We all know how hard the wait staff works and respect that they make a large percentage of their earnings through the tips they receive.  One of the questions we frequently hear is, “how can I make sure that my wait staff receives the tips they deserve (a percentage of the full, pre-discount total)?” Below, we have an example on how your wait staff can maximize their tips, simply by spending an additional 20-seconds providing excellent customer service at the table

Read Post

With an audience of roughly 1 billion active users, it’s no secret why your restaurant should be on Facebook.  But once you’re there, what should you do?  We’ve broken it down to our top 10 tips for a successful Facebook strategy for restaurants.  Use these quick tips to help acquire followers, improve interactions, drive traffic into your restaurant, and build a relationship with your fans

Read Post

Welcome to Perfect Portions, a new Restaurant.com blog dedicated to serving our Restaurant Partners.  Our mission is to provide relevant news you need, keep you up to date on important program updates and have a little fun along the way. Perfect Portions earned its name for a reason: this blog aims to serve up a balanced selection of the content you need to run a savvy, successful restaurant business

Read Post

Ah, the joy of being a kid running through the halls on the last day of school, excited for the summer to officially begin.  This excitement shouldn’t just be reserved for kids on a three-month vacation. Restaurant owners have every reason to be just as excited as the summertime opens up many opportunities to thrive during this wonderful season.  Warmer weather, tourist season ramping up, and the family’s hectic schedules slowing down all add up to one fantastic thing: MORE BUSINESS FOR YOU!

Read Post

What do Anthony Bourdain, frozen yogurt, deep fryers and Restaurant.com have in common?  All participated in this year’s National Restaurant Association Show at McCormick Place from May 18-21! This year marked the first time Restaurant.com has been an exhibitor at the show, which boasted an attendance of more than 62,000.  We joined 2,100 exhibitors to spread the word about the benefits we offer to restaurants and customers alike

Read Post

It’s a refrain that’s becoming as familiar as the melodic ring of an iPhone: “your restaurant needs a mobile presence!”   While you may be growing tired of hearing it, it’s true.  Custom market research firm Chadwick Martin Bailey recently found that 81 percent of smartphone-owning consumers search for restaurants through mobile apps.  An even more telling number?  Seventy-five percent make dining decisions based on those search results

Read Post

Have you ever gotten an email from a business advertising a great sale on high heels (and you’re a man), or wondered why a company is sending flyers about delicious Italian sausage to your vegetarian restaurant?  If you’re like us, you probably wonder why you’re getting ads for products that you would never buy – and why the company is wasting its money targeting you

Read Post