Perhaps coming to the realization that 1094 mostly-nonsensical reviews of Gary Danko are, in fact, not useful, Yelp unveiled a shiny new feature to its restaurant listings last week. They are calling it a "review snapshot" and describe it as three oft-repeated phrases that the "Yelp Robots" have determined are "unique and good, quick ways to describe the business." On one hand, we applaud Yelp for at least trying to solve the (unsolvable?) problem of hundreds of reviews that no one reads anyway. At times, these snapshots do provide some useful info (i.e., signature dishes, reservation policies, etc.).
But then on the other hand, there are still a few kinks to be worked out, and on that note, here are some of the more entertaining, completely useless snapshots. Send in your undiscovered favorites to firstname.lastname@example.org or just add them in the comments.
Chez Panisse: ice cream, Alice Waters, upstairs
Franciscan: view, both very, skillet
Alioto's: Golden Gate Bridge, lemon butter sauce, 1925
Lou's : upstairs, dad, live music
Seasons: ice cubes made, piano player, "lemonade and iced tea so"
How to decide amongst the city's fine dining establishments, and also in case you were wondering how creative Yelp reviews tend to be:
Dining Room at the Ritz: foie gras, tasting menu, Ron Siegel
Michael Mina: foie gras, tasting menu, lobster pot pie
Masa's: foie gras, course tasting menu, six-course
Fifth Floor: foie gras, tasting menu, wine pairing
Fleur de Lys: foie gras, 4 course, wine pairing
La Folie: foie gras, amuse bouche, butter poached lobster
Acquerello: pasta with foie gras, tasting menu, parmesan budino
Gary Danko: foie gras, cheese cart, chocolate souffle
Campton Place: foie gras, champagne cart, chef Daniel Humm (note: DH left at the end of 2005)
Notice a favorite snapshot of your own? Pass it along, either in the comments below or straight to the tipline.