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Whether you’re raising a foodie-in-training in search of her next best bite or you’re just looking for a relaxing weeknight meal with your family, finding the right restaurant starts with OpenTable. A good choice helps ensure no unnecessary stress for parents, an engaging experience for younger diners, and, just maybe, kids enjoying something more than a simple slider or hot dog. We’ve rounded up advice from industry pros on finding a family-friendly restaurant for your next outing. Read the tips and then browse through more than 51,000 restaurants on OpenTable to find the one that’s right for you. Find the best fit Because you want to find the perfect spot for your family, you should do a little digging before you make your reservation. When searching for a family-friendly restaurant on OpenTable, filter your search results by clicking kid-friendly under the top rated column to surface restaurants that have been […]

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Maybe you’re flying solo, but you still want to be social during dinner. Or maybe you and your bestie want to make some new friends over a midweek meal. Communal dining is growing in popularity at restaurants and is a fun way to interact and make connections in a casual setting. But there are things you should know before taking a seat at the table. Chefs and restaurant pros share tips for communal dining to help you make the most of it without making a faux pas. Try them out at a restaurant on OpenTable and get to know your neighbors. Talking points When you’re sharing the dinner table, you’ll want to mind your manners. You should be aware of the volume of your voice, and, of course, the topic of your dinner conversation. It’s not so much that diners will be eavesdropping, but you are sharing a space with […]

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Whether it’s a meet-up with your book club, a decadent dinner with your parents, or a TGIF meal with the kids, ordering a cheese plate can be a grand shared adventure. This always-fun course is a chance to savor selections not typically found in your local grocery store, enjoying the nuances of each cheese as you work your way around the plate to the big finish. Choosing a cheese plate may be thrilling for curd nerds, but it can feel like a daunting task for others. To help the lacto illiterate find their “whey” to the perfect platter, we spoke to four queso pros: Jill Erber, owner of Cheesetique, Cole Mathers, fromager at San Francisco’s Gary Danko Monica Bennett, the maître fromager at Old Hickory Steakhouse in National Harbor, Maryland, and Diane Gross, co-owner of Cork Wine Bar & Market in Washington, D.C. Read our tips so you can make […]

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We’re making it even easier to go green this Earth Day with our list of the Best Eco-Friendly Restaurants in America on OpenTable. The restaurants featured are working to have a positive impact on the environment, ranging from reducing food waste and sourcing responsibly to supporting local farmers and more. With this year’s list, we’re excited to highlight those restaurants that are making a conscious effort to increase sustainability and leading the industry in a more eco-friendly direction. As part of the curation process, restaurants were invited to submit their restaurant and eco-friendly practices for consideration in this year’s Eco-Friendly list. The list, which included submissions from ZeroFoodprint and Good Food 100 Restaurants, was then reviewed by OpenTable to determine which restaurants are demonstrating sustainable practices. Through a variety of efforts, such as developing certified organic roof-top farms, using eco-friendly construction for their space and committing to zero food waste, […]

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With more than 50,000 restaurants on OpenTable worldwide, we’ve got the right spot for you — and that includes at Coachella, which happens April 12-14 + 19-21. Gwen Specialty Butcher Shop & Restaurant, the hot Los Angeles eatery from celeb chef Curtis Stone and his brother Luke, is bringing its chef-driven concept to the VIP area at what is one of the most exciting, anything-goes music and arts festivals of the year. We’ve got a preview, plus chef Stone shares what he’s excited to experience at this year’s event. The Gwen team had such a phenomenal time at Coachella last year, and they’re stoked to be back — this time bigger and better than ever!  The team has customized and expanded the Gwen pop-up area with a lounge and full bar (open every day at 11 a.m.) where VIP guests can cool down with a cocktail and bar bites. VIP attendees […]

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It’s a new month and there are new ways to save at some of the more than 50,000 restaurants on OpenTable. Check out April 2019 restaurant weeks and enjoy discounted dining in a city near you, whether it’s a weekday date night with your partner or you’re taking your whole family out for a fun meal at a local favorite. * East End Restaurant Week is your chance to dine at the best of the Hamptons for less with $29.95 dinners through April 7. Make a reservation. * Western New York Local Restaurant Week is a terrific opportunity to support the restaurant community with $20.19, $30.19 + $40.19 meals through April 7. Make a reservation. * BC Wine Month invites you to swirl, sip, and explore British Columbia wines at participating restaurants offering a variety of local vintages and paired menu items through April 30. Make a reservation. * Giro d’Italia Italian […]

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Ever wonder where your fave celebs like to eat? Wonder no more. We’re thrilled to announce the launch of our first-ever OpenTable Tastemaker lists culled from recommendations by power diners. Initially kicking off with more than 300 lists spanning 14 cities nationwide, outlining everything from the best brunch spots to the most iconic dishes, Tastemaker lists are a new way for diners to discover and book the right restaurant for every occasion in their city or during their travels. To celebrate the debut of Tastemaker lists, OpenTable is unveiling nine carefully curated lists by top celebrities and industry insiders who have a special connection to food, including lists from actor Neil Patrick Harris; chef David Burtka; multi-platinum recording artist and actress Jordin Sparks; founder of Milk Bar Christina Tosi; and chef and former co-host of  The Chew, Carla Hall. These lists will provide an inside look into their favorite places to dine including both […]

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While Los Angeles is known as being the hub of the entertainment industry, its food scene shines equally bright. Whether you’re looking for a restaurant to see and be seen or a laid-back spot for cocktails and small bites with friends, OpenTable has you covered with the right restaurants for anything. Here Caroline Potter, our Chief Dining Officer, rounds up where to eat now in Los Angeles. Openaire, Koreatown Openaire, situated in the Koreatown hotel The Line, lives up to its name. It’s set in a greenhouse structure, poolside with indoor and outdoor seating options. Greenery abounds — in the plants that pepper the walls and ceiling as well as the tables; this is boost-your-mood ambience, a lifestyle guru’s dream backdrop come to life. However, the appeal runs far deeper than that with legendary Michelin-starred chef Josiah Citrin of the revered Melisse behind the burner. Lunch features a fun hotel […]

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New York City, arguably the dining capital of the world, has no shortage of top restaurants. Whether you’re seeking a seat at one of the buzziest new spots in town or looking for a place to impress your date, OpenTable has you covered with the right restaurants for any occasion or craving. Here Caroline Potter, our Chief Dining Officer, rounds up where to eat now in New York City. Benno Newly opened, Benno received a stellar three-star review in The New York Times as well as a recent rave from Grub Street. Jonathan Benno’s sweet spot is French technique and classic contemporary Italian cooking. Taking up residence in the Evelyn Hotel in the now-trendy NoMad neighborhood, Benno, who was the longtime chef de cuisine at Per Se, is focused on flavor over fad. Fans of French food will be right at home, but those who loved his Italian dishes at […]

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Every month brings new ways to save at some of the more than 48,000 restaurants on OpenTable. Check out February 2019 restaurant weeks and enjoy discounted dining in a city near you, whether it’s with your partner or for a fun meal for the whole family. * San Antonio Restaurant Week arrives in Texas this month with $25 brunches, $15 lunches, and $35 + $45 dinners through February 1. Make a reservation. * Dine Out Vancouver Festival is your chance to feast at the city’s finest eateries for less with $20, $30 + $40 three-course dinners through February 3. Make a reservation. * Devour Indy invites you to do just that with special three-course menus through February 3. Make a reservation. * Long Island Restaurant Week has meals for a steal with $29.95 three-course dinners east of New York City through February 3. Make a reservation. * Howard County Restaurant Week has $15-$45 lunches and dinners for Maryland foodies through February 4. Make a reservation. * Chicago Restaurant Week come to […]

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