restaurants near you

Apps to find great restaurants where you live or when traveling.

If you are in the mood to try a new restaurant but don’t have one in mind, or are in an unfamiliar city or on a road trip, it’s handy to have apps that can assist you in searching for a restaurant.

Local Eats has been writing about the best locally owned restaurants in the U.S. for over 20 years. They are a great resource, carefully curated and easy to use. No national chain restaurants ever make the list!

The app is free and available for both iPhone and Android users.

Happy Cow is an online vegan and vegetarian city guide connecting vegan eaters with businesses offering plant-based food. The Happy Cow app can help vegetarians and vegans find appropriate restaurants in their hometowns or if they’re traveling. $3.99

Available for both iPhone and Android.

Open Table is an app that will help you find a restaurant and then help you make a reservation. It is easy to find a restaurant based on your location or cuisine needs. Last minute reservations are also possible on Open Table and restaurants with tables available often offer specials early in the evening. It is free on iTunes and Google Play.

Zomato shows you menus and photos for nearby restaurants. Their community of food lovers shares restaurant reviews and photos on the site. Their team verifies and gathers and updates information on a regular basis. They have material for over 1 million restaurants.

TVFoodMaps will help find restaurants that appeared in their various food programs and are along your route. There are over 5,000 in their database.

Roadfood will help find interesting places to eat either by location within a U.S state or by category entered. Their mission is to help you find “great local color, the best regional specialties, and unforgettable meals that are the highlights of the trip”.

Find.Eat.Drink. is a list of restaurants put together by 700 well-known chefs, bartenders, sommeliers and other food professionals. It has over 5,000 restaurants from over 200 cities and towns with new ones being added every day. Available for iPhone only and it is free.

Restaurant Finder will find the best food offers and restaurants near you. It has information about restaurants that deliver, restaurant hours and contact information.  Available only for Android.

Note:  Reader Lori C. reports that The Infatuationis a fabulous restaurant app.