Restaurant Reviews

Restaurant reviews describe, assess, and judge the worthiness of restaurants (sometimes with a numerical rating or ratings) based on multiple criteria, usually type, quality, consistency, and relative value of food; quality of service; and decor and atmosphere. Most reviews include basic details of a restaurant’s location and hours of operation, whether reservations are required, its accessibility, and its contact information. Restaurant reviews appear in newspapers, magazines, and other periodicals; in travel guidebooks; and, increasingly, online. Reviews do more than simply rate the quality of a restaurant; they function as social arbiters, as well, indicating what is trendy: where to be seen, “in the know.” Restaurant reviewers are thus cultural “tastemakers” in addition to sheer assessors of restaurants. This entry explains the common categories and ...

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