ChatGPT for restaurants: boost your business with AI

May 4, 2023

ChatGPT for restaurants

You’ve probably heard all the buzz about ChatGPT lately. It’s everywhere, from social media to the news.

And with good reason — this technology has the power to revolutionise how we do many things. 

People already use it for different reasons, from debugging computer programs to writing poetry and song lyrics.

But did you know ChatGPT can be a fantastic tool to unleash the stored potential within your restaurant business?

This article will explore how you can use ChatGPT in your restaurant operations, from branding to boosting your marketing efforts.

Whether you’re a seasoned restaurant owner or just starting your business, there’s something here for everyone!

What is ChatGPT?

ChatGPT is an artificial intelligence (AI) language model that uses advanced algorithms to understand human language. In other words, it can interpret and respond to text like a human would.

The secret to the ‘magic’ of ChatGPT lies in the mountains of data it was trained on. ChatGPT has learned massive amounts of information from, e.g. blog posts, books, news articles, and social media posts.

Thanks to this, ChatGPT has become an expert in almost every knowledge domain.

It has learned everything from science and technology to history and culture, and it can provide insights and answers on various topics.

Thanks to this, when you ask ChatGPT a question or make a request, it will analyse the input, understand what you’re asking, and provide an appropriate response.

What are ChatGPT prompts?

Prompts are the text instructions you type in the chatbox to tell ChatGPT what you need help with. You can give it as much information as you want and be as creative as you like!

The best part is that every time you tweak your prompt, you get a unique response from ChatGPT. It’s like having a personal assistant who can adapt to your needs and preferences.

How can restaurants use ChatGPT?

Now that we know what ChatGPT is and what it can do, let’s dive into how restaurants can use this powerful technology.

From customer service to marketing, there are many ways that ChatGPT can help restaurants streamline their operations and improve the overall dining experience for their customers.

Social media

It’s no secret that social media plays a crucial role in how customers perceive and interact with brands.

It’s a place where most of your customers spend their time and an opportunity for you to connect with them, build brand awareness, and keep them updated on the latest news and promotions.

ChatGPT can help you save time and streamline your social media management. It can create content for your social media channels and respond to customer enquiries. Let’s see it in action!


As the saying goes, it’s not just what you say; it’s how you say it.

The same goes for social media posts. It’s one thing to announce a new dish or promotion, but another to make it creative, engaging, and shareable.

By leveraging the power of ChatGPT, you can bump up your social media posts and make them more engaging and eye-catching.

Example prompt & result:

“Act as a creative writer and write a Facebook post announcing our new veggie burger.”

Let’s try one for Instagram as well.

Example prompt & response:

“Act as a creative writer and write an Instagram caption announcing our new veggie burger.”

ChatGPT Instagram post

Isn’t it interesting how the results for Instagram and Facebook are different?

For example, Instagram’s content is shorter and includes hashtags, while Facebook’s is longer and takes a different approach.

This happens because ChatGPT understands how to tailor content to fit the format of each social media platform for the best results.

The prompt above was just an example.

You can choose which social media platform you want content for, specify the ingredients of your dish, ask ChatGPT to take on a different persona (professional copywriter or nutritionist), and more.

Be sure also to mention the specific use case you have in mind.

Perhaps you’re announcing a special discount or opening a new restaurant chain. Or you can congratulate your customers on a specific holiday or occasion.

The sky’s the limit!

Replying to comments

One thing customers love almost as much as eating is asking questions and commenting on social media.

And we all know that providing excellent customer service is crucial to any successful restaurant business. That’s where ChatGPT comes in as your trusty sidekick.

ChatGPT is an expert in understanding the nuances of language and can provide quick and accurate responses to any customer enquiry.

Whether it’s a question about a menu item or a concern about the dining experience, ChatGPT can help you provide excellent customer service super-swiftly.

Let’s see how ChatGPT can answer a question from your customers.

Example prompt & response: 

“Our Instagram follower asked if we offer vegan options in our restaurant. Act as a professional social media specialist and respond to the question based on our menu. Use a creative and friendly tone of voice.”

ChatGPT replying to comments

So, what do you think about ChatGPT’s response? It even threw in some ingredient emojis to spice things up!

Also, did you notice that we’ve added a requirement for the tone of voice?

Just asking ChatGPT to take on a specific persona may only sometimes give you the desired response. So, it’s helpful to provide direction for the tone of voice you want (friendly, professional, excited, quirky, etc.) to get a more specific answer.

Remember that if you want ChatGPT to give you a personalised answer about your restaurant menu, you must let it know your offers. This way, it can provide you with accurate and helpful responses.

Here’s a handy tip for you! Instead of copying and pasting your restaurant menu whenever someone asks about it, you can create a separate chat dedicated solely to menu items. 

In this chat, you can paste your offerings once and ask ChatGPT to reference them whenever someone wants to know what’s on the menu. This will save you time and hassle in the long run!

But what about ChatGPT handling complaints?

Let’s say the client complained about the loud music: “The food was good, but the music was too loud! It was so hard to have a conversation with my friends.”

Example prompt & response: 

“As a professional social media specialist, respond kindly to the complaint. Inform them about the weekly live concert on Fridays, which may be the cause of the loud music. The weekends are generally quiet. Apologise and offer a 10% discount on their next visit. Maintain a friendly tone and show empathy.”

ChatGPT replying to complaints

Just like that, you’ve got a great response from ChatGPT in seconds!

But it’s important to remember that when responding to complaints, it’s best to take a personal approach to each case.

That’s why we’ve included specific guidelines in the prompt. This can help you handle each situation with personalised care.

Ad copy

Sometimes, you need more than a social media post to get the word out about your restaurant’s delicious food or other offerings.

Restaurants may need to take the extra step of creating compelling ads that grab the attention of potential customers.

This is where ChatGPT can help.

Providing ChatGPT with relevant information, such as the product or service you want to promote and your target audience, can help generate multiple ad copies that resonate with your customers.

And here’s the proof!

Example prompt & response:

“We’re offering extra discounts on our lunch menu to students. As a senior copywriter, your task is to create five creative short-format ad copies.”

ChatGPT ad copy

And that’s how you get some great copy ideas in no time! For example, the fifth one uses a clever play on words.

The word “break” is used in two different ways: first, to encourage students to take a break from studying and second, to indicate that they can enjoy their lunch without spending too much money (or “breaking the bank”).

But, of course, you don’t have to settle for the very first results. Experiment with different prompts and generate new responses until you find the one that suits your needs.


ChatGPT can also be an excellent tool for longer-form content and a great asset in every step of the blog post creation process.

ChatGPT can help your restaurant generate ideas based on your target audience and cuisine.

Once you have your topic, ChatGPT can assist with outlining and even writing the post itself, saving you time and effort.

Example prompt & response:

“Take on the role of Senior Content Manager and create 10 essential blog posts for my sushi restaurant — The Sushi Spot.”

ChatGPT blog post ideas

As you can see, it provides some great suggestions. Let’s pick one and ask ChatGPT to outline the blog post.

Example prompt & response:

“Provide an outline for the blog post Sustainable Sushi: Our Commitment to Using Eco-Friendly Ingredients. Present it in table format.”

ChatGPT blog post outline

There you go! Now you can send ChatGPT relevant information about your restaurant’s sustainable practices and ask it to write each section.


Let’s dive into one of the most critical aspects of the restaurant business — food recipes.

As a restaurant owner or chef, you may need to develop new and innovative ideas for dishes or modify existing recipes to meet special dietary requirements or flavour profiles.

Luckily, ChatGPT can provide a valuable helping hand in this regard.

First, let’s see how it can handle creating a new recipe.

Example prompt & response:

“Take on the role of a professional chef and create a creative hot dog recipe that captures the spirit of the New Year.”

ChatGPT hot dog recipe
ChatGPT hot dog instruction

Sounds delicious! Let’s see how it can adapt a recipe to our desired alternative.

Example prompt & response:

“Adapt our Classic Cheeseburger recipe to a vegan version.”

Voilà! A fully vegan version of a classic hamburger, created in no time by your personal virtual kitchen assistant.

Creative ideas

Apart from the practical benefits we’ve discussed, ChatGPT can also be a valuable tool for generating new ideas and fresh perspectives.

Whether you’re looking to revamp your restaurant’s branding, create a social media campaign, or brainstorm a new buzz campaign, ChatGPT can help spark creativity and generate unique ideas.

Its ability to think outside the box and provide unexpected insights can be a valuable resource for any restaurant owner or marketer looking to stand out in a crowded industry.

With ChatGPT, you can explore new possibilities and find inspiration in places you might not have thought to look before.

Example prompt & response:

“For World Health Day, I want to create a marketing campaign for my restaurant that encourages customers to adopt a healthy lifestyle and offers discounts in return. Help me generate out-of-the-box ideas.”

ChatGPT creative ideas
ChatGPT creative ideas 2

ChatGPT gave us some incredible ideas, such as hosting a healthy meal prep workshop, organising a fitness class and brunch, running a menu challenge, or hosting a nutritionist night.

And these are just a few examples of the endless possibilities that this tool can offer!

Challenges and considerations

When using ChatGPT for restaurant-related tasks, there are a few essential considerations to remember.

  • Privacy: ChatGPT keeps all the information fed to it, so it’s crucial not to disclose sensitive information.
  • Information accuracy: while ChatGPT is highly intelligent, it’s crucial to review factual responses as sometimes it might generate information that could be more accurate.
  • Output quality: human oversight is still necessary to ensure that the content it produces is high quality. If used with customers, it’s vital to ensure that the content doesn’t sound robotic or automated and has a human touch.

Take your restaurant to the next level

As you saw in our examples, ChatGPT is a powerful tool that can help your restaurant in many ways, from creating social media posts and blog articles to coming up with new recipes and fresh ideas.

While there are some things you need to keep in mind, the benefits of ChatGPT are clear:

  • Saving time.
  • Boosting creativity.
  • Connecting with customers in new and engaging ways.

So, now it’s time for you to try it and see how it can help your restaurant succeed!

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