Celebrating the New Food Emojis: Champagne, Tacos + More

Food Emojis

Like the rest of the iOS-using world, we’re bursting with excitement over the release of the new food (and more!) emojis. Finally, we can tell our friends in icons (as well as actual pictures) about all the delicious things we have — or want — to eat and drink. As we’re celebrating the new food emojis, we thought it would be fun to highlight reviews of the IRL versions.

If any diner needs a cheese emoji, it’s this one, who recently feasted on this perfect plate at Rotisserie Georgette in New York City.”The service was wonderful, the food original, especially the sugar snap peas and the first course, called a burrata, I believe.” Yes, it’s burrata — and yes, it’s fabulous!

Rotisserie Georgette

The humble American favorite was dubbed an “uber hot dog” by a recent guest at The Kirkland Tap & Trotter in Somerville, Massachusetts. “We came for the hot dogs and beer and were not disappointed. Pickled mustard seeds were a revelation.” Something tells us that Tony Maws and his crew are going to be seeing an awful lot of tweets with hot dog emojis very soon if this pup remains on the menu.

Hot Dog Emoji

Thanks to Apple for granting our gourmet wish for a taco emoji. Or maybe we should say mahalo instead, if we’re talking about the amazeballs fish tacos at Blue Dragon in Kamuela, Hawaii? A guest writes, “We ‘discovered’ Blue Dragon a few years ago, and I fell in LOVE with the fish tacos. Delicious, flaky fish in corn tortillas with salsa and guacamole. YUMMO!!”

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OpenTable for iOS 9: The Shortest Path Between You + Dining

At OpenTable, we’re always looking for new ways to shorten the path between you and a great restaurant — and keeping an eye on the latest iOS and iPhone capabilities that can help us achieve this. So, we’re excited to announce a few new shortcuts in our iOS 9 and iPhone 6s updates:

3D Touch Previews for iPhone 6s: Peek at restaurant details by pressing lightly on a restaurant in search results and swipe up to instantly book by selecting a time. Press a little harder to jump to the restaurant’s profile. You can also press our app icon to jump to your Favorites or any Upcoming Reservations using quick actions.


Spotlight Search for Restaurants and Reservations: Quickly look up the restaurants you’ve favorited or recently viewed using Spotlight Search. You can search by name, cuisine, or other attributes. We’ll be expanding the restaurants you can search for using Spotlight over time, so let us know what you’d like to see.Continue Reading

OpenTable Experience Now on Apple Watch

We’re thrilled to announce our app is one of the first available for Apple Watch. A natural extension of the popular OpenTable iPhone app and Pay with OpenTable feature, it offers an innovative and convenient way for diners to engage with OpenTable while they’re on the go.

At a glance, the OpenTable app for Apple Watch reminds diners of upcoming reservations, shows them how to get there, and keeps them on time with an elegant countdown interface. The app also notifies diners when they’re dining at a participating Pay with OpenTable restaurant and prompts them to view and pay their check with a couple of taps of their OpenTable app for iPhone, which is integrated with Apple Pay.


Diners can get  OpenTable for Apple Watch  on the App Store or in the Apple Watch App on iPhone.

This Just In: OpenTable for iPhone 2.0 Mobile App

iphone-app-updateThe new OpenTable for iPhone 2.0 mobile application is here. With this new and improved app, you’ll be able to use your iPhone to:

  • Make 1,000-point restaurant reservations to earn free meals even faster.
  • Modify reservations to change the date or party size.
  • Make “Special Requests for the Maitre ‘D.”
  • Read restaurant menus and reviews from recent OpenTable diners.
  • Invite fellow diners via email.
  • Get directions.
  • And more!

Download the latest version of this free app today to start making the most of your dining out experiences tonight.