If you’re a foodie then you understand my sentiment. Being a foodie means I’m a Yelp user, and have a few iPhone folders full of food, restaurant, and review apps. Here’s one you’ll like.
The problem with restaurant reviews, whether coming from Yelp or friend or elsewhere, is taking into account all the variables.
Variables? Location, ambiance, menu selection, price, waiter and service, and the personal likes, dislikes, and experience of the reviewer.
In other words, take reviews with a grain of salt, and look more for trends than specifics.
If 40 reviewers love it, and six hate it, at least the crowd is leaning in the right direction. And it’s those masses of numbers which make Yelp a good place to start.
If you want more, try Ness, the iPhone restaurant recommendations app that has over 4-million ratings for popular (and, perhaps not so popular anymore) restaurants.
Ness is free and simple to use. It knows where you are and finds dining recommendations nearby.
Ness is actually a bit easier to find new restaurants than Yelp, and it comes with all the basic iPhone bells and whistles.
That includes a map with directions to the restaurants nearby, reservation options from OpenTable, viewing actual restaurant menus online, and the important stuff.
Reviews and recommendations. While the location map makes places easier to find and get to, it’s the Ness user ratings that make the journey worthwhile (or, not).
You’ll get to see reviews, recommendations, and ratings from others who’ve dined before you. And Ness lays out top rated places by location and cuisine.
Browse through the details including photos from Instagram, and quick connections to Facebook and FourSquare to find out if your friends have visited where you dare to dine.
Just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, a dining experience is a reflection of the diner. But if enough diners have something positive to say about a restaurant, then you’re more likely to want to dine there and enjoy it.
Not bad for a free app, you know?