Department Store Dining; Please Don’t Camp Out When You Dine Out; Dressing for Dinner; Communal Table Etiquette; Best Bay Area Burgers; The Bobby Flay Diet

Dining and restaurant news… * You don’t have to shop ’til you drop. In-store fine dining lives on at high-end stores. [TheStreet.com] * No camping. When you finish your meal in a crowded restaurant, please relinquish the table to other hungry diners. [Chicago Tribune] * Dress you up. Should restaurants have dress codes? Maybe. [Eatocracy] [...]

Capitalize on D.C. Restaurant Week: $20.11 Lunches + $35.11 Dinners!

Our nation’s capital is always the place to be — and that is especially true this weekend! Washington, D.C. Restaurant Week is in full swing, and you won’t want to miss out on saving while you dine out. More than 200 restaurants are offering multi-course, gourmet $20.11 lunches and $35.11 dinners. Participants include Art and Soul, Bistro Bis, [...]

Wednesday Spotlight Offers: Discounts in Chicago, D.C., Denver, NYC + Philadelphia

Midweek savings on OpenTable include… * Chicago: $20 for $40 of crepes and Parisian bites at Suzette’s Crêperie in Wheaton. Buy now. * Denver: $25 for $50 of satisfying steakhouse fare at Black Hat Cattle Co. in Kittredge. Buy now. * New York: $71 for  $116 of exquisite afternoon tea for two in The Palm [...]

Wednesday Spotlight Offers: Broomfield, Chicago, DC, Philadelphia + Providence

Today’s ways to dine at a discount… * Chicago: $20 for $40 of porcine-inspired delights at The Piggery, famous for its Flintsone-sized ribs. Buy now. * Denver-area: $169 for a $341 cozy escape at Wildflowers Restaurant and Hilltop Inn in Broomfield. Buy now. * Philadelphia: $111 for a $185 five-course dinner + wine pairings for [...]

Spotlight on a Spotlight Winner: Congratulations to Jordan Sugarman!

Jordan Sugarman won a Spotlight certificate last week for his correct guess at our Washington, D.C. Secret Spotlight. He’s taking a home $50 of food and drink at Tonic Foggy Bottom. We checked in with Jordan to find, among other things, who’s going to dine with him on our dime! OT: What is the name [...]

Restaurants Are the Place to Celebrate Valentine’s Day, According to New Survey

A new survey of OpenTable diners revealed that restaurants’ popularity is on the rise as a destination on and around February 14, with nearly 90% of respondents planning to dine out. While a lot of us will be dining out on February 14th, nearly a third of folks are going to spend Saturday celebrating. Speaking [...]

Washington DC Restaurant Week: Tips from DC Cheap Eats Examiner L. Denise

Even if the cold and snow have you feeling down in D.C., surely Washington, DC Winter Restaurant Week, which just began, can turn your outlook around. If you’re new to the DC dining scene or just curious as to where your fellow foodies will be dining during this this wondrous week, wonder no more. We’ll be sharing [...]

Hear Ye, Hear Ye! OpenTable Spotlight Comes to Philadelphia

Let free-dom ring! OpenTable Spotlight offers are coming to Philadelphia this week. You can now enjoy $50 for $25 at popular restaurants in Philadelphia. The name of this week’s featured restaurant will be revealed at 8PM EDT and the offer, along with others in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., will launch at 12AM tonight! If you [...]

The Cultivated Plate: Shopping and Sourcing with Chef Al Nappo of Founding Farmers

OpenTable’s weekly feature The Cultivated Plate, in which we check in with chefs and restaurateurs about how and from where they source their ingredients, continues with chef Al Nappo of Washington, D.C. restaurant Founding Farmers. Chef Al Nappo shares his sourcing story with OpenTable after the jump.

Top Chef D.C. Episode 2: The Proof Is in the Pudding

Welcome to week two of “Top Chef: D.C.” To spice things up, I’ve enlisted Ed Hardy, a professional chef in Manhattan, to watch along with me. Ed has worked for Danny Meyer and Marcus Samuelsson and has auditioned for “Top Chef” twice. [Full disclosure: I attended the French Culinary Institute with Ed and he’s a friend, [...]