Grubhub and Seamless have paved the way for these new apps that are making the dining experience friendlier for even the most frustrated consumer. We are living in a technology driven world and diners want restaurant apps to make the experience easier. So who are the newcomers that can successfully benefit both the patron and the business?
1. Reserve is the new OpenTable. This app goes beyond just reserving a table- the consumer can get recommendations based on their personal dining preferences, reserve the table and also pre-pay for the meal. The dining experience is completely taken care of the moment the consumer walks in the door. They are greeted by name and there is no awkward fumbling for your wallet to pay at the end of the meal. Currently this is only app that combines restaurant recommendations, booking the table, and the payment process.
2. Hello Vino is a wine selection app that takes the intimidation out of ordering from a lengthy wine menu. This app pairs foods with certain wines, stores the brands you have tried, and also has the capability to scan bottle labels for more information. Statistics show the usage is low for in restaurant visits and is currently used more for retail purchases, but its founder and CEO is confident there is room for growth. After all, 95% of wine consumption happens in restaurants.
3. Caviar is a high-end model of Seamless or GrubHub, specifically partnering with pricer brands. This app facilitates delivery from some restaurants that do not even have in house delivery employees. In many cities, busy professionals can't always get out of the office for lunch, and Caviar targets this market. It's user-friendly and filters out lower end establishments. Read More