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    July 9, 2013

    Yelp's New Wordmaps Show Where to Find Bacon and Yuppies

    If you've always wondered where to go if you're a yuppie, hipster, romantic, or just hungover, Yelp recently released some maps to point wayward souls in the right direction. Chris Chan, a Yelp data scientist who also helped engineer the maps and pens the official Yelp Wordmap blog, writes that th ... More >>

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    May 7, 2013

    Check Out Wired's Excellent "Should I Trust This Yelp Review?" Flowchart

    In this hilarious and spot-on flowchart, Wired wades into the murky waters of Yelp trustability and comes up a comprehensive guide to when and when not to trust the crowdsourced review site. (Spoiler alert: Hardly ever.) See also: The Onion Takes on Yelp in Latest in Long Line of Review Site Satire ... More >>

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    May 7, 2012

    Digital Civil Rights Group Says Yelp Isn't Responsible for Bad Reviews

    The San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation is urging a federal appeals court to block an attempt by disgruntled businesses" to hold online forums, including Yelp, responsible for customer's reviews. In a friend-of-the-court brief filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ... More >>

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    March 13, 2012

    There's a National Kerfuffle About Restaurant Stars, and Why I Don't Care

    ​If you hadn't heard, the LA Times, which recently hired Jonathan Gold away from our sister paper the LA Weekly, made the decision last week to drop assigning stars to restaurant reviews. "Star ratings are increasingly difficult to align with the reality of dining in Southern California," food edi ... More >>

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    November 15, 2011

    Best Practices for Making a Hip Coffee Shop Your Office

    ​Yelp/ Lucy M.​For those of us who don't work in an office, and aren't rich or fancy enough to afford things like WiFi and coffee makers, there's always the options of setting up shop at nearby coffee shops and cafes. Sometimes a trip to our local cafe is the only thing that'll stop those of us ... More >>

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    November 15, 2011

    Free Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Right Now!

    Yelp/ Michael C.​What: Free soup and grilled cheese! Where: The Melt at 345 Spear When: Tue., November 15, 3-7 p.m. Cost: Free! The rundown: The Melt, the T-1000 of grilled cheese joints, is giving giving away free "Melt and Soup combo"s today. Like, right now. Right now until 7 p.m. so i ... More >>

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    September 23, 2011

    Yelp Says Outright Lying is "Personal Opinion"

    ​Jesse Hirsch recently brought to my attention a review of Tuba restaurant on Yelp, by a woman who claims to write for us. She wrote: This place totally rocks! The food blows your mind away. I also write for SF weekly and I definitely am writing about them this week! There's only one probl ... More >>

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    September 13, 2011

    Does Groupon Hurt a Restaurant's Ratings?

    Does Groupon bring out the trolls?​The selling point of daily deal sites like Groupon and LivingSocial has long been that they bring in new customers and new revenue. Though there's concern that the online-deal market is saturated, deal sites may bring in as much as $1 billion in revenue this year ... More >>

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    June 8, 2011

    Rainbow Customer Appreciation Day: 20-Percent Off All Your Hippie Needs!

    Yelp/Kenny Y.​Where: Rainbow Grocery When: Wednesday, June 8, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Cost: 20-percent off the ENTIRE STORE The rundown: You know, we can make fun of Rainbow all we want but at the end of the day, places like it are the reason we all live in San Francisco. I mean, if we don't stand fo ... More >>

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    April 14, 2011

    Tonight: Mission Community Market Unveils Familiar Foods, Mystery Mural

    Luis C./Yelp​Mission Community Market Where: Bartlett between 21st and 22nd Streets When: Tonight, April 14, 4-8 p.m. Cost: Free The rundown: The Mission Community Market: It's not just for summer anymore. It debuted last year to much cross-cultural fanfare, and this time it's arriving ea ... More >>

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    April 12, 2011

    Closing of the Eagle Tavern Will Rip a Hole in the City's Cultural Fabric

    Brian M./YelpScene at the Eagle after Pride last year.​At our sister arts and culture blog, the Exhibitionist, SF Weekly's Keith Bowers reflects on what the imminent closing of the Eagle Tavern ― slated for April 30, by an out-of-town landlord who apparently wants to open a very different ki ... More >>

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    March 30, 2011

    The 7 Best Veggie Burgers in the Bay Area

    Ed U./YelpThe seriously red, seriously delicious Plant Burger.​You know what sucks? When you get to a restaurant, all hungry and excited to eat, and upon scanning the menu, you realize your only option is a motherloving Boca burger. Ye gads, the only thing worse is the dreaded GVP (Grilled Veg ... More >>

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    March 21, 2011

    Sweet Deals on Some of Our Favorite Sweets

    John BirdsallSandwich cookies from Sweet Constructions are half-off this week via Yelp.​Let's hope you didn't give up sugar for Lent. This week Yelp has partnered up with sweets pushers all over the city to brighten your smile (while destroying your teeth). Participating shops, many of them S ... More >>

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    December 17, 2010

    Beyond Banh Mi: San Francisco's Best East-West Sandwiches

    Alvin P./YelpHRD's Sloppy Jo-Jo, $5.75.​SFoodie could eat banh mi every day ― and has, at times ― but as we have traced that hallowed route between our offices and Larkin Street we've been distracted by more and more Asian-themed sandwiches. Here are our favorite of the past five months, in no ... More >>

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    December 9, 2010

    Critic's Notes: Four Restaurants I Decided Not to Review

    Vivian H./YelpSalt and pepper prawns at Brother Seafood Restaurant.​The past year has seen so many high-profile, creative restaurants open that it's been a great time to be a restaurant critic in San Francisco. But there's as much sifting to do as writing. Over the past few months, I've eaten my w ... More >>

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    August 6, 2010

    Juban: Tranquil, Affordable Pick-Me-Ups in Japantown

    Helene K./YelpJuban's lychee sho-chu, and in the background, namuru.​The place: Juban Yakiniku House, 1581 Webster (at Post), 776-5822 The hours: Mon.-Sat., 5-7 p.m. The deals: Free appetizer with drink purchase The digs: Classy Japantown barbecue joint with indirect lighting, sumptuous s ... More >>

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    July 30, 2010

    Ponzu: Retro Party Lounge with Impressive Eats

    Ruben P./YelpBeef sliders.​The place: Ponzu, 401 Taylor (at O'Farrell), 775-7979 The hours: Daily, 4:30-6:30 p.m. The deals: House wines, well drinks, beers, and high-end snacks, all $3 each The digs: Curvy, colorful retro-moderne party lounge with a low-slung, voluptuous bar area that po ... More >>

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    July 23, 2010

    Parrilla on Polk: Cheap Pitchers and Pan-Latin Snacks

    Kevin Y./YelpPrime viewing for the Polk Street parade.​The place: Parrilla, 1760 Polk (at Washington), 359-1212 The hours: Daily, 4-7 p.m. The deals: $9 pitchers of sangria and margaritas; $2 draft Dos Equis The digs: Friendly, fun-loving hangout with live music, dancing, Wednesday night ... More >>

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    July 9, 2010

    Fly on Sutter: A Tasty Pizza and Top-Shelf Draft for Under $10

    Kris G./YelpPizza bianco.​The place: Fly on Sutter, 1085 Sutter (at Larkin), 441-4232 The hours: Tues.-Sun., noon-6:30 p.m.; Mon., 5-6:30 p.m. The deals: Half-off pizzas, $3 drafts, $5 cocktails The digs: Big, handsome, high-ceilinged hangout with brick walls, comfy sofas, shiny abstract a ... More >>

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    June 14, 2010

    What to Have for Lunch: Choripan with a Side of Soccer

    Stefano C./YelpChoripan ($6.50)​Monday, June 14, 2010Last week when we visited Tanguito, the Argentinian food truck on Fisherman's Wharf, the sun was brilliant, the tables permanently installed next to the truck were packed, and the owners were tuning the flat-screen television they'd hooked onto ... More >>

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    June 11, 2010

    Our 10 Favorite Meaty Dishes in San Francisco

    Jonathan KauffmanThe Alembic's pork belly with quince paste.​We grew up in a family where meat in some form was the biggest slab of whatever appeared on the nightly dinner plate. Pork chops breaded and fried to a challenging state of stiffness, Swiss steak, sauerbraten in a sauce all grainy-sw ... More >>

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    May 21, 2010

    At Tortilla Heights, Budget Baja in the Western Addition

    Lindsay M./YelpWho can resist free chips?​The place: Tortilla Heights, 1750 Divisadero (at Bush), 346-4351. The hours: Daily, 4:30-6:30 p.m. The deals: A different drink deal for each day of the week, plus $13 margarita pitchers and complimentary chips and salsa Monday through Friday The d ... More >>

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    May 13, 2010

    San Francisco Dentist Latest To Sue Yelp For 'Shakedown Scheme'

    Correction: People love to sue us on yelp. ​A San Francisco dentist has joined the parade of litigants targeting Yelp, filing suit in San Francisco court for extortion in a "shakedown scheme" and conspiracy to injure her business and reputation. Dr. Gelareh Rahbar, a dentist with a practice on Kea ... More >>

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    May 3, 2010

    What to Have for Lunch Today: Acme's Green Garlic Sandwich

    Steph L./YelpThis sandwich may look understuffed... ​Mon., May 3, 2010Toro E./Yelp​Not everyone appreciates the Ike's approach to overstuffing a sandwich. Leave it to Acme Bread Company to let the bread ― not the condiments ― shine. Every day, the bakery's Ferry Building location sells three ... More >>

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    April 26, 2010

    Brickhouse Cafe Has Inside Source for Sustainable Beef, Salmon

    Diana M./YelpMeat for the burgers comes from the owner's family-owned ranch in eastern Washington.​The fact we barely remember most of our meal at Brickhouse Café & Saloon doesn't mean it was bad at all. We arrived at the delightfully un-SOMA SOMA pub fairly late on a Wednesday night, having ... More >>

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    April 21, 2010

    Cry for Yelp

    The popular web site stands accused of acting like a ‘modern-day Mafia.’

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    April 6, 2010

    Yelp Announces Changes ― Are They Enough to Satisfy Class-Action Plaintiffs?

    Three separate lawsuits accuse Yelp of strong-arming potential advertisers.​Are lawyers in the class-action suit against Yelp smelling victory? Yesterday, Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman announced the user review giant would drop the "Favorite Review" feature and let readers see the reviews that w ... More >>

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    March 17, 2010

    More Companies Join Class-Action Lawsuit against Yelp

    There are nine new plaintiffs in the case against S.F.-based Yelp.​Nine companies have joined the proposed class-action lawsuit against Yelp, the San Francisco-based Internet giant, attorneys in Miami and California announced this morning. The new plaintiffs are located everywhere from Tujung ... More >>

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    February 16, 2010

    Street Tacos to Eat on the Street: Your SFoodie Lunch Planner

    Jimmy L./YelpFast food: Taqueria Vallarta's taco cart.​Tues., Feb. 16, 2010There's a standard kitchen-burrito line at the back of Taqueria Vallarta, a broad, comfortable restaurant on 24th Street. But some days a burrito or plate of chiles rellenos is too much lunch. Those are the days when you pa ... More >>

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    February 2, 2010

    Valentine's Hookup: Cruelty-Free Comfort at Greens

    Ai M./Yelp​To some, Fort Mason standby Greens is dullsville with a nice view; to others, it's a delectable institution worth preserving, a relic that stirs up waves of nostalgia in those who have grazed on its quintessential cruelty-free California fare for the past 30 years. On Valentine's Da ... More >>

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    January 19, 2010

    Intense, Greasy, and Focused: Vallarta's Tacos Are Perfect Late-Night Food

    matt m./Yelp The taco-maker's moved inside, but everything else is the same.​Taqueria Vallarta used to keep its taco contraption out on 24th Street, an alluring, insidious cart with a built-in metal bowl heaped with small piles of various meaty fillings ― chorizo, pollo, cabeza, and so on ... More >>

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    January 18, 2010

    Rhea's Deli Serving Up Korean Taco Deliciousness

    Lolia S./YelpKorean tacos began appearing a few months ago.​The relentless patter of rain sloshing the street outside our living room window has subsided, if only for a few minutes. There is a hopeful brightness behind the clouds, but we're wasting no time. We're pulling on our boots. Our favo ... More >>

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    January 5, 2010

    Get Some: Seven Best Places to Hook Up in S.F.

    1. Blackbird Neighborhood bars are great because the bartenders can introduce you to the neighbor on the stool next to you. Plus in the back of the Blackbird, there is a photo booth for a little privacy. A neighborhood bar with a fun, friendly, flirty photo booth in the back: Say cheese. 2124 Mark ... More >>

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    December 1, 2009

    Tradition, Gilded with Cheddar and Slapped on a Bun: A SFoodie Lunch Planner

    Bonnie L./YelpBeer sausage with sauerkraut -- perfect after a cheeseburger.​Tuesday, December 1, 2009 Got extra time for lunch? If yes, head to Lower Haight for Tuesday burger day at Rosamunde's, if only for tradition. That's right: You've had a better cheeseburger. (You've had worse, too -- ... More >>

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    November 9, 2009

    Grab a Spoon, Meat Lovers: A SFoodie Lunch Planner

    Bonnie L./YelpMmm, beefy.​Monday, November 9, 2009 Think of it as the slurpable equivalent of the Double Deep Meat Lover's pizza, only without the cheese, the crust, or, for that matter, the corporate branding. Make your way to the silk-flower fabulousness of the Outer Sunset's Tay Giang, 254 ... More >>

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    October 9, 2009

    Note to Mooching Yelpers: the Government Could Potentially Fine Yo Ass

    ​The Federal Trade Commission released new, rather confusing rules this week to smack down bloggers, social media users, famous Tweeters and other online pundits who don't disclose getting money or free schwag from companies that they write about. Some have interpreted the new rules to anyone who ... More >>

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    August 28, 2009

    Doggy Bag: Today's Odds and Ends

    ​Our favorite morsel from the food blogs. Ethic cleansing: At Between Meals, Michael Bauer ever so gingerly toe-kicks the issue of ethics. Did Mel's Diner cross some line when it offered diners 20 percent off their -- oh, let's say bacon burgers and freezer fries -- if they produced a glowing ... More >>

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    July 22, 2009

    Planning a Taco Crawl? Ask the Random Generator Wizard

    Random Taco Crawl GeneratorFeel the excitement.A new Web site seeks to make it easier to organize neighborhood-specific carne asada explorations. The Random Taco Crawl Generator lets you enter a 'hood and decide how many places you want to hit. Click the Andale! button, and the Generator reveals a c ... More >>

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    May 27, 2009

    PR Gaffe: Yelp Pairs Sexual Innuendo with SF Women Against Rape

    We like bikes. We like non profits that work to end violence against women. Sometimes we like Yelp, although Yelpers don't always like us. But there was something about today's Weekly Yelp (an email newsletter sent to those who subscribe that's also posted on the site) that smacked of PR gone awry. ... More >>

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    May 13, 2009

    Speaking of the North-South Burrito Wars: LA Had the Biggest One We Ever Saw

    Courtesy of AJ, via YelpI don't happen to be a burrito girl. I like my carnitas, lengua, or cabeza as unobscured as possible by the burrito's inevitable rice / beans / lettuce / guacamole / sour cream onslaught, so I tend to order small soft tacos, which I make even smaller by dividing the co ... More >>

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    April 9, 2009

    Barraged by Complaints and Skeptical Press, Yelp Changes Policy

    The balance of power on Yelp is about to get a shake-up. The San Francisco consumer review Web site blasted out an email to its Elite Squad today with the news: business owners will be allowed to publicly post their response to Yelp reviews in as early as a week. The e-mail solicited the Yelpers ... More >>

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    March 25, 2009
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    March 13, 2009

    They Hate Us on Yelp (And Want To Gag Us With an "AIDS-Ridden Coc%")

    Many in the Yelp kingdom hated our cover story this week, "Faux-Star Reviews." The comments section of the story is raging with Yelp supporters and defenders, and the ratings for SF Weekly on Yelp have taken a nosedive as of late, as shown in the screen shot:So to perpetuate the linking of blogs (he ... More >>

  • News

    March 11, 2009

    Faux-star reviews!

    A negative review on Yelp is bad for business. That's why some merchants feel they must keep Yelpers happy at any cost.

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    November 21, 2008

    Is Yelp Extorting San Fran Businesses for Good Reviews?

    By Bonnie Ruberg For anybody who’s new to the Bay Area, or who just wants to check up on a business before stepping foot in the door, is invaluable. With 25,000 listings in San Francisco alone, the site lets customers post public reviews of everything from the restaurants they love to t ... More >>

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    April 25, 2007

    Natural Cool

    Workers at S.F.'s new "green" federal building endure temperature extremes due to buggy system

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