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Just because the mercury has dropped doesn’t mean going out has to go on ice — or does it? Whether it’s igloos, ski chalet inspo, or massive fire pits that make for cool outdoor fun (with toasty drinks and blankets) there’s a flurry of wintertime al fresco dining opportunities this season. Not near any of these restaurants? Find a spot near you on OpenTable.com. Kingbird Igloos, Washington, D.C. It’s a two-fer experience at the Watergate, where the 12-foot-tall igloos on The Next Whisky Bar terrace bring on the heat in more ways than one. With enough room for up to eight, different experiences include igloo bites like crab fritters and spicy meatballs; a three-course dessert menu; a tea menu; fondue; and spicy whisky flights. Top of the Skate on Top of the Gate also becomes a magical winter wonderland, with the rooftop bar being transformed into a skating rink and winter […]

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Welcome back to our #hackdining series in which we bring you tips to make every dining moment you have with OpenTable the best it can be.  Since its launch in 2016, more than 300 million users interact with Instagram stories on a daily basis, reports 99firms.com. So it’s no surprise that these fifteen-second clips are one of the best ways for restaurants, influencers, and diners to connect with each other in deliciously entertaining and creative ways. On my Instagram, @findyourhappyplate, I find my stories often get more reach and engagement than my actual posts. There are a number of tips and tricks to turn that plate of pasta into an alluring story while boosting views at the same time. Here’s a step-by-step guide to creating a killer restaurant Instagram story the next time you dine out. Step 1: Decide Between Now vs. Later For many, the appeal of an Instagram […]

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There’s no shortage of good eats during the Niagara Icewine Festival. In a region that’s like the mothership of Canadian Icewine, organizers invite attendees to celebrate winter in wine country — and how. No one loves a culinary celebration like Canadians, where passion for cuisine and its vine-born counterparts result in jovial events like these festivities. They take place over three weekends from January 11–27, kicking off on Friday, January 11 with the Niagara Icewine Festival Northern Lights Gala at Fallsview Casino Resort. From there, outdoor street celebrations and events at local wineries attract tens of thousands of oenophiles who return every year. Activities (read: nonstop Icewine imbibing) take place at Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Festival and Twenty Valley’s Winter WineFest in Jordan Village along picturesque streetscapes and throughout these communities at several participating wineries. The best way to not miss anything is with a Niagara Icewine Festival Discovery Pass, entitling pass […]

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There’s no shortage of good eats during the Niagara Icewine Festival. In a region that’s like the mothership of Canadian Icewine, organizers invite attendees to celebrate winter in wine country — and how. No one loves a culinary celebration like Canadians, where passion for cuisine and its vine-born counterparts result in jovial events like these festivities. They take place over three weekends from January 11–27, kicking off on Friday, January 11 with the Niagara Icewine Festival Northern Lights Gala at Fallsview Casino Resort. From there, outdoor street celebrations and events at local wineries attract tens of thousands of oenophiles who return every year. Activities (read: nonstop Icewine imbibing) take place at Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Festival and Twenty Valley’s Winter WineFest in Jordan Village along picturesque streetscapes and throughout these communities at several participating wineries. The best way to not miss anything is with a Niagara Icewine Festival Discovery Pass, entitling pass […]

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The pairing of sports and decadent cuisine has become a mainstay for OpenTable diners, who have discovered they don’t have to sacrifice fabulous food for the love of the game. Sports can transform a city and draw festive crowds to restaurants. The unofficial nighttime sports mayor of the Charlotte, North Carolina, Joanna Nix has been an ardent Carolina Panthers supporter for years and attended the Super Bowl with them. At her sprawling Nikko Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar, she went from having four televisions to 15 to meet diner demand for all sports, all the time.  “Instead of staying home, these days everyone who loves sports goes out,” said Nix, whose South End eatery is central to all the stadiums including Panthers football, Hornets basketball, NASCAR races and the Hall of Fame. “We don’t have a mountain or ocean, but we are a sports town.” During sporting events, Nix has a […]

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The pairing of sports and decadent cuisine has become a mainstay for OpenTable diners, who have discovered they don’t have to sacrifice fabulous food for the love of the game. Sports can transform a city and draw festive crowds to restaurants. The unofficial nighttime sports mayor of the Charlotte, North Carolina, Joanna Nix has been an ardent Carolina Panthers supporter for years and attended the Super Bowl with them. At her sprawling Nikko Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar, she went from having four televisions to 15 to meet diner demand for all sports, all the time.  “Instead of staying home, these days everyone who loves sports goes out,” said Nix, whose South End eatery is central to all the stadiums including Panthers football, Hornets basketball, NASCAR races and the Hall of Fame. “We don’t have a mountain or ocean, but we are a sports town.” During sporting events, Nix has a […]

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Over the past decade, Washington, D.C. has grown from a nothing-to-write-home-about steakhouse-centric city to one of the most vibrant dining scenes in the country. In the last year alone, an intensely international range of restaurants opened in the nation’s capital, including those highlighting the culinary traditions of Mexico, India, and Trinidad – plus a few spots focusing on homegrown flavors from across the States. No matter what strikes your fancy, here are 10 new D.C. restaurants where you should be eating right now. And if you can’t get to them soon, check out the more than 50,000 restaurants on OpenTable.com for the right restaurant for any occasion. St. Anselm Stephen Starr, the man with the golden touch, teamed up with restaurateur Joe Carroll to bring D.C. a location of the latter’s highly successful Brooklyn steakhouse. The boisterous, Americana-decorated outpost by Union Market is helmed by Marjorie Meek-Bradley, a powerhouse in […]

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Over the past decade, Washington, D.C. has grown from a nothing-to-write-home-about steakhouse-centric city to one of the most vibrant dining scenes in the country. In the last year alone, an intensely international range of restaurants opened in the nation’s capital, including those highlighting the culinary traditions of Mexico, India, and Trinidad – plus a few spots focusing on homegrown flavors from across the States. No matter what strikes your fancy, here are 10 new D.C. restaurants where you should be eating right now. And if you can’t get to them soon, check out the more than 50,000 restaurants on OpenTable.com for the right restaurant for any occasion. St. Anselm Stephen Starr, the man with the golden touch, teamed up with restaurateur Joe Carroll to bring D.C. a location of the latter’s highly successful Brooklyn steakhouse. The boisterous, Americana-decorated outpost by Union Market is helmed by Marjorie Meek-Bradley, a powerhouse in […]

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September marks the end of summer – but for Torontonians, it’s the beginning of festival season. Stars flock to the city for the world-renowned Toronto International Film Festival, making celebrity sightings at local dining spots an everyday occurrence. To help diners make sure they find the perfect table during the festival, we’re releasing our list of Toronto’s Most Booked Restaurants During TIFF 2018  This year, TIFF runs from September 6th to 17th, 2018. During that time, Yorkville, King West, Queen West, and the Financial District are ideal locations for those looking to dine out and possibly rub shoulders with celebs. Restaurants with a view — Canoe and 360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower, — make appearances on the list, which also includes late-night hotspot Montecito, a collaboration with Hollywood director Ivan Reitman, gourmet vegan destination Planta, and pasta palace Cibo Wine Bar (pictured). Toronto’s Most Booked Restaurants During TIFF 2018 […]

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