App of the Week: Open Table

By Shannon VanHorn, Director of Distance Learning and Faculty Development

I travel often, and am not always familiar with the towns and cities I visit.  On one trip, I asked the front desk personnel where was the best place to eat in that city.  She laughed, then sent me on an adventure to get to a place, only for it to be closed.

My friends and I ended up eating at a Chinese buffet. Not bad, but I was hoping for something better.

Open Table is an app that can be downloaded to your iPhone or Android, or you can access it via its webpage, www.opentable.com .  You can search for restaurants and reserve a table.

All you have to do is type in how many will be eating, the date, time, and location (or restaurant if you know where you want to go) and click “Find a Table.”  Several choices will appear, along with times in which you can reserve a table. Once you choose a place, a map will also appear.

Reserving a table may not seem like much of an issue in Valley City, but it can be when you travel to larger cities.  For example, let’s say you want to eat at Hell’s Kitchen in Minneapolis. Simply type in the name and you can easily get a table there, rather than standing in line for an hour hoping for a table.

So download this app and try it out. Bon appetit!

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