Ratings are based primarily on food quality but take into account service and ambiance. Restaurants that earn no stars are rated poor.
* (one star) Satisfactory
Restaurants that are useful to know about if you are nearby; they may have only a few dishes or a single quality, such as a view or atmosphere, to distinguish them.
** (two stars) Good
Restaurants with generally appealing cooking, service and settings; they tend to be worth driving across town for.
* * * (three stars) Excellent
Rewarding destinations, no matter where you’re coming from; they typically blend high-quality cooking with the environs.
* * * * (four stars) Superlative
An unsurpassed dining experience; these restaurants do what they do extraordinarily well.
Quiet: Under 60 decibels
Conversation is easy: 60-70 decibels
Must speak with raised voice: 71-80 decibels
Extremely loud: Over 80 decibels