When designing your new restaurant, one of the most important aspects to consider is your restaurant layout. Choosing the correct table size and design (circle, square, or rectangle) can determine your restaurant holding capacity. For example, circle tables are more efficient as you can get more people seated at one, but the flexibility of a square or rectangle table allows you to join tables together so large parties are easily accommodated. The flow of the restaurant is important so when host/hostesses walk customers to their tables they are not weaving in and out disturbing eating customers.
Another aspect to consider is the type of food you will serve. A coffee/dessert shop may only need to utilize a 30" x 30" table which could seat 4 people. However, if the restaurant is serving full course meals with serving dishes, this size table will be too small for 4 people and best to only have 2 people seated.