Uni, or sea urchin, has typically been a staple on fine sushi menus, but it is fast becoming ubiquitous at restaurants serving all types of cuisines. Its rise in popularity, however, doesn’t mean it is beloved by all. In fact, uni can be downright divisive. Go ahead and ask your friends if they like uni. [...]
Over the weekend, OpenTable sent diners a recap of their 2012 year in dining. Covering everything from how many reservations you made, the reviews you wrote, and how many Dining Cheques you received, the emails prompted a slew of fun tweets. Diners shared fond memories from the past year, boasted of their number of reservations [...]
What’s your timetable for trying a just-opened restaurant? Do you want to be the first diners through the door — or do you wait for buzz to build? Weigh in on today’s dining poll. How long do you wait before trying a new restaurant?
What motivates you to stay at the top of your game? For our restaurant partner Centro in Toronto, Ontario, it’s stars — on their OpenTable reviews page, that is. And there are a LOT of them to see!
Spring officially sprung last week, and one of its hallmark ingredients that most excites chefs and diners alike are ramps. Also known as wild leeks, garlicky ramps can be served dozens of different ways. Actually, there are probably hundreds of ways to enjoy them. See what diners are saying about ramps in select OpenTable reviews from the last [...]
In his entertaining list of fine-dining faux pas over the course of 2011, New York Post restaurant critic Steve Cuozzo calls out chefs and restaurateurs who, as Eater puts it, talk back to critics after receiving a bad review. Thanks to the internet and social media, it’s easier than ever to accomplish just that. But [...]
Would you be more likely to dine at a restaurant if you saw that one of your Facebook friends had given it a positive review?customer surveys
Are you more likely to dine at a restaurant if it has mostly positive reviews?Market Research
Epicurious editor James Oliver Cury calls out restaurant-review and food-writing clichés this week. Among his all-time un-faves are “decadent dessert” and “yummy.” The Village Voice has an even more lengthy list of food-related terms it wishes writers would terminate altogether. Concerning the latter list, I completely disagree on “crispy.” Hearing or reading that word makes [...]
OpenTable has launched Facebook Connect. Now, when you’re making a reservation on OpenTable, you can choose to share it using Facebook Connect. In just one click, your Facebook friends will know that you reserved a table using OpenTable. You can also use Facebook Connect to share restaurant reviews with your fellow Facebook foodies. After you’ve [...]