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Opentable losing restaurants to Urbanspoon

Robert Lauriston Jun 18, 2013 02:18 PM

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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    vulber Jun 18, 2013 08:41 PM

    what are some that come to mind recently?

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      dunstable Jun 18, 2013 09:30 PM

      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.

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        vulber Jun 19, 2013 10:20 PM

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

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        Robert Lauriston Jun 19, 2013 11:11 AM

        You can browse the list here:

        http://www.urbanspoon.com/reservation...

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          vulber Jun 19, 2013 10:20 PM

          that doesn't tell me which ones have switched

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            ceekskat Jun 20, 2013 06:39 AM

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

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              mikeh Jun 20, 2013 07:35 AM

              Sushi Ran switched.

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                Robert Lauriston Jun 20, 2013 08:20 AM

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

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                  dunstable Jun 20, 2013 01:07 PM

                  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.

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                    Dustin_E Jun 20, 2013 01:37 PM

                    >> Wonder what caused the switching.

                    high prices charged by opentable?

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                      Robert Lauriston Jun 20, 2013 02:08 PM

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

                      http://www.chow.com/food-news/108637/...

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                        Dustin_E Jun 21, 2013 10:39 AM

                        "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...

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              mikeh Aug 5, 2013 01:19 PM

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

              http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/blog/...

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                hankstramm Aug 5, 2013 10:33 PM

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

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                  BernalKC Aug 6, 2013 01:04 AM

                  TechCrunch article about the deal: http://techcrunch.com/2013/08/05/urba...

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