NAICS Code 72251 - Restaurants and Other Eating Places

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NAICS Code 72251 Description

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in one of the following: (1) providing food services to patrons who order and are served while seated (i.e., waiter/waitress service) and pay after eating; (2) providing food services to patrons who generally order or select items (e.g., at a counter, in a buffet line) and pay before eating; or (3) preparing and/or serving a specialty snack (e.g., ice cream, frozen yogurt, cookies) and/or nonalcoholic beverages (e.g., coffee, juices, sodas) for consumption on or near the premises.


For some business types, there may be a similar industry to NAICS Code 72251 - Restaurants and Other Eating Places that is a better classification match. Preparing and serving alcoholic beverages and known as bars, taverns, or nightclubs--are classified in NAICS Code 72241 - Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages]; Preparing and serving snacks and nonalcoholic beverages from mobile vehicles for immediate consumption--are classified in NAICS Code 72233 - Mobile Food Services; Presenting live theatrical productions and providing food and beverages for consumption on the premises--are classified in NAICS Code 71111 - Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters; Operating a civic or social association with a restaurant for their members--are classified in NAICS Code 81341 - Civic and Social Organizations; Operating as street vendors (except food) or retailing food (except food prepared and served for immediate consumption)--are classified in NAICS Code 44-45 - Retail Trade; and Restaurant meals order and delivery services (i.e., independent order and delivery services)--are classified in NAICS Code 49221 - Local Messengers and Local Delivery.

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  • How many active businesses operate in NAICS Code 72251?

    There are 629,025 verified business locations operating primarily in this industry.