Restaurant Reservations and Reviews Platform OpenTable Buys Dish Discovery App Foodspotting

Restaurant listings on OpenTable are about to get a visual boost with their acquisition of Foodspotting.


OpenTable, the world’s leading restaurant reservations platform, has acquired dish discovery app, Foodspotting, for $10 million in a cash deal. The acquisition is great news for restaurants as OpenTable will get a much-needed design boost from thousands of visually stunning dish images and stronger social experience from Foodspotting’s active community of diners.


The two companies aren’t strangers to one another, having worked closely as strategic partners. Foodspotting users can make restaurant reservations through OpenTable’s reservation booking engine and Foodspotting dish images from select restaurants are available on OpenTable. Future plans include recommending dishes upon making a reservation and allowing restaurants to showcase their best dishes.


“We’re proud to welcome the talented Foodspotting team to the OpenTable family,” said Matt Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of OpenTable.  “The Foodspotting team is as passionate about dining as we are, and we’re looking forward to leveraging their unique expertise in the areas of imagery and social sharing to enrich the OpenTable experience for diners and restaurants in new and exciting ways. By adding more visually compelling content to help people decide where to dine and discover dishes they’ll love, we hope to make it even easier to find the perfect table for any occasion.”

OpenTable plans to maintain the Foodspotting site and mobile apps available on the iPhone, Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry.

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