OpenTable Hot Tables: Pilot Program Introduces Mobile Alerts for Highly Sought-After Reservations

Hot Tables blogAt OpenTable, we recognize that there can be a greater demand for tables at a particular restaurant than there are available tables. Whether it’s folks trying to book a table for two on Saturday night at the newest hot spot in town or those planning a once-in-a-lifetime trip to a bucket-list restaurant, diners may occasionally miss out on a reservation — even after it becomes available through a last-minute cancellation.

To increase diners’ opportunities to secure coveted reservations, OpenTable is pleased to announce the launch of the Hot Tables pilot program. With this exciting new feature, you can be notified when the reservation you want becomes available. Simply set an alert for a reservation date, time, and party size at a particular restaurant. If a table becomes available, you will be notified by text message. Please note that an alert is not a guaranteed reservation, thus diners receiving alerts are advised to act immediately.

The pilot program for Hot Tables mobile alerts is limited and is currently available to select diners in Houston, Los Angeles, and New York.  If you live in one of these cities and would like an invitation to the pilot program, email us at requestalertsinvite@opentable.com.

Aditya Singh is the Senior Product Manager for Hot Tables and Gifts.

Conde Nast Traveler 2009 Hot Tables List

The trendsetters at Conde Nast have released their 13th annual Conde Nast Traveler Hot Tables list. This year, OpenTable restaurants on the list include A Restaurant, Adour, AKASHA, The Bazaar by José Andrés, Beatrice & Woodsley, Bedford Post-The Farmhouse, Convivio, Corton, Craigie on Main, db Bistro Moderne, Distrito, DNA, Dogwood, Eloise, Founding Farmers, Hungry Mother, L2O, L’Artusi, Murray Circle, Nota Bene, Pacific Time, palate food + wine, The Publican, Restaurant Avondale, Revolution, Scarpetta, Sra. Martinez, Woodberry Kitchen, Zahav, and Zinnia.

Have you dined at any of these restaurants? What other hotspots should have made the list? And most importantly, tell us about a hot restaurant you would like to see on OpenTable.