Top Restaurant Review Sites

Top Restaurant Review Sites
Key 'Takeaways' From This Post
  • Positive reviews make 68% of consumers more likely to use a business
  • Zomato is known to help traveling business people find restaurants

How Do Restaurants Benefit From Online Reviews?

Restaurants and online reviews go hand-in-hand. Restaurants were one of the first industries to be hit with good — and bad — reviews when online reviews came to the forefront of online consumer feedback. Reviews for restaurants can mean open/empty tables or a line out the door — depending on how many reviews and the star ratings of those reviews. Restaurant review sites are especially important for newcomers to a city, looking for a restaurant to eat at.

Many of these hungry customers turn to reviews on Open Table, Yelp, Facebook or many of the other online review sites to learn about others’ experiences with a restaurant. In many cases, these consumers base their restaurant choices solely on the online reviews they find. To an owner of a restaurant, online reviews can’t be ignored, and a proactive approach is a must-have.

Yelp Restaurant Review
Yelp Restaurant Review

The benefits of getting online reviews are many. Not only do they help to build trust with potential customers, but positive reviews can also increase click-through rates.

Additionally, online reviews and ratings can even help a business rank higher in Google. Two studies by Moz in 2017 and Local SEO Guide in 2016 show that online reviews can help a website’s ranking in the Google Local 3-Pack and in organic local search results.

In our annual Local Consumer Review Surveywe discovered that:

  • 86% of consumers read online reviews when searching for local businesses
  • 64% of consumers have read reviews for restaurants and cafés
  • 80% of consumers real local businesses’ responses to reviews

Use Niche Review Sites to Boost Your Restaurant’s Online Reputation

In addition to getting your restaurant listed on popular online review sites, you should also get your eating establishment listed on restaurant review sites.

With restaurant review sites, you can focus on growing reviews on the sites that matter to search engines AND consumers. When customers are searching for a restaurant, they use these restaurant review sites to help make informed decisions. It’s important to appear on as many review sites as possible, as well as to monitor these to make sure you’re responding quickly to your diners.

What Are the Top Restaurant Review Sites?

Online review sites for restaurants and cafes are extremely popular. Of course, consumers are discerning about where they eat. This means there are many household names featured in this list of restaurant review sites, including TripAdvisor, OpenTable and Eater.com.

Review SiteDACountryFree/Paid
TripAdvisor93ALLFree/Paid
OpenTable86ALLFree/Paid
Zomato85ALLFree
Zagat78USAFree
RateBeer 71USAFree
BeerAdvocate70ALLFree
HappyCow68ALLFree
Restaurant.com68USAFree
Gayot62ALLFree
Delivery.com62USAFree/Paid
Menuism60ALLFree
Food Pages.ca58CANFree
MenuPix53USA, CANFree
Find Me Gluten Free51ALLFree
AGFG50AUSFree/Paid
Beanhunter47ALLFree/Paid
Best Restaurants of Australia46AUSPaid
Foodio 5446USA, CANFree
DineHere.us46USAFree/Paid
Active Diner39USAFree/Paid
MenuClub.com39USAPaid
Foodinc.ca30CANFree
DineView19ALLFree
RestaVista18ALLFree
Brew Hopping17USAFree
Find Around14USAFree

 

Sherry Bonelli
About the author
Sherry Bonelli
Sherry is the former Local Search Evangelist at BrightLocal. She led BrightLocal's Research and Content programs and championed the needs of their SEO Agency and SMB customers. Having worked in digital marketing since 1998, Sherry has a Master’s Degree in Internet Marketing along with numerous digital marketing certifications.

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