Diners can now instantly book online at 1000s of restaurants from one website
RESERVATION software company Dineplan this week launched a one-of-a-kind website that allows diners to search, see real-time availability, and instantly book online at thousands of restaurants across South Africa.
The Dineplan website further provides options to find restaurants by city, location, cuisine, rating, and even eateries offering food and drinks specials.
Foodies can view all restaurants officially ‘Plated’ for excellence and reviewed by SA’s JHP Gourmet Guide.
Diners can also save their favourite restaurants, share their bookings with fellow diners, and make prepayment for restaurant bookings – all from within this one website.
With peak season on the horizon, the platform is expected to significantly simplify the booking process for South Africans and tourists planning their holiday.
Dineplan co-founder Greg Whitfield explained how the Dineplan mobile app paved the way to the release of this website.
‘We launched the app 18 months ago which allows diners to search, instantly book and manage their restaurant bookings from their mobile phones.
‘The Dineplan app has been an immense success and the listing website will support the app, but it will be more accessible for users when they are on their computers planning a getaway, or simply deciding where next to eat.
‘The app and website will be fully integrated so guests will be able to access their account from either platform.
‘The app puts the convenience of booking instantly at thousands of restaurants in your pocket, so that you can access this on the go wherever you might be.’
To the benefit of the restaurant industry, Whitfield said the website makes restaurants much more accessible to diners.
‘The website fills a gap that existed when searching for restaurants on your computer browser.
‘Our restaurant clients can also allow diners to make an instant online booking via their own website, Facebook page and Google business listing.’
More than 300 000 bookings are made across the South African Dineplan network every month, with 30% of these made online.
Currently, more than 10 000 bookings are made per month via the Dineplan app.
‘The number of bookings has increased 300% over the past year and we expect the rate of bookings to increase at an even higher rate going forward with the launch of the Dineplan website,’ Whitfield said.
South Africa’s leading reservation software company was started by Martin Rose and Greg Whitfield in Cape Town in 2011, developing back-end software for restaurants to use as their electronic reservation book.
This would later enable instant bookings to diners via the Dineplan online booking widget on restaurant clients’ websites.
Early last year, the company launched the consumer-based Dineplan app to enable diners to make instant or request bookings at restaurants from their mobile phones.
In September, the company went one step further and officially launched a free online booking platform for restaurants. Branded ‘Requests by Dineplan’, restaurants can load an interactive booking widget at no charge onto their website, Facebook page and Google business listing for guests to make quick and easy booking requests online.
To see the Dineplan listing website, click here: https://www.dineplan.com/
To download the app, click here: https://www.dineplan.com/app