On Our Plate: Independence Day + American Eats; Baltimore Restaurant Week; Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Restaurant Week; dineLA Returns; Summerlicious Starts

Thanks to the start of Summerlicious on Juy 6, there's another great reason to TGIF!

Happenings on and around OpenTable…

* Tomorrow is the 4th of July! Dine at one of the 100 Best American Restaurants this week in honor of our nation’s rich history.

* What’s the best way to pay when dining out? Vote in this week’s poll!

* Do you know which restaurants celebs have been spotted atLearn where you can dine with the stars!

* We’ve teamed up with Tasting Table and Travel + Leisure to give away a dream New York City vacation for two this fall. Enter today!

* This week’s restaurant review trendPesto.

* Did you send the Tweet of the WeekFind out.

* Cleveland Cool Fun in the Summertime is happening. Sample delicious dishes and pairings at Cleveland’s best restaurants thru 7/31.

* Toronto Summerlicious kicks off Friday. Dine for less with $15, $20 or $25 lunches and $25, $35 or $45 dinners thru 7/22.

* Mpls.St.Paul MagazineRestaurant Week starts July 8! Feast on two-course $10 or $20 lunches and three-course $15-$30 dinners thru 7/13!

* Providence Restaurant Weeks start soon. Enjoy $14.95 lunches & $29.95 dinners, July 8-21.

* Say Oui! to French Restaurant Week in New York. Take advantage of $17.89 set menus July 8-15 in honor of Bastille Day.

* dineLA is only a couple of weeks away. Dine on $15, $20 or $25 lunches and $25, $35 or $45 dinners, July 16-27, 2012.

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This Week on OpenTable: NYC Restaurant Week; Queens Feast; Bastille Day; and More

Pretend you're in Paris celebrating Bastille Day by dining out at a French restaurant on Wednesday.

What’s on our plate this week…

* NYC & Company launches New York City Restaurant Week today! Running through July 24th (and, we hope, even longer!), Big Apple diners can enjoy multi-course $24.07 lunches and $35 dinners. Restaurants fill up FAST, so, seriously, book your tables now!

Mpls.St. Paul Magazine Restaurant Week got underway yesterday! Two-course $10 or $20 lunches and three-course $15-$30 dinners are being offered at participating restaurants around the Twin Cities through July 15th. Book today!

Toronto Summerlicious is in full force. $15, $20 or $25 lunches and $25, $35 or $45 dinners are yours through July 24th! Make a reservation.

* Queens Feast/Charlotte Restaurant Week begins on Friday! Dozens of Charlotte’s best restaurants are serving three-course dinners for $30. Reserve here.

* The Dinner Party to End All Dinner Parties giveaway continues through July 19th.

* Finally, Bastille Day is Wednesday. Bust out your beret…er, on second thought, that would probably make you look silly. Okay, leave the beret at home, but make a reservation to celebrate the storming of the Bastille — and the birth of modern-day France — with some fine French fare!

On Our Plate: The RAMMYS Winners; LudoBites 7.0; and Restaurant Weeks Galore!

Scott Jampol, Jeana Chung, Charlie Burns, and the rest of the OpenTable team get into the spirit at The RAMMYS in D.C.

Here are just a few things we’re excited about right now!

* The RAMMYS were held Sunday evening in Washington, D.C. And, as you can see from the picture, OpenTable was in the house! A heartfelt congratulations to all the nominees and honorees, including Chef Geoff’s, Founding Farmers, and Ted’s Bulletin, among others. We were thrilled to help our D.C. restaurant partners celebrate! You can read the full list of winners over at EaterDC.

* LudoBites 7.0 kicks off again in Los Angeles this summer, and OpenTable is the exclusive provider of reservations! Dinners will be held Tuesday-Friday, beginning August 3rd and ending September 7th. Reservations go live on Saturday, July 14, at 4PM PST. As you may have correctly assumed, reservations are very limited, so practice your quick clicks to increase your chances of scoring one LA’s most coveted tables.

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Summer Restaurant Weeks Start Soon: Let the Reservations Begin!

Forget the beach or vacations. Nothing says summer like Restaurant Week! The perfect way to enjoy a “staycation” in your own city, Restaurant Week offers you the chance to enjoy prix-fixe meals at participating restaurants at wallet-conscious prices. If you’ve never dared to dine at a certain restaurant because it was beyond your budget, Restaurant Week is for you.

Kick-off cities include Toronto, Ontario, and Charlotte, North Carolina. Keep checking back to find out about a Restaurant Week near you.