The number of seafood dishes served at fast-casual and quick-service restaurants is declining, but is growing slightly at midscale and casual restaurants.
Over the past 10 years, the penetration of dishes featuring fish plummeted 18 percent at fast-casual restaurants, nine percent at quick-service restaurants, and one percent at full-service restaurants, according to Datassential. Meanwhile, fish penetration rose two percent at casual restaurants and one percent at midscale eateries.
“Overall, if you look at fish and shellfish menu penetration collectively, it has been relatively steady,” Rodriguez said. “There are pockets of growth and pockets of opportunity, such as fish tacos and breakfast items.”