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10 iPhone Apps for Making Restaurant Reservations on the Fly

Published on July 23, 2013, by in Sitters.

If you’ve ever tried to make a restaurant reservation on the move, you know the potential hazards involved. You could walk into a wall, book a table of 20 when there are only two of you or end up making ill-advised reservations at an unknown spot when everything else in the city is booked solid, only to discover that there’s a reason why they still feature open tables at peak dining hours. With these 10 great iPhone apps, however, you’ll find making restaurant reservations on the fly is a breeze.

  • OpenTable – Not only can you book tables with this free app, you can check if your favorite spot is free first. Before you’ve settled on a booking, though, browse menus, cuisine, locations and customer reviews for participating restaurants. Once you are happy with your choice of venue, make sure to invite some friends, complete the booking and mark it on your calendar.
  • Yelp – Does the name OpenTable sound familiar to you? If so, you’ve been paying proper attention to the great apps listed here. Yelp has partnered with OpenTable to allow you to book restaurants, bars and other eateries without leaving the main app. The benefit of having both installed is, of course, the power of choice. With Yelp you can discover so much more than just restaurants, but if you know what you’re looking for, just go directly to the OpenTable app to make your booking.
  • LocalEats – Unless you have access to a personal jet, do you really need to know about restaurants in the far flung corners of the world? Of course, that could prove useful if you’re planning a trip abroad, however, for most people it’s all about the local venues. LocalEats costs $0.99 and is a great way to find the best restaurants in your area. You can browse menus, make your reservation and even book a taxi. Don’t worry if you’re planning on driving to the restaurant, either, as there are built-in maps that will provide directions for you.
  • Urbanspoon – When the article title said “on the fly,” that was not just a figure of speech. Urbanspoon is a free app that allows you to simply shake your phone for quality restaurant recommendations. When you are happy with your choice, you can make a reservation directly from the app. It just doesn’t get any easier to make restaurant reservations than this.
  • Booking – This is more of a search engine than an actual booking app, but you can arrange reservations via the app. The form feature allows you to enter details that are uniform among most restaurants, hotels and similar services, which means you may actually find a lot more choices than with dedicated booking apps. It’s also free, which makes it a sound investment.
  • bookarestaurant – If you’re thinking of vacationing in Australia, make sure to download this app before you leave. Bookarestaurant lets you search by availability, cuisine, location, popular choices and much more. With a growing number of quality Australian restaurants signing up as app-partners, you’d do well to include this as an essential guide to eating out while you’re in the land of Aus. Plus, it’s a free app with simple, clean features.
  • Tableonline – Looking for a restaurant with great cuisine, price level or atmosphere has never been easier than with Tableonline. The app creators have aimed to create a service that will allow you to quickly find local restaurants wherever you are, and book a table directly from your iPhone. There is already a large database of information for each restaurant, including menus, WiFi and parking availability, but the app is constantly being updated with new and improved features, too.
  • Chimpped – The great thing about Chimpped is that the app allows you to create your own customized platforms for businesses you want to book through. So, once you have used the app to book at a restaurant, you can add it to your restaurant platform for future references. The app is free, however, the one major downside is that restaurants have to sign up to the service in order for you to see them listed.
  • Table Finder – Listings from the Good Food Guide, Good Pub Guide, Good Cafe Guide, Cheap Eats and Everyday Eats ensure that you’re always going to find quality restaurants with Table Finder. Once you do, you can easily book a table at your chosen restaurant. You don’t even need an Internet connection to browse restaurants, as each entry is stored in an offline database for easy searching.
  • Foursquare – No, you’re not suffering from deja vu. Restaurant booking and seating giant OpenTable has teamed up with another well-established app, Foursquare. With Foursquare, you’ll have the ability to find the best restaurants, share recommendations with friends and book a table through OpenTable, of course.
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