Does Yelp carry any weight with you? [moved from San Diego board]
For a while, I have used Yelp to help me decide where to eat. I will admit, I realize many times, bad places are rated rather highly. Yelp has been good in introducing me to some hole in the wall places I've never heard of, but has often missed the mark on restaurant quality. Does it carry any weight with any of you? Aside from this website, what other sources do you use to evaluate prospective restaurants?
Trip advisor? Here's the site's top 10 for San Diego:
1. Trellises Garden Grille
2. Sushi Ota
3. Phil's BBQ
4. Kono's Cafe
5. Muzita Abyssinian Bistro
6. Lucha Libre Gourmet Taco Shop
7. Extraordinary Desserts
8. The Cheesecake Factory
9. Richard Walker's Pancake House
10. The Oceanaire Seafood Room
I do have to admit that after 15 years in SD, I've never heard of Trellises Garden Grille. (Just checked on Yelp. Trellises Garden Grille has only one review, three stars.)
San DIego, CA, San DIego, CA
2929 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
3750 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110
Muzita Abyssinian Bistro
4651 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92116
Lucha Libre Gourmet Taco Shop
1810 W Washington St, San Diego, CA 92103
4529 Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA 92109
Richard Walker's Pancake House
550 Front St, San Diego, CA 92101
The Cheesecake Factory
7067 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108
If I'm not mistaken, Trellises is one of the restaurants in the Town & Country "resort" - a bizarro 1950s cluster of motels and soviet-style highrises with its own convention center. Food is good enough, service is great, prices are what you'd expect - ridiculous - because everyone is basically held hostage.
The DC tripadvisor list is actually pretty good, but the whole system is flawed because it is based on whatever 2-3 restaurants a guest happened to hit while here. For nearby Bethesda, the list leans to chains and places locals never go and seems to have a large number of restaurants that have been out of business for a couple of years.
When in DC, use CH or donrockwell.com, particularly the latter if you want to know where the locals are eating at the moment.
Good questions. I was just thinking about going to Charisma Cucina Italiana for lunch, and since there's no discussion of it on Chowhound, I naturally looked over to Yelp instead.
Urbanspoon and iFood are two apps I use on my iPhone.
Urbanspoon is a rating site, like Yelp, focused on user reviews.
iFood has reviews, but focuses on photos of dishes taken by diners.
I don't think it is important where you get information (CH, yelp, blogs) but that you get to "know" the source of information through many posts. Taste is so subjective that you never should trust only one yelper, blogger CH but collect information from multiple places to get a feel for a restaurant and Yelp can be source for such information as much as CH or a blog
As far as San Diego, it seems like Yelp has far more bogus/shill type reviews..Chow is pretty good at getting them removed quickly.
To me, Yelp is more of a social board and not all that interested in food. One look at the board in my region confirms that it's overrun with Olive Garden and Cheesecake Factory reviews.