November 24, 2015

Stockholm Big Night In: Burger Edition

Posted by Agnes Lindberg


Imagine a great Yelp event. Now take away the venue, the people and place the goodies right there in your home and all you have to do is share your love for great local biz and RSVP, still in your comfy pants. For 15 lucky Yelpers this became a reality on Friday November 20th. First they got their house cleaned by TidyApp, got a massage from Hemmassagen Stockholm and then placed their order through Foodora to get a juicy burger. Then came the goodiebag with movie tickets, grawnola, apple must, sour dough and fun things needed for a Yelp event like a nametag and balloons.

Curious? Check out the reviews and the photos, you could have the next party in your house.

Thanks to all the great partners that made this night happen!

FoodoraHemmassagen StockholmTidyAppKoloniHalfvede MusteriSF AnytimeKronjäst  


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Yelp's 3rd Annual Holiday House

Posted by Angela S


On November 21, Yelp North Shore brought extra attention to Wilmette's Linden Square shopping district. The home of Light Opera Works came to life as a place for the community to gather and celebrate the holidays with a gingerbread house-themed holiday hang. With the outside of the building decorated by Get Dwell, the interior was brought to life with the help of Davenport Design. Filled with holiday magic and family-friendly activities, 300+ guests interacted with local business participants and got Luxified with Lux Blox, threw *snowballs* with Game On! Sports Camp 4 Girls, played in the Little Yelpers Club house, made thankful tree ornaments with KIND snacks, enjoyed sweet treats with Gigi's Cupcakes and FlavorPot, listened to stories by The Storybook Mom, and danced along to music with Miss Jamie's Farm. Guests also participated in a community raffle to help raise scholarship money for the Light Opera Works kids music programming. Raffle prizes were generously donated by local North Shore businesses. See the photos by Lee Klawans right here, thoughts by the community here, and photos by Moments On Magnets right here.

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Yelp Elite Party Like It's 1937 At Del Mar

Posted by Trish

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Local San Diego Yelpers got an exclusive look into the fabled Director's Room at the Del Mar Race Track during a two-part event series for the Bing Crosby Season. Yelpers had a perfect view of the track while being served in the classic dining private room by special invitation. Attendees were "as cool as ever" and dressed the part, with hats and bowties galore! The fall Bing Crosby season, named in honor of Del Mar's iconic founder, brings quality racing and great food and drinks. Lucky Elites dined on a plethora of delicious items like the Wild Caught Colossal Gulf Shrimp Cocktail and Baja Fish Tacos. Cocktails flowed, bets were won and it was a gorgeous day down in old Del Mar. 

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Gay On The Bay: A Marriage Equality Celebration

Posted by Abby Schwarz


Love deserves to be celebrated and celebrate we did. On November 8th 2015, over 1,000 Yelpers hopped aboard Hornblower’s San Francisco Belle yacht and confirmed that love truly is universal. From the actual wedding ceremony featuring the SF Gay Men’s Chorus, to bustin’ a move on the dance floor with Bootie SF, Gay on the Bay proved to be a major success. Not to mention the 40+ fabulous vendors we had on board who provided the incredible cocktails and tasty bites! The atmosphere was contagious, the marGAYritas were flowing and over $7,000 was raised for local LGBTQAAI charities! What better way to kick off the holiday season than with a little L-O-V-E?

About Our Host: Hornblower Cruises and Events offers an only-in-San Francisco experience complete with welcoming service, gourmet cuisine, and stunning views of the most celebrated sites. Treat yourself to free-flowing champagne and a buffet, prepared on board, on their weekend Champagne Brunch Cruise or dance and dine as the city lights sparkle from the Bay Bridge to the Golden Gate on their Dinner or Supper Cruise. Whether you're planning a private party or cruising on a public cruise, Hornblower Cruises & Events is an unforgettable way to explore San Francisco.

About The Boat: The San Francisco Belle, built in 1994 in Louisiana, was used as a floating casino on the St. Charles River in Missouri. She features three fully enclosed climate-controlled decks and a sun deck with a canopy cover. With 30,000 square feet of event space and four bars, this vessel is the largest dining yacht on the West Coast, aka the only ship that fits the bill for the influential Yelp community (that's you!)

Charitable Partners: Human Rights Campaign and Family Builders — both LBGQTAAI charities collected donations at the dock and split 100% of the proceeds.

Official Spirits Sponsor: Campari America, with a full flight of complimentary cocktails from brands like SKYY Vodka, Espolon Tequila, and Wild Turkey. 

Official Rental Sponsor: Abbey Rentals

Official Bouquet Sponsor: Instacart

Official Photographer: Weddings by Sunnyside

Adult Beverage Sponsors: Angry Orchard, Calicraft Brewing, CellarPass, Heineken USA, Heretic Brewing, Hermitage Brewing Company, Jardesca Apertif, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Orpheus Wines, Singha North America, Strongbow Hard Apple Cider and Webster Cellars

Non-alcoholic Beverage Sponsors: Clearly Kombucha, HINT Water, Philz Coffee, Play Mode Beverage, Tea Drops and Vita Coco

Food Sponsors: Berkich Baking, Candicake, Creative Sushi Catering, Curry Up Now, Flan Flan Ta-Tas, Fogcutter Catering and Events, Frozen Kuhsterd, Hot Cookie, KIND Healthy Snacks, Krave Jerky, Mamie Makhi's Sweet Potato Pie, Peter's Kettle Corn, Petit Pot, Pop Up Gelato, Roline's Uniquely Filipino, Simply Bliss Catering and Events, Sweet Dragon Baking Company, The GrilledCheezGuy, The Stroopie Gourmet, Twenty Five Lusk, We The Minis and Zouq

Entertainment: Batalá San Francisco Brazilian PercussionBernal Burrow DecorationsBootie Mashup DJsCelia Castaneda Hair & MakeupCherry Hoops Hula HoopingFou Fou Ha! Clown BurlesqueYourTune, Jonathan Katz, Acoustic Singer/SongwriterLindsay Carter, Jamberry ConsultantPaper Portrayals FlowersPunkpost Card Writing StationSan Francisco Gay Men's ChorusThe Laugh Box Hashtag Booth and Weddings by Sunnyside Photo Booth.

Bummed you missed out? Feel free to take a look at all of the 5-star reviews and photos from Weddings by Sunnyside. 

Yelp’s Top 10 Places to Shop Local in Rochester

Posted by Breanna


It’s no surprise that Rochester is chock full of local businesses to support this holiday season after Yelp named it the #12 spot in the U.S. for shopping local! We’ve pulled a list of the top 10 yelper recommended shopping spots in ROC. Get out and spend your money where it matters most.

  1. Record Archive
  2. George Eastman Museum gift shop
  3. Craft Company No.6
  4. Bop Shop Records
  5. Archimage
  6. Abode
  7. Parkleigh
  8. Peppermint
  9. Far Out Vintage
  10. Thread

Behind The Scenes With Busken: A Thanksgiving Factory Tour

Posted by Cindy


We all know those crumbly scrum-diddily-umptious cookies, those legendary pumpkin pies, and those quirky advertising slogans, but what most people don't know is that the Busken family is still making almost everything by hand, in the same tradition, just the way their great grandfather did back in 1928.

Yelp + the Busken family teamed up offer Yelp Cincinnati elites a behind the scenes look at an honest days work at the factory just in time for Thanksgiving. Yelpers loved getting to try warm donuts right off the line, but even more than that, we were shocked to learn that most of the people working had been with the for the company for more than 30+ years. Let's just say, they know a thing or two about how to make a donut.

Read what Yelpers are saying about this historically rich and delicious event here. And peep all the behind the scenes photos by Evoking Light Photography over on our Yelp Cincinnati FB page.

Buy local this year and pick up all of your Thanksgiving goodies at Busken! Keep in touch to see daily specials, promos and more on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and their website here

Needless to say - it's SWEET to be elite! Find out how you can get in all of these free events here.

Special Thank You To Our Sponsors:

BuskenEvoking Light Photography 

Yelp's Pizza Party @ Monster Mini Golf

Posted by Drew


On Tuesday, 85 members of the Long Island Elite Squad and their guests stepped into the dark and onto the scariest mini golf course in the area at Monster Mini Golf. The course boasts neon skeletons, crazy clowns, graveyard motifs and other haunted figures we'd care to forget (so we can start sleeping again). Before recording scary high scores on the course, attendees were treated to free arcade games, beer from Blue Point Brewery and dozens of specialty pies (and buffalo garlic knots) from Richie's Pizza in Deer Park. We know you want to hear more, so check out all the 5-star reviews and pictures from the event HERE!

Elite Event: Yelp Thanksgiving at Fig Tree

Posted by Will Borland

Yelp Thanksgiving

Yelp Birmingham has embraced the family mentality in 2015. And what is every family's favorite holiday? Thanksgiving. The hard working folks at Fig Tree gave us a lot to be thankful for as they invited us out for a Sunday evening feast. JP fried up the turkeys and gave us more dressing, greens, and sweet potato casserole than we could handle. This didn't even touch the great food that is on Fig Tree's menu. But they made sure our traditional Thanksgiving was perfect in every way. Some great activities led to some good laughs and tickets to give away. Be sure to go through the photos here and the reviews here and see how much fun we had. And check out Fig Tree's website 

Thar Be Grits In Them (Green) Hills!

Posted by Johnny Todd


Nashville has undergone a lot of changes in recent years but Green Hills has stayed pretty steady throughout. Hillsboro traffic? Check. Big houses? Check. Rolling hills? Check. But when neighborhood (and, city) mainstay Green Hills Grille closed, there was no check… only some sadness. Fast forward to 2015 and fruit tea lovers can rejoice: GHG has returned and Yelp Loves A Comeback. Re-introducing itself to new Nashvillians and reminding old timers why they loved it, GHG invited Elite members to sit down for old classics like chicken tortilla soup and Santa Fe chicken as well as new favorites like The Rye Drink To Order and their take on Shrimp & Grits. Ecstatic Elites wrote reviews here and you can check out photos here. The more things change, the more they stay the same and we’re happy to have you back, GHG. Don’t ever leave (again)!

Event Sponsors: Green Hills GrilleAcacia EvansEvan Davies

Top 100 spisesteder i København ifølge Yelp

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For første gang nogensinde har Yelp udarbejdet en liste over de 100 bedste spisesteder i København. Yelp er en online byguide (web og app), som hjælper folk med at finde lokale steder at spise, shoppe, drikke, slappe af og lave aktiviteter og har i alt 89 millioner unikke brugere via appen og 79 millioner brugere via hjemmesiden om måneden. På listen finder du de bedste lokale spisesteder i København baseret på antal anmeldelser og samlet antal stjerner.

På toppen af listen finder man verdens bedste restaurant af 4 omgange og to-stjernet Michelin-restaurant Noma, og herefter kommer forskellige, skjulte såvel som kendte, steder, der serverer den bedste morgenmad, sandwich, street food mm. - Yelps 100 bedste spisesteder er for enhver smag og budget.


  • På andenpladsen finder man Next Door Café som er stedet i indre by, hvor lokale mødes for at få dagens omgang københavnerstemning krydret med et solidt og billigt måltid.
  • Aamanns Etablissement, som er kendt for deres lækre smørrebrød, er det 9. bedste spisested i København.
  • Papirøen Copenhagen Street Food afrunder top 10-listen som et af de nyeste tiltag i byen.

Top 100 spisesteder i København

  1. Noma
  2. Next Door Café
  3. Banana Joe
  4. Höst
  5. Geranium
  6. Slice of San Francisco
  7. Smagsløget
  8. Forno a Legna
  9. Aamanns Etablissement
  10. Papirøen Copenhagen Street Food
  11. Kiin Kiin
  12. The Red Box
  13. Oliver And The Black Circus
  14. Fiskebaren
  15. Grød
  16. Al-Diwan
  17. Restaurant Schønnemann
  18. Retour Steak
  19. Tight
  20. Tante T
  21. Mielcke & Hurtigkarl
  22. Sticks 'n' Sushi
  23. Bertels Kager
  24. Grød
  25. Cofoco
  26. Mad & Kaffe
  27. Cafe Dyrehaven
  28. Paludan Bogcafé
  29. Sokkelund Cafe & Brasserie
  30. Pastis
  31. Sankt Annæ 8
  32. Sweet Treat
  33. Sushi Lovers
  34. formel B
  35. Lækkerier
  36. Morgenstedet
  37. Gastronomia Italiana Tre
  38. Halifax
  39. gorm's i Magstræde
  40. Restaurant Relæ
  41. Restaurant Radio
  42. Salon 39
  43. Andersen Bakery
  44. Restaurant PUK
  45. Restaurant Bror
  46. Bevar's
  47. District Tonkin
  48. Brasserie Degas
  49. Pizzeria La Fiorita
  50. Era Ora
  51. Cafe N
  52. MASH
  53. Ché Fé
  54. Ipsen & Co.
  55. Mélée
  56. Thai Pan
  57. Restaurant Nha Trang
  58. Massimo
  59. Foodie
  60. La Lua
  61. Tårnet
  62. NEIGHBOURHOOD - Organic Pizza & Cocktails
  63. Bento
  64. Falernum
  65. Kaffe
  66. Enghave Kaffe
  67. Malbeck
  68. Kong Hans Kælder
  69. Kösk Kebab
  70. Ma'ed Ethiopian Restaurant
  71. Big Apple
  72. Risteriet Halmtorvet
  73. Le Sommelier
  74. Protein-Baren
  75. Pizza Huset
  76. Møller Kaffe & Køkken
  77. 42Raw
  78. Landbageriet
  79. Chez Laurent
  80. Restaurant 56°
  81. Umami
  82. Tapa Del Toro
  83. Llama
  84. Dürüm Bar
  85. Restaurant Kadeau
  86. Grillen Nørrebro
  87. Paté Paté
  88. Madklubben Vesterbro
  89. Geist
  90. Grisen
  91. Oki Sushi
  92. La Tradizionale
  93. Restaurant AOC
  94. Vi Mødtes Gennem Ruden
  95. Madklubben Bistro-De-Luxe
  96. Hija de Sánchez
  97. DØP
  98. Wulff og Konstali Food Shop
  99. The Union Kitchen
  100. Pastis Fishmarket


November 23, 2015

Meet the Maker: Undone Chocolate

Posted by Kimberly


Yelp is all about connecting people with great local businesses, and we recognize that these businesses — led by artisans, doers and creators of all kinds — are the lifeblood of our communities. So we choose a few small biz badasses from around the world each month to spotlight and learn from.

Allow us to introduce Adam and Kristen Kavalier, founders of Undone Chocolate located at Union Kitchen in Washington, DC. Undone Chocolate is a bean-to-bar craft chocolate maker that prides itself on creating small batch chocolate with beans sourced directly from small producers.

Why did you create Undone Chocolate?

Undone Chocolate began as a way to share our passion for simple, flavorful, healthy chocolate with family and friends. It was very well received and grew into something we wanted to share beyond our home. It came out of a scientist's curiosity and turned into a passion for learning and teaching about the mysteries of cacao and chocolate — a story that is lesser told. Beginning in a Manhattan apartment with chocolate tastings and fondue parties, the production grew to a point where we had to take it outside of our home and into a commercial space. We returned home to D.C. where we continue to grow as a local representative of a nationwide movement. There is a revolution of craft chocolate taking shape in the U.S., and we are happy to represent D.C.

If customers come away knowing just one thing about your business, what do you want that message to be?

That chocolate is complex and beautiful. There is a tremendous story behind the producers and the makers. There are more than nine steps in chocolate making, and it takes more than a month to go from a cocoa pod to a chocolate bar. That complexity is mesmerizing and beautiful.


What do you do to make sure you are regularly inspired?

We continue learning. Tasting, reading, speaking, listening. There is constant input and sharing. Working out of Union Kitchen, a kitchen incubator in Ivy City, has also been inspiring. We are growing among several other food startups, all learning the same lessons and being inspired by the same values.

What makes you most excited about having Undone Chocolate in Washington D.C.?

Washington D.C. is ripe for craft foods, yet there is very little known about craft chocolate here. We are here to tell the story and expose people to the lesser known side of this food. Everyone has tried chocolate here, but only a few know where it comes from and how it is made. This is new in D.C., and our customers have been as excited to learn as we have been to teach them about it.

What does a typical day entail for you?

Grinding chocolate, tasting chocolate, talking chocolate, meeting customers, working with my employees (who are incredible).

How has customer feedback shaped and been incorporated into your business?

We are constantly speaking with our customers, sharing our stories and listening to theirs. Chocolate is our form of communication. We have learned a tremendous amount, and our business continues to evolve from what our customers teach us. We are also planning classes and tours; these are things our customers are extremely interested in. These should start just in time for Valentine's Day.

What do you want the future to hold for Undone Chocolate?

We have just expanded into our Ivy City location where we have begun playing with additional cacao origins and products. We are now launching a Wild Amazonian Bolivian bar, which plays a significant role in preservation of the Amazon rainforest and local economies in the Beni region of Bolivia. We are also releasing a thick drinking chocolate made from single origin direct trade cacao from Ecuador. Through these types of products we are able to support sustainability and local economies at origin. Our new products are available at Union Kitchen Grocery, Glen's Garden Market, Cocova and Compass Coffee. We are also available at Mom's Organic Market, Yes Organic Market, Each Peach and other local specialty shops.

Undone Chocolate's sweet  future includes more tastings, tours and classes, bringing more chocolate to the good people of D.C.!


Want to learn more about the craft scene in D.C.? Bookmark Union Kitchen on Yelp. You can also find Undone Chocolate at and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

This past year, Undone Chocolate treated the Yelp DC Elite Squad to a downright geeky and informational Science of Chocolate class. And of course there were lots of tasting afterward! Read more about that here.

Meet the Elite: Gary I, LA East


Welcome to Meet The Elite, where we let you in on the lives of some of our top community members. Today we meet Gary I, born and raised in Glendale, who has a keen sense of taste and a rich thirst for knowledge. Yelping since March ‘11, Gary’s beautifully written verses will make you fall in love with Los Angeles a trillion times over. He’s cool. Find out why below.


Why did you start yelping?

I joined various meetup groups in 2011, and many times we referred to Yelp to give us an idea of what to expect when we had an event at a restaurant. I started to Yelp as an exercise in writing reviews that often touch on the cuisine, culture, history, customs, linguistics, geography relating to the business, since as a former teacher, I'm still instinctively trying to edify.

What’s your favorite local biz?

No matter in which direction the prevailing winds of culinary trends may blow, Mako Sushi in Little Tokyo DTLA is my favorite spot for amazing Japanese cuisine and warm service. It's like going to a small, intimate neighborhood restaurant on a little side street in old Tokyo. It’s the old school traditions and customs that keep me coming back time and time again.

What’s your dream Yelp event?

Ideal YEE (Yelp Elite Event) would be Menu de Gustation de Truffe Blanche avec Association de Vins et Mets at Patina with Sommelier Sylvestre Fernandes.

What are you doing when you're not Yelping?

I'm a culture vulture who goes to Obscura outings; Meetup language exchanges; UYEs; restauranting from down home to tres haut; underground leather events; and sake and wine tastings. Los Angeles has a plethora of things to do and see that even if one could stay up 24/7, there would be no way to keep up. Life's a banquet; one can never be bored here.

Don't take our word for it!

“Gary I's vast knowledge of the gourmet dining restaurant scene in Los Angeles is on display every time he Yelps. His reviews have outstanding writing and provide so many excellent and helpful details. His love of history and culture show every time he writes a review; it's not just about the venue, but about its role in history and culture. He is truly a cut above, the elite of the Elite." - Isobel L

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Brunch, Southeast Asian Style at Pig And Khao


Pancakes, eggs, avocado toast... yawn.

From Leah Cohen, Top Chef season five alum, brunch is turned on its head and completely reimagined for a more adventurous weekend palate. If you're looking for waffles with stone fruit compote and whipped cream, you've come to the wrong place. One look at the brunch menu here and you'll know what we're talking about.

Upwards of 70 Manhattan Elites noshed on sizzling corned beef hash, pork jowl and Brussels sprouts salad, khao soi, and much more. Complimented with bottomless beer and a variety of refreshing mimosas, it's only a matter of time until this LES dinner hotspot is just as well known for their cuisine before the sun sets. 

Click here to read reviews of the event. Click here for pictures. Also, be sure to follow Pig And Khao on Yelp, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

Yelp's Top 10 Places To Shop Local In Richmond

Posted by Lauri Thompson

Supporting local businesses this holiday season is the perfect way to give back to the community. That's why Yelp has put together this list of the Top 10 Places To Shop Local In Richmond. From the best biz for vintage frocks to a neighborhood favorite for fresh florals, we know just the place! 

  1. South of the James Market
  2. Mongrel 
  3. World Of Mirth
  4. Deep Groove
  5. Chop Suey Books
  6. Halcyon Vintage Clothing
  7. Nicola Flora
  8. Road Runner Running Store
  9. Ashby
  10. Nest Antiques Art & Gifts

Wish You Were Here! Yelp New Orleans Steak-ation with LongHorn Steakhouse!

Posted by Morgan
Yelp New Orleans rustled up some of its finest Elites to head on out to a sure-fire, good time steak-ation with Slidell's Longhorn Steakhouse. Guests were welcomed by Managing Partner Matt Bellina who prepared each seat with an extensive mouth-watering menu, free appetizer card, a sneak peak menu of seasonal sensations, and a friendly game of Steak trivia. 
During family-style appetizers of sweet corn fritters and Wild West Shrimp, Matt schooled our Elites on steaks, seasoning, and what makes LongHorn Steakhouse special. Amy K was rewarded with a LongHorn Steakhouse gift card for scoring high on her steak quiz, as was Suzanne C for her social media skills posting sizzling pics with the tag #LongHornYelp. To be honest though, everyone scored big when their choice of Longhorn steaks arrived at the table! 
But what meal is complete without a Chocolate Stampede or Pumpkin Spice Lava Cake?! Elites loosened their big ol' belt buckles and dug in for what was the perfect ending to this delicious meal. Make no mis-steak, this was one steak-ation that will not be easily forgotten! Check out our five star reviews here and drool-inducing photos here!
Thank You To Our Great Sponsor: LongHorn Steakhouse as well as Matt Bellina and his wonderful staff!