Food costs for a fine dining restaurant can depend on a variety of factors, such as the quality and availability of ingredients used, portion sizes, inventory management and how much waste is generated in food preparation and service. Generally speaking, food costs for a fine dining restaurant should be somewhere around 30-35% of sales.
It's important to factor in the cost of labor when considering how much you will spend on food. Being a fine dining restaurant, your employees should be top notch and understand the ins and outs of a fine dining experience, such as ensuring the proper silverware gets paired with the proper dishes and wine recommendations are appropriate for a particular course.
An example of such an experience is a chef’s tasting menu which can provide the ultimate culinary memory. By offering a fixed menu - based on the chef’s preference can provide your customers the experience of an optimal savory journey. The full course, from appetizer, to entree to dessert - along with other palette enhancers and cleansers, can expose your patrons to how exactly you want them to feel - while not having to draw down costs (too low a price point may actually have adverse effects on higher quality ingredients to clients who are willing to pay for it).
Finally, consider any potential wastage and be sure to include those costs in your overall food budget. By understanding the various costs associated with running a fine dining restaurant and monitoring them carefully, you can help ensure that your business both thrives and remains profitable.