It is time to eat and you don’t know where to go? No worries – mobile technology has made it easy to find the food you’re craving for. This week we have six apps that can help you find a restaurant or cafe near you at the tap of your finger. And remember – having the right restaurant app can help you avoid unfortunate culinary experiences.
Search tens of 1000’s of restaurants in the UK, Europe and the US. From local cheap eats and popular international chains, Bookatable places the best restaurants at your fingertips in a flash. With the app you find a restaurant near you or at a chosen location, check availability, make a reservation and even get information on hot restaurant deals in your area.
Urbanspoon is a location-based app that provides info on city eats. If you have trouble deciding where to eat, you can shake your phone to get a random restaurant selection. To filter the results, users can suggest the neighborhood they would like to eat in, the type of food and the price they want to pay. For those who need more information, Urbanspoon also provides user reviews. iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry
LocalEats provides users with info on the best local restaurants in major US cities. This app’s benefit is that it only offers information about local establishments with no national chains or fast-food giants. Users can filter results by price, opening hours, diet requirements and more. It is a great app for travelers who are looking to experience the best places to eat local cuisine. iOS , Android
Open Table is a restaurant reservation app that will help you find and reserve a table. Users choose the food they would like to eat, the number of people at the table, the price they want to pay as well as the preferred time, and OpenTable finds and reserves the table. Another great feature allows users to browse menus and read reviews. iOS ,Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry
Yelp makes it easy to find and learn about your dining destination via user ratings and reviews. It uses a specific feature called ‘monocle’ – an augmented reality option that uses the compass and the camera to show what restaurants are close to your current location. Users can also see who else has checked in lately, thanks to its FourSquare-like “check-in” option. The app also shows regularly updated restaurant deals iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry
Finding a great restaurant in your own neighborhood is usually pretty easy. Finding one when you’re in unfamiliar territory could leave you wandering for hours. This free app displays the closest restaurants to you wherever you are in the world, even offering turn-by-turn directions to the eatery of your choice. iOS, Android
This visual guide allows you to find the foods you’re craving for quickly. But Foodspotting is about more than just restaurants – it’s also about sharing the experience of specific dishes that users recommend, by taking and sharing photos in the app. iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry