Urbanspoon is an IAC-owned restaurant information and recommendation service that operates in Australia, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States, competing directly with OpenTable. It developed a popular software application for mobile operating systems such as iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad), 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.
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.
Urbanspoon offers restaurants an electronic reservation book software called RezBook. Users can now use the Urbanspoon website and mobile apps to book tables at participating restaurants in the United States, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
The employees of Urbanspoon work in Seattle, Washington, where the company was first founded, with another office recently added in Los Angeles, California. They’re an eclectic bunch with an affinity for ping-pong and tasting the next best thing in their city. The first Friday of every month is Dog Day at the Seattle office.
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