Equipment Guide To Opening a Restaurant

Ever considered opening your own restaurant?

Whether it be an Italian, Mexican, Americana, or good ole fashioned sports bar you will need some bare essentials if you plan on doing it the right way. Having the right equipment means that you’ll be ready when your restaurant explodes in popularity, giving you the peace of mind when you need to ramp up your cooking and dining efforts.
A Comprehensive Restaurant Equipment Buying Guide can be found on our main site where it lists all of the things you need to open your own restaurant. Among these essentials items:

  • Commercial ovens: Convection ovens, electric ovens, fryers, gas ovens, griddle top ranges, and microwaves.
  • Restaurant seating: Bar stools, chairs, high chairs, booths, and tables.
  • Commercial walk in refrigeration units: Walk-in coolers, walk in latch replacements, and strip curtains.
  • Plastic cutlery: Plastic cutlery kits, plastic forks, plastic knives, and plastic spoons.


  • Food preparation: Aprons, blenders/juicers, can openers, chef knives and utensils, kitchen utensils, food warmers, gloves, heat lamps, measuring cups, storage containers, toasters, trays, work tables, 20 quart mixers, condiment bottles, and condiment pumps.
  • Office supplies: Clipboards, desks, tape & dispensers, files & filing supplies, message pads, cash bags, mounting tape, forms- record keeping, safes, time clocks & time cards, and time racks.
  • Pots and pans: Baine Marie pots, stock pots, sauce pots, bake pans, cast iron, crepe pans, stir fry pans, and fry pans.
  • Tableware: Bowls, China, flatware, glassware, linens, Melamine dinnerware, pitchers, plastic tumblers, and table top accessories.
  • Glassware: Disposable cups and lids, coffee cups, styrofoam cups and lids, and plastic tumblers.
  • Beverage Essentials: Coffee makers, coffee filters, specialty brewers, drink dispensers, and straws.
  • Ice Machines: Cube, flaker, nugget, and dicer ice machines, ice scoops, ice machine storage bins, and under-counter ice machines.
  • Freezers: Reach-in freezers, solid door freezers, under-counter freezers, chest freezers, pass-through freezers, remote condenser freezers, and ice cream freezers.
  • Refrigeration: Air curtain refrigeration, glass door refrigeration, milk refrigeration, reach-in refrigeration, underbar refrigeration, restaurant merchandisers, under-counter refrigeration, deli cases, refrigerated wine cabinets, and refrigerated bakery cases.
  • Cleaning Supplies & Equipment: Brooms & brushes, cleaning supplies, dust mops, bathroom cleaning supplies, paper towels, paper towel dispenser, soap and soap dispensers, sponges, trash cans, liners, and toilet paper.
  • Sinks: Bar sinks, bathroom sinks, and hand sinks.
  • Dish Machines: Conveyer dishwashers, high temperature dish washers, low temperature dishwashers, round dish machines, under-counter dishwashers, and upright dishwashers.

InstaWares offers a complete restaurant equipment buying guide that lists all of the essentials. You can also buy this equipment directly from the main website.