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Food is something that everyone wants. And with the advancement in technology, it is now easy to book food online. But visiting a restaurant to have food with your loved one gives an amazing feeling. These apps will help you find the most suitable ones for yourself and your loved ones.

Top 9 Best Apps To Find Restaurants in USA and Canada


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Yelp is a website and mobile app combination specializing in getting reviews on a variety of businesses, a quarter of which are restaurants. Yelp puts user ratings and comments at the forefront. You have many options for interacting with Yelp: Checking in, adding a tip, uploading a photo, drafting a review and bookmarking a location are all ways to tailor your experience. Like other apps on our list, Yelp's restaurant profiles include useful information like wheelchair accessibility, noise level and parking availability.

Yelp is also a gamification app that rewards users for connecting with friends and checking in at locations. Become a Regular by checking in a lot at a certain location; top that list, and you can become Duke. For more details about this and other Yelp features, check out our article How Yelp Works.

2. Urbanspoon

Top 9 Best Apps To Find Restaurants in USA and Canada
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Urbanspoon has shaken up the search for dining out. Just by giving your phone a quick shake, you can spin through your choices in a virtual slot machine to get a random restaurant recommendation. The shaking makes use of your smartphone's accelerometer, but you can also just touch the Spin button on the screen if waving your phone around in public makes you self-conscious. Urbanspoon is available free for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry.

To narrow recommendations, you can scroll the slot machine wheels to specific preferences and lock in those choices before you spin. You can also disable the sound if you don't want to hear the simulated slot machine every time you give your choices a whirl. Repeat the spin until a recommendation that you like appears. Then, click that recommendation to learn more about the restaurant.

Urbanspoon's restaurant information includes operating hours, photos and reviews. You can vote whether or not you like a restaurant and see if other users have liked it. Urbanspoon also provides quick links to call the restaurant or locate it on a map.

If you don't like the slot machine approach, you can browse restaurants by various classifications or view a list of Urbanspoon listings near your current location. Urbanspoon also has options to upload your own photos for a restaurant and to connect with friends who are also using the app.

Urbanspoon is fun to use, but the next app is a full gamification of restaurant searching.

3. LocalEats

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LocalEats doesn’t list every restaurant possible. Instead, it focuses on the best of the bunch with editors considering ratings from magazines, newspapers, and dining sites to work out what should be suggested. Its curated list manner means you don’t have to work your way through the poor restaurants to get to the good. The app focuses on local restaurants too rather than including national chains. A Top 100 picks according to city means you should be well catered for here.

The most notable features of Local Eats are:

-> 100% curated listings

-> Saves your favorite restaurants

-> No national chain restaurants are included

-> Offers dining deals and specials

-> Display maps and directions to your dining destinations

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4. Zagat

Zagat Survey has been around since 1979, gathering customer feedback on restaurants, bars and entertainment venues worldwide. Long before any of the other apps on this list, Zagat guides in print were a trusted source for finding a great restaurant, especially for those who travel. When travelers started relying on smartphones more than guidebooks, Zagat stayed current by developing its own mobile apps for iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile, Palm and BlackBerry.

Restaurants are just one of four categories of businesses you can find in the Zagat app. You can also use the Zagat app to research hotels, shops and nightlife. Zagat makes use of GPS to focus the search in your area, and its advanced search lets you narrow the results with key words. Besides finding businesses and reading Zagat review data, you can use the app to submit your own reviews.

With its legacy of survey experience behind it, Zagat is more pricey than the other apps in our list. Zagat is a subscription service that costs $9.99 for one year. Note that the app gives you access to the latest Zagat data for much less money than you would spend if you bought each updated guide off the shelf. A single printed Zagat restaurant guide for one city costs nearly $16 retail and doesn't have the option to contribute your own feedback at the touch of a button.

5. DiningGrades

A handy app to double check before you book somewhere, DiningGrades rates restaurants on perhaps the most important factor—their cleanliness. The app makes it easy to browse through user provided comments and a scoring system to check that the restaurant you want to go to is also clean and satisfying, as well as tasty. It’a small but important step in stopping you feeling not so great the morning after.

Other high-rated restaurant apps in the US

Open Table - You can discover and reserve the table in the restaurant for free of cost. Also, you get some rewards related to the dining credits that work out in major tourist destinations.

Trip Advisor - This is the best restaurant app that every foodie should have in their arsenal. You can know everything through these applications & travel better. Also, you can follow friends and travel experts for personalized advice.

Panera Bread - It is the best fast food application for ordering healthy food such as Cuban Panini, Bacon Mac & Cheese, Plant-based, protein-rich, and nutrient-based diet that can be made as a part of your season.

Chick-fil-A - You can sign up for free and avail of their membership program. Distinct awards can be availed such as ice cream or sandwiches. Different members have different benefits and you can avail yourself of those points as well to be part of the silver or gold membership.

TheFork - The restaurant reservation app company has around 50 employees and the firm ranks on the third number in the list because it dominates the Australian market as the headquarter is based in Sydney, New South Wales.

FourSquare - This is another popular option for restaurants, cuisines, or several other businesses that provides out the breakfast, lunch, and dinner in some specific categories. Also, the swarm account can be integrated with it.

Seamless - It is one of the most popular food ordering apps in the USA founded in 1999 that has features exclusively different for customer app, restaurant app, and the driver application. The app has more than 1 million downloads.

Barzz - It is the best restaurant app having 100K+ bars especially in the nightlife authority. It is the most comprehensive source for finding the bars and restaurants at a nearby location. The app has more detailed venues in comparison to Google, Yelp & FourSquare.

GrubHub - The best food delivery app is available for both iOS and Android framework in which you need to simply enter the location & the app will showcase the restaurants nearby to your area. Also, you can search by typing the cuisines such as fast food and others.

Groupon - It is an application to save money on dining out where you have to pay the amount in advance & receive the wine tasting. Also, specific food items can be added as a taste to your bill amount just like distinct offers of around 30% off.

6. Dining in Downtown Canada

Eat Canada: Dining in Downtown Canada offers a guide to over 200 restaurants in major Canadian cities. This app focuses on restaurant picks and reviews from 10 of the most notable Canadian food critics like John Gilchrist from Calgary and James Chatto from Toronto. Each reviewer has carefully selected restaurants, coffee shops and bars native to his or her city so you can be guaranteed a local expert's view. Restaurant hour and links to OpenTable make booking easy. The app features handy extras such as the ability to save your own notes and mark off restaurants you've visited.

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7. GoMeals

This free app works as a calorie counter application. Once you install this top restaurant app you need to click on the restaurant tab in GoMeal in order to get a list of restaurants and fast food places near you. The best thing about this application is that it shows the menu of the specific restaurants along with their nutrition value for the foods on the menu.

As a restaurant business owner, you must know that competition is increasing day by day. So, you need to avoid all the red flags and must look out for the things to consider to succeed in your restaurant franchise business.

8. iRestaurant

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iRestaurant is one of the best check-in restaurant apps which search the top restaurants near you. You just need to select the type of restaurant you are looking for, and you would get a list of restaurants that are close to you. Well, this is a very small application with some related features. But it works as one of the best restaurant finder apps near you.

9. MoodFood

This Canadian-developed app offers a unique take on the "food app" genre. Powered by Yellowpages, the app helps users select nearby restaurants based on their mood. Users choose a colour to represent their mood and the app recommends nearby restaurants. The logic behind the colour pairings is a bit uncertain (at the time I was writing this article, I chose blue because I was sad to be stuck inside writing instead of having fun; the app recommended a hookah lounge) but mood food provides a fun way to discover new restaurants in the area.

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