Dining Out: 3 Must-Use Online Review Sites to Help You Choose a Restaurant

When it comes to choosing a restaurant, many people are using online review sites to help them find a new restaurant in their area and see what others have to say about it. If you’ve ever found yourself trying to determine where to go for dinner, you may have found yourself perusing some of these online review sites. But with so many choices, where do you even begin?

If you want help choosing a restaurant, you’ll want to check out one of these three online review sites.

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Yelp is a great site that provides detailed information on restaurants in your area as well as customer reviews. The site offers a search feature that allows you to enter in a keyword of what you’re looking for (cuisine type, restaurant name, price, etc.) as well as choose the area you want to look in. If you don’t feel like performing a specific search, you can also peruse the restaurants listed in one of their many categories. So, for example, if you had a craving for Chinese, you can check out the list of Chinese cuisine restaurants in your area.

Once you click on a restaurant that interests you, you can see information about their hours, if it’s good for kids, if they have parking, if they accept credit cards, etc. You can also get an idea for the average price of a meal. You can also see a map of where the restaurant is located, and you can also see a list of reviews left by customers. The reviews are rated out of five stars, and then you can read the comments left by customers to get a better idea of the restaurant.


Urbanspoon is another great restaurant review site that can help you determine where you want to eat. Like Yelp, Urbanspoon also has a search function that will allow you to search for a specific keyword. You can also specify your requests by choosing from their categories. You can choose what neighborhood you’d like to dine in, what type of cuisine you have a taste for, and even look for specific features, such as outside dining, gluten free menus or waterfront locations, to name a few.

Right on the home page of Urbanspoon, you can see a list of the top 10 most blogged about restaurants in your area, and below that section you can find the top 5 restaurants based on certain categories.

Once you find a restaurant that interests you, you can learn more about their hours of operation, view their menu and even visit their website. You can then read the reviews left by other customers to see what people are saying about the restaurant.


Citysearch is  another online review site that will help you select a restaurant. You can choose to view restaurants or bars, and you can select your location. You will then see a list of restaurants in the area, all of which have a percentage rating based out of 100%.

When you view a restaurant, you can see their location, view a menu, see how pricey the restaurant is and even view photos. You can then read through all the reviews that are left by other customers.

Online review sites can be a great help when it comes time to choosing a restaurant, and Yelp, Urbanspoon and Citysearch are all great choices to help you learn more about restaurants in your area and see what other patrons have said. All of this can help you make a better choice.

Joshua Reynolds is a review management expert and prolific writer.  He often shares information about review tracking and online reviews aggregator.

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