How to write a restaurant review?

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kipling2448 | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

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There are a number of issues that are generically included in restaurant reviews, and the quality of the review is sometimes contingent on the breadth of experience of the person writing the review and on that person's prior visits to the restaurant in question.  This latter point is important because repeat visits to a particular restaurant may serve to enlighten the reader as to whether the restaurant has improved since the last review or, conversely, whether the quality of food, service, ambiance, etc., has gone downhill.  Occasionally, a restaurant owner will solicit a return visit by a reviewer in an effort at getting an improved grade based upon changes that were implemented since the previous review was published.  Replacing cook staff, for instance, or narrowing the scope of a previously expansive menu to fewer, more specialized items may result in the reviewer being singularly impressed by those changes.  In general, however, a restaurant review focuses on the following main areas:

1. History: What is the history of the restaurant?  Is it a new addition to downtown or to a particular neighborhood, or has it been around a while and attracted a steady clientele?  Is the owner/manager/chef a transplant from another city or restaurant within the current city and why is he or she here now?  Is it because he or she developed a reputation for quality cuisine?

2. Ambiance: How is the restaurant designed in terms of exterior architecture and interior arrangements?  If the restaurant seeks to cater to families, is it a family-friendly design?  If it seeks to cater to young, upwardly-mobile singles, does it reflect a certain level of sophistication?  Is it tastefully adorned?  Is it well-maintained?  These are the types of details readers want when considering whether to give the restaurant a try.  Does the location correlate to the desired clientele?  

3. Food: Obviously, the quality and variety of food offered constitutes a major portion of any restaurant review.  Are the options on the menu attractive?  Do those options reflect details provided in #2; in effect, do the menu options cater sufficiently to the desired clientele?  Calamari as an appetizer does not appeal to many children, but it does appeal to professionals having a business lunch.  Is the quality and, sometimes, quantity of food served appetizing?  If the food's not good, the ambiance and entertainment better be seriously good or nobody is going to come.  How is the food served?  Does the presentation bespeak attention to details like the visual aspect of food service?  Upper-scale restaurants pay a great deal of attention to how the plate looks when placed before the customer. Flourishes may be a part of the effort at attracting a certain clientele.

4. Service: The quality of the service at a restaurant is an important consideration for most customers.  Nobody likes to wait an inordinate amount of time for their wait staff to bring menus, to take orders, to bring the food, and to leave, retrieve, and leave the material associated with the financial transaction (i.e., leave the check, pick up the check with the customer's credit card, process the payment, and return the bill to the customer for signature). Efficiency of the restaurant's operation is a key draw for families needing to get children fed and home and for business people on a tight schedule.  Is the staff polite and professional in its interactions with customers?  

These are the main issues covered in restaurant reviews.  Below are links to websites that provide additional information on how to structure a restaurant review.

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bubblemint222 | Student, Grade 12 | (Level 1) eNoter

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When writing a review of anything you want to make sure that you have a suitable balance of fact and opinion. It's a review so you definitely are giving an opinion but you want to back it with enough fact to convince the reader that you have some knowledge of what you are talking about.

1.) Start by obviously stating the name and location of the restaurant so that people know where to go if you give a positive review, or where to avoid if you give a negative one.

2.) Next, talk about the atmosphere. What was it like when you walked in? Was it clean? Covered in dirt? Mice? Roaches? Was the greeter polite? Did they show you to your seat? How was the waiter? Was he/she clean? Did he/she seem interested in helping you? Did they get your order correct? Was service fast or slow? etc. Make sure you cover all bases so that your audience is not left asking questions.

3.) Now is where you get to talk about the food. Go into detail about the taste, presentation, time spent preparing, etc. You want the audience to have a clear picture of what you ate and how you felt about it.

4.) Finally discuss the prices, whether they were too high, exceptionally low, or decently priced.

5.) To finish/conclude your review state a one to two sentence summary of how your experience was overall.

Good Luck and I hope this helps!!:D

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Start with the basics; list the name of the restaurant, it's exact location (street, section((if needed)), city, zip code, and state). Also list the phone number, an image of both the exterior/interior, and the name of the manager and chef (again, if applicable). Divide your review into sections and give a rating (1-10, or out of five stars) and a detailed description of each element: Seating, service, menu, your meal, location overall, and the atmosphere of inside the restaurant. Describe, if applicable, the bathrooms and their conditions and if your overall experience was positive (excellent overall, nothing bad about experience), divided (split between good and terrible notches), and negative (very bad experience, no part was enjoyable).  

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cheshire-cat-1914 | Student, Grade 12 | eNotes Newbie

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Remember:
  1. Do not rewrite the original piece.
  2. Keep your summary short.
  3. Use your own wording.
  4. Refer to the central and main ideas of the original piece.
  5. Read with who, what, when, where, why and how questions in mind.
  6. Do not put in your opinion of the issue or topic discussed in the original piece

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