November dining habits of Canadians

Published December 15, 2021

The share of Canadians ordering take-out from a restaurant held steady at 70% in November, according to Angus Reid’s study “Tracking Pandemic Recovery”. The survey of Canadians, conducted between November 29 and 30 2021, also found that drive-throughs remain the second most popular way to order food from a restaurant, with 60% doing so in November.  

In contrast, colder weather has led to a sharp drop in patio dining at full-service restaurants, falling to 15% in November compared to 30% in October and 46% in July.  Meanwhile, the share of Canadians that ate indoors at a traditional full-service restaurant has steadily risen from 47% in July to 59% in November – a share that it is now just behind drive-throughs. By comparison, 19% of Canadians ate indoors at a quick-service restaurant in November.

According to Angus Reid, younger Canadians (18-34) were most likely to eat out at a restaurant during November, both for indoor and patio dining.

As a result of fewer restrictions and increasing confidence, 18% of Canadians ate in a food court at a mall in November, up from 13% in October and September.   

The survey results are based on a representative sample of n=1,506 Canadian Adults (age 18+ yrs.) who are members of the Angus Reid Forum. The sample frame was balanced and weighted on age, gender, and province according to the latest census data. For comparison purposes only, a probability sample of this size would yield a margin of error of +/-2.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

Visit Angus Reid for more information.

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