Trending on OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Burrata

[singlepic id=133 w=400 h=320 float=right]Depending on your age, the very first time you try burrata, you may experience anger. That sounds crazy, but hear me out. You see, unless you’re trying it as a child, your love-at-first-bite sentiments of delight could quickly give way to bitterness, a bitterness born of the fact that for however many years you’ve been eating quality cheese, you have *not* been eating beautiful burrata. Before you despair entirely, however, know that it is burrata season, and you’ve got ample opportunities to make up for lost time. I describe burrata as the lovechild of just-pulled mozzarella and fresh ricotta — which isn’t entirely accurate, but it gives the unchristened a general idea of what I’m getting at when my ‘Trust me!’ isn’t cutting it. More precisely, burrata is freshly pulled buffalo or cow milk curd shaped into a purse of sorts and then filled with cream and curd. There are many ways to enjoy it, from being paired with oysters to a simple presentation of crusty bread and a drizzle of quality olive oil. Burrata’s name comes from the Italian word imburrato, which means ‘buttered’ — and once you sample this rich, simple cheese, you’ll understand the connection. Find out what your fellow OpenTable diners are saying about burrata in recent restaurant reviews!

360 Bistro, Nashville, Tennessee: “Our daughter thought her dish was the best of all — Italian burrata & Alto Adige speck with zucchini ribbons, truffle oil, and Tennessee dark honey on toasted baguette.”

* A Bellagio, Campbell, California: “If you like cured meat and excellent burrata, then this is the place for you! Burrata is a must! It is so creamy.”

Annabelle’s Bar & Bistro, San Francisco, California: “Loved the arancini — savory little rice balls filled with burrata.”

Acqua Al 2, Washington, D.C.: “The special appetizer was a super fresh burrata and apricots.”

Brunello Trattoria, Culver City, California: “We started with the arugula salad with burrata cheese and hearts of palm, which was excellent.  Exactly what I was craving.”

Chez Soi, Manhattan Beach, California: “Mad props to the chef at Chez Soi! He chooses his ingredients carefully and really lets each one shine in the dishes he prepares. The smoked and grilled peach that accompanies the gorgeous burrata, for example, added a lovely twist to an already lovely plate.”

Circa 1922, Wilmington, North Carolina: “The burrata with heirloom tomatoes was outstanding — so good we both wish we had ordered two instead of sharing. The waiter’s suggestion of pairing it with a tapas plate of speck made it even more spectacular.”

Cotogna, San Francisco, California: “To a first timer, I recommend anything with burrata cheese because they do it better than anyone else.” Continue Reading

Make a Reservation for National Dine Out Day on June 19th for Hurricane Sandy Relief

PrintHurricane Sandy happened months ago, but the communities affected by this superstorm, especially those in New Jersey, are still working toward recovery. You can help by observing National Dine Out Day. When you dine out on Wednesday, June 19, at a participating restaurant, a percentage of your check will be donated to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund. To date, the fund has granted more than $11 million to aid in home rebuilding, mold remediation, financial and legal counseling, economic development, and social services such as mental health support and food pantry replenishment.

Participating restaurants include Amanda’s Restaurant in Hoboken, Babbo in Manhattan, and Monsoon Asian Kitchen in Babylon, among others.

National Dine Out Day is a great way for people around the country to get out of the kitchen for a night, dine out at a participating restaurant, and help New Jersey’s victims get back on their feet. Make a reservation for National Dine Out Day on June 19th at one of these participating restaurants in New York or New Jersey to show your support for those still struggling.



Dining with the Stars: Julianne Moore in BK; Tom Cruise in BH; Kris Humphries in MIA + More

Tom Cruise celebrates scoring a reservation at the Polo Lounge.

Recent celebrity sightings at restaurants on OpenTable… 

* Erstwhile Gossip Girl actor Chace Crawford lunched at ABC Kitchen in New York City. [People]

* The Bachelor‘s Sean Lowe dined with fiancee Catherine Guidici at Manhattan’s Ainsworth Park. [People]

* Julianne Moore dined with designer pal Rachel Roy at Antica Pesa in Brooklyn. [NY Post]

* Upcoming costars Will Arnett and Megan Fox shared a meal at NYC’s Beauty & Essex. [People]

* Katie Holmes was deep in conversation with feminist icon Gloria Steinem at Carbone in NYC’s Greenwich Village. [NY Post]

* Rockers Axl Rose and Steven Tyler hit up Catch in New York’s Meatpacking District. [NY PostContinue Reading

Father’s Day Restaurant Reservations: Delicious Last-Minute Deals and Offers

Nothing says 'Thanks, Dad!' like a juicy steak.
Nothing says ‘Thanks, Dad!’ like a juicy ribeye.

Father’s Day is just a few days away, but there’s still time to book a table for Sunday. No matter what city you’re celebrating in, OpenTable can help you find a reservation!

You can visit our local Father’s Day pages to find details on special menus, pricing, and additional offers. And, below, we’ve rounded up a sampling of offers, from value-driven to extravagant, as well those that are a bit different, to whet your appetite.

A bit less: Shula’s 347 Grill — Celebrate Father’s Day by treating Dad to a free entree. One per table; another entree must be purchased by one other diner.
A bit more: Park 75 — Head to the Four Seasons Hotel for a special BBQ with Dad experience.$70 per adult ($79 including Bloody Mary’s and beer), $30 for kids 6-12.
A bit different: Amura Japanese Sushi Restaurant — $5 New York steak after rebate, for fathers only.

A bit less: La Tasca — Enjoy three tapas dishes and a dessert for $25 per person from the special “Tapas for Papas” menu.
A bit more: Morton’s The Steakhouse — Let Morton’s do the grilling. Join them for a mouth-watering three-course meal for only $69 per person.
A bit different: The Alehouse Columbia — Order a growler gift basket, which includes a signature pint glass, growler, and gift card.

A bit less: Antonia’s at The Beach Restaurant and Bar — All-you-can-eat brunch buffet for only $14 per person.
A bit more: Palm Restaurant — Offering a 16-ounce, bone-in filet mignon at a special price of $45 and a $79.95 summer lobster dinner for two.
A bit different: Orchard Street Chop Shop — All dads get a complimentary cigar with entree purchase to enjoy on the terrace or take home.

A bit less: Domo 77-Aurora — Steak and lobster plus shrimp and chicken combination with soup, salad, veggies, fried rice, and a bottle of house wine for $59.96 for two people.
A bit more: deca Restaurant + Bar at The Ritz Carlton — Featuring a “Beef, Bourbon, and Beer Brunch” with Half Acre Beer Co., Revolution Brewing, and Woodford Reserve for $79 per person.
A bit different: Bistro Dre — All fathers will receive a complimentary slice of cheesecake with fresh strawberry sauce — and a gift bag.

A bit less: Randolph’s at Warwick Denver Hotel — Check out “Blues, Brews, and BBQ” on the patio. All your favorite brunch and BBQ items from the grill. Local draft beer included, all for just $25 per person.
A bit more: EDGE Restaurant & Bar — EDGE has partnered with Rickenbaugh Caillac of Denver for brunch and test drives on Fathers Day. $55 per adult, $25 for children (under 12).
A bit different: Aquarium Restaurant — Treat Dad to an under-the-sea adventure! Enjoy the one-of-a-kind Aquarium Restaurant and Aquarium Adventure Exhibit this Father’s Day. Continue Reading