You can use Airbnb to book a room in almost all countries across the globe but now you will be able to use the app to book a table at a restaurant as well. Granted, this feature is not going to be initially available in all markets that are currently serviced by Airbnb. Starting today, Airbnb users in the United States can book a tablet at almost 650 restaurants across the country. This feature is powered by Resy within the Airbnb app.
Airbnb says that it’s adding the ability to book reservations at a curated selection of restaurants because it’s aligned with its vision of focusing on the user’s entire trip and not just homes that they can rent.
It follows the launch of Experiences last year which lets users book a wide range of activities with locals to better discover and experience their destinations.
Airbnb users will now be able to book a table at popular restaurants like Petit Crenn in San Francisco, Kismet in Los Angeles, Bateau in Seattle, or Thip Khao in Washington, D.C. without having to leave the Airbnb app.
Users can search for restaurants by cuisine, time of day or use a map view to find restaurants in the neighborhood where they’re staying. Airbnb is working on translations within the app so that cross-language travelers don’t have to worry about using a foreign booking site.
Airbnb confirms that it’s going to work with Resy to expand this feature to international destinations in the coming months.