In Summer 2009 work began to digitize the Providence campus libraries' extensive restaurant menu collection, the bulk of which currently resides at the Harborside campus. The collection includes over 7,000 menus that will be digitized and uploaded to the ScholarsArchive@JWU over the coming years.

The collection was donated to Johnson & Wales University Library by the National Restaurant Association. Many of the menus featured were part of their menu design contests in the 1980s and 1990s.

PLEASE NOTE: Images and content in the ScholarsArchive@JWU are for educational use only. All restaurant menu design and content is the property of the restaurant and/or copyright owner. If you wish to use, reproduce, or publish the images in any form, you must contact the restaurant and/or copyright owner directly to obtain permission.

Please email Jenny Castel or Rosie Hopper, for further information.


Browse The National Restaurant Association Menu Collection:

All Menus in the National Restaurant Association Collection

Asian Cuisine

Bakery & Pastry


Bar & Grill

Bed & Breakfast

Beverages Only

Bistro & Tavern

Cafes & Coffee Shops

Catering, Banquet & Event Planning


Creative Menu Design


Desserts & Spirits

Diners & Roadside

Ethiopian Cuisine

Family Restaurant Style

Fast Food

Fine Dining - Breakfast

Fine Dining - Brunch

Fine Dining - Dinner

Fine Dining - Lunch

Franchise & Chains

French Cuisine

Fusion Cuisine

Greek Cuisine

Hospitals & Healthcare Facilities

Hotels & Resorts

Indian Cuisine

Italian Cuisine

Japanese Cuisine

Korean Cuisine

Kosher Cuisine

Louisiana Cuisine

Mediterranean Cuisine

Members Only & Private Establishments

Mexican Cuisine

Middle Eastern Cuisine

Moroccan Cuisine

New England Cuisine

Nutritional & Heart Healthy

Pizza Restaurants

Prix Fixe

Pubs & Sports Pubs

Room Service & In-Room Dining

Seafood Specialty

Southern Cuisine

Southwestern Cuisine

Spanish Cuisine


Surf & Turf



Tex-Mex Cuisine

Thai Cuisine

Transportation Menus