Thanks to the anonymous world of online commenting, expressing negative opinions about dining experiences is commonplace. But restaurant owners — and loyal patrons — still pay particular attention when paid reviewers with real names lower the boom.
Read some of the biggest bombs dropped nationally in 2011 here.
A review in the Statesman's Scene magazine has a significant impact — positive or negative — on a restaurant. Ask any owner. As an editor, I'm sensitive to that. There's a certain responsibility that comes with publishing a restaurant review.
That said, reviews are written for diners, not restaurants. If restaurateurs glean useful information from reviews, terrific. But that's not the primary goal of the review.
On that note, did any of the Statesman's restaurant reviews seem overtly harsh this year?