Restaurant Audit Checklist

By Julia Burnett

Owning and managing a restaurant is no cake walk. It takes time, practice, and the skills to gather the right information about your business. Let us help! In this blog post we are going to go over our favorite tips that will help you create a great audit for your restaurant.

No one wants to read one giant list of questions. Break your form into clear sections or into different forms all together.

So for example if you need to find out all about food storage, cooked ingredients, and how the food is served, break those up into separate sections or forms. Doing so allows your people to be more efficient which means that you get data quicker.


Have your team show rather than tell. Using photos saves your users from having to write out a long description. Photos quickly and accurately allow you to evaluate your restaurant, measure progress, and identify when there’s an issue.

Concrete Questions

In the restaurant business it can be easy to ask questions that have “feeling” answers. While these sort of touchy feeling questions do have some value, we recommend that you use them sparingly. Use questions that give you definitive answers. Is it more useful to you to know that your team felt that the food products were “adequately stocked” or that there was exactly “x amount of product b overstocked”? The hard numbers will help you best analyze your business and guide you to make those important decisions.


Require that your team sends in information to you every week. Collecting data in a timely manner will help you best analyze the “health” of your restaurant. If you can see week after week that the signage in the front of your restaurant is dirty or not well-lit you can quickly fix the issue. Use your historical data to be proactive, figure out where your business could still use a little work, and monitor positive changes.

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