Dine Like a Pro: Tips for How to Get the Most Out of the OpenTable App

how to get the most out of the OpenTable app

The OpenTable app makes dining out easy by providing you with the tools you need to quickly discover, book, and eat at any of the more than 50,000 restaurants on OpenTable. Whether you’re strolling through a new city with your favorite traveling buddy or planning a festive family dinner for the weekend, you can find the right restaurant for anything on our free app.

But don’t just stop at installing the app. You’ll get even more benefits with the additional features you take advantage of — and better custom recommendations the more you use it.

Here are our top tips for how to get the most out of the OpenTable app.

Get started.

Provide us with date, time, party size, and location so we can connect you with restaurants for when, where, and with whom you want to dine. Remember to turn on your location for the app so we can surface the best restaurants near you in seconds. (And while you’re in settings, make sure notifications are turned on so we can remind you of upcoming reservations on the fly.

How to Get the Most Out of the OpenTable App

Search like a pro.

Get a little more granular so we can serve up the best availability. You can search using almost anything, from restaurant names, descriptions (BURGERS! PIZZA!), diner-chosen tags (kid-friendly, romantic, etc.), menus, reviews, and more so you can find the right restaurant for you! You can also filter results by price, rating, cuisine, special offers, and more.

How to Get the Most Out of the OpenTable App

Map it to match it.

Whether your boss has just asked you to book the perfect business lunch near the office or you’re heading to a neighborhood you don’t know, you can use our interactive map with pins and matching restaurant cards so you can find exactly what you are looking for  any time, anywhere — whether in advance or in the moment!

Don’t forget to favorite.

If you’re like us, you see a lot of restaurants you want to dine at. Save them easily by clicking the heart icon to favorite from the restaurant profile page of your chosen restaurant or do it from your reservation history. You’ll then have a custom searchable list of your own favorite restaurants that is guaranteed to prevent FOMO.

how to get the most out of the OpenTable app


Be a picky seater.

At select restaurants on OpenTable, you can reserve exactly the kind of dining experience you want. Looking for a lively spot to watch the big game? Book the bar. Did your city just get its first wave of good weather? Reserve outdoor seating and soak up the sun and the stars.

Earn bonus rewards points with 1,000-point tables.

When you book and honor reservations on OpenTable, you’ll earn 100 dining rewards points. But you can search the term “bonus points tables” or look out for the +1,000 pt icon underneath select reservation times to earn even more rewards faster — so you can cash out for great perks like hotel discounts from KAYAK or free meals. (Note: You can redeem rewards on our desktop site at OpenTable.com.)

how to get the most out of the OpenTable app


Share your #Dishpics.

Upload photos of your favorite restaurant experiences directly to OpenTable and get notified as fellow OpenTable foodies vote on them! (Bonus: Share them with us on Instagram for a chance to win in our weekly giveaway and be featured in our Instagram Stories).

Read + write verified reviews.

Read from more than 76,000,000 verified reviews to help make your dining decisions easy– then, write one of your own to spread the word about your authentic experiences!

Leave a note.

When booking a table, in the blank notes area on the reservation page, you can share specific requests and preferences with restaurant staffers ahead of time, be it a particular table or alerting the restaurant to a particular food sensitivity — or letting them know you just passed the Bar exam and you’re celebrating that night.

Remember, the more you use OpenTable, the better our recommendations for you are. So, download the iPhone or Android app to start booking — and #DineOn.

Let us know your experience with the OpenTable app here in the comments or over on FacebookInstagramPinterest, or Twitter. Also, snap + share your #dishpics with us on Instagram for a chance to win in our weekly giveaway.