San Francisco’s resident restaurant critic has again released his list of favorite 100 restaurants in the Bay Area. Michael Bauer’s tastebuds have surely developed an acute sense for fine fare over the course of his lengthy career, and we wanted to see how his picks stacked up on Yelp.
Thanks to our community of millions of locals, we’ve got insights on everything from ambiance to popular dishes. Let’s take a look at SF Chronicle’s restaurant list in Yelp terms:
- All of the Chronicle’s top restaurants have 3.5 to 4.5 star ratings on Yelp: 21.9% are 3.5 stars, 61.9% are 4 stars, and 16.2% are 4.5 stars
- 72% are $$$ ($31-60) or $$$$ (Above $61) on Yelp
- Of the 56 restaurants for which we have health scores from the SF Health Department, only 5 had health scores below 90 (90 and above is “good”)
- The most common words (other than “the”, “I”, etc.) used in reviews of these restaurants on Yelp include “service,” “wine,” “delicious,” “experience,” “dessert,” and “course”
While Yelpers may not write reviews for a living, their analyses can be similarly quotable and astute. In fact, we thought it might be fun to challenge folks to tell the difference between a Yelp review and a Michael Bauer review! Tomorrow we’ll start quizzing people on our social media channels over the course of the next week. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to join in.
For now, check out Yelp’s take on Michael Bauer’s Top 100 Restaurants, and take note of the review highlights on Yelp. The chocolate budino tart at A16 and thousand year old quail egg at Benu are just a few of Yelpers’ favorites.
A16 - 3.5 stars, 1612 reviews, $$$, 92/100 health score
Acquerello - 4.5 stars, 767 reviews, $$$$, 100/100 health score
Ad Hoc - 4 stars, 2045 reviews, $$$
Akiko’s Restaurant - 4 stars, 1144 reviews, $$, 90/100
Al’s Place - 3.5 stars, 50 reviews, $$$
AQ Restaurant & Bar - 3.5 stars, 557 reviews, $$$, 90/100 health score
Atelier Crenn - 4.5 stars, 431 reviews, $$$$, 94/100 health score
Bar Agricole - 3.5 stars, 850 reviews, $$$, 92/100 health score
Benu - 4.5 stars - 636 reviews, $$$$, 100/100 health score