When you open the app, you can search the database of OpenTable restaurants by selecting a location (easiest) or by finding a location around a specific metro (this wasn’t as easy). When you select to find a table near your current location, you can choose the options for “Date & Time” as well as “Party Size” and the maximum amount of restaurants you’d like the app to display. If you’re willing to travel to a greater area, have more results returned. Then, click “Find a Table.”
The app then lists all search results based on location, nearest to you first. It also gives you available times that you can make a reservation with the options you selected in the previous page. From here you can map all the restaurants selected using Google Maps. This option is very similar to other apps like Yelp.
You can also refine your search results based on cuisine, price, show unavailable times, and 1000pt tables only. This should help you narrow down your search. Furthermore, clicking the search button allows you to narrow down the long list of results as you type in information. It’s nice to see that list shorten with each added letter you search, instead of simply doing an endpoint search which is frustrating if you can’t remember how to spell the restaurant name. Even more, you can find reviews entered by other OpenTable users to see how their experience rated.
If you’re ready to make a reservation, simply click the time you want. From here you can either login to your OpenTable account if you’re already registered, or just fill in your name, email, phone, etc. to sign up and make the reservation. Signing in to OpenTable is required so they can determine whether or not you actually make good on your reservations.
Overall, OpenTable is a very useful app for making reservations for restaurants on the go. A couple important notes to be made are that the OpenTable database is only as big as the number of restaurants that actually participate. This app isn’t made to be something like Yelp where you can see a list of every single restaurant in your area. Remember this if you don’t find a particular restaurant in this app.
Similarly, the one drawback I found with this app is there isn’t a quick way to make a search. I’d like one of the options on the main page of the app to allow you to select a location and restaurant name and immediately show you what you wanted. Adding this functionality would greatly improve the ease of use of this app.