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Out-of-Towner Review Bias

When visiting a new place, does it seem like every restaurant you try is better than at home? Many people choose food options based on sites like Yelp and TripAdvisor. According to NPR, a study from University of Arizona and the University of Minnesota however found that a place rates depends on whether they’re a local versus a tourist.

Whereas a local might notice more issues with his or her food; a visitor might be more forgiving. In general tourists tend to rate restaurants much higher than natives viewing things as novel. The takeway is that if service and food quality are important to you, you should consider where the reviewer is based.

Do you have food review bias when out of town?


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