General Help

Why should I use OpenTable?

Posted on September 2, 2015 by Community
Several reasons: Firstly, OpenTable allows you to make free, instantly confirmed restaurant bookings online. Even if you're standing outside the restaurant, you can make a booking knowing that your table will be waiting for you the moment you walk in! Secondly, the OpenTable rewards programme just got better; we've listened to your feedback and have come up with a bigger, better rewards points programme. Every OpenTable booking earns you points, which can be redeemed as cash at any OpenTable restaurant. Also opentable.co.uk has just been revamped, and is now easier to use than ever and includes thousands of useful reviews, from customers who've actually dined at the restaurants in question read more

What is OpenTable?

Posted on September 2, 2015 by Community
OpenTable is a real-time restaurant booking network that gives diners, hotel concierges, and administrative professionals a live internet connection into the computerised reservation books of thousands of the country's best restaurants. Restaurant bookings can be made 24 hours a day, with no waiting on hold or for restaurant business hours, and diners earn valuable OpenTable dining rewards for making bookings online. For restaurants, OpenTable provides an electronic booking book (ERB) that helps them enhance their service, manage yields, and efficiently manage the restaurant and communicate with their guests. OpenTable introduces revolutionary marketing and customer relationship management tools to the hospitality industry. Of course, the ERB also enables restaurants with real-time online bookings. read more

Will the restaurant know who I am when I submit feedback?

Posted on September 2, 2015 by Community
Dining feedback forms are passed anonymously to the restaurant; no personally identifiable diner information is automatically passed by OpenTable through the form to the restaurant.   read more

Will I receive a dining feedback form each time I dine out?

Posted on September 2, 2015 by Community
Yes - you'll be sent a dining feedback form each time a restaurant marks your OpenTable booking as 'seated' provided that your booking was not made from a concierge or administrative professional account.   read more

Why do I get an error message when using the website with Content Advisor enabled in Internet Explorer?

Posted on September 2, 2015 by Community
There are known issues with Content Advisor which currently make it incompatible with the website. As a workaround, please either disable Content Advisor when using OpenTable.co.uk by going to Tools -> Internet Options -> Content in Internet Explorer or use another browser.   read more

Why can't I submit my review immediately?

Posted on September 2, 2015 by Community
Because we want reviews to be as helpful as possible, we like confirm you've attended the booking before asking you to review. This can sometimes take up to 48 hours. read more

Who receives the dining feedback form?

Posted on September 2, 2015 by Community
People who book and honour an OpenTable booking are given an opportunity to provide feedback on their dining experience. After a restaurant has marked an OpenTable booking as 'seated', we automatically email a dining feedback invitation to the account that made that online booking. Note: If the booking was booked using an OpenTable concierge account, OpenTable doesn’t have the diner's contact information, and no invitation is sent. read more

Where can I go to view dining feedback forms I've previously submitted?

Posted on September 2, 2015 by Community
You may view your previously submitted reviews and share them with others by going to the booking history tab on your user profile.   read more

What is your privacy policy?

Posted on September 2, 2015 by Community
To view our privacy policy, click here. read more

What is the OpenTable user agreement?

Posted on September 2, 2015 by Community
To view our user agreement, click here.   read more

What is the dress code?

Posted on September 2, 2015 by Community
Dress codes are listed on each OpenTable restaurant profile page for your reference. Here's a quick guide:Casual dressThe range includes casual daywear, casual eveningwear, and tasteful outfits. Business casualFrom khakis, collars and button-downs to suits, separates and dresses, business casual refers to anything you could wear to an office jobl. Men should not wear open-toed shoes or tank tops, and regardless of gender, athletic shoes, T-shirts, flip-flops and shorts are usually inappropriate. Jacket preferredMen without jackets should wear long pants and tasteful, long-sleeved, button-down shirts with or without ties, or something equally sophisticated. Women's attire can range from dressy day wear to classy evening wear. Men should not wear open-toed shoes or tank tops, and regardless of gender, athletic shoes, T-shirts, flip-flops an... read more

What if another member of my party wants to fill out a dining feedback form?

Posted on September 2, 2015 by Community
Only the diner who made the booking may complete a dining feedback form.   read more

What does it mean when a restaurant's dining feedback is listed as 'Coming soon'?

Posted on September 2, 2015 by Community
Because OpenTable reviews are from confirmed diners who have honoured a booking, when a restaurant first joins OpenTable it can be a few days or weeks before there are sufficient reviews to make available on the website. 'Coming soon' reflects that the restaurant is still in this very early stage.   read more

May I complete dining feedback forms for my past bookings?

Posted on September 2, 2015 by Community
Yes, you may. Feedback forms can be filled out for past bookings either by accessing the unique link provided in the email we sent you inviting you to provide feedback, or on your private user profile page's booking History tab. Please note timeliness is core to our concept of a useful record of a dining experience, so old bookings or ratings and reviews provided are sometimes deactivated from display on the OpenTable site.   read more

Is there a deadline to submit a dining feedback form?

Posted on September 2, 2015 by Community
We remove reviews 1 year after the date the booking was honoured. These measures help ensure that the feedback is still current and relevant for diners, and for the restaurant. Your private user profile page includes all of the reviews you have submitted, but OpenTable reserves the right to remove old data or content that violates our guidelines without prior notices.   read more

How does OpenTable get real-time bookings?

Posted on September 2, 2015 by Community
When you book a table with OpenTable, your reservation is instantly recorded in the restaurant’s computerised reservation book – the same one the restaurant’s host uses to track bookings (it’s the black terminal you may see when you arrive at the restaurant). Unlike other online reservation services which rely on faxes or table allocations, OpenTable has live internet connections to the restaurants’ reservation books, meaning availability information is always up-to-date and bookings are instantly confirmed.   read more

How can I learn more about the restaurants on your network?

Posted on September 2, 2015 by Community
To access a full list of restaurants in a metropolitan area, click on 'See all restaurants' on the OpenTable page for each metro area. All restaurants are listed alphabetically. Click on a restaurant name to view its profile page which includes address, hours of operation, descriptions, maps, dress codes, entertainment, and reviews.You may also access a restaurant's profile page anywhere throughout the OpenTable website simply by clicking on the restaurant's name. read more

How are price ratings determined?

Posted on September 2, 2015 by Community
Our price guide reflects the estimated cost for one person dining with two courses and half a bottle of wine. Restaurants nominate which band they fall under.     ££ = £25 and under £££ = £26 - £40 ££££ = £41 and over read more

Do you have any tips for writing notes to a restaurant on the dining feedback form?

Posted on September 2, 2015 by Community
The confidential note to the restaurant is a great way to recognise a specific waiter or staff member who shined, provide suggestions to the staff or chef, or tell the restaurant anything unique to your experience that might not be relevant to others visiting the restaurant. Here is an example of a useful note to the restaurant: Our waiter Mandy was very helpful and attentive all night. Please send her our thanks. She also made great recommendations for wines and desserts. We appreciate that you bought us a round of drinks when the entrees were delayed. You might want to change a few light bulbs in the parking lot as it was a bit dark when we left.OpenTable reserves the right to remove any feedback forms that violate our user agreement. See our completeprivacy policy and user agreement pages for further detail. read more

Can I change my feedback once I submit a dining feedback form?

Posted on September 2, 2015 by Community
In order to ensure feedback is true to the context it was submitted, no changes are permitted by a user, a restaurant, or OpenTable once a dining feedback form has been submitted. Users who wish to remove a review they posted but no longer consider valid may request we remove that review from public display. To do that, please send an email to reviews@opentable.co.uk with the text of the review and the restaurant name. OpenTable does not delete the original feedback form contents from your private user profile. read more

Can concierges and administrative professionals who use OpenTable to book for others submit dining feedback?

Posted on September 2, 2015 by Community
Concierges and administrative professionals will only receive dining feedback forms for seated bookings which they have booked for themselves.   read more

Can a restaurant or rogue diner game the system and publish multiple or inappropriate reviews?

Posted on September 2, 2015 by Community
We have gone to great lengths to ensure that no individual or entity can inappropriately influence the ratings and reviews system. Dining feedback forms, which are the source of the ratings and reviews published on the website, are only sent to those diners who booked through opentable.co.uk and were marked as 'seated' for that booking. Only one feedback form can be completed for each seated OpenTable booking. We have also implemented a number of additional security checks and filters to protect against those who might wish to publish inappropriate comments. We do not publish details of these security precautions in order to avoid assisting anyone wishing to attempt to inappropriately impact the system. We recognise that no system is perfect and we ask all visitors to opentable.co.uk to help police the reviews that are published on the si... read more

How can I write a good review, and what kind of information is helpful?

Posted on September 2, 2015 by Community
First and foremost, a good review is a helpful review. Ask yourself: 'would my review be useful in helping a friend decide if the restaurant is right for their dining occasion?'. Check out the OpenTable community rules and restaurant review guidelines for handy info and tips on writing a good review.   read more

Will my name appear with my review on OpenTable.co.uk?

Posted on September 2, 2015 by Community
You will be prompted to choose a nickname the first time you submit a dining feedback form on the new opentable.co.uk site from May 2012 even if you have previously reviewed a restaurant on opentable.com or toptable.com. This nickname will appear next to all your reviews.   read more

Can I opt out of receiving dining feedback forms?

Posted on September 2, 2015 by Community
Yes, you may opt out of receiving dining feedback forms in the future by selecting that option on the dining feedback form itself. read more

Ratings and Reviews

What are OpenTable ratings and reviews?

Posted on September 2, 2015 by Community
Ratings and reviews are diner generated content intended to help those visiting opentable.co.uk to find the restaurants that best fit their needs and dining occasion. All ratings and reviews are submitted by diners who attended bookings made through opentable.co.uk, so you know they're written and rated by diners who have eaten at the restaurant. Also, reviews can be filtered by relevant keywords. For example: is a restaurant good for kids? Great for groups? Perfect for business lunches? You can find ratings and reviews for a particular restaurant by visiting the 'Ratings & reviews' tab on their profile page. read more

Where do I send feedback about ratings and reviews?

Posted on September 2, 2015 by Community
Please send any feedback or questions about the ratings and reviews programme on OpenTable.co.uk toreviews@opentable.co.uk. read more

Does OpenTable publish negative ratings and reviews on the website?

Posted on September 2, 2015 by Community
OpenTable will publish any reviews received that meet our community standards regardless of whether they describe a positive or negative dining experience.   read more

How are OpenTable ratings & reviews different from other websites' user reviews?

Posted on September 2, 2015 by Community
Only diners who have booked and attended an opentable.co.uk booking are able to submit ratings and reviews. This guarantees that the person submitting the restaurant feedback has actually recently dined at the restaurant being reviewed.   read more

How can I submit my rating and review for a restaurant?

Posted on September 2, 2015 by Community
There are a few important qualifications to be able to submit ratings and reviews to appear on the opentable.co.uk website: You must book and attend a reservation at a participating restaurant via toptable.co.uk After dining, you must complete the dining feedback form you will receive via the email address you provided when making your booking. Alternatively, registered users can also access dining feedback forms for honoured bookings by visiting the booking history tab on their user profile. Your ratings and reviews must comply with our community standards in order to be published on opentable.co.uk read more

OpenTable Account

How do I have my account unlocked?

Posted on September 2, 2015 by Community
There are two reasons why your account may be locked. If you tried unsuccessfully to sign in to yourOpenTable account 10 times within 30 minutes, as a precaution we have temporarily locked your account for 30 minutes. If you have forgotten your password, Not to worry!   On our sign in page, click "Help, I forgot my password." Enter the email address you used when you registered with OpenTable Click "Reset Password" We will send you an email with instructions on how to reset your password. To ensure you receive this email, please take the time now to add opentable.com to your personal address book in your e-mail program. You can find more information about this here When you accumulate four no-show reservations, your account is automatically deactivated. We have established this practice to ensure that our partner r... read more

How do I update my personal information?

Posted on September 2, 2015 by Community
To update your personal information, including name, email address, phone number, address, and primary dining location, follow these instructions: Log in to your OpenTable account At the top right of the page, click on your name Then click on "My Profile" On the left hand side you will see the below Menu, click on "Account Details" to update your details If you wish to change your home city permanently, select your new city from the 'Primary dining city.' drop-down box. read more

Do I have to become a member to use OpenTable?

Posted on September 2, 2015 by Community
You may search our restaurant database and make bookings without signing up. However, OpenTable membership is free and enables you to earn valuable OpenTable dining points for qualified bookings. To sign up,click here. read more

How do I get my password?

Posted on September 2, 2015 by Community
On our login page, click 'Forgot your password?' Enter the email address you used when you registered with OpenTable Click 'Reset password'We will send you an email with your login information. To ensure you receive this email, please take the time now to add @opentable.co.uk to your personal address book in your e-mail program. read more

Reviews

How can I edit or remove a review I have submitted to OpenTable?

Posted on September 2, 2015 by Community
If your review is being displayed on the ratings and reviews tab of the restaurant's profile page, you may request we remove your review from public display. If you wish to do so, please send an email toreviews@opentable.co.uk with the text of the review and the email address associated with your OpenTable account. OpenTable does not offer the opportunity to edit or change ratings or reviews once submitted, and does not delete the original feedback form contents from your private user profile. read more

What should I do if I see a review that I think is offensive or inappropriate?

Posted on September 2, 2015 by Community
If you feel a review published on opentable.co.uk is inaccurate or inappropriate, you can either click on the 'Report inappropriate review' link included with each review or send an email with the restaurant name and review text to reviews@opentable.co.uk.   read more

How can I submit my rating and review for a restaurant?

Posted on September 2, 2015 by Community
There are a few important qualifications to be able to submit ratings and reviews to appear on the opentable.co.uk website: You must book and attend a reservation at a participating restaurant via toptable.co.uk After dining, you must complete the dining feedback form you will receive via the email address you provided when making your booking. Alternatively, registered users can also access dining feedback forms for honoured bookings by visiting the booking history tab on their user profile. Your ratings and reviews must comply with our community standards in order to be published on opentable.co.uk read more

Bookings

Why is my booking missing in my account?

Posted on September 2, 2015 by Community
Is it possible that you made the booking over the phone, in person, or under a different email addresses? If you have more than one OpenTable account, please check your other account to see if it might be there.Perhaps the booking did not go through completely. If you did not receive an email confirmation, then the booking may not have been completed, for example by clicking the 'Complete free booking' button. An email confirmation is always sent to the email address you provided when making your OpenTable booking. If you have an email confirmation of the missing booking, please forward this to us with brief explanation. read more

Ratings

How can I submit my rating and review for a restaurant?

Posted on September 2, 2015 by Community
There are a few important qualifications to be able to submit ratings and reviews to appear on the opentable.co.uk website: You must book and attend a reservation at a participating restaurant via toptable.co.uk After dining, you must complete the dining feedback form you will receive via the email address you provided when making your booking. Alternatively, registered users can also access dining feedback forms for honoured bookings by visiting the booking history tab on their user profile. Your ratings and reviews must comply with our community standards in order to be published on opentable.co.uk read more