I am sure you are aware by know that your iPhone can help you discover great restaurants in your neighborhood, and there are numerous ways to do that. You can always use Apple’s preloaded Maps app to search for restaurants and cafés, or you can use Google’s Maps. On the other hand, the App Store offers thousands of interesting apps specifically designed to create and maintain large databases curated by users like you, which is the easiest way to find where to go for your next meal.
Taste Savant is a restaurant discovery app, which just received its 2.0 version overhaul. This is actually a web service that now works through the iOS app. It is completely free to download and use and you will need to sign-up for a new user account. Now let me guide you through this app and you will see how you can use it and whether it’s really worth the trouble of sign-up.
The most important thing to know about Taste Savant before downloading it is that it’s limited to restaurants in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Boston. If you live in one of these cities, or if you simply want to explore their culinary offer, you can sign-up using your Facebook or Twitter credentials. Use of one of these social networks is needed since Taste Savant relies on people like you to write reviews and curate your own lists, so you can easily share this information with others. This is the best way to get the most accurate information, so you can learn what to expect before committing to a restaurant. Another useful way is to read what critics are saying, which is yet another level of useful information.
Once you decide to take a look at restaurants in your area, you can get a list that’s automatically populated according to your location. This way you can filter the search results by distance, price, and type of cuisine. Every single restaurant comes with its own page where you can learn more about it. You will see what critics and users are saying, there are map details, but you can often see the menu as well. When you are ready to make a reservation, you will be connected through Open Table.
The strongest side of this app is that its database is being curated by users who are passionate about dining. I expect to see this app grow over time, especially if it manages to attract large number of users. It certainly has the potential that I would hate to see go wasted. The only thing that I would continue to improve is the interface. Taste Savant features very intuitive and simple UI design, but it needs something to make it stand out in the crowd of similar apps.
Taste Savant is currently limited by a few cities it caters for at the moment, but it has a great potential. This is certainly one of the most useful and inexpensive ways to find where to eat next.
PROS: Simple and intuitive. Provides reliable and useful content. Curated by users and critics.
CONS: Very basic interface. Limited to four cities at the moment.