Restaurant Podcasts

The restaurant industry moves fast and as a busy restaurateur, you rarely get the time to sit down and read through industry magazines, emails, or reports. Luckily there are podcasts so you can multitask and get your industry news while on the road, in the kitchen, or at home.

Here we’ve compiled some of the top restaurant podcasts for industry news, restaurant marketing, menu inspiration, and more to add to your queue.

Here are 13 Restaurant Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

Restaurant Business Podcasts for New Owners

Check out these shows if you are just getting started as a new owner in the restaurant industry.

1. Legends and Lies of Launching a Restaurant

Legends and Lies of launching a Restaurant

Hosted by 50+ year industry veteran Chef Tobie Nidetz, this podcast covers “everything from those first creative meetings to the first few months of operation” through conversations with food writers, pest control professionals, interior designers, and anyone else who touches the industry in some way.

2. Restaurant Unstoppable

restaurant unstoppable

Host Eric Cacciatore has a dream to open his own restaurant one day and he’s getting ready by interviewing “chefs, restaurant owners and operators, and great industry leaders” to learn the ins-and-outs of the industry before diving in on his own.

3. Food Startups Podcast

Food Startups Podcast

While not every episode is directly related to opening a new restaurant, episode topics include how to raise money for a start-up business (episode 150), building relationships with investors (episode 175), and the power of networking in business (episode 79). 

Restaurant Podcasts for Established Businesses

Shows for restaurateurs looking to expand, problem solve, or get advice from fellow restaurant owners and consultants.

4. The Restaurant Coach Podcast with Donald Burns 

the restaurant coach podcast

Donald Burns is not just a restaurant coach, he’s The Restaurant Coach – someone who thousands of restaurateurs around the globe have hired to help them improve, expand, and straight-up save their restaurants. Listen to Donald interview guests about common problems they see within the industry and discuss how his proven methods help combat these issues.

5. Restaurant Technology Guys

Restaurant Technology Guys

Choosing your restaurant tech stack can be overwhelming, to say the least. “Drawing from over 75 years of combined experience in restaurant technology, implementation, and marketing, The Restaurant Technology Guys are here to help you run your business better” with tips on choosing a POS, advice on using third-party ordering services, payroll automation options, and more.

6. Restaurant Rockstars

Restaurant Rockstars

Restaurant Rockstars is a consulting business owned by Roger Beaudoin. His podcast of the same name covers topics from branding and marketing to payroll to the industry staffing shortage. Regardless of where you are on your restaurant ownership journey, there is sure to be an episode that resonates with you.

Get more industry insights on staff turnover, menu trends, and more in the 2019 State of the Restaurant Industry Report.

Restaurant Podcasts About Marketing

Half the battle to owning a restaurant is getting new customers in the door. Check out these podcasts for marketing tips and tricks to help you do just that.

7. Social Restaurant Podcast 

Social Restaurant Podcast 

Host Nate Riggs is a marketing CEO who has experience working with clients in the restaurant industry. Episode topics range from branding, email, and (of course) social marketing for restaurants, plus CEO interviews, industry technology, and more.

8. Smart Restaurant Podcast

Smart Restaurant Podcast

Hosted by Rafael E. Zabala, Founder of Smart Restaurant consulting and marketing agency, this podcast focuses on ways restaurants can find new customers and keep them coming back for more. One episode even focuses on why restaurateurs should be starting their own podcasts!

Pro tip: As a busy restaurateur you probably don’t have time to start a podcast, but try to score a guest spot on one listed here for some free publicity!

9. Smart Pizza Marketing

Smart Pizza Marketing

Bruce Irving is a pizzeria-owner-turned-marketing-expert. Despite the name, any restaurateur can learn from Irving’s tips on using social media and digital marketing to expand their brands and bring in new customers.

Food Inspiration and History Podcasts

When you get tired of shop talk, here are some podcasts that focus on the best part of being in the restaurant industry – the food.

10. Bite

bite podcast

Bite, produced by Mother Jones, “is a podcast for people who think hard about their food.” Hosted by two Mother Jones editors and one acclaimed food and farming blogger, Bite interviews a variety of industry guests to learn more about the politics and science of what we eat, and how our food gets from the source to our plates. 

11. GastroPod

GastroPod

GastroPod explores our favorite foods through the lenses of science and history. Tune in to learn more about the science of artificial sweeteners, why Americans love bagels, and other answers to your burning culinary questions.

12. Radio Cherry Bombe

Radio Cherry Bombe

The podcast to accompany Cherry Bombe, an online magazine that celebrates women in the food industry, Radio Cherry Bombe centers its episodes around amplifying the voices of women in food. Each week they speak with a new guest: “the chefs, bakers, pastry chefs, stylists, writers, cookbook authors, and others making it happen.”

13. Bartender at Large

bartender at large podcast

Hosted by bartender and bar owner Erick Castro, the Bartender at Large podcast is “is a love letter to the art of bartending and the world of craft cocktails.” Get a peek behind the scenes of every aspect of craft cocktails as Erick interviews bartenders, distillers, spirits experts, and cocktail historians in this go-to show for industry professionals and cocktail enthusiasts alike.

The restaurant industry is fast: we move quickly, think on our feet, and adapt to the ever-changing needs of our guests. Stay up to date with the latest trends on menu items, staff turnover, and more in our latest report.

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Stephanie is a Providence, RI native and eight-year food industry veteran. As Upserve's Content Marketing Coordinator she creates materials that help restaurateurs, managers, and service professionals succeed. When she's not writing, Stephanie is most likely traveling, cooking, or trying new restaurants.