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Restaurant reservations platform reveals top dining trends of the year

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Online restaurant reservations provider OpenTable has released a retrospective look back at this year’s most popular dining trends.

This year alone, the company sat over 283 million diners who gave more than 13 million reviews, giving it a treasure trove of food trends and shifts in behavior to provide insightful context as to how people have been eating.

It said that diners moved towards more health-conscious dining preferences, while alternative diets are also on the rise compared to 2017 with ‘keto’ mentioned a whopping 683% more in reviews and ‘plant based’ mentions increasing by 136%.

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Diners also vegged out on low-calorie alternatives with ‘cauliflower crust’ mentions skyrocketing in reviews by 487% and ‘jackfruit,’ another vegan and vegetarian alternative, increasing in reviews by 148% since 2017.

Additionally, OpenTable found diners are still choosing to indulge when it comes to global cuisines.

This past year, Mexican-inspired dishes continued to grow in popularity, with ‘queso’ mentions increasing by nearly 31% and ‘nachos’ mentions by 19% over the past three years.

Review mentions of ‘potstickers,’ a staple in Asian cuisine, has increased by 61%. Finally, review mentions of the classic Italian delicacy, ‘cacio e pepe,’ has increased by 96% since 2017.

Key takeaways from this year’s report include:

Farmer-Owned: According to OpenTable data, this year’s most booked restaurant of 2019 was Founding Farmers, the popular majority farmer-owned restaurant serving scratch made, responsibly sourced American cuisine, located in Washington, D.C.

In With The New: OpenTable found that diners looked to try something new in 2019, with 70% of reservations coming from new diners booking that restaurant for the first time through OpenTable.

Intimate Celebrations: This year, most people preferred intimate birthday celebrations over group dining with the majority of birthday reservations made for a table for two.

Last Minute vs. In Advance: 42 percent of diners made reservations at the last minute on the day of their reservation. This is followed closely by those who made their reservations within 1-7 days ahead of dining (41%).

The City That Never Sleeps (and Always Eats): New York was the most popular region in the U.S. for late night/early morning reservation bookings made from 12AM to 7:59AM. Alternatively, South Dakota proves to be the opposite with nearly 100% of their reservations taking place during the day (8AM – 9PM).

American vs. Italian: American cuisine was the most popular for breakfast and lunch, while Italian cuisine took the top spot for dinner.

This year alone, the company sat over 283 million diners who gave more than 13 million reviews, giving it a treasure trove of food trends and shifts in behavior to provide insightful context as to how people have been eating.

It said that diners moved towards more health-conscious dining preferences, while alternative diets are also on the rise compared to 2017 with ‘keto’ mentioned a whopping 683% more in reviews and ‘plant based’ mentions increasing by 136%.

Diners also vegged out on low-calorie alternatives with ‘cauliflower crust’ mentions skyrocketing in reviews by 487% and ‘jackfruit,’ another vegan and vegetarian alternative, increasing in reviews by 148% since 2017.

Additionally, OpenTable found diners are still choosing to indulge when it comes to global cuisines.

This past year, Mexican-inspired dishes continued to grow in popularity, with ‘queso’ mentions increasing by nearly 31% and ‘nachos’ mentions by 19% over the past three years.

Review mentions of ‘potstickers,’ a staple in Asian cuisine, has increased by 61%. Finally, review mentions of the classic Italian delicacy, ‘cacio e pepe,’ has increased by 96% since 2017.

Key takeaways from this year’s report include:

Farmer-Owned: According to OpenTable data, this year’s most booked restaurant of 2019 was Founding Farmers, the popular majority farmer-owned restaurant serving scratch made, responsibly sourced American cuisine, located in Washington, D.C.

In With The New: OpenTable found that diners looked to try something new in 2019, with 70% of reservations coming from new diners booking that restaurant for the first time through OpenTable.

Intimate Celebrations: This year, most people preferred intimate birthday celebrations over group dining with the majority of birthday reservations made for a table for two.

Last Minute vs. In Advance: 42 percent of diners made reservations at the last minute on the day of their reservation. This is followed closely by those who made their reservations within 1-7 days ahead of dining (41%).

The City That Never Sleeps (and Always Eats): New York was the most popular region in the U.S. for late night/early morning reservation bookings made from 12AM to 7:59AM. Alternatively, South Dakota proves to be the opposite with nearly 100% of their reservations taking place during the day (8AM – 9PM).

American vs. Italian: American cuisine was the most popular for breakfast and lunch, while Italian cuisine took the top spot for dinner.

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