How to Conduct a Restaurant Review
Category : Hints, Tips and Tricks
by Felicia Garnett

What is a restaurant review?

A restaurant review is a conducted search of a specific restaurant location . A restaurant review is helpful in order to find the perfect restaurant just for you! When reviewing a restaurant, there are many important factors to consider in order to find a place that best suits your own personal needs.

So, how do you conduct a restaurant review?

One very important factor when reviewing a restaurant is the atmosphere of the establishment. There are many important things that tie into the atmosphere. The simplest thing, such as lighting, can make a dramatic impact on the tone of the restaurant. Is the lighting bright and illuminating or dark and depressing? Also, what kind of music is being played in the background? Is it mellow, jazzy or heavy metal?

What kinds of colors are used? Are they dark, gloomy colors or bright, happy colors? When writing the restaurant review, you have to make sure that you include every bit of information about the atmosphere because the reader wants to know. What is the "PACE OF THE PLACE?" Is the restaurant slow and passive or up-beat and fast-paced? Which do you prefer?

After you have evaluated the atmosphere, how are you greeted? Are you greeted with a smile? Are you asked to find your own seat? How was the greeting from the waiter/waitress? Was the person outgoing? Was the person friendly? When entering a restaurant, you always want to feel comfortable. Does the waiter/waitress seem like they feel comfortable dealing with you, the customer? Aside from the way you are treated, how does the restaurant staff (in general) treat each other? Does the staff work as a team? Does the staff act professionally?

When reviewing the restaurant it is important to look at the entire menu. Are there any low fat or fat free items? Are there any vegetarian items? Are there any popular items such as steak or an old-fashioned burger? What kind of desserts are there? After looking at the items, most importantly, what are the prices of the items? Are the prices reasonable or expensive?

This was an overview of some of the main points in creating a restaurant review. Remember: you are reviewing the restaurant to help someone else choose the perfect restaurant for themselves. So, be as accurate and as possible when you write your review. Wouldn't you want an honest opinion?

Note: Keep in mind that there are a number of different ways to present a restaurant review. The following are two examples of how a restaurant review can be written.

Example #1

Location:5802 Longwood Run Blvd. located in Longwood Run off University Parkway in Sarasota ,Florida.

Phone:(941)355-4517

Dinner: 4:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.,Monday through Saturday. Regular menu items include appetizers, soups, salads, pasta, meat and fish dishes in the moderate price range. (3.93-18.95) Portions are generous,so make sure to leave room for the scrumptious Italian desserts.

The crowd, setting and wait: Prepare for a delicious sampling of Italian Cuisine served in a casual atmosphere, Indoor and outdoor dining is available. Visit Cafe Amici for a taste of Italy in Sarasota!

Example #2

Another way of writing a restaurant review ,which is commonly seen in newspapers,is in column form.

Cafe Amici

La-Cucina

Gastronomica Italiana

Cafe Amici is located in Longwood Run off University Parkway in Sarasota, Florida. Restaurant staff is courteous and cheerful.

Upon entering the restaurant look for the board with the Specials of the Day.

Regular menu items include appetizers, soups, salads, pasta, meat and fish dishes in the moderate price range (3.93-18.95). Portions are generous, so make sure to leave room for the scrumptious Italian desserts.

prepare for a delicious sampling of Italian cuisine served in a casual atmosphere. Indoor and outdoor dining available

Visit Cafe Amici for a taste of Italy in Sarasota!

References

Consumer Reports (September 1996) Online.Internet.