Credit cards can you get you free meals before (or after) flights at some airports, free meals at some hotels, reservation dining perks, & your dining using Open Table can fuel a lesser-known hotel point type. Below I also go over using Tripadvisor for selecting where to dine & the best credit cards for dining out.
Reservations, narrowing down by price, looking on a map, with reviews
While options are very limited in smaller towns, it can be excellent in big cities
Use any points you get for hotels (worth 2 cents each), not for dining
Many more restaurants than OpenTable (all purple dots below) with excellent reviews even in many small towns, but without OpenTable points or reservation options. That said, it is integrated with Grubhub to allow some online ordering options.
Dining Rewards Programs Unique to Restaurant Chains like
This list of 50 restaurant programs
The Best credit cards for dining highly depend on the person, but include the 2 Wells Fargo card combo for 4.5% return with no annual fee, & for higher potential returns when the annual fee is justified, the Chase Sapphire Reserve (3 pts/$ & on travel spending with excellent purchase protections including me paying nothing for damage done to a totalled rental car I was driving in the Vail area downhill in snow with 2 cars stopped in the middle of the road which the police deemed my fault since I didn't get the info from the other cars), Amex Gold card (4 pts/$ on dining & groceries, & Citi Prestige (5 pts/$ & on air travel; 3 pts/$ on cruise lines & hotels). To see which is best for you, request a free consultation here where referral links, if used (some recommended cards, like the Citi Prestige & Wells Fargo cards above, are ones where I don't have referral links but will still recommend them as above), help to keep this site available & updated.