10 Exciting Restaurant Trends to Watch out for in 2023

Written by Brittany Paguni, Account Specialist

As the world of dining continues to evolve, it's important for restaurant owners and foodies alike to stay up to date on the latest trends. Here are 10 exciting trends that are poised to make a big impact in 2023:

1. Virtual Reality Dining:

Imagine being transported to a beautiful beachside setting while enjoying your meal at a restaurant in the city. That's the kind of experience that virtual reality dining can offer. With the help of VR technology, restaurants can create immersive, multi-sensory dining experiences that go beyond just the taste of the food.

2. Plant-Based Protein:

Plant-based proteins have been gaining in popularity in recent years, and that trend is only set to continue in 2023. More and more people are looking for vegetarian and vegan options, and restaurants are rising to the challenge by offering a wider range of dishes made with plant-based protein sources like beans, lentils, and tofu.

3. Ghost Kitchens:

Also known as virtual kitchens or cloud kitchens, ghost kitchens are essentially restaurant spaces that are used solely for the purpose of preparing and delivering food for online orders. This trend has exploded in popularity during the pandemic as a way for restaurants to pivot to delivery and takeout, and it's expected to continue to grow in the coming years.

4. Sustainable Packaging:

With increasing awareness about the environmental impact of single-use plastic, more and more restaurants are opting for sustainable packaging options. This can include reusable containers, biodegradable packaging, and even packaging made from recycled materials.

5. Fermentation:

Fermented foods and drinks like kombucha, kefir, and kimchi are not only delicious, but they also have some impressive health benefits. As more people become aware of the benefits of fermentation, we can expect to see more fermented options on restaurant menus in 2023.

6. Food Halls:

Food halls, which are essentially indoor food markets, have been growing in popularity in recent years and that trend is set to continue in 2023. These spaces offer a variety of food options under one roof, making them a convenient and fun place to eat for people on the go.

7. Zero-Waste Restaurants:

With the increasing focus on sustainability, it's not surprising that zero-waste restaurants are starting to pop up. These restaurants strive to minimize their waste as much as possible, often by composting food scraps, using reusable containers, and offering bulk options.

8. Ghost Restaurants:

Like ghost kitchens, ghost restaurants are essentially virtual restaurants that exist only online. Customers can order from a menu and have the food delivered to them, but there is no physical restaurant space for diners to visit. This trend has grown in popularity during the pandemic as a way for restaurants to reach a wider audience without the overhead of physical space.

9. Fine-Casual Dining:

Fine-casual dining is a hybrid concept that combines the high-quality food and service of a fine dining restaurant with the casual atmosphere and affordability of a casual dining spot. Expect to see more restaurants embracing this trend in 2023.

10. Health-Focused Menus:

With more and more people becoming health-conscious, we can expect to see an increase in the number of restaurants offering health-focused menu options. This can include dishes made with whole, unprocessed ingredients, as well as options for dietary restrictions like gluten intolerance or dairy allergies.


In conclusion, there are many exciting restaurant trends to watch out for in 2023. From ghost kitchens and food halls to plant-based options and virtual reality dining experiences, these trends are sure to bring new and innovative ways for customers to enjoy meals out. It will be interesting to see how these trends continue to evolve and shape the restaurant industry in the coming years.

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About Geordy Murphy

From concept developer and restaurant general manager, to corporate chef and marketing director, Murphy has been the lead executive in a number of the country’s most prominent restaurants and bars.Connect with Geordy on geo@cypresshospitalitygroup.com

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