I rate restaurants on a scale of 0-4 in the following categories: Deliciousness, Ambiance, Quality of Service, Bang for Your Buck. I also provide an overall rating based on these categories. Each review is accompanied by a price scale to give you an idea of how much money you can expect to spend.
Here is some more detail on my rating categories.
0 = Truly sub-par
1 = Just okay
2 = Good to very good
3 = Excellent
4 = A culinary experience like no other
0 = If you order food here, get it to go
1 = A “dive” or “greasy spoon”
2 = Pleasant
3 = A feast for the eyes
4 = A feast for all the senses; heavenly
Quality of Service
0 = Neither friendly nor efficient
1 = Either efficient but not friendly or friendly but not efficient
2 = Friendly and efficient
3 = Staff is welcoming, knowledgeable and professional; well above average
4 = Transcendent; staff is proficient at principles of fine dining service
Bang for Your Buck
This category is about how you feel after you paid the check; in other words was the overall dining experience worth the price?
0 = I was robbed and insulted
1 = I was robbed
2 = Overall experience justifies the price
3 = Great value; overall experience is better than the price indicates
4 = Amazing value; they should raise their prices
Overall Dining Experience
I use the rating system recommended by the Association of Food Journalists.
0 = Poor. Below average restaurants.
1 = Fair. Just okay. A place not worth rushing back to. But, it might have something worth recommending: a view, a single dish, friendly service, a lively scene.
2 = Good. Solid places that beckon with generally appealing cooking.
3 = Excellent. Superior. Memorable, high quality menus frequently accompanied by exciting environs and/or savvy service.
4 = Extraordinary. Transcendent. A one-of-a-kind, world-class experience.
I use the price category system used by Yelp. Price range is the approximate cost per person for a meal including one drink, tax, and tip.
$ = Under $10
$$ = $11-$30
$$$ = $31-$60
$$$$ = Above $61