Why Are There No Chinese Restaurants on OpenTable?

San Francisco-based OpenTable.com isn't just successful, it practically has a monopoly on mid-to-high-priced restaurants in this town, from a small neighborhood bistro like Bia's to destinations like Chez Panisse. In fact, looking over the 1,114 restaurants in its Bay Area listings, it's harder to ID places that don't use the online reservation service than restaurants who do.

Unless you start looking for Chinese restaurants.

Search the list for “Asian restaurants” — there's no “Chinese” grouping in the search form, though “Japanese” and “sushi” exist — and you'll find two ABC Seafood locations on the Peninsula, plus a couple of Brandy Ho's and Tommy Toy's in the city.

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