(Updated to reflect comment from Foodspotting)
As per the deal, OpenTable has agreed to pay approximately $10 million in cash to purchase Foodspotting, which will remain as a standalone business.
While the two services have worked together before, with Opentable customers being able to make restaurant reservations via Foodspotting, and Foodspotting photos being added to certain OpenTable restaurants, they both realized that they could create an even better experience by combining forces on a deeper level.
Founded in 1998, San Francisco-based OpenTable is a supplier of reservation, table management and guest management software for restaurants. The network assists diners with discovering and booking a table and helps restaurants deliver personalized hospitality to their guests. Diners are able to see which restaurants have available tables, select a restaurant based on verified diner reviews, menus and other helpful information, and easily book a reservation. For restaurants, the OpenTable allows them to manage their reservation book, streamline their operations and enhance their service levels.
The service seats nearly 10 million diners per month through online bookings across more than 26,000 restaurants. Since 1998, OpenTable has seated over 385 million diners around the world. In addition to the company's website and mobile apps, OpenTable powers online reservations for nearly 600 partners, including many of the Internet's most popular global and local brands. The Company is available in the United States, Canada, Germany, Japan, Mexico and the UK. OpenTable also owns and operates toptable, the leading consumer destination site for restaurant reservations in the UK.
OpenTable raised $48 million before going public in 2009. The company stock is currently trading at $54.38 a share.
"We're proud to welcome the talented Foodspotting team to the OpenTable family," Matt Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of OpenTable, said in statement "The Foodspotting team is as passionate about dining as we are, and we're looking forward to leveraging their unique expertise in the areas of imagery and social sharing to enrich the OpenTable experience for diners and restaurants in new and exciting ways. By adding more visually compelling content to help people decide where to dine and discover dishes they'll love, we hope to make it even easier to find the perfect table for any occasion."
San Francisco-based Foodspotting was founded in 2009. The company describes itself as "a visual guide to good food and where to find it. Instead of reviewing restaurants, you can recommend great dishes and see what other recommend wherever you go."
Users who visit the website can follow people, dishes, and places. Mobile users can see if their friends are on Foodspotting, follow their friends’ recommendations, follow their favorite restaurants and dishes, and follow experts. A number of prominent chefs and food experts have specialized pages on Foodspotting that users can follow on their mobile devices, including renowned chef Wolfgang Puck, chef and cookbook author Marcus Samuelsson, and chef and restauranteur Mario Batali. Users can also follow the Travel Channel and get Foodspotting recommendations from Man Vs. Food and Bizarre Foods.
What separate Foodspotting from its competition, Andrzejewski says, is that it is both visual and positive.
"Because even a 'one-star rated restaurant' can have one amazing dish, we want to know what you love, not what you hate. We encourage spotters to share only the foods that they like or love. While you can hide dishes you’re not personally into, there’s no visible negative rating," she said.
"It’s about dishes, not just restaurants: Foodspotting helps you decide what to eat, not just where, by enabling you to find whatever you’re craving, see what’s good at a particular restaurant and discover the best foods around you wherever you go."
Foodspotting has raised $3.75 million. In August 2010, the company raised $750,000 in seed funding led by Aydin Senkut’s Felicis Ventures, and with participation from Dave McClure’s 500 Startups, Shana Fisher’s High Line Venture Partners, Zelkova Ventures, and 2020 Ventures. Several angel investors also chipped in, including Dave Morin of Path, product manager of Google Latitude Steve Lee, Derek Dupes of Dipity, and Dan Martell of Flowtown.
In January 2011, Foodspotting secured a $3 million in Series A funding led by BlueRun Ventures with follow-on participation from seed round investors.
OpenTable was unavailable for further comment.
(Image source: http://www.foodspotting.com)