Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What’s the average food cost for restaurants?

The average food cost for restaurants is between 25%-35%. If your food cost is higher, you should probably evaluate your prices, dishes, and even suppliers. 

How do you price your menu with food cost percentage in mind?

If your food cost percentage is too high, you may need to raise prices. However, at a certain point, higher prices will deter customers from ordering them, which will have an adverse impact. So, finding the ideal restaurant menu pricing is all about striking a balance

Is it possible to track how menu pricing affects sales?

Yes, and it’s valuable data you should keep an eye on. Most POS systems have tools that can help you track sales, and you should be aware of changes that occur when you change menu prices. 

About the Authors

Rebecca Riddle

Rebecca Riddle

Hospitality Writer

I have years of experience working in restaurants as well as writing about them. From restaurant financing, to hospitality technology, to the exciting worlds of food and beverage, I know hospitality inside and out.

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