In busy, food-driven cities like Miami and San Francisco, scoring a Friday night 8:30pm table can be a daunting task. That’s when Table8 steps in, a website and mobile application available for iPhones and Androids that serves as a guide to Miami’s finest dining destinations and also allows anyone to make last-minute reservations at prime times, at the most popular and “fully booked” restaurants.
What to do:
1. Sign up for a free membership
2. Choose a guaranteed reservation from a highly curated list of restaurants
Tables reserved at peak, or otherwise sold-out, times are offered for a small reservation fee, which is shared with the restaurant; all other times, reservations are on the house. “These are the managers’ tables once set aside only for last-minute VIP diners that are now being made available to everyone,” says Table8 co-founder Santosh Jayaram. Together with Pete Goettner, a venture capitalist and CEO of DigitalThink, the two created Table8. “Take a restaurant like NIU Kitchen—it is tiny, about 25 seats, with no computerized reservation system. With Table8, you can now lock-in a table instantly. That’s the kind of access we provide,” says Goettner.
Table8 has successfully launched in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. Now, they are giving Miami a shot with some of the city’s most prestigious restaurant partners, including: Alter (opening soon), Morimoto, Swine Southern Table & Bar, The Bazaar, NIU Kitchen, The Forge, Eating House, Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, Mignonette, Ortanique, Khong River House, Vagabond, Juvia, and Macchialina.
“It’s an exciting time for the South Florida dining scene, and we can’t wait to be a part of it,” says Chef Brad Kilgore of the upcoming Alter restaurant. “We chose to partner with Table8 because we like that it both serves as a guide for locals and visitors, and allows us to offer expanded access to reservations for those who can’t book a table weeks out. We want guests to be able to dine at Alter on a whim.”
Throughout 2015, Table8 plans to launch in several additional US cities including New York, Chicago, and Atlanta. For more information, please visit Table8.