Private Dining Takes the Hassle Out of Holiday Party Planning

Private-DiningTrying to figure out where to book an event? OpenTable’s new Private Dining pages eliminate the guesswork with a few clicks. Designed to help you find the perfect spot for your next party or private event, Private Dining pages allow you to browse hundreds of listings, filter by neighborhood, price or cuisine type, and view photos of private dining rooms and other event spaces, all in one place.

To get started, visit a restaurant’s Private Dining page and simply fill out the brief contact form.  OpenTable immediately submits your inquiry directly to the person the restaurant has designated to receive private dining requests. That person will contact you by email or phone (if you provide a phone number) to provide more information and answer any questions you might have, typically within two business days. We encourage you to initiate negotiations with several restaurants at once to get a sense of your options before finalizing the booking with the restaurant of your choice.

Maya Kalman, of Swank Productions, an event planning and design firm in Manhattan, says, “We’re always on the lookout for resources for finding private rooms. Having this kind of tool is great. It’s saves a lot of time on our end as well as that of the restaurant.” She states, “The ability to find available rooms on a specific day is invaluable, particularly around the holidays when there is a limited number of days to host events. People are often vying for the same days, especially this year,” she notes. Kalman, whose company is planning a number of holiday parties at restaurants, adds, “People are rethinking events and realizing that restaurants are great venues as they offer flexibility, intimacy, and fabulous food.”

You can find participating restaurants by looking for the “Private Dining” tab on a restaurant’s profile page, by clicking on the “Private Dining” icon just below the search widget on the right side of your start page, or under the “Large Party and Banquet Booking Information” option under “Offers and Events” on your start page. Currently available in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., Private Dining will launch in Atlanta, Denver, Las Vegas, Miami, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Vancouver on November 10.


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    Clearly you have put a lot of time and effort into the Private Dining pages. I love the layout of the restaurant listing pages…everything is very clean and easy to read. I cannot wait until you launch the Austin page. Thanks for sharing, we look forward to working with your service in Austin.

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