Canadians’ Interest in Dining Out Surges, OpenTable Reports

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TORONTO — The number of seated diners from online, walk-in and phone reservations at restaurants from July 1 to October 25, 2022 was up 21 per cent on average compared to the same period in 2019, according to OpenTable data.

Overall, OpenTable’s data shows Canadians continue to spend, revealing a 38-per-cent increase in seated diners at high-price-point restaurants between July 1 and September 19, 2022 compared to the same period in 2021. Additionally, 57 per cent of diners are willing to pay more when dining out, knowing that food costs have increased.

Canadians are keen to support restaurants, recognizing the need to help local businesses recover and thrive. To show their support, 43 per cent of diners plan to leave bigger tips and 71 per cent of Canadian diners are leaving at least a 15-per-cent tip, while another 14 per cent leave greater than a 20-per-cent tip.

Finally, consumer reliance on reservation platforms, such as OpenTable, have increased through the pandemic and will continue to transform restaurant operations. Reservations booked eight to 14 days prior to the dining date rose by 50 per cent in the first half of this year compared to the same period in 2019.

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