Newspapers rethink stars in restaurant reviews

The Los Angeles Times announced last week that it will no longer use star ratings with restaurant reviews. A day after LAT’s announcement, the Buffalo News told readers that it’s getting rid of stars and introducing a numerical rating. “[The new critic’s] using a 10-point scale, with 1 meaning ‘stay home,’ 5 meaning ‘worth a try,’ and 10 meaning ‘extraordinary or almost flawless,'” explained editor Margaret Sullivan.

Now the San Francisco Chronicle is asking readers what they think about star ratings. “I, and many other critics, have a love-hate relationship with rating systems,” writes Michael Bauer. “However in the end I come down on the side of the star rating, as difficult and sometime as incongruous as the stars might seem.”

* LAT: Stars are out, at least for restaurant reviews
* It’s numbers now — not stars — in Buffalo News restaurant reviews
* Should the San Francisco Chronicle drop its star ratings?