Happy Appiversary: The OpenTable App Celebrates 7 Years with 7 Hours of Gifts


Join our lucky 7th Appiversary celebration! To celebrate the launch of the OpenTable app in 2008, we’ll be giving away gifts to seven winners in seven hours on November 17, 2015.

Here’s how to get enter for a chance to win. Launch the OpenTable app today between 9AM-4PM PT, and either book a reservation for any future meal OR, using the hashtag #Appiversary7, share a restaurant from the OpenTable app(learn how) on Twitter with @OpenTable. One U.S.-based winner will be selected at random every hour starting at 10AM PT. Winners will be announced on Twitter and other OpenTable social channels. In total, seven lucky winners will each receive a $100 OpenTable Gift.

Since their inception, OpenTable’s mobile platforms have seated more than 245 million people worldwide. In seven years, we’ve come a long way, with apps now available on the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, and Amazon Appstore in multiple countries. And, exciting benefits are being added to our apps faster than ever before. We’re always cooking up lots of delicious app improvements, so we can delight diners even more.

You’re invited to get the free OpenTable app and join the celebration today!

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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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Now Testing: Premium Reservations in NYC

Ever try to secure a prime-time reservation for the upcoming weekend at one of the hottest tables in town, only to be disappointed? And then, wished for a time machine or a special connection that could get you in?

We know sometimes surprises just pop up — a last-minute business trip, a forgotten anniversary, a surprise visitor — and advance planning just isn’t possible. For those occasions, OpenTable is here to help. We’re exploring ways to give you access to last-minute reservations at the most popular restaurants without needing to plan months in advance. No time machines or VIP connections required.  Like a chef tweaking ingredients until a recipe is just right, OpenTable is always listening and testing ways to deliver a better dining experience. In research, OpenTable diners have told us that they’re willing to pay for last-minute, prime-time reservations at popular restaurants, so we’ve cooked up a test to satisfy this craving.

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OpenTable’s Premium Reservations are now being tested for a limited time at Cosme in New York City. Exclusively available on our iPhone app, they will be visible for Apple Pay-enabled diners doing New York City area searches. Cosme will be offering OpenTable diners last-minute reservations on Friday and Saturday nights for a handful of tables. You can see availability by launching our latest iPhone app for New York City searches and clicking the promotional banner. If the banner doesn’t surface, we may be sold out for the upcoming weekend, so try again later. Premium Reservation prices will vary depending on demand from diners like you. If the first price you see doesn’t strike your fancy, don’t worry, keep an eye out for changes.

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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.