OpenTable for Android App Named a Google Editor’s Choice Winner

Editor's ChoiceOut of more than 1.5 million apps in the Google Play store, Google has selected OpenTable for Android as one of their “Editor’s Choice” apps. The winners are selected based on quality and great user interface, long-term popularity, and innovative use of Android features. Only 0.00004% (Wow, that’s a lot of zeros!) of apps receive this special honor.

We’re thankful for the awards, but we’re not in this for the accolades (although we’ll happily accept them). OpenTable is here to build the best app experience for our diners, so you can get connected to delicious dining experiences simply and instantly — all for free. Powering dining end-to-end from restaurant discovery and reservations to payments, we’re aspiring to be your go-to app for everything dining. With OpenTable, the perfect table is just a tap away. Continue Reading

When Restaurants Google You, Is It Creepy – or Cool?

Here’s something you may or may not know: Many of the best restaurants in the world research their guests online prior to a shift, with a view to learning something that will help them give those diners truly personalized, exceptional hospitality.

We were curious how people might feel about that, so we decided to ask U.S. OpenTable members, “When restaurants Google you, is it creepy or cool?” More than 6,000 chimed in with their responses, which led to the following interesting findings:

“Creepy” trumps “cool”

While many people aren’t bothered by the notion of being Googled by restaurant staff, the number of people who consider it “creepy or intrusive” outweighs the number of people who think it’s a good thing.


Many of the 5 percent who answered “other” seemed baffled by the notion. “Not sure about that. What will they really get?” wondered one respondent. “Too much of a ‘Big Brother’ feeling,” commented another. “These must be expensive restaurants!” reasoned a third.

Diners in some cities are more creeped out than others

When we looked at the data by metro area, we saw a fair amount of variation. The most relaxed about this practice were our diners in Dallas, which was, in fact, the only city where those who think it’s a good thing (34 percent) outweighed those who consider it creepy (23 percent).

Meanwhile, respondents from cities farther north (think Boston, Chicago, and Minneapolis) were a lot more suspicious of being researched by a restaurant at which they were about to dine.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!


Tweet of the Week: Modify Your Reservation Right from Your Gmail

Have you noticed something different in your OpenTable reservation confirmation gmails?  @michaelphill has! Recently, we worked with Google to create a Gmail Action button to help diners easily modify a reservation without needing to open the confirmation e-mail. We’re cutting down on clicks to help make making a change a bit easier! Want to learn more about customizable Gmail action buttons? Click here.