Update (6/21): VillageVines has changed their name to Savored, and has expanded to Boston, Philadelphia, Denver, Miami, and Atlanta. Reservations are still $10 and the discount is still 30%.
I love eating out and I love a good deal, so naturally I love daily deals on restaurants. Recently I discovered a new site that stands above the rest: VillageVines allows you to buy reservations at top restaurants for $10, and you receive 30% off your whole bill. It is is currently available in New York City, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Chicago.
Last Thursday, eager to try out this new deal site, I made a reservation for four to celebrate a friend’s new job. Five hours later, we arrived and told them our reservation was through VillageVines. Good times and lots of laughter ensued as we enjoyed appetizers, entrees and cocktails. At the end of the night, our tab came to $117 – only $91.90 after the discount plus reservation fee!
Why is VillageVines better than other daily deal websites?
Many daily deal sites send you a coupon to print when the deal is finished selling, normally one or two days after you purchase it. VillageVines, on the other hand, doesn’t make you wait. If you need a last-minute dinner reservation, you can go to VillageVines, buy your reservation and show up a few hours later.
Most deal sites give you the opportunity to buy a set coupon, for example, $25 for $50 worth of food. These coupons can rarely be used together and almost always have restrictions on what they can be used for. If you end up eating and drinking more than the coupon amount, the rest of the tab is full-priced. VillageVines, on the other hand, takes 30% off the whole bill, whether it’s $50 or $250.
- Search. You can search for a reservation by the date and the neighborhood you want to dine in.
- Selection. The site lists an ever-changing group of top-notch restaurants.
- Groups. Bring a crowd! Because the discount is off the whole bill, you don’t have to keep your group small to stay under the cap of your coupon.
Keep in mind:
- Make it count. Make sure the $10 booking fee is worth it. Take a quick look at the menu to determine if your party will eat and drink more than $30 worth of food and drinks.
- Be considerate. The waitstaff didn’t make this deal, the owner did. Tip on the full bill amount to show your appreciation.
- Change of plans. If you need to cancel or move your reservation, you must go to VillageVines.com and make the adjustment at least two hours before the reservation time.
About the author: Tre started her love affair with food in her parents’ kitchen, taught by her mother the baker and her father the cook. Her passion for food and the culture surrounding it combined with her desire to travel has had her eating Fish ‘n’ Chips on a rainy day in London, fried plantains in the jungles of Nicaragua, curry from street stalls in Cambodia, and black rice pudding for breakfast in Bali. At home in her houseboat, her galley always smells of garlic and rosemary.