In partnership with Virginia Tourism, OpenTable is now offering a new feature in Virginia called OpenSeat that allows an open seat at a table to be shared with someone new. As an incentive for using this feature, users will be rewarded with an appetizer and potentially even make a new friend in the process.
Over 30 restaurants across Virginia will be participating in this new program so that solo diners making a reservation will be spared from dining alone if they so desire. To participate, a solo diner is able to write "OpenSeat" in the notes section of their reservation and if another party has opted to share an OpenSeat at their table, the diners will be paired with one another. The new OpenTable feature has the potential to appeal to locals and travelers alike who are looking to connect with people over a shared love of food—and at the same time, it helps restaurants fill up as many seats as possible with patrons.