Whether it’s a special occasion, a get-together with friends, or simply easier than having to do the washing up, we all love to dine out and be waited on – but the cost can add up quickly.
Here are some of the best deals around to help you get your money’s worth while eating out.
Best for: couples, or groups of friends or families with an even number.
How it works: When choosing which restaurant to dine in, search the Tastecard website or app to see if your Tastecard is eligible to be used there.
If it is, be sure to book in advance and mention that you will be using your Tastecard when you visit (if you do not make this known, or fail to book in advance, the restaurant may refuse to accept the card).
Then attend your booking and enjoy either 50% off your food bill or 2-for-1 on meals at thousands of participating restaurants across the country, including well-known chains such as Zizzi’s and Ask Italian.
Best for: Affordable fine-dining.
Bookatable is a sleek-looking website which enables users to search for and book a table at thousands of top eateries across the country.
This interactive browsing experience searches for restaurants by location, cuisine, price and offers.
Best for: Limited time deals with big discounts.
How it works: Groupon looks for the latest restaurant discounts near you, using your location.
There is also the option to sign up for daily emails which will bring discounts direct to your inbox.
Best for: Vouchers for a variety of well-known restaurants.
How it works: Visit the MoneySavingExpert restaurant voucher page for discounts at a range of big name restaurants - so whether you fancy a pizza, spaghetti bolognese or a roast carvery dinner, there's bound to be an offer to suit.
Accessed via: Online
Best for: Last minute dining plans
How it works:
If you're making plans to eat and you've left it late - or are prepared to leave it until the last minute - TablePouncer can help you to make big savings on your meal.
Currently only available in the capital and a handful of other cities, TablePouncer works on the basis that the best restaurants have empty tables on any given night which they would rather have filled than empty.
So the website enables users to book these tables at the last minute and receive big discounts on their food.