OpenTable, the online restaurant reservations site that was recently purchased for $2.6 billion, is making it easier for diners to pay their bills. The company has officially launched mobile payment in New York and San Francisco, and 20 more cities will be getting the service by the end of this year. Atlanta is included on that list, according to an OpenTable spokesperson.
The pilot program started in San Francisco, and after a successful run began service in New York today. From the OpenTable app, a patron at a participating restaurant can review their check, add a tip, and make a payment, all without waiting on their server. Once the bill is paid, the restaurant will be notified, and the diner will be free to leave at their convenience and receive a receipt via email. The app does not currently allow bill splitting, but a rep tells Eater NY that the function will probably be added "down the pipe."