Top restaurant-finding apps.
Last updated: 16 June 2015
If you love your food, why not take the stress out of eating out with restaurant recommendations on tap. We’ve put together our top restaurant-finding apps to tantalise your taste buds and get that table booked.
No more relying on bad experiences to tell you where not to go – all the top-rated eateries are right at your fingertips, complete with menus and reviews. Find local ones, cheap and cheerful ones, al a carte ones and the ones that open late on a Sunday. And if you’re searching for your dinner on a Samsung S7, don’t forget that the “food mode” on the camera is perfect for taking mouthwatering snaps once you get to the restaurant.
Here’s our round-up of our pick of the best restaurant-finding apps:
Yelp is definitely one of the biggest and best restaurant-finding services out there and it’s proving more and more popular, with more than 50 million reviews for businesses across the world. You can search for coffee shops and restaurants, along with other businesses and services. Once you’ve found somewhere you like the sounds of, you can check out pictures of the venue, along with any offers or deals.
If you know what type of food you want to eat but aren’t quite sure where to get it, Foodspotting is the app for you. Enter ‘Chinese’, ‘Thai’ or ‘Mexican’ and it’ll search your local area, listing out the best places to get the dishes you enjoy. Why not get adventurous and try searching for cuisines you haven’t tried before? If you love your food and you like being adventurous, this is the app for you.
OpenTable is a tool for finding local restaurants and booking a table. You can earn points and rewards if you regularly use the app to make table reservations, which makes sense really – why shouldn’t you get something back for being a loyal customer?
33,000+ restaurants worldwide are signed up to OpenTable and it’s free to download. You can see photos of the venues, reviews and menus and get access to exclusive app benefits. And don’t worry if you go off the beaten track a little.
This app focuses on the very best restaurants out there. Editors have handpicked the eateries that appear here, based on ratings from magazines, newspapers and online dining review sites. Because the app only includes a hand-picked range of restaurants and focuses on individual businesses rather than international chains, you can be sure of a great experience wherever you choose.
Find.Eat.Drink - iPhone (free)
If you love travel as much as you love food, you need to download this eating and drinking guide app. It covers over 4,500 destinations in more than 150 cities and towns. The recommendations come from a variety of professionals, including top chefs, butchers, food critics and bar staff – what more could you ask for?
If you’re going away, you can make customised lists depending on your itinerary. Or, you could wait until you get there; because with Feel At Home from Three you can use data abroad, just like you do in the UK, at no extra cost, in 18 destinations.
With these top restaurant apps, there’s really no excuse for visiting the same venues time and time again. Now you can explore new restaurants and ones you never knew existed.