There are a few “magic moments” at which the guest check peaks and plateaus. Upserve’s data finds that the average guest check swells from $88.39 at a 40-minute table time up to $123.45 at 80 minutes (in addition to another spike at the 100-minute mark). However, the restaurant’s revenue per minute plummets from $2.21/minute to $1.54/minute between the 40- and 80-minute marks.
What’s more, tips as a percentage of the guest check taper off at a certain point. Tips average $15 overall but note that according to Upserve’s data, the average tip on a $110 bill is just $3 higher than a $50 tab, and the average tip comes in at less than 10% of the check. The takeaway: that wait staff often would do better by serving several smaller tables instead of fewer large ones.
Find out about menu trends, staff wages and region-specific data in the full report.