Dining Poll: Does Your Resume Include a Restaurant Job?

At OpenTable, we’re passionate about restaurants, and it’s not just because we enjoy dining out. Many of the people who work here have worked at restaurants before joining OpenTable. Have you spent time behind the line or working front of house? Weigh in on today’s poll!


Dining with the Stars: Aniston + Theroux Find Their Thrill at Blue Hill; Woody Allen Dines Between Directing in San Francisco; Hoop Dreams Realized at Del Posto

Steven Spielberg demonstrates a key shark safety tip.

Recent celebrity sightings at OpenTable restaurants…

* Son-of-Tom Connor Cruise and Joe Jonas filled out a table of eight at Bagetelle in Los Angeles. [People]

* Super-stylish couple Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux got engaged at Blue Hill restaurant in Manhattan. [NY Post]

* Rod Stewart lunched at Brother Jimmy’s BBQ. [NY Post]

* Woody Allen ate his way through the Bay Area, dining at CotognaJardiniere (with Cate Blanchett), Quince, and Serpentine. [Tablehopper]

* The U.S. Olympic basketball dream team celebrated getting the gold in New York City with a private dinner at Del Posto in the Meatpacking District. [NY Post]

* Renowned shark expert Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw met Michelle Pfeiffer and David E. Kelley for dinner at Donato Enoteca in Redwood City. [Tablehopper]

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Tweet of the Week: Special Request Makes a Birthday Dinner Special on the Sly

OpenTable diner Alex Kuczynski (No, not that one!) recently helped her lovely mother celebrate a birthday at Nota Bene restaurant in Toronto. The wonderful waitstaff there noted Alex’s Special Request for the Maitre D and made mom’s special day a bit more special. PS: Alex, please wish her a happy belated birthday from everyone at OpenTable!

 

Dining Poll: Would You Enjoy Phone-Free Dining That Comes with a Discount?

Confession: When I dine or drink out, my phone is almost always next to me on the table or the bar (Awful, right?). I like snapping pics of food, checking in, tweeting about where I eat, and so on. But, really, I do feel bad about it. I should be more present. Pay attention to my dining companion. Soak up my surroundings. Rely on my memory and not the IMDB app to figure out if it was Jill Eikenberry from L.A. Law or Catherine Hicks from 7th Heaven who starred opposite William Shatner in Star Trek IV (It was Hicks, if you’re wondering).

The restaurateurs behind Eva restaurant in West Hollywood have had similar thoughts and are giving diners the opportunity to check their mobile phones at the door in exchange for a 5% discount. Would you take them up on this inspired offer? Weigh in on today’s poll!