I have been using Urbanspoon since August of 2009 and have been placing their images on the majority of my restaurant reviews to drive people to their site and back to mine. I always found it interesting how others rate restaurants I’ve been to and rated myself. Being that I’m a dork I figured it would be fun to scrape my own Urbanspoon ratings and the overall ratings given to the restaurants by others and see how they compared.
Here are the top 20 by Urbanspoon rating:
|Whole Hog Heaven BBQ*||100%||1||1||1|
|Sea Salt Eatery||95%||1||1||1|
|Pilot Knob Pizzeria||94%||0||1||0|
|Junior’s Cafe & Grill||93%||1||1||1|
|Everest on Grand||89%||1||1||1|
|Kabobs Indian Grill||89%||1||1||1|
|Perron’s Sul Lago||89%||1||1||1|
|Common Roots Cafe||88%||0||1||0|
|Johnny’s Chicago Style Beef and Dogs||88%||1||1||1|
|Rudy’s Redeye Grill||88%||1||1||1|
|Pardon My French||87%||0||1||0|
|Houlihan’s Restaurant and Bar||85%||1||1||1|
|Mango Thai Restaurant||85%||1||1||1|
* – even though this restaurant has the highest Urbanspoon rating in the top 25, it’s the only that is no longer open.
The average rating provided by Urbanspoon users is just over 78%. I flagged those restaurants which were rated above average and compared them to how many I “liked” (which roughly equates to being above average) and found that I was a little harder on restaurants than the others participating on Urbanspoon.
Of the Urbanspoon rated restaurants their users rated them above average about 53% of the time whereas I was about 34% of the time. We all knew I was a bit harder than your average restaurant goer but 20% is a big swing. I guess I may be the restaurant curmudgeon that everyone has always claimed I am.
So what do you think about Urbanspoons ratings and how mine stack up? Are the results surprising? Who do you think is more correct, me or the other users (I didn’t include the Ns which would be a big factor here)? Do you trust the opinions provided by users of sites like Urbanspoon when you make your decisions on restaurants? Whatever you have to say about my ratings vs Urbanspoon’s users go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts!