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OpenTable Arms Travelers With Tools For Dining Discovery

Travel Technology | Gabe Zaldivar | April 27, 2016

OpenTable Arms Travelers With Tools For Dining Discovery

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OpenTable, a restaurant reservation app, just revamped its app to make it more appealing to travelers or merely those who want to venture out and experience something new.

According to our cursory test drive, there is now a new “Discover” tab on the app, which takes you to a screen resplendent with possibilities.

When you allow the app to use your location, OpenTable quickly becomes something that will take your next holiday or business trip to the next level.

When you tap your way into food discovery, you will find a list of possible categories. These are as follows: New & Hot, Most Popular, My Favorites, Special Features, Near Me Now, Dinner Tonight, Editorial Picks.

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OpenTable’s Chief Executive Officer, Christa Quarles, explained the impetus behind the redesign, “Whether you're landing hungry on the tarmac in a new city or planning a last minute date night in your local neighborhood, OpenTable wants to be the dining concierge in your pocket.”

If we are scoring at home, the tabs we like specifically for travel are Near Me Now and Dinner Tonight.

Obviously, the rest of the gang will let you know what’s good in the area and things you absolutely must try.

However, those particular two are enticing because they settle some travel qualms we always run into.

Now you can find a spot in the area that is open immediately or later that night, solving the rigmarole of having to call places in a city of which you know very little.

It’s that virtual man on the street that you meet and ask, “So, what’s good around here?”

And that’s what Quarles states, “Dining has never been more mobile and our new app experience helps diners discover the perfect restaurant to satisfy every occasion, mood and craving whether they're at home or on the road.”

Now there is no excuse to miss out on the hottest dish in town.


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