Tourists eating at a restaurant they found by using an app

Food is a huge part of travel. Do you ever wake up on vacation and immediately start planning where you will eat that day? Of course, that’s how we foodies function in a new city. Discovering a gem of a restaurant is magic and it’s also one of the best ways to connect with the local culture. As technology moves forward, new websites and apps have emerged that are tailored to the discerning foodie to continue their culinary adventures in new cities around the world.  Here are the 14 of the best restaurant apps for foodies to eat like a local on vacation.

Local Eats

This app has tackled the age-old struggle for travelers to find really good food. The app’s editors research local food blogs, online reviews and ratings to determine which restaurants are a must in cities around the world. Search for a place based on your GPS location or by type of cuisine. The app will give you a list of options so you won’t have to scroll through endless conflicting reviews to figure out where to eat. Best part – no national chain restaurants are listed!


Food tours on vacation are a must for foodies! Viator helps travelers book exclusive food experiences, such as wine and cheese tastings. The search engine helps aggregate food tours in hundreds of cities with reviews, details, pricing, and booking.


Trusting a wine recommendation at a restaurant isn’t always a sure bet. Instead, use Delectable to take a photo of a wine label and instantly get ratings and descriptions. You can keep track of your favorites and follow the world’s leading winemakers, sommeliers, and wine critics.

Tourists try wine recommended by Delectable


Do you just need a night to stay in on vacation? Use the new UberEats to order food from the most popular local restaurants delivered to enjoy in your pajamas! You pay using the same Uber account you use for rides, and even track your food on the same style map.


Previously known as Urbanspoon, Zomato is designed to search for and discover new places to eat (or even to order from). You can browse through pictures, menus, and reviews of the restaurants to decide and even use their map feature to find your way. You can search by location or type of cuisine.

The Infatuation

“Find the perfect restaurant for every situation.” The Infatuation is all about finding the right restaurant for your desired dining plans. Whether it’s a date, girls night out, happy hour with co-workers, or you’re trying to keep it healthy, this app has got you covered with the ideal eatery for your needs.

Roaming Hunger

Do you love food trucks? Roaming Hunger helps you locate the best food trucks nearby. You can also see menus and photos before waiting in line to try them. Roaming Hunger currently tracks over 8,000 food trucks vendors across the U.S. and Canada.

Tourists order food at a food truck


Do you remember carrying around the slender, burgundy Zagat food guidebooks? Zagat has been one of the most trusted names in dining reviews, so this app is certainly a must-have for serious foodies. The app functions like a book and is continually updated with reviews of restaurants around the world.

Open Table

If you want to eat at popular local restaurants in the city you are visiting, but don’t speak the language, or don’t want to spend vacation time calling in reservations, use the Open Table app. You can make restaurant reservations around the world that are instantly confirmed. Every time you make a reservation, you’ll earn Dining Points to be redeemed for Dining Cheques, which are good at many Open Table restaurants.

Tourists enjoy food at a restaurant they were able to reserve through Open Table

Chef’s Feed

Powered by chefs, this app gives recommendations on restaurants and dishes by chefs themselves. It has great articles about the world of cooking and food along with educational and fun videos.

No Wait

Being told there is a 45-minute wait at the restaurant you are so excited about is such a huge let down. Wait no more with the app, No Wait! You can virtually wait in line by adding yourself to the waitlist. Once your table is ready, you’ll receive a text telling you to come to the restaurant.

Meal Sharing

Have you ever been to a progressive dinner in a foreign country? Having a home-cooked meal while traveling is a gift. With the app, Meal Sharing, you can enjoy dinner in a local’s home. The app helps connect travelers with home cooks for authentic dining experiences.

Hosts enjoy a homemade dinner with tourists


Feastly is very similar to Meal Sharing, except this app connects you with food professionals. Dining options range from home dinners to pop-ups hosted by local chefs. It’s educational and a fantastic local meal!

Happy Cow

Eating vegetarian while traveling can be tough. Happy Cow is the a premier restaurant guide app for vegan, vegetarian, and vegetarian-friendly restaurants. This app features restaurants in more than 150 countries.

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