Location and User Menus
The top header bar contains the default location and user menus. By changing the default location, you can view specific reviews for that area or city and set the default location when performing searches. To view the user menu, you must login first by either registering a new account and completing the registration steps or logging in if the registration process has already been completed.
Onced you have logged in, you will see a context sensitive user menu at the top right of every page. When viewing a specific restaurant, it will show actions you can perform on that restaurant such as editing the restaurant information, submitting a review, and uploading images.
Searching for a Specific Restaurant
If you are looking for a specific restaurant that you know the name of, enter the name in the first search box where it says “Restaurant or Cuisine”. Enter the city in the next box (or your postal code if you live nearby) and then click the search button. If you can't find any results, try shortening the name you are searching. For example, if you are searching for a restaurant called Greatest Sushi Restaurant, try entering greatest or even just great. Restaurants names can sometimes be slightly different than you antipicipate so you should try a wide search first and then narrow it later if there are too many results.
The location field that is labelled City or Postal Code is critically important in your searches. This controls what city, metro area or proximity is being searched. By default, the location is set to Metro Vancouver which includes Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, Surrey, Langley, West Vancouver, North Vancouver, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, Delta and White Rock. If you leave this field blank, it will default to Metro Vancouver.
If you want to search by proximity, try entering a postal code. By default, it will search for all restaurants within 50 km of the postal code entered sorted by distance. For example, you can leave the restaurant or cuisine field blank and then enter your postal code to find all restaurants within 50 km.
The advanced search allows you to perform a granular search using specific locations, cuisines or options including price and specific restaurant features.
The location section displays all sub locations of the set location. This means that if your location is Metro Vancouver (which is the default), the location section will display cities within that metro area. Change the location in the top-right menu bar to a specific city and the location section will display neihgbourhoods instead of cities. By checking the locations you wish to include, your search will be limited to those specific locations.
The cuisines section displays all cuisines available in your current location. To limit restaurants by specific cuisine, check the cuisines you wish to include. A restaurant must have at least one of these cuisines to be included in the search results.
The options section includes price and restaurant features you would like your search to include. Selecting multiple features requires that a restaurant have ALL of those features in order to be included in the search results.
The bottom row allows you to control the way the search results are displayed. If you enter a postal code as part of your search, there will be more items in the options section because you can also sort by proximity and control the kilometre radius of your search. The sort controls the display order of restaurants in the search results. For example, if you select Overall rating, restaurants will be ordered by highest to lowest rating in the search results. The other options allow you to specify a minimum number of reviews a restaurant must have, the number of results per page in the search results, whether fast food chains are included and to search for closed restaurants. By default, restaurants must not be a fast food chain and be marked as “Open” to be included in the search results unless the last two options are checked.