Welcome to Your OpenTable Year of Dining 2018: Restaurant Trends Revealed

OpenTable Year of Dining 2018

Did you discover a new favorite cuisine this year? Become a regular at a local restaurant? Crush hard on a particular dish? Check your inbox to find out how your OpenTable Year of Dining 2018 looked — we’re sending out wrap-ups to diners who subscribe to our emails! We’ve rounded up a few fun stats to whet your appetite. Read on and start booking for 2019 to make your choices count in next year’s review. And, see how your rewind stacks up against our Chief Dining Officer’s.

SO MANY reservations.

OpenTable diners made a whopping five reservations EVERY second. That’s more than 400,000 bookings in a single day. To put that into perspective, imagine if every single person who passed through New York City’s famed Times Square on a busy day made a reservation on OpenTable.¹

OpenTable Year of Dining 2018

Pasta, FTW!

In a nod to carb lovers and fans of fromage everywhere, Italian fare proved the most popular among OpenTable diners. And with so many top Italian restaurants on OpenTable, such as Casa Lever in New York, RPM Italian in Chicago, and Vetri Cucina, all of which made our 100 Best Restaurants in America 2018 list, we can’t say we’re surprised. Mangiamo!

Dishing on a dish…

OpenTable diners write more than 1 million verified reviews a month. So what are they talking about? This year, it was prime rib. The formerly old school classic has enjoyed a resurgence over the last three years, and more and more restaurants have placed this meaty staple back on the menu. And speaking of reviews, 3,197 diners called their dining experience the “best ever.”

OpenTable Year of Dining 2018

You like to celebrate!

When it comes to cheersing on the last day of the year and treating your loved ones right, you nailed it. The hottest days for dining out in 2018 were New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, and Mothers Day. And, the biggest booking days for all these occasions were often the day before — OpenTable isn’t just great for planners; we’ve got all you procrastinators out there covered with the right restaurant whenever you need it, even if it is at the last minute!

The gang’s all here.

The more, the merrier when it comes to gathering around the table for family-centric holidays. Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and Easter were the moments when the average party size increased more than 15%. Way to show up for the folks that matter most to you!

How did your stats stack up? Tell us here or on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter using the hashtag #OpenTable365 And, for even more delicious stats, check your inbox for our email.  Remember to snap + share your #dishpics with us on Instagram for a chance to win in our weekly giveaway.

¹ https://www.timessquarenyc.org/do-business/market-research-data/pedestrian-counts