Type of site
|Traded as||Nasdaq: BKNG|
|Founded||July 2, 1998|
|No. of locations||10 (2016)|
|Operating income||US$46.429M (2013)|
|Total assets||US$310.971M (2013)|
|Total equity||US$230.262M (2013)|
In 1998, operations began with a limited selection of restaurants in San Francisco. Restaurants used the company's back-end software to process the reservations made on the website, resulting in a real-time reservation system for both diners and restaurants. The service has since expanded to cover more than 50,000 restaurants in more than 80 countries.
Reservations are free to end users; the company charges restaurants flat monthly and per-reservation fees for their use of the system. According to the company, it provides online reservations for more than 50,000 restaurants around the world and seats over 1 billion diners per year.
On 21 May 2009, the company held its initial public offering (IPO), on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the ticker symbol Nasdaq: OPEN. The underwriters of the IPO were Merrill Lynch, Allen & Company, Stifel Nicolaus, and ThinkEquity.
On 29 January 2013, the company announced that it had entered a definitive agreement to acquire Foodspotting.
On 13 June 2014 the company agreed to a takeover offer by the Priceline Group of $103 a share, a 46% premium on the previous day's closing stock price. The offer valued the company at $2.6 billion. Both companies said OpenTable would continue to operate as a separate business under the same management.
Users search for restaurants and reservations based on such parameters as dates, times, cuisine, and price range. Users who have registered their email address with the system will then receive a confirmation email. Users can also receive 100 or 1,000 points after dining that can be redeemed for discounts at member restaurants.
Restaurant owners use an Electronic Reservation Book which computerizes restaurant host-stand operations and replaces existing paper reservation systems. The system handles reservation management, table management, guest recognition, and email marketing.
- "About Us". OpenTable. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
- "OpenTable, Inc., Annual Report on Form 10-K". SEC. February 21, 2014.
- "Meal reservations online better than holding phone". OpenTable.com. August 25, 1999.
- Davis, Robin (August 18, 1999). "What's New: Snag a Table From Cyberspace". San Francisco Chronicle.
- "OpenTable". OpenTable.com. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
- Leson, Nancy (August 17, 2005). "Risks and Rewards of Booking Your Table Online". The Seattle Times. Retrieved July 22, 2012.
- "OpenTable". OpenTable.com. Retrieved February 16, 2022.
- "Priceline Agrees to Buy OpenTable for $2.6 Billion". WallStreetJournal.com. Retrieved June 13, 2014.
- Hafner, Katie (June 18, 2007). "Restaurant Reservations Go Online". The New York Times.
- "Investor FAQs". OpenTable. Retrieved 2014-06-13.
- Parr, Ben (September 16, 2010). "OpenTable Acquires European Competitor TopTable for $55 Million". Mashable. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
- "OpenTable Press Release". OpenTable. 29 January 2013.
- "Priceline books OpenTable for $2.6bn". New York Telegraph. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
- Guszkowski, Joe (August 13, 2020). "OpenTable names new CEO". Restaurant Business. Retrieved 2020-08-14.
- "OpenTable And CLEAR Partner to Help Restaurants Streamline Proof Of Vaccination Requirements Across The US". press.opentable.com. Retrieved 2021-11-25.
- Joseph, Scott (September 8, 2006). "Table for 2 Is a Click Away". Orlando Sentinel. p. E3.
- Lubinger, Bill (February 21, 2007). "Need a Corner Table? Reservation at 7? Opentable Online Gets It for You Fast". The Plain Dealer. Cleveland. Archived from the original on December 12, 2007. Retrieved April 25, 2020.
- "Open Table's Free iPhone App Finds Nearby Dining Reservations". Silicon Valley Business Journal. November 17, 2008.
- Kumparak, Greg (September 14, 2009). "OpenTable Launches on Android". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 20, 2010.
- "Open Table Company Profile". Businessweek. Retrieved March 17, 2009.