OpenTable Releases Restaurant Industry Index for Q4 and Full Year 2012

We are pleased to release the OpenTable Restaurant Industry Index for the fourth quarter and full year 2012.

“As anticipated, Hurricane Sandy contributed to the decline in industry growth during the fourth quarter,” notes our own Matt Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of OpenTable. “Restaurants in the New York and Washington DC area  were hit particularly hard during the quarter, while growth in other major metro areas and the U.S. overall was essentially flat year-over-year.”

OpenTable Restaurant Industry Index

The OpenTable Restaurant Industry Index is based on data gathered from more than 9,000 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

2013 James Beard Foundation Awards Restaurant + Chef Semi-Finalists

Semifinalists Daniel Patterson of Coi and Christopher Kostow of The Restaurant at Meadwood celebrate at last year’s Rose Bowl in New York.

The folks at the James Beard Foundation have released their list of semi-finalists for nominations in the 2013 James Beard Foundation Awards, otherwise known as the “Oscars” of the food world. Congratulations — and good luck — to all the semi-finalists. Nominated restaurants include:

Outstanding Restaurant
August, New Orleans, Louisiana
Blue Hill, New York, New York
Canlis, Seattle, Washington
Fore Street, Portland, Maine
Foreign Cinema, San Francisco, California
Greens Restaurant, San Francisco, California
Highlands Bar & Grill, Birmingham, Alabama
Jaleo, Washington, D.C.
Melisse, Santa Monica, California
Naha, Chicago, Illinois
Oleana, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Patina, Los Angeles, California
Spiaggia, Chicago, Illinois
Vidalia, Washington, D.C.

Best New Restaurant
Balena, Chicago, Illinois
Borgne, New Orleans, Louisiana
Butcher & The Boar, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Empellón Cocina, New York, New York
Grace, Chicago, Illinois
Khong River House, Miami Beach, Florida
Mateo, Durham, North Carolina
Mi Casa by José Andrés at Dorado Beach, Dorado, Puerto Rico
The Ordinary, Charleston, South Carolina
PABU, Baltimore, Maryland
Puritan & Company, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Rich Table, San Francisco, California
Tar & Roses, Santa Monica, California
Underbelly, Houston, Texas
Vernick Food & Drink, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Best Chef: Great Lakes
Neal Brown, The Libertine Liquor Bar, Indianapolis, Indiana
Zack Bruell, Cowell & Hubbard, Cleveland, Ohio
Jean-Robert de Cavel, Jean-Robert’s Table, Cincinnati, Ohio
Luciano Del Signore, Bacco Ristorante, Southfield, Michigan
Paul Fehribach, Big Jones, Chicago, Illinois
Stephanie Izard, Girl & the Goat, Chicago, Illinois
Anne Kearney, Rue Dumaine, Dayton, Ohio
Regina Mehallick, R Bistro, Indianapolis, Indiana
Matthew Millar, Reserve, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Chris Nugent, goosefoot, Chicago, Illinois
Jonathon Sawyer, The Greenhouse Tavern, Cleveland, Ohio
David Tallent, Restaurant Tallent, Bloomington, Indiana
Giuseppe Tentori, GT Fish & Oyster, Chicago, Illinois
Paul Virant, Perennial Virant, Chicago, Illinois
Andrew Zimmerman, Sepia, Chicago, Illinois

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Winter Restaurant Weeks Continue in Boston, Cleveland, Denver + More

Don’t miss these steals on meals in a city near you.

Winter restaurant weeks continue. Revisit old favorites and try new restaurants on your to-dine list for less.

* Annapolis Restaurant Week:  $15.95 two-course lunches and $32.95 three-course dinners, February 25-March 3. Book a table.

* Atlantic City Restaurant Week: $15.13 lunches and $33.13 dinners, March 3-9. Book a table.

* Restaurant Week Boston: 2-course light lunches for $15.13, 3-course lunches for $20.13, and 3-course dinners for $38.13, March 17-22 and 24-29. Book a table.

* Buckhead Restaurant Week: $15, $25 and $35 set menus, March 9-17. Book a table.

* Calgary’s The Big Taste: $15-$25 lunches and $25-$35 and $85 dinners, March 1-10. Book a table.

* Chicago Chef Week: $22 three-course lunches and $44 three-course dinners, March 17-22. Book a table.

* Downtown Cleveland Restaurant Week: $15 lunches and $30 dinners, February 22-March 3. Book a table.

* Denver Winter Restaurant Week: $26.40 dinners for one and $52.80 dinners for two, February 23-March 8. Book a table.

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Dining with the Stars: Ashley Greene at American Cut in AC; Kidman + Urban at Eveleigh in LA; Bono, Burns + Farrell at Quality Meats in NYC + More

Admit it: You miss Ari Gold.

Recent celebrity sightings at OpenTable restaurants…

* Ashley Greene sank her teeth into the eats at American Cut in Atlantic City. [NY Post]

* Debra Messing took a lunch break from filming the show Smash to eat at Bond 45 in Manhattan. [NY Post]

* Reese Witherspoon dined with her husband at Bouchon in Beverly Hills. [Daily Mail]

* Jeremy Piven caught an entourageless bite at Catch in Miami. [NY Post]

* Kate Bosworth attended an event at Cecconi’s in Los Angeles. [US Weekly]

* Chris Noth sang for his supper at the Four Seasons in New York City. [NY Post]

* Single reality star Bethenny Frankel stepped out at Indochine in the Big Apple. [People]

* Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban enjoyed a night out at Eveleigh in West Hollywood. [Daily Mail]

* Musical couple Katy Perry and John Mayer shared a table for two at Katsuya Brentwood in Los Angeles. [Daily Mail]

* Monkey Bar in Manhattan was bustling with bold-faced names, such as Christiane Amanpour and Newark Mayor Corey Booker, watching President Obama’s State of the Union address. [NY Post]

* Alicia Keys and hubby Swizz Beatz grabbed a bite at the Newsroom Cafe in West Hollywood. [Daily Mail]

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