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Food

OpenTable.com: One Less Snooty Hostess to Talk To

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We've been hearing murmurs on the internet about OpenTable.com, and decided recently to try it out for ourselves. The site's function is to allow you to make dining reservations online via their platform, which earns you points that can eventually be redeemed for dining certificates to any one of their featured restaurants. Currently they're listing 233 LA/OC area restaurants, including Luna Park, Asia de Cuba, and Madre's, which are listed among their top ten most often reserved spots. Many of the restaurants offer OpenTable patrons point bonuses for dining during off-peak hours. Our experience with OpenTable went rather well, when we made last-minute Mother's Day reservations for Villa Sorriso; the site is easy to navigate, and, as promised, a confirmation was emailed expediently when the reservation was confirmed. The downside to this was that we had no way of knowing that the restaurant was only offering a buffet brunch, and we wound up leaving the restaurant without eating there, only to wind up swimming to some delicious (but hotly contested) shores elsewhere in Pasadena. With hundreds, even thousands, of restaurants in LA, we're sure OpenTable won't be able to accomodate us all the time, but we're glad we're giving it a try. With the points slowly acumulating towards the reward, and the happy silence of the internet to replace a harried host or hostess on the phone, we're giving OpenTable.com a thumbs up.