Two reviewers were in favor of the 5 point system we’re all familiar with. Three wanted a 7 point system for greater granularity. The sevens won. Each reviewer assigns a number* rating to an idiosyncratic mix of food, drinks, service, atmosphere, and overall value. Roughly the numbers mean:
7 — This is a once in a lifetime experience. If you’re a pessimist, you really never want to have it, because once you do, you know you’ll never have it again. If you’re an optimist, you’re eagerly searching for this elusive rating.
6 — This is a hands down excellent restaurant. Maybe you have a six experience once a year. It’s like, wow.
5 — This is a damn good, hitting on all cylinders restaurant. Any restaurant should feel proud of the five.
4 — This is a good restaurant, but is teetering between above and below. It’s really close, either way.
3 — We like to say, “there’s nothing wrong with a three.” A three is perfectly respectable. A three is your fall-back, reliable, solid, know what you’re going to get kind of place.
2 — You definitely did not like this restaurant. You would never choose to go back to this restaurant, but if you’re with a group that insists on it, you’ll go along and order water and toast.
1 — Wild horses couldn’t drag you back to this place. You would never, ever, ever, give the owner another cent. The business should close and everyone should just go home.
* Each reviewer has 24 hours to adjust the rating.