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.

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.

OpenTable Diners Can Now Settle the Check with Apple Pay

We are pleased to announce that diners with an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus and iOS 8.1 using the Pay with OpenTable mobile payments feature can now settle the check using Apple Pay.

Diners who have enabled Apple Pay and book at participating Pay with OpenTable restaurants can simply view their check in the OpenTable iPhone app, select a gratuity amount and settle the check with a single touch. Diners can then get up and go whenever they’re ready.

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Pay with OpenTable is currently available in New York City, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., and we plan to roll out the feature across the nation by introducing it to a total of 20 cities before year end. To find out more about OpenTable mobile payments, watch “Life’s too short to wait for the check” and visit to view the current list of participating restaurants. Restaurants who are interested in providing their guests with the experience of paying with OpenTable can learn more at