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MoneySaverSpain: Restaurant apps for Spain

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Maxine Raynor reviews four apps for reserving restaurants in Spain, which include discounted meals, opinions and ratings, and geolocation.

Spain is famous for its delicious food and abundant restaurants, so it only makes sense that there is also a range of apps to make reserving a table quicker and easier. Not only that, some apps will provide reviews on where to eat in a particular area, so it's great for finding restaurants anywhere in Spain, as well as offering discounts if you book through the app. They are also free to download.

Rather than relying on coupons from daily deal sites and having to pay up front, this guide explains four popular apps available at the moment, and shows you how they work and what you can expect.

Most apps depend upon geolocation, with the aim of offering the user results in their local area, so they're great to use when travelling around Spain. Some apps show results that are more personalised (type of food, budget, etc), whereas others depend on recommendations from social media.

Restalo

By using geolocation, you'll be shown local restaurants that offer discounts. Each restaurant comes with a rating and opinions from people who've already been there. You'll need to register and provide your mobile number and email address. Information is sent to you either by email or SMS.

App available for Android and iOS.

El Tenedor

Available in English and French (as well as Spanish) El Tenedor covers more than 5,000 restaurants in Spain and Switzerland. Registering is similar to the Restalo site, but a bit quicker.

Information about restaurants in Barcelona and Madrid tends to be more detailed than those in other areas of Spain. Details about your reservations are sent by email. If reserving at a restaurant that has a special discount, remember to double check if the discount applies to everything or only covers certain dishes, as sometimes set menus are not discounted (nor drinks).

App available for Android and iOS.

Restaurant Finder

This app is based on the results from Google in a radius of 500 metres. As well as opening hours, it includes user opinions, instructions on how to get to the restaurant and a phone number to make your reservation directly. As you need to access each restaurant website for further information on prices and menus, it's only really useful where other apps tend to be more deficient, such as in smaller towns in Spain (or abroad).

App only available for Android.

Food2U

With this app you can find nearby establishments that will deliver, but don't think that it's limited only to pizzas. Due to the recession many restaurants now also offer part of their menu for home delivery, so you can get traditional Spanish cuisine as well as many other options.

As well as choosing the type of food and drinks you require, the app also includes info about any delivery costs and whether there are offers or discounts available. Additionally you can find user reviews.

App available for Android and iOS



Reprinted with permission of Money Saver Spain.

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Maxine Raynor runs the website MoneySaverSpain.com, which details tips on how to stretch your budget while living and travelling in Spain. You can also find her on Twitter @MoneySaverSpain.

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