Dining Experience: What are the Different Restaurant Styles?

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The dream of opening a restaurant often comes from working with food. If you've decided to do so, know that you're going to make several important decisions during preparation and planning. One of these decisions is planning your menu. Menus differ from each restaurant. Some chefs put their personal touches on pre-existing recipes, and others add new creations. It should be noted that the menu is affected by the type of restaurant you wish to open.

Below, we explore the different restaurant styles that you can integrate into your future restaurant.


Cafés offer a casual social environment. Usually, customers order over the counter. But this model has evolved into table service for other establishments. Unlike other establishments, cafés are known for their light refreshments. They are also western, notably European, in nature. 

The menu revolves around the drinks the café serves, which are usually different kinds of coffee and tea. Depending on the business, a café can also serve sweet treats, like juices, milkshakes, and frappes. These drinks are accompanied by pastries, snacks, and hot meals for breakfast and lunch. The price point ranges from cheap to moderately pricey. 

Given its relaxed atmosphere, groups are often found convening in cafés. It doesn't matter if most serve food meant for one or to share. It has become a place to stay and chat.

Family Style

Another casual dining experience can be had in family-style restaurants or franchises. These restaurants are known for how they served their moderately priced food. It's unique in a way that food is served in platters with large proportions, which are meant to be shared by groups. This should be expected regardless of cuisine offered, be it Italian with pizza and pasta or Filipino with meals eaten with rice. 

The way customers order depends on the establishment. Some prefer to have their customers pay over the counter. Others have servers approach the table to collect the orders, to be paid after the meal has been eaten. When considering the serving sizes in this restaurant, individuals don't typically patronize these places. 

Fine Dining

Fine dining is the most expensive restaurant experience there is. That is because the food served is made from rare, high-quality ingredients prepared by chefs who have trained for many years. An issue that many have about these establishments are the small portions. There are different reasons why this is done. Some believe it to be cost-saving. But it mostly has to do with the number of courses served in these restaurants. 

Typically, fine dining restaurants serve three-course meals. But this can be taken up to double digits. For the customer to have the best experience, bloating and overeating are prevented by the small portions. 

Ghost Restaurant

The Internet has made an impact on the food industry as well. Nowadays, many ghost type restaurants have appeared on the market. They stand out from the competition because they don't have shops for the customers to visit and dine in. Instead, they usually operate online and rely on delivery services to bring people their meals. The food often comes cheap in this model. Moreover, there are little limitations when it comes to the menu. It all depends on the business, its brand, and what type of cuisine they serve. 

The menu and the style of your restaurant go hand-in-hand. In this case, it's up to you to decide which one you want to adjust. Would it be the food you offer or the way you serve them to your future customers?

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