Now Download This: Foodspotting for iOS 7

You may have noticed that OpenTable is better looking than ever — thanks to the inclusion of mouthwatering Foodspotting photos. We didn’t think it was possible, but now our favorite app for shooting and sharing food photos is, too. Foodspotting for iOS 7 is a wholly reimagined Foodspotting app, brought to you by Alexa Andrzejewski (@ladylexy) and Matt Jarjoura (@jarjar2k7). Foodspotting for iOS 7 features include:

Filters & Places
Find dishes by place or by category using Foodspotting’s new smart search. Look for new categories including “Find dishes at places you can reserve (on OpenTable).”

Location & Map
Find dishes anywhere in the world by tapping the green bar and setting your location. You can enter a city or address, or pan and zoom the map.

About This Dish & About This Place
Scroll left and right to discover delicious dishes. If a dish piques your interest, simply scroll down to learn how to get your hands on it.

Explore and Activity
Toggle between discovering nearby dishes and discovering dishes from friends with one tap (upper left), and Foodspotting will remember which you last used.

Before and after
Before and after

 

Read more about the new Foodspotting app here, and download Foodspotting for iOS 7 today.

 

On Our Plate: Best Restaurants for Foodies; OpenTable for iOS 7; Restaurant Weeks in Detroit + Philadelphia; No Kid Hungry Month + More

App On Our Plate: Best Restaurants for Foodies; OpenTable for iOS 7; Restaurant Weeks in Detroit + Philadelphia; No Kid Hungry Month + MoreHappenings on and around OpenTable…

* We’re celebrating the release of OpenTable for iOS 7. Find out what’s new (Hint: A lot!) and download it today!

* Wondering which restaurants received 2013 Diners’ Choice Awards for Top 100 Fit for Foodies Restaurants in the U.S. Wonder no more.

* No Kid Hungry Month continues. Make a reservation at a participating restaurant in September to help end childhood hunger.

* Omaha Restaurant Week heads toward its final weekend Three-course dinners for $20, $30, or $40 through the 22nd.

* Detroit Restaurant Week pulled into Motor City today! Snap up $30 gourmet dinners through September 29.

* There’s another delicious week of Center City District Restaurant Week coming your way. $20 lunches and $35 dinners, September 15-20 and 22-27.

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Tweet of the Week: We’re Feeling the iOS 7 Love!

This week, after a great deal of dedication and inspiration, OpenTable for iOS 7  was released to, we are pleased to say, much acclaim from diners and design folks alike. Mee-Sun Yuk (@meesasun), Christian Palino (@christianpalino), Olivier Larivain (@olarivain), Ari Braginsky (@lemonkey), Chloe Park (@chloepark), and Stanley Ho make up the talented OpenTable iOS and Experience Design teams that breathed new life — and better looks — into our app. Much gratitude to Reid Butler (@rbutlersf) and everyone who tweeted their feedback and support! And, if you haven’t yet done so, download the app today to see what all the fuss is about!

TweetofWeek092013 Tweet of the Week: Were Feeling the iOS 7 Love!

 

Introducing OpenTable for iOS 7

We are excited to announce the release of OpenTable for iOS 7. With a focus on new search features and a design that allows restaurants to shine, we’ve dramatically improved the app to help make it easier than ever to find and book great places to eat.

New features include:
Streamlined search: Change the date, time, or party size in line and see results immediately
Focus on location: Enter an address or city­ to find restaurants nearby
New ways to explore: Browse restaurants by top-rated categories or cuisines
Easy access to more info: Swipe left and right to see all available times, and pull down on a restaurant page to see photos
Points tracking: See your progress toward earning your next Dining Cheque

New features are also available on OpenTable for iOS 6 and iPad. Have a question or feedback to share? Please email us at iOShelp@opentable.com.

Download the new app

Mee-Sun Yuk is the Senior Product Manager for iOS.

OpenTable Reviews Reveal Top 100 Fit for Foodies Restaurants!

Root Vegetable Saladlow2 OpenTable Reviews Reveal Top 100 Fit for Foodies Restaurants! Just in time for fabulous fall dining, we are pleased to announce the 2013 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Fit for Foodies 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.

With gifted chefs and inventive menus, the list of winners spans 26 states and includes Beast in Portland, Oregon, Moto in Chicago, and Vedge in Philadelphia. California accounts for 20 honorees, followed by Pennsylvania with 10 winners and Illinois with nine. Oregon and Washington restaurants each boast seven standouts apiece. Arizona, New York, and Texas all claim five winners. Colorado and Maine earned four spots, while both Minnesota and North Carolina have three. Delaware, Florida, Massachusetts, and Missouri each have two winning restaurants. Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Virginia restaurants are also represented. Restaurants serving American fare, including Californian, Northwest, and Southern, proved most popular; other notable cuisines on the list include French, Italian, Japanese, and vegetarian.

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On Our Plate: No Kid Hungry Month; Restaurant Weeks in Charleston, Detroit, Kennebunk, Philadelphia + More; Nature’s Plate Nominations

CRW On Our Plate: No Kid Hungry Month; Restaurant Weeks in Charleston, Detroit, Kennebunk, Philadelphia + More; Natures Plate NominationsHappenings on and around OpenTable…

* September is No Kid Hungry Month. Make a reservation at a participating restaurant to help end childhood hunger.

* Attend Red Bank Flavour Food + Wine Walk in Red Bank, New Jersey, tomorrow. Learn more here.

* Trending on recent OpenTable restaurant reviews? Tomato salad!

* What’s your favorite sustainable restaurant? Nominate ‘em for a Nature’s Plate award now!

* Spice up your summer with Miami Spice. Order up special $19 or $23 lunches and $33 or $39 dinners through September 30.

* Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month has arrived. Save with $33 dinners throughout the month.

* Flavor Palm Beach Restaurant Month is in full swing. Book for $20 lunches & $30 and $35 dinners through September 30.

* Cobb Restaurant Week continues in Georgia. Reserve now for $15, $25, and $35 lunches and dinners, September 7-14.

* Charleston Restaurant Week rocks on! Enjoy $20, $30 + $40 3-course dinners through September 15.

* Midtown Atlanta Restaurant Week is happening now. Take advantage of $15, $25, and $35 lunches and dinners through September 15.

* Louisiana We Live to Eat Restaurant Week is on in NOLADinners for $35 through September 15th.

* Omaha Restaurant Week started today! Three-course dinners for $20, $30 or $40 through the 22nd.

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Nominate Your Favorite ‘Green’ Restaurant for a Nature’s Plate Award Today!

shoutout Nominate Your Favorite Green Restaurant for a Natures Plate Award Today!The Nature Conservancy is asking OpenTable diners to nominate their favorite green restaurants for a Nature’s Plate award, a contest to identify the people’s choice for an area’s top green restaurant.

Wondering which restaurants to vote for? Consider eateries that are using sustainable seafood, free-range and grass-fed meat, organic produce, locally sourced food, and tap water (rather than bottled water).

While the contest is focused on restaurants, it’s only the start of a conversation about food, conservation, and The Nature Conservancy’s work with farmers, fishermen, and ranchers.  To participate, click on your city  and then nominate your favorite green restaurant. You can also learn more about what makes a restaurant green. Continue reading…

Trending on OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Tomato Salad

ht salad Trending on OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Tomato SaladThis time of year is my absolute favorite — and not just because the US Open is going on. Tomatoes are at the peak of their eating in the New York area (and elsewhere, too), and I’ve been indulging every chance I get at restaurants or when strolling through my garden and grabbing ‘em off the vine. Perhaps the loveliest way to enjoy tomatoes when they are in their prime is in a simple salad. Panzanella is a personal preference (because, um, croutons!), but you’ll find a wide variety of styles of tomato salad at this time of year and interesting companions (Nectarines!) that bring out the best in each bite of tomato. Find out which are winning rave reviews from OpenTable diners.

Anson, Charleston, South Carolina: ”The food was incredible, the atmosphere relaxed, and the service without fault. My husband and I enjoyed the house specialty pimento cheese ‘for the table’ followed by a salad of heirloom tomatoes, arugula, watermelon relish, and buttermilk dressing.”

Cafe Mahjaic-Lotus Inn, Lotus, California: ”The fish tacos we had for an appetizer were probably the best I’ve ever had, and the tomato cucumber salad was delightful! ”

Cindy Pawlcyn’s Wood Grill & Wine Bar, St. Helena, California: ”The heirloom tomato and melon salad was excellent and clever.”

Della Santina’s Trattoria, Sonoma, California: ”It’s a good restaurant in terms of Italian menu options with some variations on California, like the heirloom tomato salad with white anchovies.”

Extra Virgin, Kansas City, Missouri: ” If you like tomatoes, you’ll love the seasonal items on the menu. The Missouri tomato salad with pesto sauce, the panzanella salad, and gazpacho were full of perfectly ripened tomatos. With a side of bread and ricotta cheese, we had a wonderful selection of late summer items to enjoy.”

Gramercy Grill, Vancouver, British Columbia: ”My mom had the special tomato and bellini cheese salad and I had the endive with blue cheese salad and citrus dressing. Both were scrumptious.”

Local 121, Providence, Rhode Island: ”The food was outstanding. The tomatoes in the heirloom tomato salad melted in your mouth.”

Mayfield Bakery & Cafe, Palo Alto, California: ”A must on the menu is the heirloom tomato salad with burrata cheese. I’d go back for that for sure!!!”

* Mon Ami Gabi, Bethesda, Maryland: “This week featured the most fabulous heirloom tomato salad with the tomatoes purchased from the local farmers markets.”

Oak + Almond, Norwalk, Connecticut: ”Love the menu and the decor here! Had the heirloom tomato and corn salad with an appetizer of warm nuts to start.”

* Oyster Club, Mystic, Connecticut: “For an appetizer, I chose the tomato and arugula salad with burrata cheese. The creamy cheese alongside farm fresh tomatoes, spicy arugula, and vinaigrette made for a fresh tasting, salad bursting with the flavors of summer.”

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On Our Plate: J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge; No Kid Hungry Month; Flavor Palm Beach; Restaurant Weeks in Louisiana, Omaha + San Diego

OT Chase Race On Our Plate: J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge; No Kid Hungry Month; Flavor Palm Beach; Restaurant Weeks in Louisiana, Omaha + San Diego
Everyone on Team OpenTable ran a pretty speedy race, leading me to believe that there were snacks at the finish line.

Happenings on and around OpenTable…

* Despite Roger Federer’s shocking elimination, the U.S. Open continues in New York. Find dining hot spots near the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center with these picks from the Tennis Channel.

* OpenTable staff from our San Francisco headquarters were proud to participate in the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge 3.5 mile run yesterday. Runners included Caleb Tomlinson, Catherine Porter, Chip O’Connell, Chris Jocson, Chris Seidell, Christian Larwood, Cormac Twomey, Denis Scot, Evan Sutton, Galen Guilbert, Gelena Grinberg, Gregory Golphin, Irina Newman, Jennifer Song, Jeremy Barry, Jerod Keevican, Jessica Schlacter, Joe Shen, Johanna Kenrick, John Orta, Leilani Versoza, Martha Hartvickson, Mary Kate Fischer, Mee-Sun Yuk, Morgan Parker, Nikki Snowhite, Omari Robinson, Pearly Paguntalan, Raul Valadez, Sam Panoplos, Shayla Smith, Taryn Bradley, Tori Tsu, Tracy Kosolcharoen, and Wesley Cho.

* September is No Kid Hungry Month. Make a reservation at a participating restaurant to help end childhood hunger.

* Spice up your summer with Miami Spice. Order up special $19 or $23 lunches and $33 or $39 dinners through September 30.

* Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month starts in September. Save with $33 dinners throughout the month.

* Flavor Palm Beach Restaurant Month begins September 1. Book for $20 lunches & $30 and $35 dinners through September 30.

* Cobb Restaurant Week kicks off in Georgia this September. Reserve now for $15, $25, and $35 lunches and dinners, September 7-14.

* Midtown Atlanta Restaurant Week will kick off on September 7. Take advantage of $15, $25, and $35 lunches and dinners through September 15.

* Louisiana We Live to Eat Restaurant Week comes to NOLA on September 9Dinners for $35 through September 15th.

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Labor Day Weekend Is Here: Let the Brunching Begin!

brunchies Labor Day Weekend Is Here: Let the Brunching Begin!
Let’s do this!

We cannot believe it either, but the unofficial last weekend of summer is here. As bummed as we are to start bidding a fond farewell to all the best things about summer (Adieu, heirloom tomatoes!), we’re excited for the weekend — and three days to brunch out! It’s one our favorite meals of the days because, hello, cocktails plus yummy breakfast foods? Yes, please.

You can find Great for Brunch suggestions on your local Diners’ Choice lists, or to search out the best of the best, take a gander at the 2013 Diners’ Choice Award winners for Top 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in the United States.

Happy brunching, and have a happy Labor Day weekend!