Casual dining restaurants are similar to fast-casual establishments. The difference is that this table service is more family-friendly and the menu options are more extensive. Patrons feel comfortable dining in and ordering food from a server. Waitstaff handles everything as they would in a fine dining restaurant, but the ambiance is less luxurious.

These restaurants are less expensive than fine-dining establishments but pricier than fast-casual restaurants. Examples of menu items include pasta, chicken dishes, Asian fusion cuisine, or quick and easy seafood dishes. One benefit is that restaurant owners have a lot of flexibility in how they want to offer their services and optimize the menu.