GAYOT.com Restaurant Rating System

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Our Food Ratings Explained

GAYOT’s rating system works as follows, with the highest possible score being 20. The rankings reflect only GAYOT’s opinion of the food. The décor, service, ambience and wine list are commented on within each review.
Rating of 19/20
Exceptional
Ratings of 17/20 & 18/20
Excellent
Ratings of 15/20 & 16/20
Very Good
Ratings of 13/20 & 14/20
Good
Ratings of 10/20, 11/20 & 12/20
Average
Rating of Quick Bites
Quick Meal
No Rating
Not rated because restaurant is new or undergoing changes

GAYOT.com evaluates each restaurant on a specific rating system based on a 20-point scale. You’ll see this rating on every restaurant review page. The rankings reflect only GAYOT’s opinion of the food, including the quality of the ingredients and the creativity of the chef. The décor, service, ambience and wine list are commented on within each review. GAYOT’s 20-point rating scale developed from the system that launched Nouvelle Cuisine in the early 1970s and resembles the grading range used for students in France.

Renowned for worldwide guidebooks, GAYOT ranks restaurants in major destinations, including Paris, London and New York. Thus, in our rankings here we are comparing the restaurants on our site to others in major cities. Also, our rankings are relative. A 13/20 may not be a superlative ranking for a highly acclaimed (and very expensive) restaurant, but it is quite complimentary for a small place without much culinary pretension.

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