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Yelp Acquires Leading Restaurant Waitlist Service Nowait

Last year Yelp integrated Nowait, the industry’s leading waitlist system and real time seating tool. Today, we’re excited to announce that we’ve acquired Nowait, expanding our ability to enable hungry diners to get in line remotely and empowering restaurants to share real-time seating availability in the Yelp app. Waitlist functionality is the perfect complement to booking tables with Yelp Reservations and ordering food for pickup or delivery through Yelp Eat24. Yelp users can now quell those hunger pangs no matter what mood or state of attire they’re in (delivery means pants are optional, right?). Hungry Yelpers can get in line remotely at about 4,000 restaurants in all 50 states.

Yelp Nowait waitlist restaurant feature

With Nowait integrated into Yelp, diners can now move directly from their restaurant search to getting in line remotely via the app, all within a few taps. The Yelp app will  also let you know when your table is ready.

The Nowait system replaces antiquated paper lists or awkward handheld buzzers with a simple experience delivered via smart phone, helping to drive more business for busy restaurants while meeting the needs of time strapped diners.

For more details on Nowait and the acquisition, see Yelp’s press release.