Our Policy Package

Food Safety and 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.


*Out of the Nation’s 40 Largest Cities

The state of restaurant inspection ratings policies in big US cities

Fifteen out of forty cities received a medal for restaurant inspection ratings policies, including 12 gold, and three silver.

Measuring big cities’ restaurant inspection policies

How did we award restaurant inspection policy medals?Silver medalSilver MedalGold medalGold Medal
City uses a mandatory rating system to disclose the restaurant inspection results to the publicRequired for this MedalRequired for this Medal
Restaurants must visibly post on-site rating/gradesRequired for this MedalRequired for this Medal
Restaurants must post rating/grades outside before potential customer entersNot Required for this MedalRequired for this Medal

Data Deep Dive

Data were created and maintained by the Center for Public Health Law Research.

Restaurant inspection ratings medal table


Anaheim, CA

Anchorage, AK

Arlington, TX

Aurora, CO

Bakersfield, CA

Cincinnati, OH

Cleveland, OH

Colorado Springs, CO

Corpus Christi, TX

Durham, NC

Greensboro, NC

Henderson, NV

Honolulu, HI

Irvine, CA

Lexington, KY

Lincoln, NE

Miami, FL

Minneapolis, MN

New Orleans, LA

Newark, NJ

Oakland, CA

Omaha, NE

Orlando, FL

Pittsburgh, PA

Plano, TX

Raleigh, NC

Riverside, CA

Santa Ana, CA

St. Louis, MO

St. Paul, MN

Stockton, CA

Tampa, FL

Toledo, OH

Tulsa, OK

Wichita, KS