Restaurant Mystery Shoppers: Getting Paid to Dine Out

Mystery shopper services play a vital role in the success of any restaurant. In today’s ultra-competitive market, it’s imperative that every restaurant serves up the best tasting food while providing excellent customer service in a clean and inviting premises.

From finer dining establishments like the Outback Steakhouse or Carrabba's Italian Grill - to casual restaurants like T.G.I. Friday's, Red Robin or Red Lobster - and even fast food establishments like McDonalds, Quiznos or Taco Bell - each kind of restaurant wants their customers to get the best possible service and for their food to be perfect so they will keep coming back. But it’s not just repeat business that a restaurant aims for. Word of mouth from a satisfied customer is the best form of advertising any business could want.

More than just the quality of the food, restaurant owners need to know what their customers think about their service - about how they were treated by their servers, how the restaurant looked - was it clean and comfortable? As well as whether the food was to their satisfaction - prepared correctly and served in a timely manner.

This is where you - the mystery shopper, can help to make a difference. You can provide restaurants in your area with the valuable feedback they need to make their operation as good as possible. You’ll get paid for dining out while you help to improve customer service in your local dining establishments.

With the help of mystery shoppers, restaurants experience a higher sales volume and higher level of customer satisfaction - ensuring future visits. This is all because mystery shopping in restaurants produces positive results and pays dividends to the dining establishment.

Your job as a restaurant mystery shopper

You will visit the restaurant without letting any of the staff know that you’re a mystery shopper. While in the restaurant, you will pay attention to details like:

● How clean the location is
● How long it took you to be seated
● How you were treated by the host and/or server
● How long it took for your meal to arrive
● How the meal was served:
● Did it look appetizing? Was it prepared properly? Was it tasty? ...and so on.

After you leave the restaurant, you just have to fill out a simple questionnaire describing your dining experience and you’ll be paid for your comments. Yes, you’ll be paid for dining - plus, your meal will be free!

You'll usually be able to bring along a friend or even the whole family as your guests when you're on a paid dining assignment in a restaurant. But don't worry, you don’t have to accept every restaurant job that you're offered. You’re always free to turn down any assignment that doesn’t interest you.

Restaurant secret shopping is big business with lots of opportunity

There are more restaurant mystery shopping assignments available than you can imagine. In America, there are roughly 220,000 full-service restaurants and another 260,000 or so fast food and quick-service restaurants. Combined, that’s nearly a half million dining establishments earning close to $600 billion every year. Does that give you a better idea of just how massive this industry is?

With so many great restaurants and fun places to eat in America, you have a very large menu of dining options to choose from as a mystery shopper. Just think, you can start the day with a mystery shopping job at McDonalds, IHOP or Bob Evans Restaurant for breakfast. Then, you can get paid to eat lunch at Applebee's, Cracker Barrel or Subway. How about a nice evening of free fine dining at Ruth's Chris Steak House, Carrabba's Italian Grill or Benihana? The possibilities for getting paid to dine are truly endless.

Most of your mystery shopping job offers will be for the popular, franchised restaurants that serve the whole country. Restaurants like Outback Steakhouse, Cheesecake Factory, PF Chang's China Bistro, Texas Roadhouse, Olive Garden, Ruby Tuesday , Boston Market, Papa John's Pizza, Subway Subs, Dunkin' Donuts and Chili's. But you can also get mystery dining job assignments for local independent cafes, bistros, restaurants and fine dining establishment unique to your town.

A partial list of the types of restaurants in the USA that use mystery shoppers is included at the bottom of this report. There are over 230 different dining establishments listed - covering everything from casual and quick service restaurants to fine and upscale dining establishments.

Interested in getting paid to dine as a secret shopper?
Mystery Shopping Providers can get you started today. We specialize in connecting new shoppers with restaurant secret shopping jobs. Through our extensive network of hundreds of mystery shopping companies, you’ll have plenty of great paid dining jobs to choose from every day. Visit our website and sign up today.

The following is a list of the kinds of restaurants that are most commonly mystery shopped in America. This is just a sample of the kind of places you could be getting paid to dine as a secret shopper.

A&W Restaurants
Arctic Circle Restaurants
Atlanta Bread Company
Auntie Anne's
Bahama Breeze
Baja Fresh
Bakers Square
Ben & Jerry's
Big Boy
BJ's Restaurant & Brewery
Black Angus Steakhouse
Black-eyed Pea
Bob Evans Restaurants
Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits
Bonanza Steakhouse
Bonefish Grill
Boston Market
Bubba Gump Shrimp Company
Buca di Beppo
Buffalo Wild Wings
Burger King
Burger Street
Cafe Rio
California Pizza Kitchen
California Tortilla
Camille's Sidewalk Cafe
Captain D's
The Capital Grille
Carino's Italian Grill
Carl's Jr.
Carrabba's Italian Grill
Champps Americana
Charlie Brown's Steakhouse
Cheeburger Cheeburger
Cheeseburger in Paradise
Cheesecake Factory
Cheddar's Casual Café
Chevys Fresh Mex
Chicken Express
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Chronic Tacos
Chuck E. Cheese's
CiCi's Pizza
Claim Jumper
Coco's Bakery
Cold Stone Creamery
Country Buffet
Cracker Barrel
Dairy Queen
Damon's Grill
Dave & Buster's
Del Taco
Dixie Chili and Deli
Domino's Pizza
Don Pablo's
Donatos Pizza
East of Chicago Pizza
El Chico
El Pollo Loco
Elephant Bar
Famous Dave's
Farmer Boys

Five Guys Famous Burgers
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Freebirds World Burrito
Fresh Choice
Gatti's Pizza
Gino's Pizza and Spaghetti
Godfather's Pizza
Golden Corral
Green Burrito
Ground Round
Hard Rock Cafe
Hobee's Restaurant
Houston's Restaurant
Howard Johnson's
Huddle House
Hungry Howie's Pizza
In-N-Out Burger
Jack in the Box
Jason's Deli
Jerry's Subs & Pizza
Jersey Mike's Subs
Jimmy John's
Jim's Restaurants
Joe's Crab Shack
Johnny Rockets
L&L Hawaiian Barbecue
Landry's Restaurants
Ledo Pizza
Lee Roy Selmon's
Little Caesars
Logan's Roadhouse
Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon
LongHorn Steakhouse
Long John Silver's
Maggiano's Little Italy
Max & Erma's
McAlister's Deli
The Melting Pot
Mazzio's Italian Eatery
Miller's Ale House
Milo's Hamburgers
Moe's Southwest Grill
Montana Mike's
Mr. Hero
Mrs. Fields
National Coney Island
Noodles & Company
Old Country Buffet
Olive Garden
On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina
Outback Steakhouse
The Old Spaghetti Factory
The Original Pancake House
P. F. Chang's China Bistro
Panda Express
Papa Gino's
Papa John's Pizza
Papa Murphy's Take 'N' Bake pizza

Pei Wei Asian Diner
Penn Station
Perkins Restaurant
Pita Pit
Pizza Hut
Pizza Inn
Pizza Ranch
Planet Hollywood
Ponderosa Steakhouse
Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits
Portillo's Restaurants
Port of Subs
Potbelly Sandwich Works
Qdoba Mexican Grill
Quaker Steak
RA Sushi
Rainforest Cafe
Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers
Red Hot & Blue
Red Lobster
Red Robin
Redstone American Grill
Rock Bottom
Romano's Macaroni Grill
Round Table Pizza
Roy Rogers Restaurants
Ruby Tuesday
Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Seasons 52
Shane's Rib Shack
Skyline Chili
Smokey Bones
Sneaky Pete's
Sonic Drive-In
Steak 'n Shake
Sticky Fingers
Stir Crazy
Sub Station II
Sweet Tomatoes
T.G.I. Friday's
Taco Bell
Taco Bueno
Taco Cabana
Taco John's
Taco Time
Texas Roadhouse
Tilted Kilt
Tony Roma's
Trader Vic's
Twin Peaks
Uno Chicago Grill
Village Inn
Waffle House
Which Wich?
White Castle
York Steak House

Get paid for dining out while improving customer service in your local restaurants.

From small independent cafes and local fine dining establishments to popular, franchised restaurants that serve the entire country - the options for getting paid to dine are endless.

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