Urbanspoon was an IAC-owned restaurant information and recommendation service that operates in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States. It developed a popular software application for mobile operating systems such as iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch), Android and Windows Phone. Urbanspoon’s apps are best known for their randomized Slot Machine. Users tap the ‘Spin’ button (or shake the device) to see new places to try based on neighborhood, cuisine or price. It has been aquired by the leading restaurant search and discovery service, Zomato .
Urbanspoon offers the ability to filter restaurant searches by neighborhood, type of food, special features (gluten-free friendly, kid friendly, BYOB, etc.), price, and locations nearby (movie theaters, sports venues, etc.).
Users can participate in the simple “like” or ”don’t like” rating system to review restaurants. They can also share restaurant information with friends via email, Facebook, Google+, Twitter and Pinterest (on photo pages). Dedicated users who create an account can track all of their dining experiences including menu items, price of meal, photos and more. They can also create an Urbanspoon Wishlist to save restaurants they want to try and an Urbanspoon Guide to share personal lists of dining favorites. In 2014, Urbanspoon introduced the ability to see and suggest favorite dishes.
Urbanspoon was founded by former Jobster employees Ethan Lowry, Adam Doppelt and Patrick O’Donnell in 2006. The employees of Urbanspoon work in Seattle, Washington, where the company was first founded.
Urbanspoon was acquired by IAC in April of 2009.
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