The thought of eating alone at a restaurant is a foreign concept to many, but a new study reveals diners are increasingly choosing to eat by themselves.
A new study from OpenTable, a dining reservation service, reveals that the number of people who make reservations for parties of one have increased 62% in the past two years.
The findings indicate that solo dining is becoming more popular in large metropolitan areas including Dallas, Miami, Denver, New York, Philadelphia, Las Vegas and Chicago. Caroline Potter, chief dining officer at OpenTable, stated:
“As dining out has become one of our national pastimes, solo diners are taking every opportunity to visit top restaurants whenever they get the opportunity, much as they might attend a sporting event or show.”
She adds that having a nice dinner alone is a way to indulge oneself and have quality “me” time:
“Solo dining is about treating yourself to a delicious experience and savoring every bite. From communal and counter seating to doting table service, restaurants are welcoming parties of one with open arms.”
OpenTable also released a list of the top 25 restaurants in the U.S. in honor of the solo diner. The list was compiled based on restaurants with the most booked tables of ones as well as star ratings and reviews.