Back in June, Eater did a hilarious video at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen that featured chefs reading actual bad Yelp reviews of their restaurants.
But wait, there’s more. Apparently, Eater went on to enlist Grant Achatz and Mike Bagale of Alinea in a similar video. The catch? Achatz and Bagale instantly did improv for the whole thing, and it’s hilariously on the mark.
Looking at actual Yelp reviews for Alinea, there are several reviews that gush in great detail. And of course, there are plenty of haters, and everyone in between. Some reviews are legit, and some—both positive AND negative—leave you shaking your head as you read. We can only imagine what that’s like if you’re actually someone who works there—or if you’re Grant Achatz.
We figured we could save the chef a lot of time and make a handy GIF for all such occasions, so we did.
For example, here’s a positive review:
And a response we feel is appropriate:
And a negative review:
Which also warrants the same response:
And then there are those where you’re pretty sure it’s a joke. If you click the “not currently recommended” reviews, you can find a one-star comedic gem of a review dated 6/19/2013 from Yelper Tyreke-Christ J. (with a whopping 4 reviews to his handle) that reads,
While you can definitely glean some useful information from Yelp, we think reviews like these are clear evidence that someone needs to get on creating a Yelp review form, Mad Libs-style. This improv is spot on.