5 Tips for private dining success


Restaurants’ peak season isn’t just around the corner — as far as corporate events and functions are concerned, it’s already here.

Let OpenTable help you out. We’ve put together a list of  our top five tips that are easy-to-use and will help expand your market to drive more revenue for group and private dining.

1) Show off your space

Diners regularly check out images of their destination before they go. If you can, splash out on a photographer to do a quick shoot. Use natural lighting if possible and add some festive seasonal decor. If a photoshoot is not possible, you need at least one high-quality photo of the private dining interior space to share details of your unique hospitality options.

2) Your menu matters

Diners regularly check out menus online before they dine out. How often do you update your online menu and how well does it reflect what your guests might expect? Either commit to keeping your menu fresh and seasonal, or post a sample version that is timeless.

3) Respond quickly

Make sure you respond to email enquiries quickly as this is a big opportunity to book your in-demand spaces early on and avoid diners going to other venues. Event details like party size and celebration type are emailed directly with Private Dining listings so you can respond with personalised communication on why your venue is the best choice.

4) Diversify

We see Private Dining enquiries year round for occasions like birthdays, anniversaries and engagements, but leads are highest leading into the end of financial year and festive season. During this season, requests for corporate and festive functions will be a large percentage of the enquiries you receive, so make sure you have menus and offerings to meet their needs.

5) Know your audience

Reach event planners, administrative professionals and diners looking for event spaces for private and corporate events. Showcase your options by including the room name, a description, number of people standing and seated to make it easy for everyone to see and choose your space.

Expand your revenue opportunities. Let Private Dining drive additional business.

If you’re not an OpenTable customer contact us today to learn how to get started.