#MyFoodieValentine Giveaway: That’s a Wrap!

Valentine’s Day is behind us (although you might not know it based on the amount of chocolate we’re still consuming), but before we bid a fond farewell to the most romantic day of the year, join us as we fete the My Foodie Valentine giveaway winners.

We received thousands of entries on Instagram and Twitter, ranging from pictures of delicious dishes to charming photos of the favorite foodie in your life. Congratulations, Danielle ThomasJhomalys MoranSharon GoughLauren SpinelliRosa NaranjoMarco Maurício MalkomesKwadwo BoatengLiliana SoileauChristina Copeland, and Lisa Nguyen.

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Thanks to everyone who entered, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Google+Instagram, and Twitter for future giveaways.

2015 James Beard Foundation Awards Restaurant + Chef Semifinalists

JBF Awards LogoOscars, schmoscars! Here at OpenTable, we’re all about the 2015 James Beard Foundation Awards. This week, the James Beard Foundation released their list of semifinalists for nominations. Click here for a full list of nominated chefs, restaurants, and restaurateurs, including the extensive regional nominations. The final nominees will be revealed on March 24th. Winners will be announced on May 4th at the awards ceremony, which is being held in Chicago for the first time ever. Congratulations to the semi-finalists (and to you, too, Windy City denizens) — and best of luck to all those who have made it this far.

Nominated restaurants include:

Best New Restaurant
Abe Fisher, Philadelphia
Alden & Harlow, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Bâtard, New York, New York
Bazaar Meat by José Andrés, Las Vegas
Cosme, New York, New York
Edmund’s Oast, Charleston, South Carolina
Fiola Mare, Washington, D.C.
The Grey, Savannah, Georgia
Lusca, Atlanta, Georgia
Maude, Beverly Hills, California
Parachute, Chicago, Illinois
The Progress, San Francisco, California
San Salvaje, Dallas, Texas
Spoon and Stable, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Townsend, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Outstanding Restaurant
Acquerello, San Francisco, California
Bacchanalia, Atlanta. Georgia
La Belle Vie, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, New York
Bluestem, Kansas City, Missouir
Canlis, Seattle, Washington
Fore Street, Portland, Maine
Fork, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Frasca Food and Wine, Boulder, Colorado
Greens Restaurant, San Francisco, California
Highlands Bar & Grill, Birmingham, Alabama
Jaleo, Washington, D.C.
Per Se, New York, New York
Spiaggia, Chicago, Illinois
The Spotted Pig, New York, New York
Vidalia, Washington, D.C.

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OpenTable Seats a Record Two Million Diners in a Single Day

Chef and shift manager conversing after a mealWe are pleased to announce that OpenTable seated more than two million diners around the globe on Valentine’s Day, making it the highest volume day in our company’s history. Approximately half of the diners seated on Valentine’s Day booked via their mobile devices.

“It’s exciting to play a key role in helping more than two million diners around the globe find the perfect restaurant for Valentine’s Day,” said our own Matt Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of OpenTable. “Valentine’s Day is one of the most important, operationally-intensive days for our restaurant customers, and we’re incredibly proud to be an ingredient in the joy they bring to their guests on February 14th and throughout the year.”

Approximately 45 percent of these diners booked their reservations during the week leading up to Valentine’s Day, and more than 10 percent booked on Valentine’s Day, the day diners consulted OpenTable at a peak rate of 400 searches per second.

New on OpenTable Mobile: Review Restaurants on Your iPhone for the First Time

If you’re an OpenTable diner with an iPhone and the latest version of the OpenTable mobile app, you can now review restaurants in real time right from your phone. The days of trying to remember whether you ordered a flat iron or flank steak the night or the week before are over. You no longer have to wait until you get back in front of a computer to share your experiences; now you can start writing your review as soon as you’re done dining.

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To begin crafting reviews on your iPhone, be sure you’re running version 8.3.0 of OpenTable on your iPhone. Launch the app, and then select ‘Profile’ in the upper left corner of the screen. Scroll down to view ‘Past Reservations’ and click on ‘Write A Review’ – and start sharing your thoughts with the restaurant and your fellow diners.

Download the free iPhone app today. And stay tuned for this exciting new feature on Android.