You probably already know the importance of reading reviews online — whether you’re looking at products, services, vacations, hotels, or anything else. The opinions of other clients and customers out there in the world have become enormously important to the choices we make, no matter what industry or sector of business you care to mention.

Those experiences we really want to savor particularly fall into this category. A recreational opportunity like parasailing, a ski weekend, or even a trip to the local steakhouse. It’s important to choose well. In some ways, these choices are just as important as the more logical and practical ones, since you’re talking about enjoying the best moments of your life.

But what do you actually look for when you read steakhouse reviews? What are the things you should pay most attention to, and what are the red flags? Here are four things to keep in mind.

1. The steak

This is obviously a big one. You could have the perfect steakhouse experience from the moment you walk in the door to the moment you leave — but if the steak itself isn’t of the highest quality, and isn’t prepared by a skilled steakhouse chef, you’re going to be left with dashed expectations.

2. The service

Service is another important thing to look for in user reviews. Who wants to make the effort to show up at a steakhouse, only to be met with rude or curt servers who don’t seem interested in shaping your experience in the best way possible? Service can make all the difference between a mediocre visit and a truly excellent one. You want service that is friendly but not too “over the top.” You want servers to be knowledgeable and helpful, but not pushy.

3. The value

When the bill arrives, how do you feel about it? This is actually a very important question to ask, and when you’re reading other people’s reviews of steakhouses (whether in your area or while traveling), you want to get a sense of the overall value. Visiting a good steakhouse may not be the cheapest meal you eat all week, but does it have to give you “sticker shock” when it’s time to pay the tab? Great steakhouses know how to walk the line and deliver the highest quality at a price that’s fair.

4. The atmosphere

Even if all the other elements are in place, people still don’t have a great time at a steakhouse unless the ambiance is right. A comfortable, low-lit atmosphere with classic lines and plush furniture is always a winner, when done right. Other places might have a more modern and contemporary look. Either way, atmosphere matter.

Which steakhouse will you review next?

The great thing about using reviews to choose your next steakhouse experience is that after you leave the steakhouse, you have an opportunity to be a part of the conversation and contribute your own review. And if you find a the right place, you might end up writing several reviews as you keep coming back for more.