Background music for restaurants.

Music to make them eat slow, eat fast, eat dessert, eat to the beat, eat sleep rave repeat.

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What’s a great restaurant experience?

Something customers tell their friends about. Like the perfect soundtrack welcoming them in for dinner, carefully curated design elements that complement each other, and above-and-beyond service that makes them leave with a smile. It elevates a brand to distinction, with the atmosphere of all its restaurants harmonising in unison. Ultimately it improves your bottom line.


But that’s where we can help. Music isn’t all we know, but it’s in our soul, and when blended with tech and our knowledge of behavioural science we create branded restaurant experiences that sync perfectly in tune with your business objectives.

With our music for restaurants, we’re lucky to work with some of the biggest and best brands in the world, from high-street chains to high-end hideouts to eclectic independents. Whether you’re looking to influence dwell-time, increase customer spend or boost employee productivity, our team has the expertise to drive your objectives and make your restaurant environments sing.

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Brands that sound better with Startle

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Behavioural Science in action, at the dinner table.

Expectancy Theory, how our expectations of a product or service influence how we feel about what we experience, is often seen in evidence in restaurants, as presentation is just as important as the food. Expectations can generate as much value as the actual dish, a value which can be generated from the crockery and cutlery used by a restaurant, for example.




  • brand distinctiveness
  • cover control
  • responsive atmospherics
  • repeat custom
  • brand consistency
  • top of mind
  • driving spend
  • increased dwell time
  • throughput control

Tell me more, tell me more - What does a great restaurant experience look like?

Taking something that can be seen as a commodity and turning it into a major driving factor to your brand’s bottom line. It’s getting music and atmosphere on your team and in all your restaurants.

Imagine a busy restaurant where the atmosphere is monitored automatically, measuring noise levels and magically adjusting music, displays and lighting responsively, whilst the staff are free to keep doing what they do best. Plate up and pump up the volume.

We call it music+.

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Tailored music for restaurants.

Our music services give you everything you need to propel your atmosphere to perfection. Professionally curated playlists designed for a variety of restaurant environments. An easy-to-use drag and drop scheduler that can be tailored to your opening hours. Flexible permissions that allow you to determine who can control what. Multisite reporting to ensure you’re on top of what’s happening at each and every location. Whatever your requirements, we’ll give you the tools you need to design and scale your perfect atmosphere with our background music for restaurants.

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Dynamic digital signage.

Digital signage provides an impactful way to communicate with diners and showcase what’s on offer. Capture attention when your customers are in the frame of mind to spend, and integrate with background music to create a slick audio-visual experience. Whether you have 5 screens or 5,000, our digital signage system supports easy scheduling and management of static or video content, allowing you to tailor your displays to work perfectly for every time and day of the week.

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Atmosphere monitoring.

With Startle's first-of-its-kind atmosphere monitoring tool, you can gain invaluable insight into how the environment of your restaurants changes over time. And more importantly, how this impacts areas like sales, footfall and other customer behaviours. By bringing data on your locations’ busyness, energy, temperature and local weather together in one place, you can get a better view than ever of how they measure up - whether comparing by time, daypart, or site to site.

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The support and reactivity they gave throughout the curation process was incredible

From my first interaction with Startle I have been very impressed with the understanding they have of what we're looking for. Creating a 'vibe' or environment within a space is something quite hard to explain but the support and reactivity they gave throughout the curation process was incredible.

Joe Gilbert

Senior Business Development & Operations Project Manager

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Senior Business Development & Operations Project Manager

Startle certainly is the best

Startle is the perfect partner for the design and installation of my audio systems. Their expert engineering teams provide site-specific recommendations that always deliver the most amazing sound quality. They also provide me with a number of bespoke playlists that are constantly refreshed with new and exciting music, which means the service is loved by both my staff and customers. I cannot recommend their services highly enough. Having tried the rest, Startle certainly is the best.

Mike Racz

Owner / Franchisee at Domino's Pizza

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Owner / Franchisee at Domino's Pizza

Proved to be the perfect partner

Startle has proved to be the perfect partner for Pizza Pilgrims, embracing all of our ideas for using music and technology to enhance our pizzerias. Our playlist management has improved massively, but the custom integrations we've been able to build in are the most exciting part. On top of this, the support we receive is super responsive and I know we can rely on the Startle team for quick, 1-to-1 help whenever we need it.

Thom Elliot


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