Dining Poll: Who Pays When You Visit a Restaurant With Your Parents?

Dining out is often a family affair. It’s better than getting together for a home-cooked meal in many ways, from the fact that most chefs are better cooks than you are to the benefit of completely avoiding dirty dishes. But when you’re dining out with your parents, who usually picks up the check? Do the parentals push your hand away and scoop up the check? Or do you prefer to step up and treat your folks? Weigh in on today’s dining poll!


Dining with the Stars: Demi Moore Visits Ken & Cook; Honey Boo at Villa Blanca; John Mayer + Katy Perry Celebrate at ABC Kitchen; Bradley Cooper at El Paseo

Isnt’ that what we all want, Honey Boo Boo?

Recent celebrity sightings at OpenTable restaurants…

* Former 49er Ronnie Lott tackled a meal at 1300 on Fillmore in San Francisco. [tablehopper]

* Much-improved tweeter John Mayer celebrated his 35th birthday with with new squeeze Katy Perry at ABC Kitchen in New York City. [NY Post]

* R&B artist Ne-Yo got closer with other bold-faced names at Acme in New York’s NoHo neighborhood. [NY Post]

 * Alicia Keys was in tune with husband Swiss Beatz at Catch in NYC’s Meatpacking District. [NY Post]

Will Smith and songstress daughter Willow also ate, but did not whip their hair, at New York’s Catch. [NY Post]

* Twilighter Ashley Greene sank her teeth into lunch at Catch in Santa Monica. [People]

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On Our Plate: Free Mobile-Friendly Sites for Restaurants; Win Dinner at Bravo’s Top Chef Kitchen; 2013 Michelin New York Stars; Silicon Valley Restaurant Week

Silicon Valley Restaurant Week has arrived! Dine for less through 10/24.

Happenings on and around OpenTable…

* We’re giving away a trip to NYC and dinner for two on October 30, 2012, at Bravo’s Top Chef Kitchen. Enter with a tweet to eat at New York City’s hottest restaurant!

* Speaking of giving away, we’re giving away mobile websites to our restaurant customers. Learn more.

* You can also win dinner for you and 9 friends plus a swanky overnight hotel stay, courtesy of PureWow, OpenTable + SniqueAway. Enter for a chance to win!

* The Michelin Stars for 2013 are out in New York. Learn which of the Big Apple’s restaurants have earned this big honor!

* Trending on OpenTable restaurant reviews? Butternut squash!

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

* The fifth Chicago’s In Good Taste is hereHelp find a cure for breast cancer by dining out through October 31.

* San Francisco’s Street Smart 4 Kids has returnedDine out and donate to help the city’s at-risk and homeless youth.

* Seattle Restaurant Week is in full swingBook now for $15 lunches and $28 dinners October 14-18 and 21-25.

 * Silicon Valley Restaurant Week starts today! Reserve to enjoy special three-course, prix-fixe dinners, October 17-24.

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OpenTable Debuts Free Mobile-Friendly Sites for Restaurants

[singlepic id=25 w=400 h=240 float=right]We are pleased to introduce a free service that makes it easy for its restaurant customers to optimize their websites for mobile devices. The new service is designed to help restaurateurs capitalize on the massive shift toward mobile by making restaurant websites more user-friendly and functional on smartphones. The service, powered by DudaMobile, is quick and easy to use and the before and after results are dramatic without sacrificing the branding and elegance of the restaurant’s desktop website.

“More than ever diners are seeking information about restaurants and booking reservations on the go, yet the vast majority of restaurant websites are not designed for mobile use,” said Matt Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of OpenTable. “Our goal is to make it easier for restaurants to reap the benefits from the shift toward mobile by removing the friction associated with creating and hosting mobile-friendly sites.”

More than 100 million people in the U.S. own smartphones, but only an estimated 10 percent of reservation-taking restaurants have mobile optimized sites.[i] OpenTable has experienced a growing number of diners who are choosing to book via mobile devices. In the second quarter of 2012, reservations booked on mobile devices accounted for 28 percent of the 28 million diners OpenTable seated in North America. Since the introduction of its mobile solutions in November 2008, OpenTable has seated more than 30 million diners through reservations booked on mobile devices, representing more than $1 billion in revenue for OpenTable restaurant customers (based on a check average of $42.50 per person as reported by OpenTable restaurant customers).

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