Android Upgrade: Review Restaurants from Your Phone

On the heels of rolling out Pay with OpenTable for Android, we’re pleased to introduce mobile reviews for Android. OpenTable diners with an Android can now write restaurant reviews in real time right from their phones. The days of trying to remember whether you ordered a pasta carbonara or pasta puttanesca 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 — you can start writing your review as soon as you’re done dining.

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To begin crafting reviews on your Android, be sure you’re running the latest version of the OpenTable app. Then, launch the app, and 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 Android app today.

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.

Seven Tips to Make Canadians’ Valentine’s Day Restaurant Reservations Even Easier

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, love is in the air and Canadians are making plans to celebrate with that special someone. But how can you ensure your dining experience is the best it can be, when everyone is rushing to make a reservation for your favourite restaurant?

At OpenTable, we love helping diners discover and book the perfect table, and we also love helping restaurants provide excellent hospitality experiences that keep guests happy and coming back. So, to help Canadians get the best dining experience this year, we’ve put together seven tips to make your Valentine’s Day one to remember:

Beat the rush: While some diners make Valentine’s Day restaurant reservations more than one month in advance, half of all reservations in Canada are booked after February 7 and 10 per cent are made on February 14*. Book early, or consider dining out on Friday or Sunday night instead. Valentine’s Day falls on a long weekend for many Canadians this year, making the choice easier.

Make your requests: Do you have a preferred seating location or a favourite booth? If so, don’t be afraid to make your request when you book. While you may not get what you ask for, putting your requests in early gives you an advantage over other diners.

The more, the merrier: If you dine in a group, you may better your chances of being seated on Valentine’s Day. Most restaurants get fully booked for tables of two, but have larger tables and booths available.

Go early or arrive later: Booking the first or last tables of the evening can also improve your chances of being seated. So sit back, relax and enjoy that glass of wine.Continue Reading

OpenTable for Google Glass: #TravelThroughGlass with New Glassware

Waterbar-Google-GlassThis week, Google Glass announced the launch of a suite of new Glassware apps designed to enrich and simplify travel experiences for everyone from business travelers to day trippers and world explorers, including OpenTable for Google Glass.

GlassTravel400wThe OpenTable Glassware app allows diners to find restaurant reservations nearby — or at a distance — just with a couple of verbal commands and a few swipes. Enhance your exploration of wherever you are with not-to-be-missed historical sights to see and the hippest places to hangout, courtesy of Field Trip and Foursquare. TripIt makes sure you have your most up-to-the-minute trip itinerary at all times, including your OpenTable restaurant reservations. Google provides you with all the information you need instantaneously, including how to get to your next stop by bicycle, by car, or by foot. And, World Lens instantly translates printed words, making navigating foreign lands even easier (and it will also help you forgive yourself for forgetting four years of high-school French).

Are you planning to #TravelThroughGlass this summer? Share your experiences on Google+ and Twitter using that hashtag. Bon voyage!