AUSTRALIANS spend $60 on average when dining out, especially on special occasions, and share a love for Modern Australian cuisine, new research shows.
The Dimmi Australia Dining Index, compiled by online reservations site Dimmi, reflects data collected from over 300,000 diners and 2000 restaurants to reveal information about Australian dining habits.
The harsh economic climate and closure of high-end restaurants has seen a drop in fine dining in the past year, with only 16 per cent of diners spending more than $90 a head compared to 20 per cent a year ago.
Food and wine still play a large role in what makes a great dining experience, however, service and value for money are becoming an increasingly important part of a dinner out.
According to Dimmi Founder and CEO, Stevan Premutico, the results reflect 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," Mr Premutico said.
Diners in the ACT had the most costly dining habits, spending 33 per cent more than the average Australian, at over $80 a head.
As for the most social diners, Victoria takes the cake, with 55 per cent of bookings made for three or more people.
When it comes to making reservations, men tend to leave things to the last minute and women are better at planning for the future, while the ACT is the only region where men book online more than women.
Valentine’s Day is the most popular day to dine out, followed by Christmas, showing that love and family plays an important role in dining experiences.
Although there are dining differences between the states, one thing Aussies can all unite on is what foods we like on our plate, with Modern Australian and European-style restaurants being our favourite.
The research also showed Australians are also becoming more tech-savvy, with a 67 per cent annual increase in online bookings.
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