Most people have at one point used Yelp to solve the timeless question of what they should eat.
Sometimes, Yelp is helpful in finding you the perfect meal; other times, you finish your research and end up just as clueless as when you started — and slightly hungrier.
The reason behind his disapproval?
It's Elite Yelpers, whose negative reviews Bourdain thinks might be unfairly skewing your image of a restaurant — and hurting the business.
"They're bad for chefs, they're bad for restaurants," he says.
So it's not really Yelp as a whole that he hates with a burning passion. Just the Elite-ers whose unaccredited opinions might be biasing your decisions.
Bourdain does, however, stan for Instagram — which he believes is a more democratic way of dispersing opinions on food.
Obviously, Yelp had thoughts on the matter as well: "Most reviews on Yelp are not negative. Yelp provides a two-way platform for consumers to discover restaurants and share experiences while chefs/restaurant owners can respond to their customers and use the platform to be more successful."
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Do you agree with Anthony Bourdain's opinion on Elite Yelpers?
vote votesNah, I find their reviews useful.
vote votesI don't really use Yelp.