Restaurants and Seating: The Communal Table

Communal Seating

With the coming of the holiday season it is important to look at gathering space. In restaurants, there is always a need for tables to seat eight or more people.  Communal tables are long, shared tables where people are typically sitting near someone they do not know. They can be used for high-turn around seating or for accommodating large parties and groups. Communal tables also impact the way in which wait staff engage with their customers. Staff must be well trained and prepared to handle customers, and how to encourage interaction. Your restaurants may even build service entirely around a social exchange.

While the benefit in communal tables for restaurants is an increased number of seats in a smaller space, there is much more to it than simply boosting sales. Communal tables play a part in developing a better experience. Restaurant Development and Design Magazine states that communal tables are “particularly appealing to millennials, who look for restaurant destinations that can accommodate their desire to socialize, graze and linger.” At these tables diners can choose to “engage with others at the table, or engage with technology.” Communal tables make it much easier for customers to take their time, start conversations, or work behind their computer screens. They give the customer freedom to decide how they would like to enjoy their dining experience.

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-Alex Schleicher, Architectural Designer