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Open Table is a website that allows users to make reservations at
participating restaurants. As of November, 2011, there are more than
20,000 worldwide restaurants available. Availability is displayed in
real-time at many restaurants, as Open Table is directly linked to some
restaurants’ electronic reservation system. Users can make reservations
24 hours a day, and get instant confirmation.
Diners can search for restaurants using criteria such as price range, location and cuisine. Search results then display the name, rating and available reservation times for each restaurant meeting the criteria. Reservations are made by selecting a time. Diners can also browse the website and simply select their state or metro area to find a list of interesting local restaurants, new additions and those with the highest ratings.
Potential diners have access to a wealth of information about each of the restaurants. Each restaurant has a blurb about the concept, as well as vital information like opening hours, price range, credit cards accepted, location, dress code and parking. A second tab provides reviews of the restaurant from other Open Table users. Diners rate restaurants based on the food, ambience and service, give a word to describe the noise level and an overall rating from one to five stars.
Open Table offers a mobile app for most smart phone platforms, and a mobile version of its website. These allow diners to find local restaurants using their phone’s GPS feature. The mobile website is as fully-featured as the main website, but offers a scaled-down layout designed specifically for smaller screens. Most restaurants are close to major metropolitan areas, although the searches do stretch into the suburbs. The website caters mostly to American visitors, but European and Middle Eastern and Latin American visitors can also make reservations at local restaurants on Open Table.