Over the weekend, OpenTable sent diners a recap of their 2012 year in dining. Covering everything from how many reservations you made, the reviews you wrote, and how many Dining Cheques you received, the emails prompted a slew of fun tweets. Diners shared fond memories from the past year, boasted of their number of reservations (some as high as 90), and vowed to dine out even more in 2013. Thanks to @Dontignoretruth (aka Mark Lucas) for joining in the conversation.
We are pleased to release of the OpenTable Restaurant Industry Index for the third quarter of 2012. The Index, which shows year-over-year growth of guests served in reservation-taking restaurants, has been expanded to report on the Atlanta, Boston, Denver, and Philadelphia metropolitan areas.
“Industry growth remained flat in the third quarter,” said Matt Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of OpenTable. “Although some markets like the Boston and New York metropolitan areas experienced a respectable lift early in the year, the momentum has softened and is likely to be impacted further as a result of Hurricane Sandy.”
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.
As the height of harvest season draws near, we are pleased to announce the 2012 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Fit for Foodies Restaurants in the United States. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 15,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The list of winners, which includes Beast in Portland, Cochon in New Orleans, and Gwynnett St. in Brooklyn, spans 17 states and Washington, D.C. With regard to metropolitan areas, the San Francisco Bay Area has the greatest number of winners with 17, followed by Chicago with 13 winners. Oregon’s Portland and Seattle each boast 11 winning restaurants, and Los Angeles and Philadelphia have 10 apiece. Six standouts hail from New York City, trailed by Atlanta with four honorees, Cambridge, Mass., and Minneapolis with three each, and Denver and Portland, Maine, with two. Other winning restaurants are located in Forestville, Calif., Houston, New Orleans, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Scottsdale, Tampa, Washington, D.C., and Yountville, Calif. While a large share of the award-winning restaurants serve contemporary American fare, an array of cuisines are represented, including Cajun, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin American, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Thai, vegetarian, and Vietnamese. Continue Reading
OpenTable was proud to sponsor and attend the 2012 RAMMYS awards in Washington, D.C. Feting the area’s finest folks in food and dining, the RAMMYS are one of the best awards shows in the nation!
Last night’s honorees and winners include Tune Inn (Honorary Milestone Award), Adams-Burch (Joan Hisaoka Associate Member of the Year), Anthony A. Williams (Duke Zeibert Capital Achievement Award), Cafe Saint-Ex (Best Neighborhood Gathering Place), Founding Farmers (Best Power Spot), Black Jack (Hottest Restaurant Bar Scene), McCormick & Schmick’s (WHERE Magazine Visitors’ Choice Award), Jose Alex Medrano of B. Smith’s (Best Restaurant Employee), Reagan Corbett of Jackson 20 (Best Restaurant Manager), Fabrice Bendano of Adour (Best Pastry Chef), BlackSalt Fish Market & Restaurant (Best Upscale Casual Restaurant), Ed Witt of 701 Restaurant (Rising Culinary Star), Fiola (Best New Restaurant), Cork Wine Bar (Best Wine Program), Estadio (Best Beverage/Mixology Program), Bourbon Steak (Best Fine Dining Restaurant), Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe (Best Casual Restaurant), Jeff & Barbara Black (Restaurateurs of the Year), and Vikram Sunderam of Rasika (Chef of the Year). Congratulations to all the winners. And, peep some pics of the event in our slideshow below!