OpenTable.com today announced availability of the first real-time online restaurant reservations in Houston.

The company offers diners free online restaurant reservations that are confirmed instantly at www.opentable.com. Houston's Riviera Grill restaurant is currently accepting online reservations, and in the coming weeks top Houston restaurants such as Tony's, Anthony's, both La Strada locations and Rainbow Lodge, Tasca, and World Beat Grill will join the hundreds of restaurants around the country accepting real-time Internet reservations through OpenTable.com.

OpenTable.com's breakthrough service enables diners to search for table availability 24 hours a day by cuisine type, neighborhood or price range, get instant confirmation, relay special instructions to the restaurant, invite guests, and view maps online. The service is free to diners.

At the restaurant, both phone and Internet reservations are booked directly into OpenTable.com's proprietary electronic reservation book (ERB). The ERB is connected to the Internet, enabling restaurants and consumers to transact and communicate via the OpenTable.com website. For restaurants, the ERB builds a proprietary customer database and offers new reservation management capabilities and revolutionary marketing solutions.

"We are very excited about the advances that OpenTable.com brings to the industry," said Tony Vallone, owner of Vallone Restaurant Group, and one of the first Houston restaurateurs to sign on for the OpenTable.com system. "Their system not only enables us to accept online reservations, it gives us new ways to improve our efficiency and enhance our customer service. We are excited about the ability to recognize all or our repeat customers, know how often they dine in the restaurant, and cater to their individual preferences."

"We are pleased with the welcome we've received from Houston diners and restaurateurs, who appreciate the benefits of OpenTable.com," said Chuck Templeton, the company's founder and CEO. "Our system is designed to make the reservation process easier for diners by enabling them to search a number of restaurants for availability within seconds," he said. "At the same time, it enables restaurants to create stronger customer relationships through personalized service. Houston is one of the top dining towns in the United States, and Houstonians are very Internet savvy, which makes it a great city to add to our network."

About OpenTable.com

OpenTable.com, the online restaurant reservation network, is based in San Francisco, California, and has offices in thirteen cities including New York, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, Seattle and Washington DC. OpenTable.com is an Internet company dedicated to harnessing the power of the Internet for restaurants and providing dining consumers with the best possible reservation experience. The company's proprietary electronic reservation book (ERB) introduces revolutionary customer database-building, marketing, and yield management tools to the restaurant industry. OpenTable.com has strategically partnered with leading Internet and media companies including America Online (AOL) Digital City, OracleMobile.com, and The New York Times' NYToday.com and The Boston Globe's Boston.com. OpenTable.com's customers include 500 of the nation's top restaurants. The company is backed by leading venture capital firms Impact Venture Partners and Benchmark Capital, as well as American Express. For more information about OpenTable.com or its online restaurant reservation network visit www.opentable.com or call 1.800.OPENTABLE.