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How can you use deposits as a restaurant? 50 inspiring examples

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Nowadays all kinds of restaurants are using deposits and prepayments for events and special menus. Prepayments help your restaurant to generate cash flow, reduce no-shows and save time. They help you to focus on your actual work - running a restaurant and creating a dining experience.

Example of a prepaid event from Razmataz in the Formitable widget

To give you some inspiration for your own restaurant, we have collected 50 examples of restaurants that use prepayments.

Most important insights for your restaurant:

Small side-note: The featured restaurant events and menus are meant for inspiration. Not all of them are still being sold.

Here is an overview of 50 examples how other restaurants use prepayments

1. 4-courses group menu
Restaurant NAZKA, Amsterdam

2. Beer Tasting Dinner
Restaurant Jacob's Kitchen, Diemen

3. Book a bed - Futuristic Dinner
Restaurant Supperclub, Amsterdam

4. Boozy dim Sum-day
Ron Gastrobar Oriental, Amsterdam

5. Brunch menu
Restaurant De Vergulden Eenhoorn, Amsterdam

6. Chef Sergi Arola on 22/07
Café Caron, Amsterdam

7. Chef Syrco Bakker dinner
Restaurant Kasteel Kerckebosch, Zeist

8. Chef's Table "All Out"
Restaurant Bougainville, Amsterdam

9. Culinary boat trip
Restaurant In den Doofpot, Leiden

10. Daalder Reservation
Restaurant Daalder, Amsterdam

11. Dinner Package #3
Restaurant De Biertuin Prinsengracht, Amsterdam

12. Dinner reservation
Restaurant 212, Amsterdam

13. Early Enjoyer - High Wine No. 2
Vindom Wine Bar, Oldenzaal

14. Emotion dinner: Gratitude
Restaurant &moshik, Amsterdam

15. ESCOBAR Latin Bistro by Fernando Paez Magro
Restaurant Escobar, Amsterdam

16. Fête de la Jungle - 3 years - Group Dinner
Bar Botanique, Amsterdam

17. Christmas 4-course lunch
Restaurant Tante Kee, Kaag

18. Group menu 4-courses
Café de Paris, Amsterdam

19. Groups 15-course menu
Restaurant Wolf Atelier, Amsterdam

20. Groups dinner
Bar Alt, Amsterdam

21. Groups lunch at MOS
Restaurant MOS, Amsterdam

22. Groups menu #2
Restaurant Bickers a/d Werf, Amsterdam

23. Guerilla Cuisine
Saris & Sobecki, Eindhoven

24. Happy Happy New Year!
Restaurant Happyhappyjoyjoy West, Amsterdam

25. High Harrie & Toon-tasting on Sunday
Restaurant Tussen Harrie & Toon, Ledeacker

26. IFTAR - Breaking the Ramadan fast
Restaurant Ortam BBQ Rijnhaven, Rotterdam

27. King's day
Restaurant Envy, Amsterdam

28. Leftovers menu
Restaurant De Loohoeve, Schoonloo

29. Let Us Feed You
Restaurant 101 Gowrie, Amsterdam

30. Menu d 'Amour
Restaurant Bistrot Neuf, Amsterdam

31. Menu Gastronomico 4-courses
Da Pietro Ristorante Italiano, Elburg

32. Movie At The Lake
Restaurant Lake House Rotterdam, Bergschenhoek

33. New Years Eve
Restaurant Auberge Jean & Marie, Amsterdam

34. Opulence Revealed by Rémy Martin
Cocktail bar "A Bar", Amsterdam

35. Pizza Party
Restaurant Huis van Iemand Anders, Amsterdam

36. Pre-Theater menu
Amstel Brasserie, Amsterdam

37. Private Dining
Restaurant Aan de Poel, Amstelveen

38. Reservations | Maastricht Vrijthof
Corner Bakery - Maastricht, Maastricht

39. Saturday Lunch Vuurtoreneiland
Restaurant Vuurtoreneiland, Amsterdam

40. Valentine's menu
Razmataz, Amsterdam

41. Special dish: Bistecca alla Fiorentina 1.4 kg
Restaurant Cucina Casalinga, Amsterdam

42. Special Easter Lunch
Restaurant BAK, Amsterdam

43. Speed ​​Lunch
Restaurant Barça, Amsterdam

44. Spring pop up
Restaurant 4850, Amsterdam

45. Sublime Afternoon Wine & Food
Brasserie Sublime, Waalwijk

46. Tasting: South Africa
Wine café Rayleigh & Ramsay Overtoom, Amsterdam

47. The beginning
Restaurant De Nieuwe Winkel, Nijmegen

48. The Whiskey Club
Restaurant Juniper & Kin, Amsterdam

49. Valentine's menu
Brasserie de Gempemolen, Sint-Joris-Winge

50. Wine tasting: Bavette meats Oranje
Boutique restaurant Bavette, Maasland

Not only for fine-dining restaurants anymore

Even though prepayments were first introduced in fine-dining restaurants, they can be used in countless ways:

Examples of prepaid events from De Biertuin in the Formitable widget

Prepayments prevent no-shows, generate cash flow and save you time

Why do more and more restaurants use prepayments like deposits and tickets? Primarily, because they help to stop no-shows. By paying beforehand, guests make a commitment to your restaurant.

Tickets are also a great way to generate positive cash flow. Selling tickets before your restaurants opening can help you to get a flying start. This is exactly what Restaurant De Nieuwe Winkel did with their opening.

Offering tickets for your restaurant online can also free up your valuable time. Guests can easily book and pay online. Instead of calling and emailing with guests multiple times to schedule a single reservation, you can focus on running a restaurant.

How hospitable is it to ask for a restaurant reservation deposit?

Not too long ago it was unthinkable that a casual restaurant would work with deposits. Still, not everyone thinks that it fits with the hospitality we expect from a restaurant. For a lot of restaurants, however, it has become a well-known problem that the number of guests not valuing their reservation has increased in recent years.

Asking for a deposit helps in dealing with this in a transparent and flexible way. The deposit amount will be deducted from the final bill in the restaurant. If the guest can’t make it on the date of the reservation and cancels within the agreed time frame, the deposit will be refunded.

For the guest it feels nice to be charged a smaller amount on the day itself, as they partly paid already. For the restaurateur it is nice that cancellations (almost) always come in on time. A win-win for everyone.

What is the right price for a restaurant prepayment?

The prices in the examples range from a €7,50 deposit for a groups brunch to a €250 prepaid 7-course "All out" Chef's Table dinner arrangement in a Michelin-starred restaurant. If you are in doubt, just use the average deposit price of €25.

Start creating your own prepaid restaurant events with Formitable

With Formitable you can easily create tickets and prepayments for the events in your restaurant.

Examples of prepaid events from Supperclub in the Formitable widget Here you can see two prepaid arrangements from the restaurant Supperclub. At Formitable we call these arrangements “Tickets”.

Each ticket made with Formitable has its own URL link. If you want to guide your guests' attention to a particular event or special menu, just share this link on social media, your website, or in your newsletter.

As each ticket has its own link, you can even use paid online advertisements on Google AdWords and track the performance of your events in Google Analytics.

You can choose to showcase certain arrangements (tickets) in the Formitable widget on your website. This way website visitors will immediately see what your restaurant has to offer.

Do you want to keep your event exclusive? You can also hide your event ticket from the general public. With hidden tickets, only the people that receive the direct link from you are able to see and buy the ticket. This is for example what Café Caron did when they invited guest chef Sergi Arola and only wanted to invite close friends to the event.

Tickets created for one-time events will automatically be deactivated in Formitable after the event has passed. This way you never have to manually remove tickets of expired events.

Slideshow of various prepaid tickets and events in the Formitable widget
Slideshow of various prepaid tickets and events in the Formitable widget

Are you already a client of Formitable? Start offering prepaid events today. A better and more modern way to serve your guests. Our Ticket Guide in the Formitable Help Center will help you to get started.

Are you eager to start using tickets and deposits, but are you currently using another reservation platform? Try Formitable 14 days for free.

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