Purchase Restaurant.com Gift Cards and e-Certificates for the perfect and thoughtful last minute giftRestaurant.com saves you money when dining out –  everyday or special occasions.  But it’s also the perfect place to purchase the ideal gift for Father’s Day or any celebration.  They have traditional gift cards which can be mailed to any address, but if you’re at all like me and you need a last minute gift, you’ll be able to instantly print or send an eGift Card via e-mail.  I love that!

Restaurant.com eGift Cards and Gift Cards are available for over 18,000 dining establishments nationwide and start at $15 (for a $25 value) and go up. You can buy a certificate for a specific restaurant or a Restaurant.com card that your recipient can redeem for the restaurant and location of his/her choice.

How it Works

Purchasing a card for yourself or as a gift is easy.  First search to locate a possible locations (by zipcode or by state). Your search will provide you with a summary of the newly added establishments, recommended locations, and special offers.  You can sort your list by entree price, name, distance from your zipcode, or newest eateries first.  You’ll also see the offers available – every business sets their own discount.

Don’t limit yourself just to your locale.  If you will be traveling, there are many nationwide chains like House of Blues and Gameworks.  House of Blues has 12 locations and you can purchase a card for $10 that has a $25 value.  Plan ahead though, because there’s a limited number of cards available for each location and they do sell out.  Popular vacation spots like the Orlando House of Blues are without a doubt are harder to get at as a result of demand.

Location, Destination, Situation

In my region (southeast of Seattle, WA), there are 88 restaurant offers within 5 miles of my zipcode.  That’s pretty impressive.  When I widen my search, I find hundreds of places to try and many that I know well.  Some are tiny storefront establishments, others are large formal dining establishments.  My blogging companion, Nicole, lives in New York City.  Her search is very different than mine and features a huge assortment of choices due to the density of NYC and all that it has to offer.  You can be certain when I head over to visit her this fall we’ll be hitting the website in advance and planning some very nice meals out. Check out their discount dining guides for New York and Seattle dining locations.

No What Ifs

You simply will not need to worry that a restaurant won’t honor your certificate or card.  There’s absolutely nothing worse than sharing a fantastic meal only to have the waitstaff reject a discount certificate or worse, cause you to feel lousy about using it.  The restaurant’s offering the cards want new customers so you’ll be treated properly, and if something should go wrong, Restaurant.com has an  an unconditional guarantee. If you find out that something isn’t right with your certificate, contact customer service by telephone or e-mail and they’re going to take care of it immediately. Because just like the restaurateur, they really want you back as a customer


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Why Have I Been Paying Too Much To Eat Out?

I’m still wondering how I’ve didn’t know about Restaurant.com.  Granted, we don’t eat out a often; however when we travel we do, and I won’t vacation again without preparing in advance and having these on hand for the dining places we’ll be visiting.  Like our next trip to Las Vegas….I can’t wait!

I’ll be purchasing and using a Restaurant.com card soon – I’ll let you know how it goes and the restaurant we select.  With the trip out of town next week (Disney is taking care of all the food or I’d be looking into cards for LA & Hollywood) so I won’t be able to do it until I return.  I’m really looking forward to giving it a try!

Have you ever used Restaurant.com?  I’m curious how others like it!