Growth dinner reflects consumers breaking free from pandemic behavior

On-premises restaurant sales were up 46% from the first quarter of 2022 compared to the same period last year, and take-out and delivery sales were down 7% over the same period.

These are the key findings of the Toast Restaurant Q1 Trends report, which found that consumers are beginning to break free from peak pandemic behavior.

It also reflects that the restaurant industry is recovering in major markets, according to an earnings press release.

When it comes to diners and tipping culture, tipping at full-service and quick-service restaurants held steady at an average of 19.9% ​​for full-service (up slightly from 19.8% in Q1 2021) and 17% for fast service (up slightly from 16.9% in Q1 2021).

Additionally, customers tip more in person than at takeout and delivery – the average restaurant tipping percentage is 20%, while takeout and delivery is 15%.

The report aggregated restaurant sales data on the Toast platform, which serves approximately 62,000 locations in the United States.

While all regions of the United States saw impressive year-over-year sales growth, the Western region saw the fastest growth with 38% growth, a rate almost twice higher than the South.

When it comes to cuisine, Asian-inspired cuisine is the top performing cuisine among customers, followed by breakfast and Middle Eastern.