If you like going out to eat, especially in big cities, then OpenTable can quickly become your best friend. The app can help you make reservations at a hot restaurant quickly and easily, all without picking up your phone (and inevitably sitting on hold forever).
This week OpenTable rolled out a new feature that makes it even better: Seat requests. With it, you can tell the restaurant when you make your reservation where you’d like to sit. You aren’t going to be able to select “your table” at a spot, but you can make special requests for things such as outdoor seating or a seat at the bar.
Unfortunately, not every restaurant offers the option. After rolling it out last week OpenTable says roughly a third of the restaurants on its platform are currently on board.
If a restaurant offers alternate seating options you’ll see a table icon on the restaurant’s profile page. When you go through the reservation process, the app will ask you where you’d prefer to sit.
Just like when you request that outdoor table over the phone, your request is still subject to availability, but it gives the restaurant a heads up on what you want, and you a better chance of getting that perfect table when you arrive.