you say tomato...
It's funny how opinions of restaurants get formed. A group of 8 dined out last night at a very good New Orleans restaurant. Five ordered the special entree, pompano. Three thought it was outstanding, two couldn't stand it. First group thought it was crispy and flavorful, second group thought it was dry and too fishy. First group had its impression confirmed that this restaurant is excellent, second group said they won't go back because the food wasn't good.
My moral of the story: take others' opinions about a restaurant with a grain of salt until you've tried the restaurant yourself!
All reviews are subjective even those done by food critics. As a diner my tastes are my own so I tend to think of a good restaurant not in terms of a great dish but in terms of consistancy of the kitchen and service.
You must take opinions with the amount of salt that you find acceptable :-)