Making reservations at Austin's most sought-after restaurants is getting easier. Resy, the popular New York-based reservation and waitlist app, is now available in Austin. The free app allows customers to make and change reservations, pay tabs, and manage a personal dining profile all from their phone.
"To deliver on our promise of curating the world's best restaurants, being in Austin is mission critical. It's a city of amazing food spots and we're proud to be launching with the very best of them," said Resy CEO and co-founder Ben Leventhal in release.
Resy has already partnered with over 20 top area restaurants — including Italic, Juliet Ristorante, Odd Duck, Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile, Peche, Isla, Barlata, Lenoir, Kome, G'Raj Mahal, League Kitchen & Tavern, Rotten Brunch, Cypress Grill, Mongers, Ah Sing Den, and Olamaie — and the list is growing.
The app is designed to improve the dining experience by providing waiting list updates; live texting with the host stand; and ResyPay, a built-in payment system. Users can also be sent a notification when a cancellation frees up space a restaurant where they’d like to dine. On the industry side, Resy streamlines front-of-house tasks and boasts a significantly lower no-show rate than other reservation tools.
"Resy has taken the reservation systems of the past and flipped them on their heads," said Jason James, partner and general manager at Odd Duck. "To find a platform that is able to operate at such a high level and still be service-focused has been key. We have been able to secure more covers, drive demand, and do all this at a fraction of the cost."
Resy launched in New York in 2014 and is available in over 40 cities, including foodie hubs like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, and Seattle. The service is expected to reach Houston, Boulder, and Denver before year's end.