Lunch Break: Meet OpenTabler Daama Sheepo

DaamaOpenTable seats more than 16 million diners each month via online bookings across more than 32,000 restaurants. Our team of talented engineers helps us meet that ever-growing demand, crafting the code that makes life delicious. Daama Sheepo is one of those folks. He’s an over-caffeinated native New Yorker who knows good food, avoids roadside fugu, and wants to eat at State Bird. Meet OpenTabler Daama Sheepo, discover his dining picks, and find out what’s on his plate in today’s Lunch Break. 

Name: Daama Sheepo

Hometown: New York City

Job Title: Director of Engineering

What that means that I do at OpenTable: Enable the conversion of caffeine to code.

Years at OpenTable: 5  Alma mater: Bard College at Simon’s Rock

I have worked in a restaurant as a dishwasher/prep cook.

The food I can’t live without: Does coffee count as food?

The one food I’ll never try: Fugu from a roadside stand.

My go-to drink or cocktail: Dry cider

The delicious dessert I refuse to share: Chocolate mousse.

My favorite thing about dining out is: Discovering new venues.

If duck is on a restaurant’s menu, I almost always order it.

My last best restaurant meal was at: Dirty Habit.

The restaurant I am a regular at: Emmy’s Spaghetti Shack.Continue Reading

OpenTable Diner Reviews Reveal Top 100 Outdoor Dining Restaurants

You don't need two tickets to paradise -- just a reservation for two at any of the 2012 Diners' Choice Award winners for Best Outdoor Dining!

With summer right around the corner, we are pleased to announce the 2012 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Restaurants for Outdoor Dining in the United States. These awards reflect the combined opinions of nearly 5 million reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 15,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The winning restaurants include Geoffrey’s in Malibu, California, Plumeria Beach House in Kahala, Hawaii, The Turtle Club in Naples, Florida. California’s great outdoors is clearly great for dining, with 36 winning restaurants in the state, including 11 in the Los Angeles area, eight each in Palm Desert-Palm Springs and San Diego, and five in the Bay Area. Florida restaurants claimed 30 spots on the list, with an impressive 17 in the Miami area and nine wins in the city of Naples alone. The Aloha State of Hawaii is home to 16 winning restaurants, nine of which are on the island of Maui. Arizona and New York boast four wins apiece, followed by three in Texas, and two in both Louisiana and Virginia. Other states represented include Colorado, Illinois, and Nevada.

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