Why Restaurants Don't Want Plate Sharing

Diners split entrees for many reasons. It could let them taste more appetizers or plan dessert. 

It's cheaper, and inflation has troubled customers for years. There are times when eating out is cheaper than eating at home, but food is always more expensive. 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' latest Consumer Price Index, eating away from home has increased 5.3% over the past year, compared to 1.7% for meals at home.

Given those numbers, we may want to order a dish to share rather than a large dinner we won't complete. 

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 This strategy reduces check sizes, which hurts restaurants' bottom lines.According to a 2022 Datassential survey, 21% of diners had shared an entree to cut the cost of a dinner in the past six months, and 58% said they would continue. 

 If restaurants forbade splitting dinners, customers would be upset, therefore many are using various methods to dissuade it.

For instance, some restaurants are cutting small plate portion sizes to make sharing harder. 

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