Dramatic Reading of Yelp Review Shows How Ridiculous Restaurant Critics Can Be (VIDEO)


crab cakesDo you Yelp? I do. I use the website for almost everything. Looking for a new nail salon? Yelp. Going on a date with a guy and he proposes a new restaurant I've never heard of? Yelp. Seriously, without the popular review website, I'd pretty much 100 percent be lost. OK, maybe that's extreme. I'd just end up in a lot more iffy places.

Which is why I can't stop laughing over one particular Yelp review hailing from the Stratford Diner in Stratford, New Jersey, as read by actor Chris Kipiniak. Apparently the reviewer went in, ordered the crab cakes (which were excellent, she says), but only gave the hot spot one star because when she called back to tell the chef how delicious they were, he made her feel "rushed."

Trust me, this one is a must-see. Check out the dramatic reading of the actual Yelp review, here:


I think no matter what the review said, Kipiniak's reading would have made it hilarious. The fact that the man looks like he's about to legitimately break down into tears ... I die!

The question here, though, is what makes someone head to Yelp? Personally, if the food at a particular restaurant is beyond amazing, then I try to give credit where it's due. If the food's crazy different and there's something I can't put my finger on, it's worth Yelping about. Of course, there are the negative experiences (like the one from Stratford Diner) that make the grade, too. I prefer it when those reviews use more expletives, though.

Do you use Yelp to find good restaurants?


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Stacey. Stacey.

I dont really like to rely on reviews too much. From personal experience, I have found that people are much more likely to write  one if they have had a negative experience. Also, a lot of companies do have people write fake reviews or go online to different forums trying to do damage control. I am very skeptical of things I read about on the internet.

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

I'm skeptical of Yelp too. I wrote a review of a local Asian fusion place that totally sucked. The buffet was no better than other local places, slightly larger but same quality, but it was over twice the price and the servers were just plain obnoxious. They have a bunch of reviews saying the food is excellent as is the service yet they all sound suspiciously similar, using the same sentence structure and adjectives. Hmm, so half a dozen people with virtually identical writing styles like it and I just got really unlucky? I'm not buying it.

nonmember avatar Odin

A critic has no business calling a subject. Why would they do that? To make themselves feel ingratiated to? It's only an objective review if there is no personal relationship. Say "Hi, I'm the one who is writing a good review of your business. You should faun over me and thank me and make me feel important because I'm helping you make money by writing a good review of your place." Now there is a relationship. If you do not fuss over the grand and honored food critic, you will get a bad review.

Shandi80 Shandi80

There are a lot of fake reviews from biases sources, e.g.,  employees or relatives of the company. Yelp, google, and yahoo reviews cannot be trusted due to these factors, imo. They are fun to read, though.

hotrd... hotrdumommy

I only use yelp to read the reviews for a laugh.

momav... momavanessa

I think Yelp has been very helpful for us. I do write reviews when we get really really poor or really good service! 

This was so funny though!!!

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