The Rating System:
I like Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema’s rating system, so I’ll be using that. Half stars indicate a rating between the descriptions below.
* (1 star) Satisfactory
Restaurants that are useful to know about if you are nearby; they may have only a few dishes or a single quality, such as a view or scene, to distinguish them.
** (2 stars) Good
Restaurants with generally appealing cooking, service and settings; they tend to be worth driving across town for.
*** (3 stars) Excellent
Rewarding destinations, no matter where you’re coming from; they typically blend high-quality cooking with environs and service to match.
**** (4 stars) Superlative
An unsurpassed experience; these restaurants do what they do extraordinarily well.
Ratings are based primarily on food quality but take into account service and ambience. Restaurants that earn no stars are rated Poor.