With so many choices to choose from, finding a restaurant can be rather intimidating. Luckily, there are services that can help you in your decision making. The most popular site is Yelp.com.
What is Yelp?
Yelp is an online comment and review site that lets their customers write reviews for so many restaurants. Even if you’re in a smaller town like me, there are Yelp reviews for your local restaurants.
Why Use a Site Such as This?
With so many options to choose from, you have to be more vigilant in your decision-making. There are so many options to choose from, especially in larger cities. Time is usually an issue for most. You don’t want to go to a place that takes their time if you only have a say, thirty minute lunch break.
The users and reviewers also review staff as well. Some of these are positive and negative, so you have the option of getting quality service at a place that scored higher for service and friendliness. I’ve been to a few places where I don’t know what the manager was thinking by hiring a few individuals.
Weeding Out the Spam?
There are a few things that you need to look at as well before giving a restaurant a shot. Look at the person who gave a negative review of a restaurant. Take the time to look at some of their other reviews and see if they were all negative. Although it’s disheartening, there are people in the world who are just negative and cannot bring themselves to enjoy the little things.
I always disregard the reviews of people like this and then take the other reviews into account before making a decision of where to eat. If the menu and atmosphere is something that appeals to you, I suggest giving the place a try regardless of the reviews of some. You can always ad your own when you are finished with your experience.
There is actually a really lucrative market in creating bots to post on competitors sites. I’ve seen quite a few ads when yelp first came onto the scene. You have to take this into account as well. There are some very good restaurants that I’ve been to that have had very poor ratings and reviews that had phenomenal service and tremendous quality of food.
There Are Alternatives…
One of the other sites that I use to gauge restaurants worthiness is Trip Advisor. They have a great ranking system and is used predominantly for tourists that are visiting the area. This hidden gem will give you a ranking of the restaurant compared to all of the other restaurants in the area. You can’t go wrong with a feature like that.
Although the decision of where to eat is ultimately yours to make, there are sites on the internet that can help educate you on the past experiences of others. Take a look at a few and then pick a place. Then review it on one or both of the sites. One should never be afraid to experience something new.