The New OpenTable Gift Cards Are Here: You Send It, Your Recipient Selects the Restaurant!

OT Gift Cards The New OpenTable Gift Cards Are Here: You Send It, Your Recipient Selects the Restaurant!The dilemma: You want to buy a gift card to a restaurant for your favorite foodie — only you’re not sure which restaurant he or she would enjoy most. The solution: The new OpenTable Gift Card that allows you to purchase the gift and leaves the choosing to the recipient.

The OpenTable Gift Card is a generic online gift card that has a specific dollar amount associated with it that customers can purchase and send to anyone they like. The recipient can then redeem this gift card for its entire cash value at any participating OpenTable Gifts restaurant of their choice. It’s that simple!

To purchase an OpenTable Gift Card, visit https://gifts.opentable.com. You’ll receive two options: Choose a restaurant, or Let your friend choose.

If you select “Choose a restaurant,” you select the city, the restaurant, and the amount. If you select “Let your friend choose,” you can buy a gift card that is good at any participating restaurant; you only choose the amount. The gifts will be delivered via email, either instantly or at a future date. You can also print the gift card to present it to the recipient.

With OpenTable Gift Cards, it’s never too late to find the perfect presents this holiday season. Buy now!

On Our Plate: 100 Best Restaurants in the US; Baking to Benefit No Kid Hungry; Washington DC Restaurant Week, Dine About Town SF + More

DC Restaurant Week Winter 14 On Our Plate: 100 Best Restaurants in the US; Baking to Benefit No Kid Hungry; Washington DC Restaurant Week, Dine About Town SF + MoreHappenings on and around OpenTable…

* Cheers to the 2013 Diners’ Choice Award winners for Top 100 Best Restaurants in America. Find out if your fave made the list.

* OpenTable held a bake sale to benefit No Kid Hungry. Thanks to everyone who scarfed down sweet treats to benefit this amazing campaign.

* Speaking of No Kid Hungry: Dine out in December to help end childhood hunger in America. Find out more here.

* Trending on recent OpenTable restaurant reviews? Sunchokes.

* Give the gift of fine dining this holiday season. Check out OpenTable Gifts to purchase dining certificates for your favorite foodies in just a few clicks!

* The holidays are almost upon us. Book a table for Christmas Eve, Christmas, or New Year’s Eve now.

* Napa Valley Restaurant Month is just around the corner. Don’t miss a month of dining deals in Wine Country in the new year.

* Pittsburgh Restaurant Week is heading your way. Enjoy $20.14 to $35.14 lunches + dinners at Steel Town’s best restaurants, January 13-19.

* Washington, D.C. Restaurant Week arrives in mid-January. Book your tables for $20.14 lunches and $25.14 dinners, January 13-19.

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Trending on OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Sunchokes

sunchoke blog Trending on OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: SunchokesWhile you may think that the winter months signal a dearth of interesting, fresh ingredients, that isn’t always the case. Consider the sunchoke. Also known as Jerusalem artichokes (even though the plant does not come from Jerusalem and is not related to either the globe or the Chinese artichoke), sunchokes are available from late fall through spring in North America. According to the Oxford Companion to Food, sunchokes are a North American relative of the sunflower. The tubers, which have a flavor similar to that of Brazil nuts, can be enjoyed raw, boiled, fried, roasted, pureed, among other preparations. They are a good source of fiber and thiamine, which is important to muscles, the central nervous system, metabolism, and more. They are also purported to have some, ahem, gaseous qualities. Find out what OpenTable diners are saying about this in-season ingredient. 

Acquerello, San Francisco, California: ”The delights that crossed our table are too numerous to mention, but the standout dish was a creamy sunchoke soup with short rib meat. How I wish I’d ordered that instead of just stealing sips from my husband’s bowl!”

Alma, Los Angeles, California: ”Our favorite dish was a very unusual starter — a sunchoke dish that ended up being a soup (you couldn’t tell from the description). The broth was sublime and very complex; really remarkable. I would return for just that at the counter if I could and would happily give them ‘soup of the year.’”

Charcoal Restaurant, Denver, Colorado: ”The food is always absolutely delicious — love the Cobb and smoked salmon salads and the Sunchoke soup.”

Cowell & Hubbard, Cleveland, Ohio: ”The food was outstanding — you must try the sunchoke salad, strip steak, and the out-of-this-world desserts.”

* Craftsman Restaurant, Minneapolis, Minnesota: “My wife had the gnocchi, and I had the roasted steelhead with sauteed sunchokes in a chervil beurre blanc. Both were terrific.”

Daniel, New York, New York: ”I simply cannot imagine a dinner anywhere in the world that would exceed the experience we had at Daniel! Foie gras, duo of beef, sunchoke ravioli, and the squab were our choices, and everything was completely amazing.”

The Mildred, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: ”Service was attentive and friendly, and the food was absolutely delicious. The hand-spun bucatini ‘cacio e pepe’ was rich and creamy, and the roast sunchoke was perfectly seasoned. An excellent meal all around!”

Outerlands, San Francisco, California: ”Caramelized sunchokes were beyond wonderful.”

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3rd Annual OpenTable Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry: A Sweet Success!

BakeSale 11 of 43 3rd Annual OpenTable Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry: A Sweet Success!
Tori Tsu laughs as colleague Morgan Parker vows that her baked goodies will outsell Tori’s.

At OpenTable, we are avid supporters of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. As a company of serious foodies, one of our favorite opportunities to join the fight against childhood hunger is by hosting an annual bake sale at our corporate offices in San Francisco. Once again, our staffers created dozens of tempting confections — and then quickly bought and ate them all up. All together, OpenTable raised $1,247! Every cent will go directly to No Kid Hungry’s efforts to connect hungry children with healthy meals.

The Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry, presented by Domino® Sugar, C&H® Sugar, Duncan Hines®and Kmart® , is a national fundraising initiative that encourages people to host bake sales in their communities to help end childhood hunger. Click here to learn how you, as an individual, or your company can get involved and help No Kid Hungry end childhood hunger in America.

OpenTable Restaurant Reviews Reveal Top 100 Best Restaurants in America; Plus Top 10 Ranked

goosefoot duck OpenTable Restaurant Reviews Reveal Top 100 Best Restaurants in America; Plus Top 10 Ranked
The stunning + delicious duck breast served at goosefoot is just one of the many dishes that helped the Chicago restaurant earn top 10 honors this year.

As we toast a remarkable year of fine dining, we are pleased to announce the 2013 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Best Restaurants in America and highlight the Top 10 honorees.

These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for approximately 19,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The Top 10 Best Restaurants in America, in rank order, include:

  1. St. Francis Winery & Vineyards – Santa Rosa, California
  2. Mama’s Fish House – Paia, Hawaii
  3. n/naka – Los Angeles, California
  4. Halls Chophouse – Charleston, South Carolina
  5. Charleston – Baltimore, Maryland
  6. o ya – Boston, Massachusetts
  7. Orchids at Palm Court – Cincinnati, Ohio
  8. Fearrington House Restaurant – Pittsboro, North Carolina
  9. The French Laundry – Yountville, California
  10. goosefoot – Chicago, Illinois

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On Our Plate: Winter Restaurant Weeks in Pittsburgh, Kansas City; Help No Kid Hungry by Dining Out in December; + More

SDRW 2014 On Our Plate: Winter Restaurant Weeks in Pittsburgh, Kansas City; Help No Kid Hungry by Dining Out in December; + MoreHappenings on and around OpenTable…

* Trending on recent OpenTable restaurant reviews? Tacos.

* Did you send the Tweet of the Week? Click here to find out.

* Give the gift of fine dining this holiday season. Check out OpenTable Gifts to purchase dining certificates for your favorite foodies in just a few clicks!

* Dine out in December to help No Kid Hungry end childhood hunger in America. Find out more here.

* The holidays are heading your way. Book a table for Christmas Eve, Christmas, or New Year’s Eve now.

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Tweet of the Week: Setting the Table with OpenTable

We were thrilled to host hospitality expert and restaurateur Danny Meyer of Union Square Hospitality Group last week. Mr. Meyer, an OpenTable board member, is the author of Setting the Table, a book that has quickly become the industry guidebook for restaurant professionals. It was a happy coincidence, then, that restaurateur Alex Wrethman of Charlotte’s Table in London recently sent a tweet showing how much he and his staff have taken Mr. Meyer’s advice to “Be the agent!” to heart. Thanks for sharing this tweet, Alex. We love the placement of your reminder, by the way. Diners in search of amazing hospitality can be sure to find it at Charlotte’s Table – and at any of Mr. Meyer’s establishments, naturally.

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Trending on OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Tacos

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Behold the mushroom tacos at ABC Cocina.

I’ve had tacos on my brain since Tuesday (and not just because of taco Tuesdays). You see, that’s when I had one of executive chef Dan Kluger’s most perfect mushroom tacos (among other perfect dishes) at ABC Cocina. It was gone in 60 seconds, but what a ride. Mole, kale, and lime round out the mushrooms and corn tortilla, and, if I’m being honest, I could probably have eaten five or six without stopping. In my mind, tacos are like sandwiches — the ideal foundation upon which you can layer flavors and ingredients to create a yummy, portable, eat-it-with-your-hands, often-one-of-a-kind delight. While most Mexican restaurants serve tacos, other restaurants do, too. See what your fellow diners are saying about the tasty tacos they’ve ordered in recent restaurant reviews. 

* ABC Cocina, New York, New York: “We had the shrimp, chorizo-stuffed calamari, mushroom tacos, and fish tacos (grilled). We also had the mango iced tea and the homemade ginger soda. Everything was seasoned perfectly, cooked just right, and presented quite beautifully.”

Cantina Feliz, Fort Washington, Pennsylvania: “Husband ordered the carnitas tacos for the first time; liked it so much he ordered another to go also so our son could try them.”

COCO500, San Francisco, California: “Coco500 has a wonderful range of dishes that are terrific for sharing and ever-so-tasty. The fried green beans, mole tacos, truffled mushroom flatbread, and a fantastic New York strip with arugula, perfectly cooked and sliced for sharing, are all absolute must-haves.”

Del Frisco’s Grille, Atlanta, Georgia: “The ahi tuna tacos are fantastic — highly recommend those!”

* Harper’s Table, Suffolk, Virginia: “We are all Hampton Roads, Virginia, natives so we love the hint of ‘heritage’ cooking, and the new twists- – fried oyster tacos!! Highly recommended.”

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On Our Plate: OpenTable Gifts for Your Fave Foodie; Dine for a Cause in December; Holiday Restaurant Reservations; Winter Restaurant Weeks + More

 On Our Plate: OpenTable Gifts for Your Fave Foodie; Dine for a Cause in December; Holiday Restaurant Reservations; Winter Restaurant Weeks + More
Give the gift of fine dining this holiday season with OpenTable Gifts.

Happenings on and around OpenTable…

* Haven’t started your holiday shopping yet? Check out OpenTable Gifts to purchase dining certificates for your favorite foodies in just a few clicks!

* Dine out in December to help No Kid Hungry end childhood hunger in America. Find out more here.

* The holidays are heading your way. Book a table for Christmas Eve, Christmas, or New Year’s Eve now.

* Napa Valley Restaurant Month is just around the corner. Don’t miss a month of dining deals in Wine Country in the new year.

* Oakland Restaurant Week bookings are live. Snap up tables for $20, $30 or $40 lunches and dinners, January 17-26.

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Today Is #GivingTuesday: Donate to Show Your Support for No Kid Hungry

GivingTuesday1 Today Is #GivingTuesday: Donate to Show Your Support for No Kid HungryToday, global charities, families, businesses, community centers, students, and more will come together for #GivingTuesday.

No Kid Hungry has decided to join in the fun and raise $25,000 for their campaign to end childhood hunger. The impact will go even farther because for every dollar raised up to the $25,000 goal, Tyson Foods will match it, giving No Kid Hungry the potential to raise over $50,000 in a single day!

Childhood hunger is a big problem with a simple solution. Sixteen million kids in America aren’t getting the food they need. $1 connects a child to up to 10 meals. If No Kid Hungry reaches their goal of $25,000 today, they will be able to provide hungry children with access to 250,000 additional meals. With Tyson Foods generous matching of donations dollar for dollar, that number of additional meals will rise to 500,000!

Learn more about No Kid Hungry’s Giving Tuesday initiative — and make a donation now.