Reserve screenshotIt’s hard to pick the best feature of Reserve, a free app that posits—fairly—that it can be “your app for dining out.” With Reserve, a night of eating out is simplified into a few easy steps, all of which you can swipe through on your phone. It’s discovery, booking and payment (even splitting the bill) in one beautiful, intuitive app experience.

First, you can search for and discover great restaurants in your area. With the recent addition of Washington, DC, the app’s catalog of restaurant partners includes more than 450 restaurants in seven cities (Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington, DC). All have been filtered to meet the Reserve team’s strict criteria for food, atmosphere and service. In New York, for example, the options include James Beard Award-winners and Times picks (meaning many aren’t cheap, but that’s what comes with eating well in New York). As simply a way to curate a restaurant to-do list in your area, Reserve proves to be of value.

Once you’ve picked a restaurant to dine at, you can request a reservation there. You can set the parameters as tightly (must be for 8:30 pm) or loosely as you like (anytime available between 7 pm-11 pm)—and then, you can go looser than that. If you’re unsure where you’d like to eat, or you simply want a reservation at whichever of three restaurants can accommodate your party, Reserve can handle it. Its clever concierge service does the work to get you what you’re looking for, keeping you updated via the app/text and even going so far as to recommend viable alternatives should your requested restaurant be fully booked.

And so with whatever assistance you’ve requested, once you have a table, you’re set up show up to eat and drink at your reserved time. You dine, you have a great time (or maybe you don’t, in which case you have the option of providing feedback that goes directly and privately to the restaurant for application), and then you pull out the app again to pay. Because you’ve linked a form of payment to your Reserve account, you can simply swipe a few times and get out of there. If you’re dining with other Reserve users, you can even swipe to split the bill in any of all possible configurable divisions—which in the end, might be the best feature of all.

Ian Livingston

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. Plus earn up to $50 in statement credits towards grocery store purchases.
  • 2X points on dining at restaurants including eligible delivery services, takeout and dining out and travel & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel.
  • With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories.
  • Get unlimited deliveries with a $0 delivery fee and reduced service fees on eligible orders over $12 for a minimum of one year with DashPass, DoorDash's subscription service. Activate by 12/31/21.
  • Earn 2x total points on up to $1,000 in grocery store purchases per month from November 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021. Includes eligible pick-up and delivery services.

The comments on this page are not provided, reviewed, or otherwise approved by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser's responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.

Editorial Note: The editorial content on this page is not provided by any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and has not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

0 Comments On "Travel App of the Week: Reserve"

    Leave a Reply

    Required fields are marked *