Restaurant Flooring Options

When selecting restaurant flooring, there is much to consider. From cleanliness and comfort to safety and durability—restaurants face many daily demands. Here, we examine some of the best restaurant flooring options available for each of the main areas within its facility.

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Waiting Area

Restaurant waiting areas are designed to give customers a place to relax while waiting to be seated. This area is usually the first space the public will see when entering the restaurant. Therefore, waiting areas should be aesthetically pleasing—after all, first impressions can make all the difference for a business’ success. For this space, not only should the flooring be visually appealing, but it must also have durable, easy to maintain, and slip resistant characteristics. As a result, we suggest using a carpeted solution to take advantage of these benefits. Carpet will also promote a warm, comfortable, and ‘homely’ feeling for your guests. The two primary types you can choose from are broadloom (roll) carpets and carpet tiles. To better distinguish between the two, check out Broadloom vs. Carpet Tile: A Buyer’s Guide.

Dining Room

The dining room is where most of the gatherings take place in a restaurant. Whether the gathering is for a birthday, business meeting, or just a casual night out, customers should find these areas welcoming, yet comfortable. For a warm and inviting approach, we recommend using a wood or wood like option. Engineered hardwood, laminate, and wood plastic composite solutions give dining rooms the presence of genuine hardwood without a genuine hardwood price tag. These solutions are extremely durable and can stand up to stains, scratches, and moisture better than the wood it mimics.

Restaurant Flooring Options


The kitchen is known as the heart of any restaurant. Usually kept out of the public’s eye, commercial kitchens desire just as much attention as any part of the restaurant regarding design. When it comes to choosing the correct flooring, durability and easy maintenance must be deciding factors. For these reasons, we suggest ceramic tile, quarry tile, or commercial vinyl flooring. For more, check out our page on a brief guide to commercial kitchen flooring.

Restaurant Flooring Options


Often overlooked, restrooms within restaurants need careful consideration when it comes to choosing a correct flooring solution. Restroom flooring has a very specific set of properties that flooring solutions must be able to withstand. Properties must consist of durability, safety, easy maintenance, and water resistance due to moist, humid environments. Because of this, we suggest using standard concrete in these locations. Concrete is a low-cost solution that often already exists as a subfloor. As long as it properly sealed, concrete can fight moisture and only needs to be mopped with warm water upon routine cleaning. Check out some of the most cost-effective, innovative concrete surfacing options in the market today.

Restaurant Flooring Installation Discussion

Selecting materials is only part of the process; installation is just as important. At Spectra Contract Flooring, we’ve installed more than 350,000 commercial floors throughout the U.S. If you have any questions about restaurant flooring options or an upcoming commercial flooring project, contact us here or call any of our locations nationwide. You can learn more about our flooring installation services here.

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