Trending on Recent OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Irish Fare

CBC blog Trending on Recent OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Irish FareHappy St. Patrick’s Day! Even though it’s only March 17th one day a year, diners have been celebrating this fun holiday for several weeks. After all, who doesn’t want to repeatedly observe the holiday that encourages you to drink a Guinness? While everyone knows that corned beef and cabbage aren’t authentic Irish cuisine, they’ve certainly become synonymous with Irish-American fare every March. Find out what diners are saying about the Irish food, authentic and otherwise, and St. Patty’s Day fun they’ve been enjoying in the last few weeks in recent restaurant reviews.

Conor O’Neills, Ann Arbor, Michigan: “We met family from out of town at Conor’s after Shamrocks and Shenanigans. It was festive, fun, and, overall, a great place to enjoy food, Guinness, Irish dancing, and good times with friends and family. It continues to be my favorite neighborhood pub!”

Fado Irish Pub and Restaurant, Austin, Texas: ”Authentic, made in Ireland décor. There is nothing on the menu that isn’t great, but the lamb is the best of all! Extensive beer and Irish Whiskey list, choices I didn’t know existed. Great for gathering with friends, watching sports, and St. Patrick’s celebrations are second to none!”

Great Street, Chicago, Illinois: ”Booked with Open Table four days before the event, requesting a window seat. The seating area has huge windows facing the Chicago river. I booked for 10AM and then also called the manager saying, “We NEED” a window table.” Arrived 45 min before the event, watching the Chicago River turn green at 9:30AM. It was like having a warm box seat for the event while thousands stood 4 deep on the bridges in the cold. So fun! Did have to wait about 15 minutes for a table to clear….then got the best in the house by 9:45. I thank Open Table and staff at Great Street for giving us such a memorable (and tasty) mid-morning experience on St Patrick’s!”

James Joyce Irish Pub & Restaurant, Baltimore, MD: ”The menu had all the Irish traditional foods plus something to satisfy the taste of everyone who might choose to dine at James Joyce. The entire staff was warm and friendly, and the atmosphere was ebullient. We dined here based on other Open Table reviews and it was a fantastic choice. We will definitely come here again when we are in the area.”

Katie Mullen’s Irish Restaurant, Denver, Colorado: ”The best Irish restaurant in Denver. My wife and I both LOVE this place and try to make a point to come back as often as possible. The first time we went I made an online reservation and in the Special Request section, I asked them to leave a special love note from me to my wife and they did just that. Made my wife’s night!”

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Save on Taste of the Nation Tickets in DC, NY + SF and Help No Kid Hungry End Childhood Hunger

TOTN Save on Taste of the Nation Tickets in DC, NY + SF and Help No Kid Hungry End Childhood HungerEvery year, in cities across the country, the nation’s top chefs, mixologists, brewers, winemakers, and more, come together at Taste of the Nation® the premier culinary benefits, events to stand with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger. Nearly half of all children in the U.S. will be on food stamps at the some point in their life. Each ticket purchased for these events supports Share Our Strength’s efforts to eliminate childhood hunger and supports local beneficiaries. We’re pleased to announce that OpenTable diners can enjoy exclusive discounts to upcoming events in New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.

Taste of the Nation New York City will be held April 28, 2014. Featuring more than 75 of New York City’s most notable chefs and bartenders under one roof at 82 Mercer, supporters can savor dishes and drinks from the city’s top culinary talent. Use discount code OTNYC to save 20% on VIP + General Admission ticketsBuy now!

Taste of the Nation San Francisco will be held Monday, March 27, 2014. Join us at The Metreon to sample the Bay Area’s bites and drinks. Use discount code TOTNSF14OT to save 20% on VIP + General Admission tickets. Buy now!

Taste of the Nation Washington, D.C. will be held March 31, 2014. Held at the National Building Museum, Washington’s finest restaurants and chefs will gather at this momentous event to dazzle diners with a night of culinary excellence. Use discount code OTWDC to save 20% on VIP + General Admission tickets. Buy now! Continue reading…

OpenTable Restaurant Reviews Reveal Top 100 Dining Hot Spots in America; Plus Exclusive Hottest Dishes Slideshow

We are pleased to honor the 2014 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurants in America. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for approximately 19,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Showcasing restaurants with sophisticated chefs and a fashionable clientele, the complete list features award winners in 21 states and includes ABC Cocina in New York, ink. in Los Angeles, and RPM Italian in Chicago. California boasts the greatest number of winning restaurants with 21, followed by New York with 16, and Florida with 14. Illinois and Texas have eight and six, respectively. Georgia and Nevada both have five winning restaurants. Massachusetts, Ohio, and Pennsylvania claim three winners apiece, while Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina, and Tennessee have two. Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, and South Carolina are represented as well.

International cuisines reign supreme at these hot spots, with winning restaurants serving Asian, Caribbean, Latin, Mediterranean, Mexican, and Peruvian fare, among others. Pizza, sushi, and tapas are also popular. Check out some of the hottest dishes at these top hot spot restaurants in our exclusive slideshow.

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OpenTable Mobile Payments for iPhone Available at Participating Restaurants in San Francisco

OT Mobile Payments iPhone Shot 2.6.2014 OpenTable Mobile Payments for iPhone Available at Participating Restaurants in San FranciscoWith the latest update to the OpenTable iPhone app, diners can now use OpenTable mobile payments to settle their check at restaurants participating in our San Francisco-area pilot program.

To get started, make sure you are using the latest app version 6.2.1. Then make a reservation at a participating restaurant via the app, and follow the prompts to set up a credit or debit card.

Please note that OpenTable mobile payments are currently available only to those users with an iPhone running iOS 7.

To learn more about paying with OpenTable or to see the participating restaurants, visit pay.opentable.com.

Trending on Restaurant Reviews: Gumbo

gumbo blog Trending on Restaurant Reviews: GumboHappy Fat Tuesday, foodies! It’s the most delicious day of the year in New Orleans — and anywhere that embraces the spirit of Mardi Gras. Naturally, we’ve got NOLA’s best-known dishes on our minds, from crawfish étouffée and jambalaya to beignets and king cakes — and, of course, gumbo. Gumbo is one of those dishes about which everyone and their Cajun or Creole grandmother seems to have a strong (and often differing) opinion. This iconic stew takes its name from kingombo, the African word for okra, a once-paramount ingredient in gumbo. The foundation of a great gumbo is its roux, a blend of fat and flour that is cooked to a smoky, rich brown. Seafood, andouille, duck, and chicken are common ingredients used to round out this deeply satisfying dish. Find out what diners are saying about the gumbo they’ve been sampling at OpenTable restaurants recently. You may be surprised to find that you don’t need to travel to the Big Easy to experience authenticity. 

Atchafalaya, New Orleans, Louisiana: ”We were very tired. And hungry. Three parades in one day is probably too much for people travelling with infant twins and another child. We were sans kids for the first time in about a week just for dinner. The staff was very kind to us and rushed us some complimentary gumbo. It was about the best dark roux gumbo I have ever had and really hit the spot.”

Cajun Pacific, San Francisco, California: ”I am of Cajun descent, so I am picky and know what gumbo is. I had a bowl of the chicken and andouille version and was not disappointed. The wine list is short but well chosen and reasonable. Having passed the gumbo test (Most places don’t even know the difference between a gumbo and a creole dish), I will be back for something more substantial.”

* Cedar Creek, Glen Cove, New York: “Finding a good Cajun entree on the north shore is harder that finding an actual Cajun! Wasn’t expecting amazing gumbo, but that’s what I got!”

* The Chew Chew, Riverside, Illinois: ”One of the many nice things about the Chew Chew is the special menu and theme party offered during Mardi Gras. The restaurant is bedecked with beads, the staff dons masks, and on certain nights a costumed fortune teller visits patrons’ tables. We sip a Sazerac and wander through a small tasting plate of oysters, a cup of spicy (yet beautifully balanced) gumbo, a delightfully moist blackened redfish, and a trio of warm beignets dusted with powdered sugar and artfully poised in a swirl of raspberry coulis.”

Devon Seafood Grill, Hershey, Pennsylvania: ”My husband always orders the gumbo, which he says is as good as down south.”

Hammocks Trading Company, Sandy Springs, Georgia: ”My order was six delicious, filling grilled oysters stuffed with crab, cheese, and jalapeno. Oh my! Followed this with fried green tomatoes and their fabulous seafood gumbo with the thickest, darkest roux, six nicely sized shrimp plus crabmeat you could see and taste — my favorite dish.”

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Take a Bite out of the Big Apple During NYC Restaurant Week

NYRW 2014 Take a Bite out of the Big Apple During NYC Restaurant Week Just like most foodies, we heart New York. And we heart it just a little more during New York City Restaurant Week! Twice a year, the folks at NYC & Company bring the city’s best restaurants together to offer diners amazing deals on delicious meals. An ideal opportunity to try new restaurants and revisit old favorites, New York City Restaurant Week features $25 three-course lunches and $38 three-course dinners.

There are hundreds of participating restaurants, including Ai Fiori, Casa Mono, The Dutch, Kin Shop, Lafayette, The Marrow, Perry Street, Red Rooster Harlem, Saul, Telepan, and Zengo.

Book your New York City Restaurant Week tables now through March 7th.

2014 James Beard Foundation Awards Restaurant + Chef Semifinalists

JBF 2104 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards Restaurant + Chef SemifinalistsForget the Academy Awards. We’re more excited for the Beard Awards! Our friends at the James Beard Foundation have released their list of semi-finalists for nominations in the 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards, otherwise known as the “Oscars” of the food world. Congratulations — and good luck — to all the semi-finalists. Click here for a full list of nominated chefs, restaurants, and restaurateurs, including regional nominations. The final nominees will be revealed on March 18th. Congratulations and best of luck to all those who have made it this far.

Nominated restaurants include:

Best New Restaurant
The 404 Kitchen, Nashville, Tennessee
Aragona, Seattle, Washington
Bar Sajor, Seattle Washington
Betony, New York, New York
Carbone, New York, New York
Casa Rubia at Trinity Groves, Dallas, Texas
The Cavalier, San Francisco, California
Chi Spacca, Los Angeles, California
Connie and Ted’s, West Hollywood, California
Coqueta, San Francisco, California
The Elm, Brooklyn, New York
Laurel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
MWRestaurant, Honolulu, Hawaii
Nico Osteria, Chicago, Illinois
Peche Seafood Grill, New Orleans, Louisiana
Serpico, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Virtu Honest Craft, Scottsdale, Arizona

Outstanding Restaurant
Canlis, Seattle, Washington
Fearrington House, Pittsboro, North Carolina
Fore Street, Portland, Maine
Foreign Cinema, San Francisco, California
Fork, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Greens Restaurant, San Francisco, California
Hamersley’s Bistro, Boston, Massachusetts
Hearth, New York, New York
Highlands Bar & Grill, Birmingham, Alabama
Jaleo, Washington, D.C.
Melisse, Santa Monica, California
Primo, Rockland, Maine
The Slanted Door, San Francisco, California
Spiaggia, Chicago, Illinois
Terra, St. Helena, California
Vidalia, Washington, D.C.
wd~50, New York, New York

Outstanding Service
Abacus, Dallas, Texas
Bacchanalia, Atlanta, Georgia
Blue Hill, New York, New YOrk
Brigsten’s, New Orleands, Louisiana
Café Juanita, Kirkland, Washington
L’Espalier, Boston Massachusetts
L20, Chicago, Illinois
Lucques, West Hollywood, California
Masone Restaurant at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Dallas, Texas
Marcel’s, Washington, D.C.
McCrady’s, Charleston, South Carolina
Persimmon, Bristol, Rhode Island
Providence, Los Angeles, California
Quince, San Francisco, California
Restaurant Alma, Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena, California
Topolobampo, Chicago, Illinois
Vetri, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Outstanding Wine Program
A16, San Francisco, California
Addison at the Grand Del Mar, San Diego, California
Bar Boulud, New York, New York
Café on the Green at the Four Seasons Dallas, Irving, Texas
CityZen, Washington, D.C.
FIG, Charleston, South Carolina
The Grill Room at the Windsor Court Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana
The Little Nell, Aspen, Colorado
Marcel’s, Washington, D.C.
Picasso – Bellagio, Las Vegas, Nevada
Press, St. Helena, California
Rouge Tomate, New York, New York
Sepia, Chicago, Illinois
Spago, Beverly Hills, California
Troquet, Boston, Massachusetts
Yono’s Restaurant, Albany, New York

Nominated chefs include:

Outstanding Chef
Michael Anthony, Gramercy Tavern, New York, New York
Sean Brock, McCrady’s, Charleston, South Carolina
Andrew Carmellini, Locanda Verde, New York, New York
Suzanne Goin, Lucques, West Hollywood, California
David Kinch, Manresa, Los Gatos, California
Donald Link, Herbsaint, New Orleans, Louisiana
Carrie Nahabedian, Naha, Chicago, Illinois
Nancy Oakes, Boulevard, San Francisco, California
Ann Quatrano, Bacchanalia, Atlanta, Georgia
Michael Schwartz, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, Miami, Florida
Julian Serrano, Picasso at Bellagio, Las Vegas, Nevada
Nancy Silverton, Pizzeria Mozza, Los Angeles, California
Ana Sortun, Oleana, Cambridge, Massachusetts
John Sundstrom, Lark, Seattle, Washington
Michael Tusk, Quince, San Francisco
Marc Vetri, Vetri, Philadelphia

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Restaurant Week Season Continues: Boston, Calgary, Chicago, Louisville, Seattle + More

PDM2014 Restaurant Week Season Continues: Boston, Calgary, Chicago, Louisville, Seattle + MoreDoes winter have you feeling down? Cheer up with restaurant week savings in a city near you. 

* It’s finally 502 Restaurant Week in Louisville. Order up delicious dinners for $50.20 per couple or $50.20 per person through March 5.

* Annapolis Restaurant Week has arrived. Don’t miss $15.95 two-course lunches +  $32.95 three-course dinners through March 2.

* Bet on Atlantic City Restaurant Week!  Take advantage of $15.14 lunches + $33.14 dinners, March 2-March 8.

* Sink your teeth into Calgary’s The Big Taste. Enjoy steals on meals at the city’s best restaurants, March 7-March 16.

* Chicago Chef Week blows into the Windy City in a few weeks. Book now for three-course $22 lunches + $44 dinners, March 16-March 21.

* Count us in for Dine Out Boston. Save with $15, $20 + $25 lunches and $28,$33 + $38 dinners, March 16-21 and March 23-28.

* Downtown Cleveland Restaurant Week continues. You’ll love $15 lunches + $30 dinners through March 2.

* Denver Restaurant Week is on in Mile-High City. Get on board for gourmet dinners for just $30 through February 28.

* Support local during Dine Around Seattle. Book a table for delicious prix-fixe meals, March 2-27 (excludes Friday + Saturday dinners, Saturday lunch, + Sunday brunch).

* Maryland’s Frederick Restaurant Week is almost upon us. Enjoy $15.14 + $20.14 lunches and $30.14 dinners, March 3-9.

* Hudson Valley Restaurant Week springs up in New York shortly. Make a reservation for $20.95 lunches + $29.95 dinners, March 10-23.

* It’s hip to eat out during Las Vegas Three Square Restaurant Week. Hit the open tables for $20.14 or $30.14 lunches + $30.14, $40.14, or $50.14 dinners, March 7-14.

* We’re mad about Minneapolis-St. Paul Restaurant Week. Book for $10-$20 lunches + $15-$30 dinners through February 28.

* Dine, drink, and discover during New Mexico Restaurant Week. Reserve for gourmet prix-fixe menus through March 2.

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OpenTable Releases Restaurant Industry Index for Q4 and Full Year 2013

We are pleased to release the OpenTable Restaurant Industry Index for the fourth quarter and full year 2013.

“Spurred by healthy economic growth and an unseasonally mild winter, the San Francisco Bay Area reservation-taking restaurant industry experienced a solid lift in the fourth quarter,” said our own Duncan Robertson, Chief Financial Officer of OpenTable. “The U.S. overall and most major metropolitan areas that we track experienced a modest lift with the exception of Chicago, which declined by three percent, and Atlanta, Boston and Washington D.C., which were essentially flat. The New York metropolitan area benefited from an easier comparable quarter by lapping Superstorm Sandy, which hit during the fourth quarter of 2012.”

OpenTable Restaurant Industry Index
The OpenTable Restaurant Industry Index is based on data gathered from more than 10,000 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. Continue reading…

Calling All Chefs: Top Chef Season 12 Auditions in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles + NYC

TCNOLA Calling All Chefs: Top Chef Season 12 Auditions in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles + NYCSeason 11 of Top Chef just wrapped (Congrats, Nicholas Elmi!), but we’re already looking forward to the next mouthwatering competition. If you’ve always aspired to compete on the show that has helped usher in the next generation of America’s best chefs, come on down! Casting calls for season 12 of Top Chef are being held in cities across the U.S. This is the ideal opportunity to get in front of the folks who have had a hand in furthering the cooking careers of dozens of Top Chef winners and cheftestants.

Auditions begin TODAY in Atlanta and Dallas and head to other cities in the coming weeks. The current schedule is:

* ATLANTA: February 18 10AM-1PM, at The Spence, 75 Fifth Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia.

* CHICAGO: February 24, 10AM-1PM, at Spiaggia, 980 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.

* DALLAS: February 18, 10AM-1PM, at Hotel Palomar Dallas, 5300 East Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Texas.

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