Next time you travel to a new city, you can go to Dine.com to find restaurant reviews submitted by eaters like you. There are almost 300,000 reviews of almost 200,000 restaurants, so you're sure to find something you like.
The downside? They don't have my favorite special occasion restaurant, Matthew's listed. So not all restaurants make the guide. It just gives you a selection to choose from so at least it won't be awful.
Here's the review for our local Ruth's Chris Steak House. There's probably one near you as well. A fair variety of comments, a couple of dissenters, but the most recent is from almost a year ago.
Still, try it. Knowledge is power.
[Image from Matthew's from blogs.move.com]