The Sims 4 Dine Out

Guides, Additions and Features: Own and Manage Restaurants!

The Sims 4 Dine Out Pack
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The Sims 4 Dine Out Game Pack released June 7, 2016 for PC and Mac. The new game pack adds restaurants to the game. Not just restaurants that Sims can visit, but restaurants that your Sims can own, operate, and design. Here's are my guides to The Sims 4 Dine Out, along with its trailer should you desire to see it in action:

Dine Out Guides

Dine Out Release Trailer

Given EA's track record on game packs thus far, this is likely worth the $20 price tag to anyone who finds running and customizing restaurants appealing. It's probably not worth it if you'd only want to visit them or do not find the objects appealing, but that feature will be there for when players are in a game where they're not operating a restaurant.

Dine Out Screenshots

Right now, the main source of screenshots is the trailer. I've mainly acquired them from there so that people on mobile with low data caps can check out some of the images from the trailer. This gives you a chance to glance at new objects and decorations without pausing the trailer over and over.

Sims can visit restaurants in groups to share a meal in the Sims 4 Dine Out Game Pack
Own and manage a restaurant. The Dine Out game pack will have some classy establishments, but you could also make a diner
A Sim greets a group coming to a restaurant to Dine Out
The Sims 4 Dine Out Waiters with flair
Sims' uniforms will be customizable in The Sims 4 Dine Out Game Pack
The Sims looks awfully tired, probably from dealing with needy guests at the restaurant
Hiring and firing chefs may be a possibility if Dine Out gives us full control over restaurant operation

Dine Out Gameplay Features

  • Restaurants are the main feature of the Dine Out game pack (it's not a full-blown expansion but definitely offers value). Sims are of course able to visit restaurants in town and order food, but it's more interesting to own them from a gameplay standpoint. Thankfully, we can do both. The pack ships with several pre-built restaurants, and the gallery will undoubtedly populate with great creations from Simmers around the world. Pre-built restaurants your Sim can visit for a date, as part of a club with Get Together or for family night.
  • Own and Run Restaurants - The Sims 4 Dine Out will allow us to own and run restaurants. The whole system is fleshed out, giving us control over every aspect whether we have Sims present or not. That's right, we can schedule them to open at any time no matter where we are, and this results in being able to run a chain of restaurants and amass great wealth. You can own a small diner, a five-star restaurant that serves expensive food or both!
  • Fully Customizable Restaurants - the layout is up to you, you're required only to place a few stations. The decor, lighting, mood and floor plan are all fully customizable just as with building a house. Of course, you'll be able to share your creations through the gallery.
  • Manage Staff - Three new positions exist aside from you (manager) - host, waiter, and chef. Obviously your host will greet an seat guests, while the waiters take orders and clean up. Chefs will cook food for the guests, and all three of these positions have required skills to make them better at their jobs. Training employees will improve their ability to please your customers. They will, of course, develop skills naturally over time, but you can fork over cash to help them improve faster.
  • Please your Guests - Your service, the menu, pricing, it all factors into how your guests will view your restaurant. You can rank from 1 to 5 stars, and higher ranking establishments will see more guests arrive at any time of day. Of course, there are hours they are more likely to visit!
  • Customize Menu - Select from hundreds (literally) of drinks, appetizers, desserts, and main courses to define your restaurant's menu. You're not restricted and can choose your own style, along with the amount of profit you expect from each meal through a markup.
  • Customize Staff Uniforms - it's not yet clear if we can select the uniforms exactly, but Sims in the trailer use anything from flair vest to classy uniforms when serving food.
  • Choose Restaurant Perks - with success come perk points, which you can use to give boosts to the restaurant - both temporary and permanent. They range from adding extra waiters to making customers tip you or reducing ingredient costs.
  • Fine-dining Themed Objects - The trailer features some objects that are new, and it's obvious we can probably design restaurants from simple diners, to expensive fine-dining establishments. This is an exciting development for people who use the gallery, as I'm sure some amazing themed restaurants will pop up.




New Create-a-Sim Additions

New Create-a-Sim (CAS) hair and clothing in The Sims 4 Dine Out Game Pack Pictures of New clothing for boys and men in The Sims 4 Dine Out Game Pack Pictures of New clothing for girls and women in The Sims 4 Dine Out Game Pack
Click to Enlarge. New clothing and hair for males and females in Dine Out

New Build Mode Objects

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new items in The Sims 4 Dine Out Game Pack 5 new pre-styled rooms in the game pack 5 new pre-styled rooms in the game pack 5 new pre-styled rooms in the game pack
Click to Enlarge. This is just a selection of the new items players get when they buy Dine Out. There are also 7 pre-designed rooms available for your use.
Pictures of New Build Mode Objects in The Sims 4 Dine Out Game Pack Second batch of build mode objects in The Sims 4 Dine Out Game Pack Third screenshot of object additions in The Sims 4 Dine Out Game Pack
Click to Enlarge. New Build Mode items to decorate restaurants (and home) in the Dine Out Pack.

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Kelseysays...
So bought the game, restaurants look interesting. Minor problem with ordering the food though. My sim took her boyfriend out on a date to Chez Llama and it all works great until you are seated and wanting to order one of the dishes...I get nothing but a bluish screen and paused game, can't click on anything or even cancel actions. Anyone else have this problem? Thoughts?
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Playalotsays...
Maybe a mod or CC conflict? If you use mods/cc take them all out and delete the localthumbcache.package file from your TheSims4 folder and try the game with no mods. If it works as normal then you'll know that the mods/cc are causing the issue.
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HelenGarner75says...
I did the same thing. Had a date but in another restaurant and I didn't encounter any issues in the game. I also went and dined at my owned restaurant and didn't have an issue. I will try the Chez llama tomorrow and see what happens and let u know
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HelenGarner75says...
I tried the chez llama restaurant and I had no issues whatsoever. I actually tried them all out from the library and I didn't encounter anything like you have explained. Most likely playalot is right about the mods if you have anything installed.
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HelenGarner75says...
Well I have a restaurant up and running to a 5*. Only problem is my staff are all old except 1. I'm curious to see what happens when they die off if I have to re-train new staff from low skills
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Playalotsays...
Hmm... have a feeling that you may have to retrain new staff all over again! Got a great tip from crinrict. She puts her staff into a house using manage worlds that way they wont be culled. I guess if you did that and then marked aging 'off' your staff should last forever. I also made a test household with cooking skills maxed out and placed them Not in The World then deleted most of the other game generated sims. My household members came up as choices for staff, so I hired them, then placed them into a house. My restaurant got to 5 stars in no time with such skilled staff. lol, fun for testing but not so fun for every day game play.
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HelenGarner75says...
You were right! I had to train new staff! Which was so annoying LOL! Thank you so much for the tips!! I will do sims up with high cookong, charisma, strength, and mixology as I'm about to open a second restaurant. :D
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the banana killersays...
How much is the pack does anyone know?
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Playalotsays...
It depends on which country you live in but you can look at Origin's Store for your country's price even if you don't want to buy it right now.
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Emily Zhengsays...
Can't wait to get it
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Jolotsays...
Reading this as it downloads Smile
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Saffronsays...
My dine out is not working Crying i load up the restaurant, then i get a customer but then everytime someone in my restraunt wants to do an interaction (anything from talking to each other to ordering a meal to going to the toliet, anything) the sims freeze sort of (like they do normal things like if you got a sim to stand still, they swing there arms and stuff) and to get it working i have to pause the game for 5 seconds and then unpause it and 1 sim will do 1 interaction and then it will freeze again Sad any ideas why it is doing that???? and how i can fix it????
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Playalotsays...
Quit out of your game and delete the localthumbcache.package file from your TheSims4 folder and remove all mods and cc you might be using.
Next do a factory reset and then try your game without replacing any mods/cc. If every thing is working well quit without saving and replace your mods and cc. If it doesn't work you will know it is mod related and then you can start figuring out which mod/cc is causing the issue.
Factory Reset
A Factory reset (even if you do not use mods) clears out many little glitches and bugs and does not harm any of your save files. Smile
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Kaela Williamssays...
Is this the only way to have proper restuarants in Sims 4? I want my sims to be able to visit one, but I have no desire to run one. :l
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Carlsays...
It is the only way. Honestly given the usefulness of only visiting them, if you are not interested in management I'd have to say you may be dissatisfied to buy this at full price.
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Abigaellesays...
Problem: just bought the expansion, my sim bought the big fancy restaurant made by the game and when i open it to customers, my waitress does not come in!! I fired her and hired another and same problem! so my costumers don't eat anything... Anyone?
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Playalotsays...
There's a tips section here that might help you figure out what is going wrong.
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Grantsays...
I'm in Hawaii right now and I can't wait to download it when I get back
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alvasays...
hello!
I was wondering if you could download sims 4 dine out game pack without owning sims 4 get to work.
help!!!!
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MrsFlynnsays...
Yes you can purchase and download the Dine Out Game Pack separately. As the game packs, stuff packs and expansions are all sold separately.
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fakhrysays...
can someone help me, can i just download Dine Out DLC only?? i allready have The Sims Get Together.. please reply.. huhuhu
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Playalotsays...
If you have the Base Game you can download any of the additional packs individually. You do not need to buy them in a bundle unless you want to or like the 'sale' price etc.
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Bobsays...
i want it so bad
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Hoang Anhsays...
Thank you for the clearly guides. But I wonder how to build a restaurant in San Myshunu cause as i see there arent any empty lots in this world. Also the spa??? Thanks again.
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Playalotsays...
You could build a restaurant or a spa or any other kind of community lot on one of the penthouse lots. Just go into build mode and delete the lot and build your own design and change the lot type. Smile
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Nadsays...
How heavy is this?
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taylorsays...
LOVE ITTongueTongueTongueTongueTongueTongue
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laurasays...
Does anyone know if you can get the restaurant pack on disc???
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Playalotsays...
I am not 100% sure but most countries seem to only have digital downloads. Try asking in your local electronic boutiques/shops etc that sell the sims titles.
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laurasays...
Ok thanks
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Basilsays...
At the start I only have one chef, one waiter and one maitreD. The very first day the game started giving me messages saying that my chef and waiter are getting tired because they have been working non-stop, and I have no idea what to do to remedy the situation. My sim had already been going around to greet everyone himself at their tables to make them happy, offering free drinks etc. Is there a way to end the shift? I cannot hire any extra help right now.

Personally I found restaurant managing annoying. It feels like one of those tycoon games. I wish the game could have told me right at the beginning before I opened that my chef could not prepare high difficulty foods properly, instead of making yucky food for everyone. All those experimental, exotic looking food... all out the window. I had to take them out of the menu.

In the end I gave up and reloaded a saved game in which I had not bought the restaurant.
Admin: It is best if you close the restaurant after 6-8 hours. Any longer and the staff get tired and their job satisfaction plummets. Click on the Hosts Station to prevent any more sims from arriving at your restaurant after a few hours of opening helps too.
Tips For Managing A Restaurant
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Kaylasays...
I have a question for you all. I just purchased the gift bundle with Sims 4, Dine Out and Movie Hangout. When I downloaded them, Sims 4 showed up on my main screen but Dine Out and Movie Hangout, however, did not. So, Do I need to be online to play them?
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Playalotsays...
No, the Sims 4 base game is always the only 'pack' that shows up in the Origin main library screen. To see the other packs you have installed you need to click on the base game and then in the next screen that shows click on 'Extra Content', then scroll down to see everything you have installed.
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Camis Secrestsays...

Is there a limit to how many sims you can bring to a restaurant?

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Playalotsays...

Yes there is always travel limit, I think it is 12 but you'll be bale to tell when you see the pop-up sim picker menu - they'll only be so many sims you can choose.



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