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Restaurant reviews and recommendations: how we do it

Here's how we select, review and rank the very best restaurants around the world

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By Time Out editors |

Time Out’s recommendations are made by expert, independent local writers. Our reviewers visit anonymously and pay their way.

For a venue to make one of Time Out’s recommended lists, the food has to be amazing – that’s a given. But we want more than that. We’re looking for a combination of cooking, atmosphere and experience that makes a place truly memorable. Some of these places are established icons of their city’s dining scene, some are instant classics, some are future stars.

We won’t include a place just because it’s innovative, or expensive, or hard to book: it always has to deliver on flavour and value. It’s somewhere you’d tell your friends about, and that you can’t wait to go back to.

If a restaurant is star rated, that means a Time Out expert local critic has independently reviewed it. Our reviewers always visit incognito, and pay their bill like everyone else. We get treated like regular diners – sometimes we get the table by the toilets, or we’re booted off our table after 90 minutes. Find out more about Time Out’s editorial guidelines.

Here’s what our star ratings mean:

One star: avoid! 
Two stars: not that great. 
Three stars: good. 
Four stars: really good. 
Five stars: unmissable. 

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