Why You Need Table Numbers In Your Restaurant

For over 35 years, City Grafx has been manufacturing various signs for the restaurant, hospitality and retail industries. But our very first product was creating a table number for what is now one of the largest fast food chains in the world (and yes, after over 30+ years they are still a customer today). You can find their used table numbers for sale online due to the chain's iconic following. Table numbers continue to be our best selling product. Let's take a look at why they are so popular and how they can help you in your business.

The food industry is constantly changing and evolving with new concepts and trends. But the one thing that hasn't ever changed is that customers want their food to be prepared fresh and served quickly. Table numbers are one of the easiest ways to provide an efficient way to expedite orders to the correct customer.

How to use table numbers:

The most common practice is when a customer places their order at the counter, they are given a number that corresponds with the number on their order's  kitchen ticket. Sometimes this number is hand written on the ticket by the employee. Often the number is entered into the POS system which also generates the ticket for the kitchen. The customer is then free to find a seat. An employee brings their food to the customer when ready.

When delivering the food to the customer, the employee is able to quickly verify by matching the ticket number and the corresponding table number that was given to the customer. It's a fast, easy system that greatly reduces mistakes and helps facilitate delivery of your orders to your customers quickly. When delivering orders to your customer, it provides a great opportunity to thank your customer for coming in and take care of any questions or needs your customer may have.

If you have a food truck or a pick up counter, you could simply call out the ticket number when the order is ready for pick up. When the customer picks up their order at the counter they hand you back their number.

Let's look at the pros and cons of using table numbers:


  • table numbers are simple to integrate into any restaurant or food service concept.
  • table numbers help expedite orders to the correct customer in an efficient and professional manner.
  • when the employee delivers the customer's order it allows for customer interaction where you can thank your customer for coming in, talk up any promotions or specials and answer any questions.
  • table numbers are a reasonably priced way to integrate an ordering system in your establishment that does not need any other system (wi-fi, computers etc.) to work.
  • Table numbers help reduce your labor footprint. Depending on your set-up, table numbers allows your customer to choose their table and possibly fill their own drink without the need of additional employees. This frees up your employees to oversee the whole environment rather than being tied to only a couple tables at a time.


  • table numbers will need to be replaced periodically due to wear and tear.
  • table numbers are best suited for used in fast food, quick serve, cafe, deli and brewery environments. Table numbers may not be beneficial to high end, sit down restaurant concepts where counter service in not offered.

City Grafx offers several options for table numbers. We have our standard 3" tall table numbers and our 6" tall table numbers. Both are tent style and come in a variety of colors.

We also offer custom printed table numbers. Custom printed numbers feature your full color logo and/or qr code on your table numbers. Custom table numbers are a great way to keep your brand in front of customers. Many customers add their website to custom table numbers to encourage online visitation and/or ordering.

Below are the links to web pages where you can place your order for any of our table numbers. If you have any questions, please send us an email. We are happy to help.

Standard restaurant table numbers: https://citygrafx.com/collections/standard-table-numbers

Tall restaurant table numbers: https://citygrafx.com/collections/tall-table-numbers

Custom restaurant table numbers: https://citygrafx.com/collections/custom-table-numbers