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Restaurant listing guidelines

Basic Requirements

Restaurants on TripAdvisor must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Must serve prepared food
  • Must be open to the public
  • Must be open on a regularly scheduled basis
  • Must be open for at least 12 consecutive weeks
  • Must be stationary and have a permanent address
    • Food trucks may be listed as long as their schedule and locations are posted online. Requests must include a valid website for confirmation.

The following DO qualify as a restaurant on TripAdvisor:

  • Sit down
  • Take out
  • Fast food
  • Cafes and coffee shops that sell prepared food (pastries, sandwiches, etc.)
  • Bars and pubs that serve prepared food (burgers, fries, etc.)
  • Chain restaurants
  • Sandwich shops
  • Tapas
  • Diners
  • Ice cream shops
  • Dessert/pastry shops
  • Food trucks as long as their schedule and locations are posted online
  • Restaurants that require reservations
  • Restaurants inside other businesses (e.g. a restaurant inside a retail store or a restaurant inside a hotel)
  • Supermarkets that have a prepared food section and tables where you can dine


The following do NOT qualify as a restaurant on TripAdvisor:

  • Delivery only
  • Catering
  • Personal chefs who travel to and cook at various locations
  • Banquet/wedding venues
  • Cooking classes (request as Things to Do)
  • Chocolate or candy stores
  • Pop-up or short-term restaurants
  • Private clubs that require membership
  • Food courts (we list individual restaurants inside the food court)
  • Bars/pubs that only serve light bar snacks (pretzels, crackers, nuts, etc.)
  • Businesses providing pre-packaged meals that are ordered and paid for in advance
  • Places that only serve drinks
  • Places that only sell unprepared food
  • When you eat a meal while watching a performance (request as Things to Do)
  • When you eat a meal while riding a train or a boat (request as Things to Do)
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