“Our Table Is Yours, Thanksgiving Dinner” For Hurricane Sandy Relief

Show your support to those affected by Hurricane Sandy by making a donation to Food Bank For New York City’s Hurricane Sandy emergency relief efforts using the link below.

OpenTable is proud to support “Our Table Is Yours,” a special Thanksgiving Dinner for those affected by Hurricane Sandy, hosted by Food Network, Cooking Channel,and Southern Wine & Spirits of America. More than 1,000 New York City seniors and families who were impacted by Hurricane Sandy will get a brief reprieve from the effects of the storm at Cipriani Wall Street®, which will open their doors on Wednesday, November 21, 2012, to 1,000 invited guests who will be served Thanksgiving Day-style meals.

Guests will be transported to Cipriani Wall Street® for two holiday servings at 12PM and 4PM. Each invited guest will also receive a prepared meal to take home, information on vital benefits, and gift cards from various retailers to purchase essential items. In addition to dining on delicious food, guests will also enjoy support from Food Network and Cooking Channel personalities as well as other special guests.

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A Visit to Top Chef Kitchen by Bravo with Chefs Richard Blais + Grayson Schmitz

On Saturday night, we were pleased to get a peek inside Top Chef Kitchen by Bravo, an impressive four-course dining experience from Bravo’s Emmy®- and James Beard Award-winning television series, Top Chef. Open for a limited time, Top Chef Kitchen hosted Richard Blais (The Spence) and Grayson Schmitz last weekDue to Hurricane Sandy, Top Chef Kitchen was closed for more than a week, but reopened this past Saturday, and we were lucky enough to pop in.

Peep some pictures below from our visit, and check back later for an exclusive interview with Fabio Viviani (Cafe Firenze and Firenze Osteria) and Antonia Lofaso (Black Market Liquor Bar), who are currently behind the burner at Top Chef Kitchen through Sunday.

OpenTable Releases Restaurant Industry Index for Q3 2012

We are pleased to release of the OpenTable Restaurant Industry Index for the third quarter of 2012. The Index, which shows year-over-year growth of guests served in reservation-taking restaurants, has been expanded to report on the Atlanta, Boston, Denver, and Philadelphia metropolitan areas.

“Industry growth remained flat in the third quarter,” said Matt Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of OpenTable. “Although some markets like the Boston and New York metropolitan areas experienced a respectable lift early in the year, the momentum has softened and is likely to be impacted further as a result of Hurricane Sandy.”

OpenTable Restaurant Industry Index

The OpenTable Restaurant Industry Index is based on data gathered from more than 9,000 reservation-taking restaurants* sampled from the OpenTable network in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Each percentage indicates a year-over-year increase or decrease in the number of guests served in these reservation-taking restaurants, as recorded by the restaurants in their reservation books. Those guests include those who honored reservations made by phone or online as well as those who walked in without a reservation.

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OpenTable Diner Reviews Reveal Top 100 American Fare Restaurants

Have you dined at any of these award-winning restaurants?

In celebration of the holiday dining season, we are pleased to announce the 2012 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 American Fare Restaurants in the United States. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 15,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The list of winners, which includes Annisa in New York City, Lola in Cleveland, and Sweet Basil in Vail, Colo., spans 31 states and Washington, D.C.  Texas has the greatest number of winners with 10, followed by California with eight winners, and New York and South Carolina with seven each. Maryland boasts six winning restaurants, trailed by Colorado and Missouri with five honorees apiece. Kentucky, Ohio, and Pennsylvania all have four winning restaurants, while Connecticut, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia have three each.  Florida, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Utah, and Washington, D.C. all have two award winners. Arkansas earned a single spot, as did Arizona, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Oregon, and Washington.

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