Testing, Testing: Online Ordering Arrives in Select Cities

At OpenTable, we’re always searching for ways to connect you with great dining experiences. We recognize, however, that there are times when that great dining experience must come to you. Perhaps you can’t find a babysitter. Maybe sweat pants are the only item of clean clothing in your apartment. Or, more likely, Sharknado 3 is on and you just can’t pull yourself away. We get it.

For those times when you just can’t make it to a restaurant, OpenTable is here to help. In keeping with our tradition of investigating different ways to make your life delicious, online ordering is now being tested in select cities to save you from totally lame takeout or, even worse, frozen pizza. During this test period, diners in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, and San Francisco can get connected to order delicious delivery or takeout from a restaurant’s profile page when you’re on OpenTable.com. There are more than 2,000 restaurants from which to choose.

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The next time you’re stuck on your sofa, let OpenTable help you connect with a delicious restaurant meal in the comfort of your home. Join us in this test and be sure to share your experiences with us at onlineordering@opentable.com. And, let us know what else we can do to make your life more delicious anytime.

Scott Jampol is Senior Vice President, Marketing, at OpenTable and a runner up in the 36th annual Sausalito Chili Cook-Off. 

The Bold Italic + OpenTable: Hacking the Dining Experience

bold italicIn a city where you can find both start-ups and trendy restaurants on the same block, the two are invariably bound to collide. On Monday, September 22, OpenTable and The Bold Italic joined forces to bring together a panel of influencers to discuss two of the more powerful currents running through San Francisco: food and technology, and how they collectively translate to the hospitality and dining industry.

The panel was moderated by Meesha Halm, senior editor and writer at Zagat. A seasoned journalist and multimedia leader with extensive experience covering local and national dining trends, she understands what diners are truly looking for in a restaurant — and in their apps.

Our own Scott Jampol, VP of marketing at OpenTable, addressed the topic of whether technology helps or hinders the hospitality experience: “We [OpenTable] aim to seek out pain points from both [the diner and restaurant] sides of the equation and provide an elegant solution. This is where technology can improve efficiency of dining without sacrificing hospitality.”

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Scenes from NewCo. San Francisco 2014

Last week, OpenTable was proud to participate in the third annual 2014 NewCo. San Francisco tech conference. We hosted executives, entrepreneurs, investors, and future influencers, opening our doors to offer a peek inside what makes our company unique. Held at the OpenTable San Francisco headquarters, attendees enjoyed beverages and bites as they participated in a discussion about our payments product.

OpenTable director of marketing Scott Jampol offered insights into the development of the OpenTable app and how it creates improved hospitality experiences for diners. Kashyap Deorah, general manager of mobile solutions, gave guests an in-depth look at the new feature, complete with a viewing of a new video illustrating how elegant and seamless pay with OpenTable is.

Thanks to Alexandra Loscher, marketing communications specialist, and Joseph Mandel, workplace experience manager, for reporting and photography, respectively.

Now Get This: New OpenTable ‘Places I’ve Eaten’ Facebook App — Free + Fun!

Create your have-dined and to-dine lists — and much more — with the new OpenTable Facebook app Places I’ve Eaten today!

We are thrilled to announce the release of our new Facebook app Places I’ve Eaten. This fresh app makes it easy for people to share their dining history, favorite restaurants, and wish lists with friends on Facebook. Places I’ve Eaten also enables people on Facebook to see where their friends have dined, see their own and their friends’ ratings, share recommendations, tag friends with whom they’ve dined, and make reservations.

“Places I’ve Eaten makes it easy for diners to share and be inspired by memorable dining experiences and to tap into their friends’ knowledge of local dining scenes,” notes our own Scott Jampol, Vice President of Consumer Marketing at OpenTable. “We hope the app will help diners discover new hot spots, share recommendations with friends, and experience their favorite restaurants all over again.”Continue Reading