A new instant restaurant booking platform and app, Dineplan, has been launched for the South Agrican market. The team behind Dineplan have said that one of the key differentiators is that it allows users to make, and get confirmation for, restaurant bookings on the go.

The Dineplan app was developed in partnership with Bluegrass Digital, a creative technology company with web development experience.

"We wanted to create an app that was simple for the general public to use to find and instantly book a table at any one of the 1,000 South African-based restaurants currently using Dineplan," he explains," said Greg Whitfield, Director at Dineplan,

The Dineplan app allows users to browse and instantly make restaurant reservations according to customer ratings, specific cuisines, availability, name, area or even by current location. It will also allow them to make location-based searches, create lists of their favourite restaurants, browse customer ratings and even research different cuisines on offer.

"Having always been a B2B company, the idea behind bringing out the mobile app for public use was to test the B2C waters by creating something specifically for consumers," said Whitfield.

Dineplan is not only a platform for restaurant diners, it also has a reservation solution for restaurant owners to manage their patrons bookings. Given the combination of a reservation management module for the restaurant along with the user facing booking app, this allows users to view a restaurant's availability in real-time and make bookings that are confirmed immediately. Making it easier than the potential guess work that currently goes into booking a table at a restaurant.

Diners can also check a restaurant's operating hours and even share reservation information with fellow diners including Google Map locations.

"Bluegrass really helped us realise our ideas - while adding a few of their own - throughout the entire design and development phases," concluded Whitfield.