Airbnb: It’s how you find what’s for dinner

Airbnb isn’t just for home-sharing anymore.

Now travelers can use the platform to book a table at a nearby restaurant, the San Francisco-based startup said Wednesday, announcing the next step in its quest to transition from a home-sharing startup into an all-inclusive travel platform.

Airbnb offers reservations at nearly 650 restaurants in cities across the U.S. — including San Francisco — via a partnership with online reservations platform Resy.

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“We feel we’ve solved a problem no other travel company has yet,” Airbnb wrote in a blog post Wednesday. “Finding the right place to eat in an unfamiliar city can be a frustrating experience.”

Hungry travelers can access the option through the new restaurants tab on the Airbnb website or app, and then search by cuisine, meal (breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner), or location. The company also is working on a translation feature for international travelers.

Will Airbnb guests use the feature? It seems they are a pretty hungry bunch. Airbnb guests spent $6.5 billion in restaurants from September 2017 through September 2017 in 44 cities around the globe, according to a recent survey by the company. That includes $22 million in Oakland and $12 million in Berkeley.

Airbnb’s plunge into food comes almost a year after the company launched “experiences,” a feature that lets users book activities from walking tours to sailing lessons hosted by area locals.

Photo: Sharing a meal. (courtesy of Airbnb) 




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  • xbob

    Open Table solved that “problem” quite some time ago. All this is doing is pairing it with travel reservations.