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.
These last few weeks of summer send chefs scrambling for what’s left on the vine. The scent of tomatoes just picked, sliced thick on BLTs, diced atop freshly stuffed tacos, or layered on a platter and dressed in olive oil, salt, and pepper, there’s nothing like a fresh heirloom tomato to make a dish sing with flavor. Here are a few dozen of our favorite restaurants for heirloom tomatoes on OpenTable. Bouchon Bistro, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Yountville, California Under the brilliance of Thomas Keller’s restaurant empire, chef de cuisine Josh Crain crafts an equally memorable salade de tomates for the Bouchon family of eateries. He makes his heirloom tomato salad with burrata cheese, English cucumber, pine nuts, young basil, and a parmesan vinaigrette. Make a reservation at Bouchon Bistro. The Salted Vine Kitchen + Bar, Squamish, British Columbia Among the menu of small plates and spectacular views, at The Salted Vine […]
Bon anniversaire, Julia Child. The darling of French cuisine’s birthday is August 15th, and we think the adored, talented, unpretentious chef would love these five casual French restaurants that are anything but stuffy with approachable-yet-classic French fare — including one of her favorite spots to dine and sip at when she lived in the Boston area. Julia famously said, “If you’re afraid of butter, use cream!” In that spirit, we say, bon appétit. Moulin, Newport Beach, California The idea behind Laurent Vrignuad’s restaurant is to make guests feel as if they have been transported to France. The chef and boulanger-pâtissier were both culinary trained in their native France, the décor is decidedly French bistro, and classics like the croque madame and fresh-baked artisan pastries practically demand a beret. Make a reservation at Moulin. Margeaux Brasserie-Waldorf Astoria, Chicago, Illinois James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Mina’s bistro is an ode to Paris […]
As well as iconic architecture, fantastic shopping, and guaranteed sunshine, the Catalan capital also seduces visitors with its flourishing food scene. If you’re planning a trip to Barna (as it’s sometimes called by locals), here are our top recommendations for where to dine like a local in Barcelona. We’ve hand-picked some of the best options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Brunch at El Rebost De Sant Antoni Start off your day by visiting one of Barcelona’s traditional food markets such as the Mercat de Sant Antoni in the heart of the city. Right next to the market you’ll find El Rebost De Sant Antoni, the perfect brunch stop offering traditional and market cuisine and a passion for authentic flavors. Enjoy a selection of cured meats, grilled Iberico pork, a wide range of cheeses, and delicatessen products sourced directly from their places of origin (Torreznos de Soria, Morcilla de Burgos and Jaén, Sobrasada de Menorca, and […]
Raw oysters are one of life’s greatest pleasures. However, the shell stars are just as rewarding when they’re tossed on the grill or set underneath the broiler. Here are 11 top restaurants for oysters to help you get your slurp on this summer. Salt Wood Kitchen & Oysterette, Marina, California Shucking awesome! These wood-fired oysters come with a wealth of toppings. Some feature tarragon pesto, kimchi butter graces others, and others still are a spicy sausage fest. Make a reservation at Salt Wood Kitchen & Oysterette. Drago’s, New Orleans, Louisiana They serve more than 1.2 million oysters a year at this New Orleans favorite. Their classic charbroiled oysters come drenched in butter, garlic, and cheese. Or, as we like to call them, the essentials. Make a reservation at Drago’s. Harlowe MXM, Dallas, Texas Rock on! This loving rendition of Oysters Rockefeller features the charbroiled bivalves capped off with smoked anchovy […]
Having a hard time coping with the hot weather? Soft serve is the answer. Rather than offering up simple vanilla and chocolate, these restaurants are giving cone heads more creative options. These six restaurants for soft serve ice cream will help you lick the summer blues away. Planta, Miami Beach, Florida This soft serve has a rich purple hue. The regal color is thanks to the charcoal in it. A substantial swirl of the ice cream is finished off with freshly shaved coconut and other toppings. Make a reservation at Planta. Dutch & Doc’s, Chicago, Illinois Start with a bowl or cone of salted caramel or vanilla. Then add on your choice of chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, raspberry caramel, brownie bites, chocolate coffee beans, rainbow sprinkles, and chocolate chunks. No matter what you choose to do, there are no wrong decisions. Make a reservation at Dutch & Doc’s. Seaside on […]
What’s the most memorable thing about your last trip? For many people, one of the first things that come to mind is a meal. Whether you tried crawfish for the first time or sampled the perfect pasta dish, finding a great restaurant to have that one big night out can be what pushes your trip over the edge. But with so many great options, how do you pick? To get you started, KAYAK and OpenTable teamed up to crunch the numbers on some of the top restaurants for a big night out in America’s most popular cities. From more than 1.5 billion annual KAYAK searches, we found the most-searched-for destinations of 2018. These are the cities that are on travelers’ minds, hearts… and appetites. On the flip side, OpenTable analyzed more than 12 million reviews from verified diners to create a list of the 100 Best Restaurants for a Big […]
Do you prefer a stool at the bar to a table? Want to save your spot on a restaurant’s patio? Now you can with the global rollout of Seating Options, a feature that allows diners to reserve a seat at the bar, counter, a table outside, and more during the reservation process. Not only does the feature give diners the freedom to choose where they want to sit at the restaurant, even before they arrive, but it also increases restaurant availability during peak dining times. Diners can now easily find restaurants around the globe offering various seating options and table types when searching for reservations across desktop and mobile web, as well as on the OpenTable iOS and Android apps. Alternative seating options are noted with a table icon on restaurant profile pages. “With Seating Options, diners have the flexibility and freedom to make each dining experience exactly what they […]
No matter which side of the aisle you’re on in D.C., everyone puts aside politics to agree that Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week Summer 2018 is a great time to sample the booming dining scene. More than 100 restaurants take part in the regional promotion, which runs from Monday, August 13 through Sunday, August 19. Unless indicated otherwise, meals are three courses and cost $22 per person for lunch and $35 per person for dinner, not including tax and gratuity. Dirty Habit There are robust options at lunch and dinner. In the evening, first course options include chicken wings, crab salad, and Madai snapper crudo while second-course choices range from spaghetti al nero to the house burger topped with a fried egg and teriyaki sauce. For dessert, there’s vanilla crème brûlée, tiramisu, Baked Alaska, and pineapple carpaccio. For an additional $20, guests score a beverage tasting featuring a half-cocktail, 4-ounces of white […]
Where’s the beef? Not here. The Impossible Burger looks and cooks like beef, but it’s made entirely of plants. The meat-free patty has become a favorite of chefs. It’s now served in more than 2,500 restaurants in all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia. Here are nine standout preparations of the humane hamburger. Founding Farmers, Washington, D.C. Make this meatless masterpiece your own. Add on the usual suspects: cheese, bacon, or avocado. Or it can be animal-free, topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, bread and butter pickles, and vegan sauce. Make a reservation at Founding Farmers. Crossroads, Los Angeles, California There’s a fast food vibe to this burger. It’s simply dressed with LTO, pickles, and Crossroads sauce. To give it an haute lift, it comes with a side of truffle fries. Make a reservation at Crossroads. Curio, San Francisco, California The search for the Holy Grail is over. […]
August is peak ingredient season, thanks to the high summer harvest. Find out where to enjoy the best of the bounty for less with August 2018 restaurant weeks. * Hudson Restaurant Week ends soon with $12-$20 lunches and $25-$40 dinners through August 3. Make a reservation. * Baltimore Restaurant Week features two-course $15-$20 lunches and three-course $20-$35 dinners through August 5. Make a reservation. * Howard County Restaurant Week runs for a few more days in the Baltimore area with $15-$40 lunches + dinners through August 6. Make a reservation. * Dine Out Downtown Delray Restaurant Week begins today in the Miami area with $20 lunches and $40 dinners through August 7. Make a reservation. * NYC Restaurant Week continues with $26 brunches + lunches and $42 dinners through August 17. Make a reservation. * Miami Spice starts now with two months of discounted dining at the city’s best restaurants with $23 lunches […]
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.