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5 Restaurant Menu Pricing Strategies That Will Help Boost Your Sales

Are you constantly thinking about how to price a perfect menu for boosting your sales?

Your restaurant’s menu plays an integral role in setting your customer’s expectations. The menu is your restaurant’s vital marketing tool, as it is the first thing that a customer looks for. Your menu pricing is also a key aspect that would help differentiate you from your competitors.

While there are ample things to keep in mind before finalizing your menu. In this blog, we have covered the most important of things to know before creating a menu – Pricing.

As an owner, the menu price is an important factor in order to plan, promote, execute and control the kitchen’s operational costs, staff management and, customer experience. In short, what food you are serving at what price in your restaurant will contribute to the budget allocated to the kitchen equipment, interior, cutlery and table plating.

There’s no real one-size-fits-all pricing strategy. But, we have listed the top

5 Smart Menu Pricing Strategies To Help Boost Your Restaurant Sales

1. Charm Pricing

Charm pricing is also known as psychological pricing. Odd numbers are the foundation for charm pricing. Charm pricing is essentially a numbers game and is most effective when you alter the leftmost digit on a price tag.

For example: If a cocktail at your bar costs Rs.200 and if you alter it to Rs.199 then it is scientifically proven that your brain processes Rs.199 and Rs.200 as values with a vast difference because of the first digit and they consider the former as relatively much cheaper.

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2. Complimentary Item Pricing

Who doesn’t like discounts?!

As restaurant owners, we and also our customers are always looking for ways to get discounts and buy things at less prices. By leveraging the discount mindset of customers, you can offer discounts on complementary items to increase the sale of related food items. This menu pricing trick will help upsell your other items too!

For example: You may set a low price for your coffee and slightly raise the price of your sandwiches compared to your competitors to compensate. The low-priced item will attract customers, and they will be more likely to buy the slightly higher-priced item, which goes along with the former.

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3. Decoy Effect Menu Pricing

The decoy effect is a psychological phenomenon in menu pricing that influences people’s preferences through inferior ‘decoy’ options. The decoy is priced to make other options more attractive. Essentially, the decoy is not intended to sell, it simply pushes the customer to opt for the target (a more profitable choice). 

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For example: Movie Theatres successfully use this strategy. For its main product- popcorn, theatres have different sizes & price variants- Regular, Large, Grand (or Jumbo). Now, let’s say, a regular popcorn costs Rs.150, a large one costs Rs.300 and a grand one costs Rs.340. The customers are likely to pay an extra 40 bucks and get the grand popcorn rather than a large one. Here, the ‘large’ merely acts as a decoy, making the ‘grand’ seem to be a viable option.

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4. Relative Pricing

Use relative restaurant menu pricing strategies to get your customers to buy more. When you place your high-profit items next to expensive dishes, your customers are likely to order the cheaper yet the high-profit item.

For example: A normal plate of nachos can be priced at Rs.150 which would include food costs and a high-profit margin. On the other hand, you can price loaded nachos at Rs.200 which may not include the same margin. Thus, placing normal nachos next to loaded nachos may tempt the customer to impulsively order the former, thus, leading to more profit.

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5. Competition-Driven Pricing

Competition-driven is a method of menu pricing in which you make a decision based on the prices of your competitors. You can conduct in-depth research about the prices that are prevalent in the market and then juggle around those existing prices. Choose the best price which would attract customers but not at the behest of inducing losses to your restaurant.

If you are looking to beat your competitors to revisit your outlet more than others then one effective way would write create item description in your menu.

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Smart pricing strategies are essential to running a successful restaurant business.

In general, your restaurant’s menu prices should be based on the type of cuisine being served, your restaurant’s geographic parameters and mainly, your target demographic. This will allow your prices to be cohesive with your brand, values and services.

Use these menu pricing strategies and let us know what works best for your restaurant.

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Himanshu Rupani
Himanshu Rupani
Himanshu Rupani is a growth marketer & content writer at Petpooja. He believes in healthy food, healthy mind but has a soft spot for cocktails and desserts!


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