#SXSW Dining: Use OpenTable for Restaurant Reservations in Austin

You can eat like a Top Chef judge when you're at SXSW. There's still availability at Paul Qui's Uchiko!

Are you one of the thousands of folks lucky enough to be attending South by Southwest in Austin this week? Plan ahead with OpenTable to book your Austin restaurant reservations — and avoid waiting on line!

There are more than 100 restaurants around town where you can reserve a table. From Braise and Clay Pit to Top Chef winner Paul Qui‘s Uchiko and wink and many, many more, Austin restaurant reservations await. You can use our Diners’ Choice lists to find user recommendations for the Best Overall restaurants, those with a Vibrant Bar Scene, or eateries that are Great for Lunch.

If you’re at #SXSW, you’re probably managing your life on your smartphone or table. Check out the full suite of free OpenTable mobile apps to make sure you’ve got access to the best Austin restaurants on the go.

And remember, it’s never too late to plan ahead. Check out Austin restaurants with availability tonight!


100 Restaurants with the Best Service in the U.S.: 2012 Diners’ Choice Awards

Downton Abbey's footmen wore gloves, but we don't know of many contemporary wait professionals who do.

In recognition of how vital service is to the dining experience, we are pleased to announce the 2012 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the 100 restaurants in the United States providing the best service.  These awards reflect the combined opinions of nearly 5 million reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 12,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Regionally, the honorees span 29 states and Washington, D.C. The South reinforces the notion of southern hospitality, with 22 restaurants in the region being singled out for best service. The Northeast boasts 15 winning restaurants, including 10 in New York alone. The Pacific region accounts for 14 winners, 10 of which are in California, as does the Mid-Atlantic, with six restaurants in Virginia claiming spots. Eleven winners come from the Great Lakes Region, four of which are in the Twin Cities area. The Pacific Northwest and the Southwest follow with seven honorees apiece. The Rocky Mountain States count five winners, while the Central Plains has four, three of which are in Missouri. One restaurant in Hawaii also earned a nod.

Superior service can be found across a number of cuisines. Restaurants serving American food, however, account for 40 winners. French restaurants earned 25 places on the list. Steakhouses followed with 17 spots. Seven Italian restaurants are among the winners. Other cuisines include continental, global international, Japanese, seafood, and sushi.

The Diners’ Choice Awards for the top 100 restaurants providing the best service, which include Bluestem in Kansas City, Daniel in New York, and Uchiko in Austin, are generated from nearly 5 million reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners between February 2011 and January 2012.  All restaurants with a minimum number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration.  Qualifying restaurants were then scored and sorted according to the highest average rating in the service category.

Is your favorite restaurant among the winners? Weigh in here or over on Facebook.