As I’ve been touring the culinary scene around San Francisco I have noticed several places are offering discounts, like the one seen above, to customers for writing a review. While this is a terms of service violation for the site, it hasn’t stopped businesses from doing it. I have long suspected one local restaurant which doesn’t have that great of food for doing this because I see regular updates on Urbanspoon for them and all glowing reviews. No other restaurant around town is getting that sort of traffic on Urbanspoon so they must be doing something to game the system.
Knowing that these sorts of systems exist, do you put even less weight in the online review sites out there? Would you take up a restaurant on their offer for 20% off for a review? Can you guess which restaurant locally I’m talking about? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say.