Notice: I do my best to write all reviews as objectively as possible, but please understand if there is any bias in my reviews on this site.
The following is a guide explaining the meaning behind my ratings. Ambiance and costs are rated separately, and any additional comments are also separate from the star ratings.
- Great/excellent meals that are worth the price and definitely not easy to make at home
- Fantastic, almost–if not completely–flawless service
- A current repeat customer OR plan to be a repeat customer
- Decent, filling food that would be a bit of a hassle to make at home
- Great staff, friendly, and not overbearing
- Very likely to return
- Food is of average quality; something that can be thrown together at home
- Decent job done by staff, and at the very least—friendly
- Will likely return if in the area, but may be a little too out of the way to go regularly
- Food is of mediocre quality, and may seem overpriced for what you get
- Service is somewhat lacking; difficult to get customer service OR overbearing, annoying staff
- Might return if nothing else is available or if management changes and I catch wind of improvements
- Food is of terrible quality—tasteless, unappealing, overpriced for the quality, etc.
- Service is poor to non-existent—rude, inattentive/negligent staff
- Will not be returning
Short wait, quiet, small crowd.
Mediocre wait time, semi-quiet, fair crowd.
Considerably long wait time, strained acoustics, generally crowded (but nothing a reservation couldn’t fix).
Loud, terrible acoustics, overcrowding. Some restaurants may have an impossible wait time and obtaining reservations may be difficult or not offered.
Generally affordable, but might be a little expensive after tax.
Fair pricing, but may be more expensive than expected after tax and gratuity.
Pricey food; at least $30 – $50 a plate.
$50+; very expensive food and generally someplace you’d be more likely to go in honor of a special occasion.
Kosher-friendly?: This should be self-explanatory; if I find out the restaurant is Kosher-friendly, I will say so here.
Vegetarian/Vegan-friendly?: Same as the above case.
Recommended?: I will either recommend or warn away from the restaurant, depending on my overall experience.
Other things to expect from one of my food reviews: I will note if there are particular items I would like to recommend, any warnings against potential items served–for example if a company uses a lot of nuts, I’ll write that so those with nut allergies can avoid them, and I will also write anything else that I think the reader may find relevant.