runs smoothly. How to keep track of all that equipment? Answer – The restaurant kitchen equipment list.

You can find the ultimate the restaurant kitchen equipment checklist template [here].

If you are opening your first restaurant be certain that you’ll forget something – unless you have help.

As it turns out, you don’t actually need to remember all that stuff. You can save A LOT of time just having all that stuff printed out and posted near the kitchen.

In today’s post, I will show a complete checklist of things you need to manage your restaurant kitchen properly.

The role of the Restaurant Kitchen

Your kitchen should be the place where your menu comes to life. It is truly the heart of your restaurant.

The place where the food is stored, prepared, cooked and plated.

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Unlike ordinary kitchen, the restaurant kitchen has a number of people in it at any given time so it is essential that it’s organized.

You will find out that even the small variation in choice of equipment can greatly improve (or worsen) productivity and flow.

You can find more insights about the stations in every restaurant kitchen [here]

Equipment Costs

Without any doubt, the kitchen will be your biggest expense. If you are planning to buy new equipment be sure that you know that $300 000 can be spent really quickly.

The cure is to buy used equipment where you can save a lot of money – but run the risk of no warranty.

Whether you’re buying new or used you need to have an exact list of things you need.

Don’t worry I’ve got you covered …

We’ve talked with several restaurant owners and came up with a Restaurant Kitchen Equipment List or in other words essential equipment needed to start a restaurant.

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Restaurant Kitchen Equipment List

The following list shows supplies needed for opening a mid size restaurant with about 70 seats. If you have larger (or smaller) restaurant you may want to make some adjustments.

Here is the list divided into several categories:

Dry, Cold and Meat Storage

  • dunnage racks
  • ingredient bins with slide covers
  • drain trays
  • boxes and containers
  • ice caddy
  • Reach-in & Walk-in cooler

Food Preparation

  • towels, soaps, sanitizers
  • aprons
  • baking sheets
  • extensive variety of knives
  • bowls
  • muffin pans
  • sheet pans
  • oven mitts
  • foil wrap
  • cutting board
  • measuring spoons
  • measure cups
  • scoops
  • stock pots
  • sauce pots
  • saucepans
  • fry pans
  • double boiler
  • spoons
  • ladles, tongs, strainers
  • thermometers

Fryer Station

  • deep fryer
  • fry basket
  • fine mesh skinners
  • heat lamp
  • filter cone
  • seasoning dredge
  • fryer thermometer
  • tong

Grill Station

  • tong
  • turners
  • grill brush
  • oven mitts
  • sauce mops
  • insert pans

Griddle Station

  • turners
  • grill scraper
  • oil dispenser
  • brick holder
  • seasoning dredges
  • butter wheel
  • thermometer

Baking Oven

  • timer
  • aluminium scoop

Hot Table

  • adapter bar
  • insert pans
  • insert covers
  • food portioners
  • disher
  • spoons and tongs
  • ladles

Table Top

  • dinnerware
  • glassware
  • flatware
  • tabletop accessories

On this Restaurant Kitchen Equipment List are the things you may miss on your general list so be sure you double check everything before you buy something.

Also, you may need other types of equipment more specific to your restaurant concept. Maybe an ice cream maker would be a great addition if you are looking to follow that trend.

Whatever concept you run through your restaurant don’t forget the fire extinguisher as this is essential even in household kitchens.

You can find a more detailed restaurant equipment list pdf [here].


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