Pay Your Check with OpenTable Mobile: Pilot Payment Program Launches in San Francisco

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First, OpenTable made it simple to book a restaurant reservation at any time of day or night with just a few clicks. Now, we’re pleased to announce that it will soon be just as easy to pay for your meal. Rather than waiting for a check or, worse yet, being late for the theater, with the new OpenTable payments feature, you will be able to tap to pay – and be on your way.

OpenTable mobile payments are currently being tested by diners at select restaurants in San Francisco. Over the next few weeks, we will be adding more diners to the test program and will provide you a way to request access. If you receive an email invitation to be part of our pilot program, you can get started by making a reservation at a participating restaurant. Simply add a credit card in the OpenTable iPhone app before your meal and you’ll be able to view and pay your check. There’s no scanning or bar codes involved.

If you’re participating in the pilot program, you will receive an email requesting feedback about the app and your experiences with it. For those of you who are particularly passionate about the app, the experience, or mobile technology in general, we’ll also be offering the option to join us for in-person Q+A discussions at our headquarters in San Francisco.

We thank you for your participation as we bring our payments feature one step closer to a broader launch. Your honesty and insights are not just vital to its refinement – they are greatly appreciated.

Kashyap Deorah is General Manager, Payments at OpenTable

Tweet of the Week: Setting the Table with OpenTable

We were thrilled to host hospitality expert and restaurateur Danny Meyer of Union Square Hospitality Group last week. Mr. Meyer, an OpenTable board member, is the author of Setting the Table, a book that has quickly become the industry guidebook for restaurant professionals. It was a happy coincidence, then, that restaurateur Alex Wrethman of Charlotte’s Table in London recently sent a tweet showing how much he and his staff have taken Mr. Meyer’s advice to “Be the agent!” to heart. Thanks for sharing this tweet, Alex. We love the placement of your reminder, by the way. Diners in search of amazing hospitality can be sure to find it at Charlotte’s Table — and at any of Mr. Meyer’s establishments, naturally.

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Dining Poll: How Often Do You Speak to the Sommelier?

In honor of the 2013 Diners’ Choice Awards for Top 100 Wine Lists, we’re wondering about sommeliers and wine service. If a restaurant has a sommelier and I’m ordering a bottle of wine (which is pretty much a given!), I always confer with her/him. Sure, I know what I like. However, putting oneself in the hands of a skilled sommelier always adds the elements of education and surprise. I’ve often tried wines I wouldn’t have necessarily zeroed in on, and, time and again, they have all been within my budget. Are you like me when it comes to consulting with a wine professional on your order — or do you prefer to go it alone? Weigh in on our dining poll.


Dining Poll: Tipping on Expensive Wine

I like to order a bottle of wine (or two!) when dining out. The wines I order tend to hover around the $200 or less mark. I often wonder, though, if you order a super-spendy bottle of wine, do you — or should you — calculate your 20% tip on the total, even though it takes roughly the same level of service to pour a $100 bottle of wine as it does a $1,000 bottle? Share your thoughts in our poll.