There’s been a 67% increase in online restaurant bookings, but the percentage of diners who spend more than $90 per head on a meal has dropped from 20% to 16% compared to a year ago according recently released data.

The Australian Dining Index was compiled by online restaurant reservation site, Dimmi and reflects data collated from over 300,000 diners and 2,000 restaurants including some of Australia’s finest – Quay, Bilson’s and Catalina.

It seems when it comes to a great restaurant experience diners are increasingly factoring in value and service.  Service and value for money combined are now rated equally  important as the quality of food and wine.

According to Dimmi CEO, Stevan Premutico, these results reflected a clear shift in the Australian dining scene.

“We’re definitely seeing a move away from fine dining towards value for money – around $50 seems to be the new threshold as diners seek out more casual options that offer great service and good food and wine at a reasonable price,” said Premutico.

His views are consistent with noodlies, Sydney food blog’s recent Opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald.

According to the Index:

  • Australians spend on average $60 per head when we dine out
  • the average booking is for 3 people
  • 55% of online bookings are made by women, with the ACT the only region where more men book online
  • One third of online bookings are made between 2 and 7 days in advance, while 30% are made less than 24 hours ahead

For more details, see the infographic produced by Dimmi below.


dimmi Australian Dining Index