Is there one word for people to substitute "people who eat out in restaurants "?- whether in quick service restaurants, eateries, or high end restaurants. Terms used in business are preferable.


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Diner: "someone who is ​eating a ​meal, ​especially in a ​restaurant"


plural: diners

business: clientele: "the customers of a shop, bar, or place of entertainment."


  • I would think "diners" could also be used to refer to people eating dinner at home, though it does at least imply people being served, rather than just making their own food. Commented Apr 10, 2016 at 17:10
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    Here's another source: diner : "a person who is eating dinner in a restaurant" merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diner, and one more source : diner : "someone who is eating a meal at a restaurant" macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/diner Commented Apr 10, 2016 at 17:18
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    Those quotes would look so much better in the answer. Certainly better than the naked fragile links. Commented Apr 10, 2016 at 17:30
  • You mean include all the links in the answer? I was afraid of overkill. Shall I? Commented Apr 10, 2016 at 17:35
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    if you want to communicate with a user you have to place @ before their username, instead you are always notified whenever someone leaves a comment because you are the author of the post. Btw I think @CandiedOrange's suggestion is a good one.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Apr 10, 2016 at 19:11


A person who frequents restaurants rather than dining at home.

Neo-Words: A Dictionary of the Newest and Most Unusual Words of Our Time by David K. Barnhart


One who goes to or attends restaurants.

2009 September 6, Seth Schiesel, “All Together Now: Play the Game, Mom”, New York Times: Sure, the result won’t be of professional caliber (after all, you didn’t go to cooking school, the equivalent of music lessons), but you may have a greater appreciation for the genius who created the dish than the restaurantgoer, because you have attempted it yourself.


Out of the dense formations of endless fast food chains, Simon's novelties were to titillate the jaded restaurant goer. The Land of Look Behind -Paul Cameron Brown

Random House

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    Restaurant-goer can be used to describe a person who habitually eats out, but diner is better to describe someone eating at a specific restaurant at a specific time. Eater-out just sounds weird to me. Commented Apr 10, 2016 at 20:06
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    'eater-out' sounds someone who performs a certain sex act.
    – dwjohnston
    Commented Apr 11, 2016 at 0:06
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    @dwjohnston That's funny, when I first came across words like "oralist" and "carpet cleaner," I thought just about the same.. dictionary.com/browse/oralist ;-)
    – Elian
    Commented Apr 11, 2016 at 2:22


restaurant patron

a person who buys the goods or uses the services of a business, library, etc.

Merriam Webster

This is a very common business term as it has far reaching implications into other types of business, but when you're at a restaurant, patron is very commonly used to refer to the ones eating there.

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