Take a Seat at the Global Dining Table: Local Language Bookings at Restaurants Around the World

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Great news, travelers! We’re pleased to announce new functionality that allows diners to search, discover, and make reservations at restaurants across the globe — in their local language through OpenTable’s web and mobile properties.

The global booking functionality brings together more than 38,000 restaurants across its network globally, including renowned global dining hotspots such as Berlin, Dublin, London, Mexico City, Montreal, New York, San Francisco, Sydney, Toronto, and Vancouver. Languages currently supported include English, Spanish, French, German, and Japanese. The launch also brings together all of OpenTable’s separate country apps into one multi-language global app.

“This is an exciting moment for OpenTable,” notes our CEO Christa Quarles. “For almost 20 years, we have been helping diners to discover and make restaurant reservations in their home country. This evolution in how we engineer our current country sites and apps means we can now power great restaurant experiences across multiple cities, in multiple languages, becoming a true ‘Global Dining Passport’ for diners across the world.”

According to a recent survey* of OpenTable diners, 97 percent eat out at least once per day during their travels, while 48 percent say they dine out at least twice a day. The enhancements we’ve made will help these diners uncover and enjoy unique and authentic dining experiences whether they’re traveling or staying local. It also enables us to further support our restaurant partners by providing exposure to an increasing audience of global diners that would be difficult and costly to target through their own marketing campaigns.Continue Reading

Introducing Premium Access Reservations in Boston: Frequent Diners Earn Special Access to Hard-to-Book Restaurants

We are pleased to announce that we are piloting a new Premium Access reservations feature, which rewards frequent OpenTable diners with special access to in-demand reservations set aside by participating restaurants especially for them. The new feature allows restaurants to fill seats with frequent, high-value diners while giving loyal OpenTable users access to some of Boston’s hottest tables using their OpenTable Dining Rewards Points.

You can experience the new feature at participating restaurants by signing into your OpenTable account via the mobile app, choose the Boston area, look for the “Premium Access” category on the home screen and select the restaurant where you would like to dine. If the restaurant’s standard reservations are fully booked, diners with enough points will be able to view and book Premium Access reservations.

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Specials in Baltimore: Diners Can Now Book Special Menus, Dishes + Pairings at Select Restaurants

Did you ever wish you had information about a restaurant’s specials before you arrived? Now that’s possible, thanks to Specials in Baltimore, a new feature.

Specials in Baltimore

In the mood for authentic Maryland crab cakes? Have an appetite for a perfect plate of seasonal pasta? Whether you’re seeking out a special menu, dishes, or pairings, specials can help you quickly connect with what you crave at great prices in the Baltimore area — and make a reservation for that experience!

Restaurants showcasing specials include Cosima, Birroteca-Bel AirForno Restaurant & Wine Bar, and more.Continue Reading

OpenTable for iOS 10: New Ways to Book, Connect, and Pay

At OpenTable, we love what happens around the table – particularly the connections. Now, the release of iOS 10 gives us new ways to connect you with great restaurants right where you search for them – and to connect with your friends to make booking a table a more social experience. Get the latest OpenTable app now, plus upgrade to iOS 10 to get going.


OpenTable in Apple Maps: Apple Maps has always been a great way to find restaurants near you, and today it gets even better. With iOS 10, you can make OpenTable reservations without leaving the Maps app. Just find a restaurant, tap the OpenTable Reservations button; pick a time; and confirm.

The Apple Maps extension is now available in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and will be rolling out to other countries in the future.

OpenTable in iMessage: Ever wish planning a meal with friends was easier? Now, you can finally make getting to the answer of “Where should we eat?” more fun! OpenTable’s iMessage extension allows friends to suggest restaurants to try, to vote on favorites, pick a winner, and book–all directly in Messages. It’s a fun way to pick the perfect place for a date, a lunch with coworkers, or a get-together with friends.

Here’s how it works:Continue Reading