Golden State gastronomy to-go? CloudKitchens makes it easy

Whether you’re operating from the heart of Hollywood or streamlining service in Silicon Valley, a CloudKitchens ghost kitchen will kick your culinary business up a notch.


Ghost kitchens versus traditional restaurants

Real estate

Brick & mortar


High cost, high traffic address

Ghost Kitchens


Same area, low cost low traffic address

Staff required (~)

Brick & mortar


Many dedicated to front-of-house

Ghost Kitchens


We provide staff to handle all order handoffs and more

Weeks to launch 1 location

Brick & mortar


10 locations 5-10 years

Ghost Kitchens


Multiple locations 1 year

Upfront investment

Brick & mortar


High investment

Ghost Kitchens


Low investment

Break even

Brick & mortar


10% profit on 1M run rate

Ghost Kitchens


10% profit on 1M run rate

Are ghost kitchens worth the investment?

The rise of ghost kitchens

The golden age of food delivery has arrived. And with that, comes 54M delivery app users and a market estimated to reach a net worth of $1.65T by 2027. Ghost kitchens are providing restaurateurs with a lower-risk alternative to a traditional brick and mortar by cutting labor costs and the overall upfront investment to get started.

With dedicated kitchen space built for delivery, these lower cost, tech-enabled locations set you and your restaurant up for delivery success, making it easy to get up and running in less time.

With over 8,000 ghost kitchen locations in the US alone, chances are there is a ghost kitchen in your neighborhood. At CloudKitchens, we find the best possible ghost kitchen location that captures the most delivery demand, at the lowest cost.

As more hungry customers turn to delivery for their next meal, it is becoming even more vital to have a delivery strategy in place for your restaurant business.

Unlock new trends emerging in food delivery, new AI tech to take advantage of, and how to tap into this booming industry with our latest trend guide.

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Kitchen specs

All you need and more under the hood

We offer kitchens for modern-day chefs and help get you set up with specialized equipment and minimal fuss.


  • Private kitchen
  • Driver pickup area
  • Staff locker area
  • Restrooms
  • Mop wash
  • Cold & freezer storage
  • Dry storage


  • Order pickup & processing*
  • Courier handoff
  • Cleaning & maintenance
  • Safety & health inspections
  • Delivery logistics
  • Extraction & ventilation
  • On-site support staff
  • Delivery software
  • *Level of service dependent on facility


  • 3 compartment sink
  • Prep sink
  • Hand sink
  • Commercial hood
  • Tablet
  • Grease-trap/interceptor


  • Gas points
  • Power outlets
  • High power lighting
  • Cold & hot water lines
  • Gas/fire safety system
  • WiFi
  • Trash / recycle
  • Ethernet connections
  • Grease/trap cleaning
  • Hood/flue cleaning
  • Pest control

The California food scene

Tacos - ghost kitchen

There’s no question that California’s a fantastic place for entrepreneurs to find their footing. Whether you’re an established restauranteur, an aspiring chef, or an ambitious dealmaker, opening a ghost kitchen in California is a venture that has incredible potential.

Looking to craft incredible tacos for the hipsters in East LA, sell fresh seafood to tourists along the 101, or keep the tech industry fueled and fired up in San Francisco? California’s teeming with opportunities to start a thriving delivery-only endeavor. You’ll have no shortage of customers—people flock to the Golden State from all over the world to make a name for themselves and savor a taste of the good life.

CloudKitchens California ghost kitchens are located in strategic areas that will let you make the most of everything the state has to offer. Between massive student populations, sightseeing tourists, and hungry professionals, there are countless Californians who need to eat—now. Open up shop in a spot where you can reach them all, and don’t worry about the complicated permits and construction details that come with launching a brick-and-mortar space. Whether it’s in LA, the Bay Area, or a ghost kitchen in Sacramento, we got you covered.

CloudKitchens can take care of your logistical concerns and get you up and running for an initial investment of $30k. That means you can secure a Hollywood ending for your restaurant on an indie-film budget. Plus, you’ll have our cast of supporting players throughout the entire production. While you and your cooks prepare delicious food, our staff will manage the rest. From cleaning and maintenance of the kitchen space to order fulfillment, your dedicated CloudKitchens team will be onsite to help you handle everything—and make your Golden State business a verified gold rush.

California ghost kitchens

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What are the requirements to set up a ghost kitchen in California?

California’s government is notoriously strict when it comes to food safety requirements in a commercial kitchen and the restaurant industry in general. Setting up any food-service operation in California (ghost kitchen model included) requires permits, certifications, and inspections through the California Department of Public Health.  

Sorting through commercial kitchen California policies can feel a bit overwhelming. That bureaucratic frustration is part of why we started CloudKitchens in the first place. We’re happy to handle the red tape, the construction, and even cleaning, maintenance, and order fulfillment. Work with us to outsource requirement woes, and stay focused on your passion—creating incredible food.

How much does it cost to start a ghost kitchen in California?

California’s cost of living may be high, but it’s cheaper than ever to open a ghost kitchen in the Golden State. Whether you’re in the Bay Area, Southern California, or even up in Northern California, you can start a food delivery business with CloudKitchens for an initial investment of just 30k, and start filling orders in as little as four weeks.

Save hundreds of thousands in start-up costs, and get cooking (and collecting payments) faster. Success isn’t a pipe dream—when you partner with CloudKitchens, it’s a beautiful reality.

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