Diner Dash

Tips and Walkthrough

HINTS & TIPS
WALKTHROUGH
CHAIN BONUSES

HINTS & TIPS

Gameplay tips

  • To pick up the check and clean up the table in one move, double click the table.
  • You can create an action queue for Flo by clicking several things in order.
  • Use the customer types to your advantage. Seniors and Mr. Hot Shot will wait longer in line, so serve the impatient ones first.
  • Keep an eye on the little heart meter on the tables and on the people in line. If customers get upset, they will leave, costing you a lot of points. Speedy service gives those little hearts a boost as well. The higher the heart meter, the better your tip.
  • Drinks and snacks keep people happy. Serve them to those who arrived first, so you can afford to let them wait a bit and get a chain going with more customers.
  • Maximize your chances of a higher score: keep people in line until you can seat all tables at the same time, grab all the orders in a row, then serve all the dishes in a row.

Endless shift hints

  • Every time an upgrade becomes available, redeem it right away.
  • Get the entertainer first. You can keep people in line happy without having to use the podium, thus leaving you all the extra time to sit and serve the customers.
  • Your next upgrades should be the oven and the running shoes, to speed up service.
  • After that, invest on the stereo to keep the customers at the tables happy.
  • Each costumer that leaves costs you a star.

Expert score hints

  • Sitting several customers of the same color on the same seat gives you an extra 100 points per customer. If you have a x2 blue seat, place a blue customer on it to get 200 points and to turn it into a x3 once he/she leaves. Color bonuses will never go over x4.
  • Create chains by doing the same action several times in a row. In higher levels, chains are the only way to meet the required goal.
  • Check chains give the highest bonuses, so queue them whenever you can.
  • Flo can carry two objects at a time (and later on, four), so use that to make service faster and to create chains.
  • Serve as many snacks as you can for extra tips, but sometimes it's best to let the customers get upset just so you can work the podium or serve the meals.
  • Using the podium doesn't break a chain, but serving drinks or snacks and putting dirty dishes away will.

Customer types

As you progress in the game you will have several different types of customers that have different levels of patience, so time your seating accordingly to maximize the chain!

  • Businesswomen: they tip very well, but have a short temper to wait in line or at the table.
  • Mr. Hot Shot: very patient in line, very impatient at the table, tips well.
  • Seniors: elderly men who are a lot more patient in line and at the table, take a long time to eat and don't tip so well.
  • Young girls: friendly customers, they give good tips and are moderately patient.
  • College kids: very impatient in line, like to linger at the table, give reasonable tips.
  • The restaurant critics: VIP customers, they can come alone or in groups. They give you a star if they leave pleased, but will cost you points if they don't get a good impression. A star is an "extra life", which you use when you fail to reach the level goal.

Restaurant upgrades

As you complete each level your restaurant might gain an upgrade. Here is an explanation of their effects.

  • Podium: Flo can use it to make the customers waiting in line happier. Just stand there long enough for the heart to grow to its maximum size.
  • Drink station (tiki, coffee, wine, tea): give your customers a free drink to make them happier. When the drink station is flashing, you can get a drink from it.
  • Snacks station (bread sticks, crab sticks): when customers request an item from it, you better bring it to them fast.
  • Stereo: helps keep people at the tables happy. Available only in Endless Shift.
  • Performer: helps keep people waiting in line happy. Available only in Endless Shift.
  • Oven: helps the cook prepare meals faster. Available only in Endless Shift.
  • Running shoes: they make Flo walk faster. Available only in Endless Shift.

CHAIN BONUSES

Order Chain Bonus Values

  • Order Chain x1: 20
  • Order Chain x2: 40
  • Order Chain x3: 60
  • Order Chain x4: 80
  • Order Chain x5: 100
  • Order Chain x6: 120

Food Chain Bonus Values

  • Food Chain x1: 30
  • Food Chain x2: 60
  • Food Chain x3: 90
  • Food Chain x4: 120
  • Food Chain x5: 150
  • Food Chain x6: 180

Check Chain Bonus Values

  • Check Chain x1: 50
  • Check Chain x2: 100
  • Check Chain x3: 150
  • Check Chain x4: 200
  • Check Chain x5: 250
  • Check Chain x6: 300

Dishes Chain Bonus Values

  • Dishes Chain x1: 40
  • Dishes Chain x2: 80
  • Dishes Chain x3: 120
  • Dishes Chain x4: 160
  • Dishes Chain x5: 200
  • Dishes Chain x6: 240

Snack Bonus Values

  • Crabstick snack: 75 per snack
  • Bread snack: 100 per snack
  • Samosa snack: 150 per snack
  • Pappadom snack: 150 per snack

CAREER MODE WALKTHROUGH

Part 1 - The Diner

Tired of her stressful office life, Flo decides to start a new career by opening her own restaurant, a very small diner.

Level 1-1 (Goal: 500)
This is your tutorial level, it will teach you how to sit and serve customers. Two tables for 2. Customers are all of the same color; all are girls.

Level 1-2 (Goal: 1,000 Expert Goal: 3,000)
Four tables for 2. Customers are all of the same color; all are girls. Your reward for completion is new walls.

Level 1-3 (Goal: 1,000 Expert Goal: 3,000)
Four tables for 2. Customers come in red and blue; all are girls.

Level 1-4 (Goal: 3,000 Expert Goal: 7,000)
Two tables for 4 and two tables for 2. Customers come in red and blue; all are girls. Your reward for completion is a coffee machine.

Level 1-5 (Goal: 3,000 Expert Goal: 6,000)
Two tables for 4 and two tables for 2. Customers come in red and blue; all are girls.

Level 1-6 (Goal: 4,000 Expert Goal: 8,000)
Four tables for 2 and two tables for 4. Customers come in red and blue; all are girls. The restaurant critic will come to visit. Your reward for completion is a new door.

Level 1-7 (Goal: 4,000 Expert Goal: 8,000)
Four tables for 2 and two tables for 4. Customers come in red and blue; they are girls and seniors.

Level 1-8 (Goal: 6,000 Expert Goal: 10,000)
Four tables for 2 and two tables for 4. Customers come in red and blue; they are girls and seniors. Your reward for completion is a new counter and some decorations.

Level 1-9 (Goal: 8,000 Expert Goal: 14,000)
Six tables for 2 and two tables for 4. Customers come in red and blue; they are girls and seniors.

Level 1-10 (Goal: 10,000 Expert Goal: 20,000)
Six tables for 2 and two tables for 4. Customers come in red and blue; they are girls and seniors.

Part 2 - The Tiki Palace

Now that you've earned enough to build a second restaurant, you can manage this cool tiki-themed place.

Level 2-1 (Goal: 3,500 Expert Goal: 8,000)
Two tables for 2, two tables for 4. Customers come in blue, red and yellow; all are girls. Let the last pair of blue girls wait until your group of 4 is done eating, for a bigger blue color bonus.

Level 2-2 (Goal: 4,000 Expert Goal: 8,000)
Five tables for 4. Customers come in blue, red and yellow, they are girls and seniors. Your reward for completion is a tiki drink station.

Level 2-3 (Goal: 5,000 Expert Goal: 11,000)
Five tables for 4. Customers come in blue, red and yellow; they are girls and seniors. Your reward for completion is a podium.

Level 2-4 (Goal: 5,000 Expert Goal: 10,000)
Five tables for 4. Customers come in blue, red and yellow; they are girls and seniors. You need to keep the people in line happy while seating 4 or 5 groups at a time and chaining their orders and food.

Level 2-5 (Goal: 4,000 Expert Goal: 9,000)
Two tables for 4, one table for 6, one table for 2. Customers come in blue, red and yellow; they are girls and seniors. You need high chain bonuses to meet the goal. Your reward for completion is a new counter.

Level 2-6 (Goal: 6,000 Expert Goal: 12,000)
Two tables for 4, one table for 6, one table for 2. Customers come in blue, red and yellow; they are girls, seniors and businesswomen.

Level 2-7 (Goal: 6,000 Expert Goal: 11,000)
Two tables for 4, one table for 6, two tables for 2. Customers come in blue, red and yellow; they are girls, seniors and businesswomen. The restaurant critic comes to visit. Your reward for completion is a new door.

Level 2-8 (Goal: 6,000 Expert Goal: 10,000)
Two tables for 4, one table for 6, two tables for 2. Customers come in blue, red and yellow; they are all businesswomen. Your reward for completion is new decorations.

Level 2-9 (Goal: 7,500 Expert Goal: 15,000)
Two tables for 4, one table for 6, four tables for 2. Customers come in blue, red and yellow; they are girls, seniors and businesswomen.

Level 2-10 (Goal: 10,000 Expert Goal: 17,000)
Two tables for 4, one table for 6, four tables for 2. Customers come in blue, red and yellow; they are girls, seniors and businesswomen.

Part 3 - Go With the Flo Fine Seafood Dining

Flo's restaurant empire grows with a third addition, serving lobster dinners and crabsticks.

Level 3-1 (Goal: 3,500 Expert Goal: 7,000)
Four tables for 2 and two tables for 4. Customers come in red, blue, yellow and green; they are girls, businesswomen and seniors. Your reward for completion is a podium and a drink station.

Level 3-2 (Goal: 5,000 Expert Goal: 10,000)
Four tables for 2 and two tables for 4. Customers come in red, blue, yellow and green; they are girls, businesswomen and seniors.

Level 3-3 (Goal: 7,000 Expert Goal: 12,000)
Four tables for 2 and two tables for 4. Customers come in red, blue, yellow and green; they are girls, businesswomen and seniors. Your reward for completion is a new counter.

Level 3-4 (Goal: 8,000 Expert Goal: 11,000)
Four tables for 2 and two tables for 4. Customers come in red, blue, yellow and green; they are girls, businesswomen and seniors. Keep larger groups of seniors waiting in line and serve the others first. Color bonuses are essential to win. Your reward for completion is a crab sticks snack station.

Level 3-5 (Goal: 8,000 Expert Goal: 11,000)
One table for 6, four tables for 2 and two tables for 4. Customers come in red, blue, yellow and green; they are girls and seniors. They will randomly ask for crabsticks while choosing from the menu or while eating. Use only half of the tables for higher color bonuses and keep the line happy.

Level 3-6 (Goal: 7,000 Expert Goal: 9,500)
Two tables for 6, two tables for 2 and two tables for 4. Customers come in red, blue, yellow and green; they are girls, businesswomen and seniors. The restaurant critic comes to visit. Your reward for completion is a new door and walkway.

Level 3-7 (Goal: 8,000 Expert Goal: 11,000)
Two tables for 6, two tables for 2 and two tables for 4. Customers come in red, blue, yellow and green; they are girls and college kids.

Level 3-8 (Goal: 9,000 Expert Goal: 12,000)
Two tables for 6, three tables for 2 and three tables for 4. Customers come in red, blue, yellow and green; they are girls, college kids, businesswomen and seniors. Your reward for completion is new decorations.

Level 3-9 (Goal: 9,000 Expert Goal: 11,000)
Two tables for 6, three tables for 2 and three tables for 4. Customers come in red, blue, yellow and green; they are girls, college kids, businesswomen and seniors.

Level 3-10 (Goal: 9,000 Expert Goal: 12,000)
Two tables for 6, three tables for 2 and three tables for 4. Customers come in red, blue, yellow and green; they are girls, college kids, businesswomen and seniors.

Part 4 - Chez Flo's

The hottest place in town, this restaurant has a bar that allows you to sit several groups together.

Level 4-1 (Goal: 4,000 Expert Goal: 9.000)
Four tables for 2, two tables for 4, one table for 6. Customers come in red, blue, yellow, purple and green; they are girls, college kids, businesswomen and seniors. Your reward for completion is a podium and a wine bar.

Level 4-2 (Goal: 7,000 Expert Goal: 13,000)
Four tables for 2, two tables for 4, one table for 6. Customers come in red, blue, yellow, purple and green; they are girls, college kids, businesswomen and seniors. Your reward for completion is a bread snack station.

Level 4-3 (Goal: 5,000 Expert Goal: 12,000)
Four tables for 2, two tables for 4, one table for 6. Customers come in red, blue, yellow, purple and green; they are girls, college kids, businesswomen and seniors.

Level 4-4 (Goal: 5,500 Expert Goal: 12,000)
One table for 4, two tables for 2, 8-seat bar. Customers come in red, blue, yellow, purple and green; they are girls, college kids and seniors. Your reward for completion is a new counter and decorations.

Level 4-5 (Goal: 6,000 Expert Goal: 10,000)
One table for 4, two tables for 2, 8-seat bar. Customers come in red, blue, yellow, purple and green; they are girls, college kids, businesswomen and seniors.

Level 4-6 (Goal: 7,000 Expert Goal: 14,000)
Two tables for 4, three tables for 2, 8-seat bar. Customers come in red, blue, yellow, purple and green; they are girls, college kids, businesswomen and seniors. Your reward for completion is a new entrance.

Level 4-7 (Goal: 7,000 Expert Goal: 14,000)
Two tables for 4, three tables for 2, 8-seat bar. Customers come in red, blue, yellow, purple and green; they are Mr. Hot Shot, girls, college kids, businesswomen and seniors.

Level 4-8 (Goal: 6,000 Expert Goal: 12,000)
One table for 6, Two tables for 4, three tables for 2, 8-seat bar. Customers come in red, blue, yellow, purple and green; they are Mr. Hot Shot, girls, college kids, businesswomen and seniors. Your reward for completion is new decorations.

Level 4-9 (Goal: 9,000 Expert Goal: 14,000)
One table for 6, Two tables for 4, three tables for 2, 8-seat bar. Customers come in red, blue, yellow, purple and green; they are girls, college kids, businesswomen and seniors.

Level 4-10 (Goal: 11,000 Expert Goal: 14,000)
One table for 6, Two tables for 4, three tables for 2, 8-seat bar. Customers come in red, blue, yellow, purple and green; they are girls, college kids, businesswomen and seniors.

Part 5 - The Indian Restaurant

And just when you thought it was over, there is a bonus level. Flo finds herself magically transformed into a sort of Shiva goddess, floating on a cloud, and is transported to her restaurant Nirvana. She now has four arms, which means she can carry four things at once.

Level 5-1 (Goal: 5,000 Expert Goal: 10,000)
Two tables for 6, three tables for 4, two tables for 2. Customers come in red, blue, yellow, purple and green; they are Mr. Hot Shot, girls, college kids, and businesswomen. Your reward for completion is a podium and a drink station.

Level 5-2 (Goal: 7,000 Expert Goal: 13,000)
Two tables for 6, three tables for 4, two tables for 2. Customers come in red, blue, yellow, purple and green; they are Mr. Hot Shot, girls, college kids, businesswomen and seniors. Your reward for completion is a pappadom snack station.

Level 5-3 (Goal: 9,000 Expert Goal: 14,000)
Two tables for 6, three tables for 4, two tables for 2. Customers come in red, blue, yellow, purple and green; they are Mr. Hot Shot, girls, college kids, businesswomen and seniors.

Level 5-4 (Goal: 10,000 Expert Goal: 16,000)
One table for 6, two tables for 4, four tables for 2, 8-seat bar. Customers come in red, blue, yellow, purple and green; they are Mr. Hot Shot, girls, college kids, businesswomen and seniors. Your reward for completion is a samosa snack station.

Level 5-5 (Goal: 10,000 Expert Goal: 20,000)
One table for 6, two tables for 4, four tables for 2, 8-seat bar. Customers come in red, blue, yellow, purple and green; they are Mr. Hot Shot, girls, college kids, businesswomen and seniors.

Level 5-6 (Goal: 10,000 Expert Goal: 20,000)
Two tables for 6, two tables for 4, four tables for 2, 8-seat bar. Customers come in red, blue, yellow purple and green; they are Mr. Hot Shot, girls, college kids, businesswomen and seniors.

Level 5-7 (Goal: 16,000 Expert Goal: 19,000)
Two tables for 6, two tables for 4, four tables for 2, 8-seat bar. Customers come in red, blue, yellow, purple and green; they are Mr. Hot Shot, girls, college kids, businesswomen and seniors. The line fills up fast in waves, so make sure you keep waiting customers happy with the podium.

Level 5-8 (Goal: 20,000 Expert Goal: 30,000)
Two tables for 6, two tables for 4, four tables for 2, 8-seat bar. Customers come in red, blue, yellow, purple and green; they are Mr. Hot Shot, girls and businesswomen. Customers basically order and eat instantly after being seated and served, but at least they won't be asking for snacks. High color combos and chains needed to meet the goal.

Level 5-9 (Goal: 20,000 Expert Goal: 30,000)
Two tables for 6, two tables for 4, four tables for 2, 8-seat bar. Customers come in red, blue, yellow, purple and green; they are Mr. Hot Shot, girls, college kids, businesswomen and seniors. There are no color bonuses this level since all chairs are black and stay that way. You need to create large chains to reach the required goal and prevent customers from leaving at all costs. Tricky, since serving snacks breaks chains, so you will need to adjust the customer's timing to your advantage and focus on table service by waves.

Level 5-10 (Goal: 45,000 Expert Goal: 55,000)
Two tables for 6, four tables for 4, four tables for 2, 8-seat bar. Customers come in red, blue, yellow, purple and green; they are Mr. Hot Shot, girls, college kids, businesswomen and seniors. The color bonuses are back. This will be a long shift and people will line up off the screen. Keep seniors and Mr. Hot Shots waiting in line and serve the impatient ones first.

If you can make it through 5-10, congratulations! You've won Diner Dash! Enjoy the end story sequence - it ties the whole story together nicely.