No luck on OK Cupid? No luck on Tinder? No luck on Plenty Of Fish, Bristlr, Coffee Meets Bagel, Bumble, Farmers Only, or Hinge? Sure, give OpenTable a whirl, because why not. OpenTable has launched a small program called OpenSeat—which is just in Virginia, for now—that pairs up single diners who want to be seated with another single diner.
It’s a partnership with Virginia’s Tourism Corp. (the “Virginia Is For Lovers” people), and it works like this: A diner makes an OpenTable reservation at participating restaurants, writes “OpenSeat” in the special requests section, and gets paired up with another solo diner. Oh, and the table gets a free appetizer. Romance! (OpenTable notes that groups of any size can participate and ask to be seated with another person or people, so they’ve got swingers covered, I guess.)
The official line from OpenSeat is that it could be used for non-romantic meet-ups, too: “The OpenSeat program wasn’t necessarily created to make love connections between strangers (though, that would be a cool story if it happened!)” So yeah, if you’re a person who likes eating alongside random people—totally platonically!—I guess you could use it for that, too.
I don’t mind dining by myself, and rolling the dice on a random stranger seems like it would take a lot of social fortitude. But hey, at least you’d know you have similar taste in restaurants. (And if it doesn’t work out, The Takeout has your back.)