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Hack the Menu: How to Get the Best Deals for Any Dinner Out

GOBankingRates Logo By Fred Decker of GOBankingRates | Slide 1 of 10: <p>Every time you walk in the door of a restaurant, the restaurateur wants to siphon as many dollars as possible out of your pocket. That's understandable — it's a tough business — but unless you're deliberately splurging on a special night out, you probably want the best value for your hard-earned money.</p><p>More often, menus are engineered to bring you to high-margin or high-dollar dishes that pump up the establishment's average check. By knowing the tricks, you can tear your attention away from those dishes and make up your own mind.</p><p>Don't get too caught up in the game: The point of the exercise is to enjoy your food and your night out, after all. These tips are just a way to help you <a href="https://www.gobankingrates.com/personal-finance/eat-out-save-money/">get more value for your restaurant dollar</a>.</p>

Every time you walk in the door of a restaurant, the restaurateur wants to siphon as many dollars as possible out of your pocket. That's understandable — it's a tough business — but unless you're deliberately splurging on a special night out, you probably want the best value for your hard-earned money.

More often, menus are engineered to bring you to high-margin or high-dollar dishes that pump up the establishment's average check. By knowing the tricks, you can tear your attention away from those dishes and make up your own mind.

Don't get too caught up in the game: The point of the exercise is to enjoy your food and your night out, after all. These tips are just a way to help you get more value for your restaurant dollar.

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