OpenTable Testing Mobile Payments

Feb. 10, 2014

OpenTable Testing Mobile Payments OpenTable, the online service founded in 1998 facilitating restaurant reservations, has launched a pilot that will enable diners to pay using their mobile device. The company is testing the system with restaurants in San Francisco allowing customers to link their payment card to the OpenTable app.

“Rather than waiting for a check or, worse yet, being late for the theater,” said Kashyap Deorah, general manager of payments at OpenTable, “with the new OpenTable payments feature, you will be able to tap to pay—and be on your way.”

The public company reported more than $52 million in revenue on Thursday and, during its conference call for investors and analysts, revealed an acquisition that may augment its current mobile payments initiative. OpenTable nabbed Ness Computing, whose technology enables personalized restaurant recommendations, for $17.3 million.

Deorah said OpenTable will invite select consumers to be part of the pilot but that a way to request to be involved is on the way.