Many people use this to make reservations online. It is a great service and is one of a kind. If you want to make restaurant reservations online, OpenTable is for you. We only gave it a C because we think their website is ugly.
Hummingbird cakes are a staple south of the Mason-Dixon line. They’re similar to carrot cake but are forged from bananas and pineapples instead. Nonetheless, the decadent dessert is usually still iced with plenty of cream cheese frosting. Here are five high-flying renditions that will make sweet tooths soar. Succotash – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C. The two-level treat features a foundation of banana-pineapple spice cake. The layers are enrobed with citrus crème anglaise covered with mini matchsticks of toasted coconut. A dollop of seasonal jam completes the pretty presentation. Make a reservation at Succotash – Penn Quarter. Friday Saturday Sunday, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania This hummingbird cake is the bombe. No, that’s not a misspelling. It stars a cream cheese mousse bombe, torn bits of banana pineapple spice cake, a quenelle of banana-cinnamon sorbet, and candied pecans. Make a reservation at Friday Saturday Sunday. Farmers Fishers Bakers, Washington, D.C. We always save […]
This month marked another milestone in the Momofuku brand with the opening of Momofuku Kōjin. The latest in the company’s more than a dozen restaurants and markets, on June 7 in the heart of downtown Toronto, residents discovered Kōjin’s hearth-fire cooking and a new way to gather around the table, sharing dishes hot off the flames. At the helm of Kōjin, chef Paula Navarrete began her time in the Momofuko family as a sous chef at Noodle Bar before moving to Daishō to become chef de cuisine. Her background is the perfect fit for a hospitality group that strives for constant evolution. Because Navarrete grew up learning how to cook over an open flame, in Kōjin she brings the unique flavors of her native Columbian background together with the Momofuko explosion of flavor to which diners have become accustomed. Deriving from her love of Ontario produce and meats with the characteristic […]
Looking for a better brandy? Look no further than Armagnac, which is the oldest of all the brandies distilled in France. Think of it as Cognac’s more affordable sibling. Distilled from white wine grapes, it’s aged in black oak casks. Here are six Armagnac cocktails featuring the svelte spirit to fuel your evening out. Blue Duck Tavern, Washington, D.C. Bay leaf Armagnac takes the lead in That Green Thing. It’s complemented by a variety of verdant ingredients – green chartreuse, arugula syrup, lime juice – plus a kiwi grape garnish. Bonus: it’s 100 percent vegan. Make a reservation at Blue Duck Tavern. Kensington Quarters, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Armagnac and Strega power the Mule Variations. A ginger beer float adds a spicy kick. And a mess of muddled mint makes it a rocking refreshment. Make a reservation at Kensington Quarters. Le Diplomate, Washington, D.C. The Belle Epoque (Beautiful Era) starts with a subtle […]
As we approach the first official day of summer and prime season for outdoor dining, we’re thrilled to reveal the 100 Best Al Fresco Restaurants in America 2018. From the oceanside views at Leilani’s on the Beach in Hawaii and the stunning desert scenery at LON’s at The Hermosa Resort in Arizona to New York City’s Tavern on the Green, an oasis in the middle of the concrete jungle, the complete list features winning restaurants in 22 states. California comes out on top this year with 30 winning restaurants, followed by Florida with 26, and Hawaii with 10. Other notable states for outdoor dining include Arizona with eight winning restaurants and Maryland, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina each with three. Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, and Washington, D.C. are also among the winners. While most of this year’s honorees serve […]
As we approach the first official day of summer and prime season for patio dining, we’re pleased to unveil the 100 Best Restaurants for Outdoor Dining in Canada 2018. The list ensures that diners across the country can find all the gorgeous patios and refreshing menus to enjoy some summer sunshine. Restaurant patios across the country have made their way onto this year’s list, with Ontario eateries claiming the greatest number (41) of honourees, followed by British Columbia with 30 and Alberta with 17. Quebec (8) and Manitoba (4) are also represented. The list includes a variety of different outdoor dining options, from the ocean view patio at Vancouver’s Teahouse in Stanley Park and the charming hidden back patio at Toronto’s Sidecar, to the relaxing lakeside patio at Wellington’s Drake Devonshire Inn. Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants for Outdoor Dining 2018 list is generated solely from more than 550,000 restaurant reviews collected from […]
In the 105 years since Grand Central Terminal, or station, transported its first travelers, the iconic transit hub and the streets that surround it have remained among New York City’s busiest footpaths. Only in the wee hours did the Grand Central area fall silent long after the sundown rush. Beyond its nomadic purpose, Grand Central and the streets that surround it have become a thriving culinary endpoint. Restaurateur Donatella Arapaia chose Grand Central terminal to open her first upscale quick service venture called Prova Pizzabar. “Grand Central Terminal is one of the city’s micro culinary destinations and the streets and avenues within a short walk are lined with great restaurants,” said Arpaia, known for her razor-sharp palate on Iron Chef. “Opening Prova Pizzabar at Grand Central was the perfect location, with an audience eager for a better slice.” Launching a Grand Central eatery is like the Olympics of restaurant square […]
With its subtle floral notes and distinctive purple hue, lavender is sprouting up in seasonal drinks across the country like wildflowers in a field. Here are eleven places to enjoy lavender cocktails. The Prince at Upstairs at The Gwen, Chicago, Illinois Nodding to its bold purple color and paying homage to a pop icon, The Prince mixes Rhine Hall mango brandy, Clement Creole liqueur, lime cordial, orange bitters, lavender bitters and butterfly tea extract in a coupe glass with a fresh lavender garnish. Make a reservation at Upstairs at The Gwen. Lavender & Lemon at FARM at Carneros, Napa, California Featuring ingredients from the culinary garden at Carneros Resort and Spa, Lavender & Lemon combines Uncle Val’s Botanical Gin, lemon juice, and housemade lavender simple syrup. Make a reservation at FARM at Carneros. The Salty Dog at JIMMY at The James, New York, New York Mixologist Johnny Swet created […]
Rejoice, it’s strawberry season! The star of late spring and early summer shows up in many desserts but none better than strawberry shortcake. The classic dish is a harmony of shortcake biscuits, ripe juicy strawberries that give it a pop of color, and fresh whipped cream. Here are eight restaurants for strawberry shortcake season. Il Solito, Portland, Oregon Pastry chef Alisha Falkenstein celebrates Oregon’s famous-but-brief berry season with a deconstructed Italian strawberry shortcake. She sources fresh strawberries from Unger Farms and Groundwork Organics, located just outside of Portland, and the dish is plated with toasted almond cake, zabaglione, and mascarpone cream. Make a reservation at Il Solito. Sea Glass at Inn by the Sea, Cape Elizabeth, Maine The origins of chef Andrew Chadwick’s Berries by the Sea dessert is easy to find — look for the rows of strawberries at next-door Maxwell’s Farm. The dish is built with fresh berries, […]
Every June, the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen has foodie fanatics and celebrities flocking to this dreamy mountain town. But for many travelers and locals, this picturesque destination offers world-class food year round. Known for being more high-end, these restaurants have modern-yet-cozy interiors with chefs that source fresh, local ingredients for their dishes. So whether you’re in town for the Classic, enjoying a summertime concert, or tackling some hiking, this round-up is your tip sheet for where to dine in Aspen in this summer — or any season, really. Plato’s Inside the picturesque Bauhaus-style Aspen Meadows Resort is a very recently renovated restaurant with panoramic views of the peaks. The new three-to-five course, prix-fixe menu and its theme will rotate every week to focus on a different region of food. Food & Wine Classic guests may miss out on the first service, as it starts on June 19th, but […]
Last night, the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington’s 2018 RAMMY awards gala took place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. A celebration of the capital’s restaurant and hospitality culture, the RAMMY awards bring together the city’s culinary community for a night of food and drink with a healthy side of activism. OpenTable was proud to host the winner’s circle, where the Taittinger Champagne flowed as award recipients posed with their trophies. Notable movements that were highlighted included a very vocal opposition to Initiative 77, which would eliminate the tip credit in Washington, D.C. Restaurateur Dan Simons (Founding Farmers) and his team gathered signatures from attendees who pledged to #StopSucking in support of the Our Last Straw coalition, which is seeking to get a ban on plastic straws in D.C. passed. The 2018 RAMMYS winners include: Exceptional Leadership and Impact: José Andrés, ThinkFood Group Duke Zeibert Capital Achievement Award: Daniel Coleman, founder […]
In 1999, the website began operations offering reservations at a limited selection of restaurants in San Francisco. Restaurants that signed up with the service used the company's back-end software to process the reservations made on the website, resulting in a real-time reservation system for both diners and restaurants. The service has since expanded to cover more than 30,000 restaurants in most U.S. states as well as in several major international cities. Reservations can be made online through its website. On June 13, 2014 the company announced it had agreed to terms with the Priceline Group to be acquired in an all-cash deal for $2.6 billion.
The company's home market consists of the United States. However, this has expanded in recent years to include Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. Reservations are free to end users; the company charges restaurants flat monthly and per-reservation fees for their use of the system. According to the company, it provides online reservations for about 40,000 restaurants around the world and seats about 23 million diners per month.
On 1 October 2010, the company acquired Toptable, a restaurant reservation site in the UK.
On 29 January 2013, the company announced that it had entered a definitive agreement to acquire Foodspotting.
On 13 June 2014 the company agreed to a takeover offer by the Priceline Group of $103 a share, a 46% premium on the previous day's closing stock price. The offer valued the company at $2.6 billion. Both companies said OpenTable would continue to operate as a separate business under the same management.
The service allows users to search for restaurants and reservations based on such parameters as dates, times, cuisine, and price range. Users who have registered their email address with the system will then receive a confirmation email. Users can also receive 100 or 1,000 OpenTable rewards points after dining; these points can be redeemed for discounts at member restaurants.
The service provides restaurant owners with comprehensive reservation management. Subscribing restaurants use an Electronic Reservation Book (ERB) to replace existing paper reservation systems; ERB is an integrated software and hardware solution that computerizes restaurant host-stand operations. The ERB handles reservation management, table management, guest recognition, and email marketing.