Eating out behavior in the U.S. - Statistics & Facts

Eating out behavior in the U.S. - Statistics & Facts

Statistics and facts on eating out behavior in the U.S.

In 2015, food and drink sales in the United States restaurant industry reached 745.61 billion U.S. dollars. This is unsurprising considering almost 19 million people reported visiting a full service restaurant and over 46.5 million people reported visiting a quick service restaurant in the spring of 2015.

Warm weather appears to be influential in U.S. diners' decision to visit a restaurant, with almost half reporting that they most frequently eat out during summer. When choosing a restaurant, food quality and cleanliness were the leading attributes for people choosing a limited service, casual dining and family dining restaurant, with at least 80 percent of respondents stating these factors were essential or very important in 2014.

When it came to the type of food they were eating, American’s favorite ethic food was Italian in 2015, with 61 percent of people eating it at least once a month. The least popular cuisine was Ethiopian with only two percent of people eating such food a few times a year. In terms of selecting healthy meals when eating out, U.S. diners considered the option of dishes with local and fresh ingredients to be the most important factor, followed by restaurants providing low-calorie options and nutritional information on the menu.

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