May 15, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
Evaluated version: 1.0.2
Pros: Finds local restaurants and provides discounts of up to 40%
Cons: Severely limited to a handful of cities in the United States
Hungry for a new app to tell you where to eat? What about an app that can find a quality restaurant and a tasty price at the same time? Well, then you should satisfy your cravings with Savored, an Android 1.6+ app that does both.
Savored is a partner of OpenTable and ZAGAT, and it acts as the happy medium between both services. The first stage of the app is telling Savored where you want to eat, filtered by neighborhood or an entire city; how many people are in a party, up to 18; and the time of your visit. The app then creates a list of venues capable of meeting your party’s needs.
Restaurant availability is determined by a link with OpenTable, but restaurant choices are made possible by ZAGAT ratings. Savored lists several restaurants and indicates pricing, as well as tips for time of day that can yield better discounts (push dinner to 9:30 PM instead of 8:00 PM and you can save 30 percent). ZAGAT ratings for food, decor, service, and cost then provide a snapshot of what kind of restaurant to expect.
Still not satisfied? Well, then read the “Why we love it” section to learn about a restaurant’s atmosphere and tips about the best dishes to order. The menu section has additional recommendations for appetizers and entrees, but menus aren’t available for all restaurants. Savored can then place a reservation as soon as you make a decision on where to grab your next meal.
Savored isn’t as robust as ZAGAT or OpenTable because it limits the number cities that are supported. That limitation, a very inconvenient if you aren’t in a big city, severely limits the app’s usefulness. However, the combination of the two popular restaurants services, with a dash of deal hunting as well, makes for a great app in select places. Download Savored from Google Play if you live or travel frequently to the following cities: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington DC.