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Traveling? Hungry? No Problem!

  • Feb 24, 2010
+5 is a lifesaver. As some of you know, I love to eat out and I love to travel. How do you find a great restaurant when you're traveling? How do you know they have a table for you when you need it? How do you know they're going to have exactly what you're in the mood for on their menu? In a culinary city like San Francisco or Santa Barbara, it can be a bit overwhelming.

On my last trip to San Francisco, I was in North Beach and starving. So, I checked in with the OpenTable app and found a tremendous list of available restaurants where I could search by price and available times for a reservation. Then, I was able to view the menus to see if anything stood out and voila! We ended up with Vicoletto which was PERFECT!

On our engagement night, Fernando had forgotten to reserve a table for dinner in Santa Barbara. It was about 8p when I found out about this and I was hungry as well as a little frustrated. Where are we going to get a table at 8p in Santa Barbara? Dadadaaaaaa! OpenTable app to the rescue. Through the app, we found Cava in Montecito which makes the most amazing Pisco Sours and risotto! is worldwide with locations in Canada, China, Carribean, Dubai, Hong Kong, Mexico, Nova Scotia, the UK, Singapore, and all throughout the US. It has a website as well as a Droid and iPhone/iTouch app. On the app, you can choose between all the locations or just make it easy on yourself and choose "Current Location" which uses GPS to point out the restaurants closest to you.

You can select neighborhoods, date and time, and party size. Once you've entered that, you can check out the menu as well as read short descriptions on the restaurants. Once you've made a decision, pick Find a Table and confirm your reservation. The website also lets you choose restaurants based on "Best For" lists, i.e. Romantic, Best Service, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, etc. is a lifesaver...or an engagement saver, I should say! It's free to download onto your apps and it's free to use online. Trust me, add it to your apps and you'll be happy that you did.

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October 24, 2010
Hey, Sam, I just love this review. It's the first time I've read a review of anything like this. Thanks for telling me about this. I'm not as well-traveled as you, but I manage to get around SF, Reno and Fuddrucker's in Modesto (LOL)... Check that one out! Anyway, This was informative and fun too because I enjoyed the little anecdotes about your engagement night and others. Keep up the great work. Hugs - Betty <3
October 24, 2010
Thanks Betty! I used to live in Reno and now live in the Bay. When you're in new places, it's so helpful to have a go-to app especially where restaurants are concerned ;p What's your fave place in Reno and SF? I'll def have to check out Fuddrucker's if I'm ever in Modesto. Hugs!
March 09, 2010
I've used their site a number of times before, so I think it's about time I checked out the app and you've convinced me to. Thanks! :)
March 09, 2010
No prob! It's life-saving for foodies like us LOL!
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My friend uses all the time when he goes to a new city, you would be surprised how many restaurants are on it
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OpenTable (NASDAQ: OPEN) is an online real-time restaurant reservation service founded by Chuck Templeton in San Francisco, CA in 1998. Reservations are free to end users; the company charges restaurants monthly and per-reservation fees for their use of the system. In 1999, the website began operations serving a limited selection of restaurants in San Francisco, since, it has expanded to cover restaurants in most U.S. states as well as in several major international cities.

OpenTable allows users to search for restaurants and reservations based on parameters including times, dates, cuisine, and price range. Users who have registered their email address with the system will then receive a confirmation email. Users can also receive OpenTable rewards points after dining; these points can be redeemed for discounts at member restaurants.

Now OpenTable diners can get free software from Apple Inc.'s App Store that allows them to find and book a dinner reservation anywhere in the United States and several other countries. This feature will allow diners to check the real-time availability of multiple restaurants in an area, get the restaurants’ location, make free, confirmed reservations, and then follow directions to the restaurant. They can also use the program to send the reservation information to their friends.

OpenTable provides restaurant owners with a comprehensive reservation management system. Subscribing restaurants utilize an Electronic Reservation Book (ERB) to...

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