Best UK site for leaving restaurant reviews?

Jew Forumite Posts: 276 Forumite
I am looking to start reviewing the places I eat out at. I know that in the US, Yelp is very good for this kind of stuff.

What is the best site for giving London restaurants reviews?

I want to stay semi-anonymous, which rules out Google Plus. I've also heard it can happen that restaurant owners contact you after a review and offer you a gift or goodwill gesture — so which review sites do most places keep track of?


  • Jew
    Jew Forumite Posts: 276 Forumite
    Bumpy bumpy bump :D
  • alanna_b
    alanna_b Forumite Posts: 19 Forumite
    Tripadvisor would be the obvious choice :)
  • Jew
    Jew Forumite Posts: 276 Forumite
    Ah thanks, but that's more for people coming here on trips/traveling?
  • alanna_b
    alanna_b Forumite Posts: 19 Forumite
    Yes, but you can review anything (hotels, attractions, restaurants) and I think it is good to have local opinions on there!
  • Idiophreak
    Idiophreak Forumite Posts: 12,025 Forumite
    I used to do some on dooyoo, but have given that up.

    Now I write my own blog on the subject...I'm somewhat disenchanted with *all* of the mass review sites...there's just no point in them, as they're so distorted...Most of the reviews on there are 1/5 or 5/5, very few people bother to review the 3/5 places they go to. With my site, I hope that giving people independent, consistent reviews, they'll get more out of it than just being another overlooked review on a major site.

    It is hard to achieve anonymity whilst still promoting yourself, though. And it's hard work to keep on top of it, keep adding content and keep up the promotion. You have to really want to do it. (I was doing better a few months back, but haven't written anything for a couple of months now - need to get back on it!)

    I started the site at the start of the year and have been adding stuff on and off since. I've got around 40 reviews on there now and it's made a whopping £3 or something on Google Adsense. I have, however, got a free meal out of the site, when one of the places read my review and invited me back to try it again under new management.
  • Shopsavvy
    Shopsavvy Forumite Posts: 36 Forumite
    I would say trip adviser - I use it when booking restaurants in the UK I think you'll find that a lot of the reviews are from people living in the UK
    the other one is
  • Jew
    Jew Forumite Posts: 276 Forumite
    Nobody likes Yelp, ey?

    It's integrated into iOS maps/apps...
  • BOBS
    BOBS Forumite Posts: 2,871 Forumite
    I always use tripadvisor to check recommended restaurants for the area I am going to!
  • Amys
    Amys Forumite Posts: 919
    I've been Money Tipped!
    I also use trip advisor, mainly because it is easy to use. However, I try and take a broad view fo the reviews.

    Sometimes I look at top table, there are reviews on there as well.
  • adicto
    adicto Forumite Posts: 25 Forumite
    Trip advisor and Toptable are the two best ones! I generally use them for booking restaurants. Also, I recently came across Eat Out- this is good too:)
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