• Table for Two: Foodspotting Joins the OpenTable Family

    We just celebrated our birthday and over three delicious years of helping people find and share great dishes. Now we have something else to toast because we're joining forces with our friends at OpenTable, who have agreed to acquire Foodspotting!

    (See OpenTable Press Release)

    When we founded Foodspotting, driven by our love of obscure dishes like okonomiyaki, Ted, Soraya and I set out to bring a dish-centric dining guide into the world and watch it grow. We raised some money, grew our team to ten (plus alum), and built a community that catalogued over three million dishes. Today, towards the same end, we're so happy to have found a great home for Foodspotting where our site, app, and community can continue to thrive while our entire team continues to focus on making your dining experiences awesome.

    We’ve already been working closely with the OpenTable team as partners: In addition to making restaurant reservations via Foodspotting, you may have seen Foodspotting photos from select restaurants popping up on OpenTable. But we both realized we could create smarter experiences if we could integrate more deeply by, for example, recommending dishes when you make reservations to enabling restaurants to showcase their best dishes. We look forward to augmenting your dining experiences with Foodspotting’s recommendations to forge the shortest path between you and great food!

    What does this mean for me?

    Rest assured that Foodspotting will continue to live on as a standalone product, as OpenTable deeply values the Foodspotting community and your contributions. You’ll still be able to spot food anywhere in the world, from street food stalls to seven course meals. But you can also look forward to smarter recommendations, better restaurant information and a more visual, social and design-driven dining experience as we bring the best of Foodspotting to OpenTable.

    We hope you’ll celebrate with us as we reimagine dining with OpenTable. We’d love to hear what you’d like to see us create together, and look forward to making it happen!

    • over 1 year ago.
      Congratulations!!!
    • over 1 year ago.
      Congrats!!! *tears* :D
    • over 1 year ago.
      Awesome
    • over 1 year ago.
      Congrats - happy to see you two working together!
    • over 1 year ago.
      You have done a great job!! Congrats foodspotters!
    • over 1 year ago.
      Congratulations to you all!
    • over 1 year ago.
      Awesome, Congratulations!!
    • over 1 year ago.
      yummy news, congrats!
    • over 1 year ago.
      Congrats Alexa and Team!
    • over 1 year ago.
      WOW. Congratulations!
    • over 1 year ago.
      Cool, what are the changes to be expected?
    • over 1 year ago.
      Congratulations! Very excited about the cross-platform opportunities!
    • over 1 year ago.
      All things change - that's how they improve.
    • over 1 year ago.
      w00t! Excited to see the eventual integration.
    • over 1 year ago.
      Surprising news — but makes a lot of sense. Now I really hope you take change ‘Open Table’ to the better and improve their visual design language, too. Good luck and keep doing what you do!
    • over 1 year ago.
      So OpenTable will now be able to use our photographs for free to promote their clients? Will we at least be credited for our pictures?
    • over 1 year ago.
      Thrilled for the Foodspotting team (and Open Table by extension). Congrats all!
    • over 1 year ago.
      Congrats!
    • over 1 year ago.
      Wonderful news! Congrats to the team.
    • over 1 year ago.
      SO GOOD.
    • over 1 year ago.
      Congrats!
    • over 1 year ago.
      Congatulations! Looking forward to learning more about you and the reviews of your finds.
    • over 1 year ago.
      This is AWESOME! Congratulations to you and the FOOD TEAM! I'm so looking forward to this.
    • over 1 year ago.
      Hat tip to Ted, Alexa and the Foodspotting team. Well done!!
    • over 1 year ago.
      Yowza! Congratulations Foodspotting. And bonus congrats to the luck Open Table crew.
    • over 1 year ago.
      you app is my favorite! Congrats, you dessert it! I mean... Deserved it!
    • over 1 year ago.
      Congratulations Foodspotting! This is great news.
    • over 1 year ago.
      @Emily You will continue to own the rights to your photos!
    • over 1 year ago.
      Congrats, Alexa and the team! You deserve this! BTW, love your talk at adaptive path UX week.
    • over 1 year ago.
      Congratulations! We love posting food pics to Foodspotting and rely on OpenTable often. It will be a good match.
    • over 1 year ago.
      Great!! Es importante seguir creciendo...
    • over 1 year ago.
      As we say in Italia, AUGURI!
    • over 1 year ago.
      FELICIDADES DESDE BARCELONA-SPAIN
    • over 1 year ago.
      Congrats! Hope Foodspotting continues to stay awesome!
    • over 1 year ago.
      Their windows phone app is not available in my country rofl! and it looks crap. Foodspotting app for wp is way better. I hope you merge the systems and apps instead of killing yours...
    • over 1 year ago.
      Congrats folks! Hope FS lives on as is ;)
    • over 1 year ago.
      I'm with Emily. That's great for Foodspotting, and great for Open Table, but not so great for the photographers. They should at least link back to our websites like Pinterest. I am taking my photos down.
    • over 1 year ago.
      Congrats!
    • over 1 year ago.
      Support WindowPhone and Kindle and Nook please
    • over 1 year ago.
      @Veronica We'll do our best to always give credit where credit is due. You'll notice when you click the photos here, the Foodspotting user is credited: http://www.opentable.com/5a5-steak-lounge
    • over 1 year ago.
      Congratulations!
    • over 1 year ago.
      I'm also worried about the continued fate of apps on platforms that are not iPhone or Android. Will it be updated more often now or will it be left to rot ? Open Table also limit themselves to their client restaurants so the service is not available in all countries, unlike Foodspotting. Will Foodspotting become American-centric and leave the rest of the world as later thoughts ?
    • over 1 year ago.
      Congrats to the Foodspotting folks and to OpenTable for recognizing a great UX driven product. Go Alexa, Ted and team! It's been fantastic to watch you emerge from the start.
    • over 1 year ago.
      Great partership!
    • over 1 year ago.
      awesome!
    • over 1 year ago.
      Sooo AWESOME !!! Congos Guys !!!! :)
    • over 1 year ago.
      Congratulations to all of you enjoying Foodspotting..
    • over 1 year ago.
      Congrats!
    • over 1 year ago.
      @Seika Foodspotting will continue work the same way it’s always worked. You can spot food anywhere in the world, from street food stalls to seven course meals.
    • over 1 year ago.
      Congratss
    • over 1 year ago.
      Congratulations!
    • over 1 year ago.
      Awesome! So happy to be a part of the growing community!
    • over 1 year ago.
      Congratulations to Foodspotting on their journey to our taste buds; and to ALL the spotters that opened our world to the diversity of awesome FLAVORS to explore.
    • over 1 year ago.
      Nice.. Not useable for where I post.. but think it's a positive addition for the foodspotting community
    • over 1 year ago.
      This is great news! We love using open table and foodspotting!