• 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!

    • almost 2 years ago.
      Congratulations!!!
    • almost 2 years ago.
      Congrats!!! *tears* :D
    • almost 2 years ago.
      Awesome
    • almost 2 years ago.
      Congrats - happy to see you two working together!
    • almost 2 years ago.
      You have done a great job!! Congrats foodspotters!
    • almost 2 years ago.
      Congratulations to you all!
    • almost 2 years ago.
      Awesome, Congratulations!!
    • almost 2 years ago.
      yummy news, congrats!
    • almost 2 years ago.
      Congrats Alexa and Team!
    • almost 2 years ago.
      WOW. Congratulations!
    • almost 2 years ago.
      Cool, what are the changes to be expected?
    • almost 2 years ago.
      Congratulations! Very excited about the cross-platform opportunities!
    • almost 2 years ago.
      All things change - that's how they improve.
    • almost 2 years ago.
      w00t! Excited to see the eventual integration.
    • almost 2 years 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!
    • almost 2 years 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?
    • almost 2 years ago.
      Thrilled for the Foodspotting team (and Open Table by extension). Congrats all!
    • almost 2 years ago.
      Congrats!
    • almost 2 years ago.
      Wonderful news! Congrats to the team.
    • almost 2 years ago.
      SO GOOD.
    • almost 2 years ago.
      Congrats!
    • almost 2 years ago.
      Congatulations! Looking forward to learning more about you and the reviews of your finds.
    • almost 2 years ago.
      This is AWESOME! Congratulations to you and the FOOD TEAM! I'm so looking forward to this.
    • almost 2 years ago.
      Hat tip to Ted, Alexa and the Foodspotting team. Well done!!
    • almost 2 years ago.
      Yowza! Congratulations Foodspotting. And bonus congrats to the luck Open Table crew.
    • almost 2 years ago.
      you app is my favorite! Congrats, you dessert it! I mean... Deserved it!
    • almost 2 years ago.
      Congratulations Foodspotting! This is great news.
    • almost 2 years ago.
      @Emily You will continue to own the rights to your photos!
    • almost 2 years ago.
      Congrats, Alexa and the team! You deserve this! BTW, love your talk at adaptive path UX week.
    • almost 2 years ago.
      Congratulations! We love posting food pics to Foodspotting and rely on OpenTable often. It will be a good match.
    • almost 2 years ago.
      Great!! Es importante seguir creciendo...
    • almost 2 years ago.
      As we say in Italia, AUGURI!
    • almost 2 years ago.
      FELICIDADES DESDE BARCELONA-SPAIN
    • almost 2 years ago.
      Congrats! Hope Foodspotting continues to stay awesome!
    • almost 2 years 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...
    • almost 2 years ago.
      Congrats folks! Hope FS lives on as is ;)
    • almost 2 years 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.
    • almost 2 years ago.
      Congrats!
    • almost 2 years ago.
      Support WindowPhone and Kindle and Nook please
    • almost 2 years 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
    • almost 2 years ago.
      Congratulations!
    • almost 2 years 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 ?
    • almost 2 years 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.
    • almost 2 years ago.
      Great partership!
    • almost 2 years ago.
      awesome!
    • almost 2 years ago.
      Sooo AWESOME !!! Congos Guys !!!! :)
    • almost 2 years ago.
      Congratulations to all of you enjoying Foodspotting..
    • almost 2 years ago.
      Congrats!
    • almost 2 years 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.
    • almost 2 years ago.
      Congratss
    • almost 2 years ago.
      Congratulations!
    • almost 2 years ago.
      Awesome! So happy to be a part of the growing community!
    • almost 2 years 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.
    • almost 2 years ago.
      Nice.. Not useable for where I post.. but think it's a positive addition for the foodspotting community
    • almost 2 years ago.
      This is great news! We love using open table and foodspotting!