The app (iOS App, Android App) makes reservations and booking a table easy with a quick signup process! If you know the restaurant you want to go to you can search for it by typing in the name or discover a place nearby where you want to eat by typing in a zip code or city. Select a place to learn more in the details section, menu and book the designated open time slot of your choice. When you make your reservation you can choose to add a special request (like an ocean view) that you type in or can select what special occasion you are celebrating.
OpenTable does have a reward system in place that usually awards you 100 points per restaurant reservation and visit. 2,000 points can be redeemed for a $10 Amazon giftcard or an OpenTable dining reward up to $20. 5,000 points can be redeemed for a $25 Amazon gift card or OpenTable Dining Reward value up to $50. 10,000 points for a $50 Amazon Gift Card or OpenTable dining reward value up to $100.
If you tend to eat out at a restaurant that accepts OpenTable reservations go make a reservation through the app even if you know the place is not crowded. I have made reservations that start 15 minutes later after we have just decided where we wanted to go. Therefore, when you check in under the open table reservations you should receive points. Points can really add up for especially for restaurants who are offering 1,000 points per visit verses the standard 100 points. These restaurants offer times and days that are not as busy on their booking schedule as enticement for you to come in and dine with them and possibly discover a new place to love. The 1,000 point reservations should be labeled under the time that is eligible. The Silver Trumpet at the Avenue of the Arts Hotel in Costa Mesa, CA (right across the street from Segerstom Center for the Arts and South Coast Repertory Theatre) offer 1,000 point reservation bookings sometimes on Saturdays starting at 8pm on Saturday or 5pm on Sundays.
When arriving at the restaurant be sure to tell the host(ess) that you have OpenTable reservations so they can check you in. Be advised that the app does not allow you to make reservations that overlap during the same time. If you change your mind, you can cancel a reservation easily through the app to avoid getting a notification sent to you after that you missed a reservation and labeled a no-show.
For Los Angeles based restaurants not offered in Open Table I look on the website Resy (they have an app too but I like the website) with my phone number. I also go to Resy to discover new restaurants by scrolling through their beautiful structured website for photos or reading the “Local Scene” blog posts. When confirming a reservation make sure to check confirmation details especially the cancellation policy.
My personal favorites: Zinc Cafe & Market and Bar Mateo and Bluestone Lane Cafe