Best restaurant finding apps for iPhone: Explore different foods all over the world!

Best restaurant finding apps for iPhone: Explore different foods all over the world!

If you're looking for the best iPhone apps to help you discover amazing cuisine no matter where you are in the world, you've come to the right place! Our iPhones are quickly becoming an easy way to find pretty much anything, and food is no exception. Not only can you book restaurant reservations with Siri, thanks to App Store apps, you can also find amazing places to eat in all corners of the world. No matter was kind of taste you have when it comes to food, these are the absolute best iPhone apps to help you find amazing restaurants almost anywhere!


Best restaurant finding apps for iPhone: Foursquare

Foursquare can help you find pretty much anything and restaurants are one of its specialities. No matter what kind of food you want and no matter where you are, you're bound to find places all around you along with tips from locals. Some places even have menus and prices available as well so you know what to expect before you even get there. I've found countless menu recommendations via Foursquare and also managed to avoid places thanks to the help of locals. The new version of Foursquare also factors in your tastes when providing suggestions, which makes it even faster to find food in a pinch.

For an insider perspective on tons of restaurants all over the world, don't leave home without Foursquare.


Best restaurant finding apps for iPhone: Yelp

Yelp offers over 50 million reviews on restaurants and businesses all over the world. Odds are you'll find some of your personal friends on Yelp as well. You can sort restaurants by type, search for specific cuisines, and much more. Once you find a place you're interested in, just like Foursquare, you can typically browse menus and view price ranges right within the app. Many restaurants also offer the ability to make reservations right through Yelp.

If you want some of the most trusted restaurant reviews along with info on other types of businesses, check out Yelp.


Best restaurant finding apps for iPhone: OpenTable

OpenTable is a must have if you live in the US, Canada, or Mexico. Not only can you view reviews, menus, and make reservations at over 20,000 different restaurants, you can also book your reservations with the help of Siri. Just tell Siri, or use the OpenTable app, how many people are in your party and when you need a table. Your iPhone and OpenTable can take care of the rest.

When it comes to booking reservations quickly, it doesn't get much better than OpenTable.


Best restaurant finding apps for iPhone: Urbanspoon

Urbanspoon not only helps you find different kinds of cuisine, but lets you read reviews and restaurant guides and reviews from people just like you as well as acclaimed food critics. Currently Urbanspoon can help you find restaurants across the US, in Canada, and in select places in Europe such as Britain, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. You can also make reservations directly in Urbanspoon via OpenTable, Dimmi, and BookTable.

For a versatile restaurant discovery app that offers reviews and guides from critics as well as locals, you want Urbanspoon.


Best restaurant finding apps for iPhone: Gogobot

Gogobot is one of my favorite travel guide apps partially because it's great at serving up restaurants and other places to eat that I probably wouldn't have found otherwise. I can see reviews, view photos, and more based on my location. For those that like to plan, you can of course search for eats anywhere in the world. You've also got an all-in-on app that not only gives suggestions of what to eat, but where to stay and what attractions are worth seeings.

For a travel guide in your pocket that also knows a lot about food, don't forget to load up Gogobot.

Your favorite iPhone apps for discovering new places to eat?

Whether you're a foodie or a traveler on a budget, what restaurant discovery apps have you found to be the most helpful when looking for new places to eat? Be sure to let me know in the comments!

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Allyson Kazmucha

Senior editor for iMore. I can take apart an iPhone in less than 6 minutes. I also like coffee and Harry Potter more than anyone really should.

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Best restaurant finding apps for iPhone: Explore different foods all over the world!


Some apps I used to find restaurants near my location:

Alleycat - Plenty of SF restaurants and other info (museums, walking tours, events.)
Not sure if other cities are covered by the app or others by the author.

Maps - Yup, plain old Maps on iOS and OS X shows a fair number of restaurants.
Saves the extra step of tapping the "map" button on other apps, and shows
other businesses nearby.

A little redundant, but I felt that these were worth mentioning:

Chefs Feed = curated by well known chefs and highlights their restaurants or special dishes available nearby

Urban Daddy = Great app not only for food recommendations, but also activities and sights of interest. It's driven by your intended location, time of day, and pursuit of happiness.

Foodspotting = Essentially an Instagram type app that allows you to post pictures from your meal and recommend the dish to people nearby

Zagat = Enough said

I think that Yelp and Urbanspoon are the obvious apps, and I have been very happy with them. However, I like the idea of OpenTable integrating with Siri, and being able to make reservations on it. I am all about efficiency, and if I can drive and get Siri to make me a reservation, I am definitely interested.