Posts Tagged ‘OpenTable’

Survey: Restaurants Are Googling Diners, But Most People Are OK With It

About one in three diners say Googling them is creepy or intrusive.

OpenTable Now Lets Users Pay at Restaurants With Their iPhones

No more waiting for the check.

Don’t Be the Jerk Who Doesn’t Show Up for a Valentine’s Day Table You Booked

Dino owner Dean Gold has heard every excuse—real or not—about why you couldn’t show up for your dinner reservation. “‘Oh, you know, we had a medical emergency,’” says Gold, repeating one common refrain. “And we’ve heard insanely tragic ones. We heard someone had a miscarriage.” Some swear they cancelled last week, when, in fact, they […]

Are Simple Economics Behind Mike Isabella’s Split With OpenTable?

Graffiato's Mike Isabella yesterday cited new restaurant web portal CityEats' partnership with the popular Food Network as part of the reason for his decision to sign exclusively with the upstart and split with the otherwise dominant OpenTable online reservation system. The financial blog Seeking Alpha offers some specific analysis of the costs to restaurateurs who […]

Mike Isabella Drops OpenTable, Signs Exclusive Deal With CityEats

The recently launched CityEats online reservation site is banking its immediate future on Graffiato chef Mike Isabella's rising stardom. The Food Network-partnered Internet service has announced an exclusive deal with Isabella, making its site the only place online to book a table at the former Top Chef contestant's ultra-popular Chinatown eatery. Previously, patrons could snag […]

Last Week’s Greatest Hits on Young & Hungry

Love it or hate it, Five Guys knows how to draw a crowd. The national chain and its fans drew the ire of burgermeister Josh Ozersky, who apparently doesn't put much stock in Zagat surveys, either. The interesting thing is, given the tepid reader response to Ozersky's Tweet nothings, Y&H has to wonder if readers […]

Food News You Can Use: The Sam Kass Is Hot Edition

If there was any theme to Wednesday night's episode of Top Chef D.C., it had to be this: Assistant White House chef Sam Kass is a total, to-die-for hunk, more than deserving of his spot on People magazine's list of the 100 most beautiful people. Serious Eats found Kass good enough to eat: "This week […]

Winter Restaurant Week to Run Jan. 11-17

If you don't know it by now, the key to a happy Restaurant Week boils down to this: Book a reservation at the best and most expensive (or at least not the mid-range or tapas) restaurants before anybody else. I say this because winter Restaurant Week was just announced earlier today. The dates will be […]

Do Restaurants Withhold Seats from OpenTable Users?

That has always been the speculation among a certain set of savvy diners who believe that restaurateurs reserve a number of seats for walk-ins and special guests.  These folks believe, in other words, that when OpenTable says a restaurant is booked for the night, it really isn't. Y&H had a chance to speak today with […]