National chains design their menus at the corporate level, and use heavily retouched food photography by proven specialists to depict select items, especially those that are new, or part of a special section or promotion.
I’d call that a dire mistake in just about any case, even if the images are impeccable (and they never are). When you see that, does it look good? Are the images too small to be of any impact? I don’t see how they can show every dish at an effective size unless their menu is also a coffee table book.
In my opinion, when you’re the designer making the design decisions, zero photography is the safest option for producing a good finished product. Let the item names and well-written descriptions tease the diner into forming a mental image, while the typography suggests the level of elegance to be expected in the food and the atmosphere. This is especially true when you’re designing for a “local,” establishment, where viable food photography doesn’t already exist, or isn’t handed down from a corporate Marketing parent. If the objective is something richer than type-on-paper, imagery of the building and locale, especially anything that can be considered unique or of special interest often works well.