Up to 54% Back in Rewards
Update: You can always earn more rewards during the week at many restaurants in cities where Seated is available. This week you can get up to 54% at some places, but surging rewards are available every week from Monday through Thursday. If you don’t have an account, you can download the app here and earn a $15 signup bonus (with code ENI1). Check out the Seated App review below if you are not familiar with it, and see how you can save every time.
Seated App Review
I have talked about the Seated app in the past here on the site. It’s an app for foodies and really anyone else that goes out to restaurants and bars occasionally. In this Seated app review I will go into more details about how it works, how to use promotions, and go over the process of earning your rewards.
The Seated app helps you make a restaurant reservation, but the most important feature is that it pays you every time you go to one of the establishments listed in the app. Delivery and pickup were also added as options during the pandemic, and even offer higher rewards in some cases.
Seated gives you a percentage of your restaurant bill back in the form of rewards, usually anywhere from 15-40%, but during certain promotions we have seen some restaurants offer as high as 90% back. You can redeem those rewards for several gift card options such as Uber, Amazon, Target, Sephora, Airbnb, Nordstrom, SoulCycle, and more. It gets even better when they have promotions that give you extra $$$ on top of the percentage that is already listed. And keep in mind that all you need to do is usually spend less than $10 at a bar or restaurant to earn those rewards.
Before you continue reading any further though, I need to tell you that the app is available only in Boston, Dallas, NYC, Philly, Atlanta and Chicago for now. But there are a ton of restaurants listed, and most of them are highly rated on Yelp. They say they will be in many more cities across the U.S soon.
Using Promo Codes
Here is a restaurant that I visited last night with a friend. It offered 37% back in rewards. I usually wait until they offer some kind of extra promotion. These promotions that earn you additional rewards, work for new and existing users. To enter a promo code, click the gift box on the top left corner in the app, and then ‘Add Promo Code’ on the top right. The promo code is saved in the app and is automatically applied as long as you dine out, order delivery or place a pickup order before the expiration date.
So at bar Beau in Brooklyn, NY for example, I earned 37% back which came out to $32 on a $87 bill. Plus another $12 thanks to the promotion pictured above. That’s a total of $44 back that I redeemed for Amazon gift cards. That’s over half of the bill, before taxes and tip. But you can do much better with less expensive meals. I am just amazed every time at the value you get through the app.
As for the restaurant itself, it had a small menu, but great food. Huge selection of cocktails and wine, and few beers on tap. They did have Sixpoint Bengali IPA so I was happy. It was a bit pricey, but with the Seated app it was a great meal for a great price.
Seated has an excellent in-app chat support that you can message to help make any adjustments to your reservations or if you have any issues. In one instance I forgot to check in in the app before dining, and the chat support agent actually awarded me the rewards for that meal. You can also send them a message and ask for restaurant recommendations.
How To Get Rewards
You use the app to reserve a table at a specific time, or you can click the walk-in button on a restaurant’s profile in the Seated app. You show up, and enjoy your meal. Just know that a walk-in is not a reservation, so be sure to arrive early to avoid waiting.
When you finish your meal, save the receipt. You take a picture of it and upload it in the app. Within a few minutes you will receive confirmation of the rewards you have earned. Make sure to check each specific restaurant for a minimum purchase requirement. Some don’t have one at all, while others might have a minimum of a few dollars per person. Also save the receipt until rewards post to your account, just in case there are any issues.
$15 Signup Bonus for New Users
If you have never tried this app, you can download it here and earn a $15 signup bonus (with code ENI1). It can even stack with cash back or points from other apps, since with Seated you just take a picture of the bill and upload it to the app. Check out Chase Dining or other shopping portals that offer cashback for restaurants for stacking opportunities.
Seated App Review: Guru’s Wrap-up
Almost everything I write about in the site I have tried myself. And Seated is yet another example. I check it all the time now when I am in areas where they have tons of restaurants. For NYC they’re mostly in Manhattan, Brooklyn and some parts of Queens. For the Boston, Dallas, Philly, Atlanta and Chicago, check the app and see if it makes sense for you. Even if you don’t live in these cities, the app could be useful when you visit. I’m sure they have tons of option for the most popular areas in each one.
Restaurants in NYC for example are quite expensive. So having the Seated app and an option really makes dining out more affordable. I have already earned more than $800 in Rewards which I have redeemed mainly for Amazon gift cards, and rarely for Uber gift card. I really love the booking feature as well. It is quick and easy, and you get a confirmation of your reservation usually within a few minutes. Also don’t forget to use one of the best credit cards for dining purchases, which can earn you even more rewards or cash back.
Again, if you don’t have the app you can download it and get an extra $15 in rewards on your first meal with code ENI1. You can also refer friend and family to earn some extra rewards when they use the app for the first time.
Let me know if you have used the app in the past, and if you have anything to add to this Seated app review.