Holidays


Culinary Couple Lee Chizmar + Erin Shea of Bolete Make the Most of Mondays

When you blend two hospitality professionals with one successful restaurant and fold in two children, you’re not talking about a recipe that yields a ton of time for romance. Still, chef Lee Chizmar and general manager Erin Shea find ways to connect whenever they get the chance. The owners of Bolete in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, Chizmar and Shea opened their […]

In the Mood: What to Drink While You Dine on Valentine’s Day

Step away from the Chardonnay. Put down the pinot noir. Think outside the bourbon. That is an order. Seriously, though, you’ve carefully thought through Valentine’s Day dinner, picking an amazing restaurant with the perfect menu for you and your date; don’t stop there. You can make the 14th extra special with an unforgettable beverage experience that is […]

10 Extra Special Valentine’s Day Special Requests

With Valentine’s Day coming up this weekend, we’ve been thinking about special requests a lot. A LOT. Our data team has been crunching data. We’ve been looking for trends. And, we’ve been sifting through years of requests, looking for our favorites. Some are heartfelt, some are desperate cries for help, and some are deliberately cheeky — […]

The Duo Behind Dai Due in Austin Share Their Favorite Shareable Dish

Dai Due opened in 2014, but its origins date back to 2006. The restaurant takes its name from the Italian adage, “Dai due regni di natura, piglia il cibo con misura,” which translates to “From the two kingdoms of nature, choose food with care.” Naturally, then, choosing food with care is the mantra at this […]

How Restaurants Handle Your Special Requests on Valentine’s Day — Plus Tips from Top Managers

Valentine’s Day is one of our favorite holidays, but we’ll be the first to admit that it can be a high-pressure day for some couples. After reviewing thousands of special requests, it’s clear that there are a lot of people out there seeking romantic redemption at a restaurant on February 14. Diners’ special requests on […]

Seven Tips to Make Canadians’ Valentine’s Day Restaurant Reservations Even Easier

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, love is in the air and Canadians are making plans to celebrate with that special someone. But how can you ensure your dining experience is the best it can be, when everyone is rushing to make a reservation for your favourite restaurant? At OpenTable, we love helping diners discover and […]

Christmas Eve Dining: 15 Rave Reviews for the Feast of the Seven Fishes

Sure, we’re just now able to button our pants after last week’s indulgent Thanksgiving dinner and, yet, we’re already dreaming of more holiday dining. If you’re of Italian descent, or if you just LOVE Italian cuisine (which we know you do), you’re probably familiar with the Christmas Eve culinary tradition of the feast of the […]

Give the Gift of Fine Dining on Cyber Monday

Happy Cyber Monday! As you shake off the turkey-tryptophan sleepiness and turn your attention to gifts for your loved ones, we invite you to give the gift of deliciousness with OpenTable Gifts on this click-and-gift day! Available in 30 cities across the nation and good at more than 2,000 restaurants, OpenTable Gifts are a great fit for […]

Thanksgiving Restaurant Reservations: Last Minute Deals + Offers

It’s Tuesday and Thanksgiving is Thursday (!), but it’s not too late to find the perfect table for your celebration. Honestly! Just visit our local Thanksgiving pages to find details on special menus, pricing, and additional offers — and book your reservation. To pique your interest, we’ve rounded up a sampling of offers, from value-driven […]