This happens frequently in touristic places, where the chances to have bad food at high prices are considerable. It’s never easy to choose when you’re not familiar with a place, however, there are a few tricks.
1. Avoid possibly bars and restaurants in famous places. Better having a look in the surroundings.
2. Pictures of menus and dishes displayed outside might be very useful to get an idea of which food is served but they are a clear sign that the place is for tourists and not for locals.
3. Ask locals for advice, but possibly not your hotel. These latter often promote places with which they have some agreement.
Simple tips that are not working 100% but certainly can be of great help.
How to spot a tourist trap restaurant
We always tell our guests in Paris to look at the menu. If the menu card is translated in more than 3 languages, it’s a good sign it’s a place wanting to attract tourists. Beware most of all if it’s got it in Japanese!
Another give away, restaurants who make their employees wear the national costume of the specialty they offer.