Food Safety and Restaurant Inspection Ratings

Restaurant inspection ratings

Policies requiring food establishments to publicly post safety inspection "grades" empower consumers, reduce foodborne illness rates, and cut down on health care costs.

Our assessment of restaurant inspection policies includes information about city laws valid through February 1, 2020.

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The state of restaurant inspection ratings policies in big US cities

out of forty cities received a medal for restaurant inspection ratings policies, including gold, and silver.


Out of the nation’s 40 largest cities

  • Measuring big cities’ restaurant inspection policies

    How did we award restaurant inspection policy medals?

  • City uses a mandatory rating system to disclose the restaurant inspection results to the public

  • Restaurants must visibly post on-site rating/grades

  • Restaurants must post rating/grades outside before potential customer enters

Restaurant inspection ratings medal table