I wanted to warn both travellers and locals of what I suspect are some dodgy goings on with Tripadvisor Restaurant reviews.
I have been a regular user of Tripadvisor for some time. I mainly write reviews on places I encounter whilst on holiday. As I know my own city well I do not tend to use Tripadvisor much for information on Glasgow.
However, I have looked at the top rated restaurants recently, partly because I was told that a rather basic place 20 yards from my work had become the top eatery in the city according to Tripadvisor.
Looking at the reviews of Glasgow restaurants, it does appear to me that there have been a number of “New Entries” to the top two pages of the restaurant. Most of these places have between 20 and 60 reviews, predominately from new or low review count users and mainly in recent months.
I have no axe to grind with any of these places –I have not eaten in any of them and I am not associated with any other restaurant in Glasgow.
I do life and work in Glasgow and I would expect to know of these places, but I don’t. Outside of Tripadvisor I have never heard of them. Strange that these top Glasgow restaurants are not being talked about by Glaswegians ……
The point of this post is to warn people to look behind the placing on Tripadvisor. Look at who is doing the rating, has there been a rush of good ratings in the last 6 months or is the restaurant an established business with consistently good reviews over time.