Most U.S. states and all age groups spend more at restaurants.

Americans are spending more money on restaurant meals, whether they eat in, carry it out, or have it delivered.

According to our research of the most recent U.S. Census Bureau data, expenditure in this category has climbed over 10% nationwide in only the last six months

The cost of restaurant meals has risen by 6% since the beginning of the year, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.  

However, according to data from restaurant reservation website OpenTable, the number of individuals eating out has decreased by 1% countrywide in the last six months. 

 In sum, individuals are eating out less frequently, but when they do, it is taking a greater chunk out of their finances.  

Continue reading to find out which states have been hardest hit by restaurant inflation, as well as which states are now spending the most and the least on eating. 

We'll also provide advice on how to save money at restaurants and get rewards

We examined data on restaurant expenditures per consumer in two-week intervals and discovered that spending increased from $91.45 in November 2022 to $112.95 in June 2023. 

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