Number of Americans who eat out rises

09 August 2005
Number of Americans who eat out rises

Americans are spending more on eating out, according to a survey by online reservation provider,

OpenTable found 40% of respondents were spending more than they did a year ago on meals; about £30 per person including taxes, tips and drinks.

A quarter of respondents said service in restaurants had improved, with diners giving a 17% tip for average service.

New York diners drink the most, with nearly half (49%) saying that one or more adults at the table will have on average one alcoholic drink during lunch.

More than half of those questioned said they usually treated themselves to dessert.

The survey examined eating trends and behaviour at restaurants in eight major US cities in February this year, gathering responses from more than 3,000 people.

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