Restaurant Rating System

19 Oct

A big part of what I’m going to use this blog for is to review and rate restaurants.  I want to keep a pretty recognizable system for my ratings, so I’m going to stick with a system of stars similar to the NY Times: the maximum being 4, the minimum 0.

Here is the breakdown of  how restaurants will be rated:

  • Food will be rated out of 16 points
  • Hospitality will be rated out of 10 points
  • Beverages will be rated out of 8 points
  • Service will be rated out of 8 points
  • Decor/Design/Atmosphere will be rated out of 8 points

There are a total of 50 points available for a given restaurant.  The star rating will be determined by the following breakdown:

  • 4 Stars: World-Class – 47-50 points
  • 3 Stars: Excellent – 41-46 points
  • 2 Stars: Very Good – 36-40 points
  • 1 Star: Good – 30-35
  • 0 Stars: Moderate – 0-29

Finally, the following is a breakdown of each category on how points are awarded.

Food Score:

  • Flavor Profile of Dishes – 4 points
  • Freshness of Ingredients – 3 points
  • Originality of Dishes – 3 points
  • Menu Variety – 2 points
  • Temperature of Food: 2 points
  • Timeliness – 2 points

Hospitality Score:

  • Manager Greeting/Warmth: 3 points
  • Server Personality and Knowledge: 3 points
  • Maitre D’ Greeting/Warmth: 2 points
  • Accommodations to Special Requests: 1 point
  • Reaction to Mistakes/Problems: 1 point

Beverage Score:

  • Depth of Wine List: 2 points
  • Depth of Beer List: 1.5 point
  • Depth of Cocktail List: 1.5 points
  • Depth of Liquor List: 1.5 points
  • Depth of After-Dinner Drink List: .5 points
  • Originality of Cocktails: .5 points
  • Beverage Menu Suited for Given Restaurant?: .5 points

Service Score:

  • Accuracy of Order: 2 points
  • Suggestive Selling: 2 points
  • Cleanliness and Table Maintenance: 2 points
  • Correct Table Markings: 1 point
  • Bathroom Cleanliness: 1 point

Decor/Design/Atmosphere Score:

  • Music Selection: 1.5 points
  • Architectural Design of Restaurant: 1.5 points
  • Color Scheme of Restaurant: 1.5 points
  • Artwork, Fixtures: 1 point
  • Plate, Glass, Silverware: 1 point
  • Temperature of Restaurant: 1 point
  • Menus: .5 points

The reviews will be critical and will highlight four main categories after the rating is given out:

  • Eat and Drink This!
  • Skip It
  • Where To Sit & When To Go
  • Special Events

Finally, I will award up-and-coming restaurants the Shooting Star Award.  This is for restaurants in spectacular cases that are newly-opened and not quite there yet but I believe to be on the right track towards success.


The Shooting Star Award

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