From surveys of 6,000 restaurant operators and 1,000 consumers, we identified how restaurateurs demonstrated resiliency, innovation and commitment and the food and menu trends likely to stick around. 
2020 tested the limits of operator innovation, accelerated trends, and confirmed customers miss their favorite restaurant experiences. In this report, we share culinary and restaurant trends through 2021.
Top trends include:
  • Streamlined menus
  • Overwhelming shift to off-premises dining
  • Blended meals, part homemade, part restaurant-supplied
  • Restaurant-brand meal kits
  • Alcohol to go 
  • And more
2021 Restaurant Trends is developed with the National Restaurant Association’s State of the Restaurant Industry report, which will be available for download Tuesday, January 26.