Updated July 16, 2012

Restaurant Trends: New Incentives for Dining Out

Restaurants adapt to constrained household budgets, social media, and expanded menu offerings
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43% of consumers indicate restaurants being an essential part of their lifestyle, according to a survey by the National Restaurant Association. We put together a research infographic illustrating restaurants doing more to attract customers.

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Infographic: Restaurant Trends
Infographic: Restaurant Trends © CreditDonkey

"Social media is the top growing trend for restaurants," says Charles Tran, founder of CreditDonkey. "Not only are savvy folks looking for great deals online, they are also sharing their dining experience with their friends."

While the economic downturn continues to weigh heavily on family budgets, restaurants are expanding their menu offerings to attract more diners, from new international cuisines to healthier options.

Consider the following tips to help dine out while saving money:

  • Look online to find the best restaurants. Make sure to read the customer reviews and comments -- as this is a great source for insider insight.
  • For the adventurous, coupon and daily deal websites offer huge discounts on hidden gems. This allows consumers to try out a restaurant, even those outside of their typical budget.
  • Use a rewards credit card, specifically one that offers more cash back at restaurants.

(Writing by Kelly; Graphic Design by Marcelo)

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Comments about Restaurant Trends: New Incentives for Dining Out

  • Ashyia Hill
    on May 10, 2012 9:39 AM said:

    I used to eat out every weekend, but that costs a lot of money. Restaurant dining is now reserved for special occasions and trips. Even then I scour the Internet for deals to bring the amount down.

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