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Why You Should Go Online to Receive Restaurant Feedback

May 27, 2010

Since more and more consumers are visiting restaurant websites, offering an online comment card can be a great way to receive quick, timely and candid customer feedback.  “Asking customers to give us comments online is a great, inexpensive way for us to listen to them and make sure their experience is what we intend to provide,” says Rob Caswick, co-owner, Artuzzi’s Italian Kitchen, Atlanta, GA.

When soliciting feedback online here are some things to consider:

Find the best format to get feedback

There are many kinds of online feedback forms.  Some are short questionnaires, or links to an email address. According to Alex Brennan-Martin, his restaurant gets far more detailed comments if they offer an email to a restaurant staff member rather than a formatted check box form. He goes on to say that many of the comments are favorable about staff members and having the information to share with them helps them understand how valuable they are to the restaurant.

Make giving feedback easy

Most suggest making the link on the restaurant’s homepage directly to the comment area.  The link should be clear and easy to find so customers know you’re eager to hear from them.  It makes them feel valued.

Mark Goughnour, president of says, “Seeing that you ask for feedback on your site can have an added benefit – it underscores that you care about what your customers think.”

Promote the availability of online feedback

At Davenport’s in East Providence, RI, at the bottom of each check stub is a request for customers to leave their feedback online. “Normally I get about 100 online comments a month,” says Gregg Davenport, owner, “but twice a year I give customers an incentive – such as a free appetizer – and then I get as many as 500 in a month.

Respond to your comments immediately

“I respond to all emails personally, and try to do so within 24 hours,” says Rob. All of the comments made about Artuzzi’s go directly to Rob’s email.  The restaurant receives about 300 per month. When he gets back to customers he always includes all of his contact info, including cell number so a customer can call him directly if they choose.