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Jun 18, 2013 02:18 PM

Opentable losing restaurants to Urbanspoon

I've been noticing that an increasing percentage of the restaurants I visit regularly have switched from Opentable to Urbanspoon, and that newer restaurants seem more likely to start on the latter.

Something to keep in mind if looking online to see who has tables available.

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  1. what are some that come to mind recently?

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    1. re: vulber

      I just took a peek, State Bird Provisions and AQ are both on there, as are Delfina and Locanda. I agree, definitely worth looking on Urbanspoon as well.

      1. re: dunstable

        yes but robert mentioned restaurants that have switched - none of those were ever on opentable to begin with.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          that doesn't tell me which ones have switched

          1. re: vulber

            ThirstyBear & I believe Sebo. Looks like 54 Mint is now on both, may be they will drop OT.

              1. re: vulber

                Cafe Rouge and Plum for two. I've noticed others over the last few months but can't remember which.

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  I saw a couple on there that I recognized as former Opentable. Albona and Fresca were definitely Opentable at one point. Barracuda Sushi is another.

                  Wonder what caused the switching.

                  1. re: dunstable

                    >> Wonder what caused the switching.

                    high prices charged by opentable?

                    1. re: dunstable

                      Opentable charges 25 cents per diner for reservations made through the restaurant's own web site, Urbanspoon charges nothing.


                      1. re: Robert Lauriston

                        "OpenTable charges restaurants $199 a month for its software and hardware, plus a transaction fee for each reservation to the tune of $1 per person for reservations through OpenTable and 25 cents for reservations made through a restaurant's own website."

                        and of course, these prices are subject to change. opentable is a hot growth stock -- it has to show revenue / earnings growth somehow...

            1. Well, so much for that. Opentable just acquired Urbanspoon's RezBook:


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              1. re: mikeh

                Just heard about this last week on a business update on the radio.