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Start a Food Vlog: How to Film a Food Review at Restaurants

Updated: Feb 5

If you're a food lover who wants to share your reviews of restaurants through captivating videos, this article is for you. Video is extremely powerful because it combines visual and audio which helps capture attention, convey emotions, and delivers information in a dynamic and engaging way.

Whether you're an aspiring content creator or a foodie looking to share your food adventures, this blog post will help you create engaging and professional-looking food review vlogs.

Plus stick around to the end where I share a restaurant review example in a food vlog I filmed in Vegas.

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Plan Your Food Vlog: Shots and Equipment

Before heading to the restaurant, it's important to plan your shots and ensure you have the necessary equipment to create a good food review vlog.

Think about the type of shots you want to capture, such as establishing shots, A-roll, B-roll, close-ups of dishes, or shots of the dining area. Make a shot list and storyboard to guide your filming process.

Additionally, ensure your equipment is ready, including a high-quality camera or smartphone, stabilizers, and microphones.

Consider Lighting and Composition

Lighting equipment, an important component of food videography.

Lighting plays a very important role in food videography, and can be especially challenging when it comes to filming food at restaurants.

Natural light is often the best lighting option for food videography, so try to book your visit during the day or request a table near a window. However, finding natural lighting in a restaurant can be challenging, so consider bringing a mini light or even turning on your phone flashlight.

Composition is equally important, so frame your shots thoughtfully, following the rule of thirds and experimenting with angles and perspectives.

Capture the Restaurant's Ambience

Filming restaurant ambience with interesting shots.

To transport your viewers into the restaurant's atmosphere, focus on capturing the ambience effectively.

Film wide shots that showcase the interior design, decor, and overall vibe of the place. Include shots of the seating area, bar, or any unique features that contribute to the restaurant's character.

Use camera movements, such as panning or tracking, to keep the audience engaged throughout the video.

Showcase Food Presentation

Close-up, angled shot of long sushi dish.

One of the best parts about a restaurant review is well, the food of course!

Film close-ups of the plates, highlighting the colors, and textures.

Experiment with different angles to capture the food from its most visually appealing perspective. To make the filming process easier, consider buying a mini tripod to film yourself eating or have someone else film you.

Capture Close-Ups of the Dishes

Perspective shot holding food with face out of focus in the background.

In addition to showcasing the food's presentation, focus on capturing close-ups of the dishes.

Film the moment when the dish arrives at the table, capturing the initial reactions and expressions.

Zoom in on the different components of the dish, emphasizing the textures and details. Take A-roll and B-roll footage, which can be combined during the editing process to create a more visually appealing end product.

Film Reactions and Interactions

To make your restaurant review video engaging, capture your honest reactions and interactions.

Film your expressions as you taste different dishes. These authentic reactions provide viewers with a realistic sense of the dining experience and allow them to connect with the video on a personal level.

Edit and Enhance the Footage

Microphone and computer monitor with video editing software open.

Once you have finished filming, it's time to edit and enhance your footage.

Use professional editing software such as iMovie, Adobe Premiere, or a third party editing software to trim and arrange your clips in a cohesive manner.

Remove any unnecessary footage and ensure the pacing flows smoothly. Adjust colors, contrast, exposure and add transitions between scenes to create a seamless viewing experience.

Add Captions and Graphics

To provide additional information and engage viewers, consider adding captions and graphics to your video.

Include the names of the dishes, prices, or any special features. Use text overlays to highlight key points or opinions throughout the review.

Incorporate graphics that match your branding or create a visually appealing title sequence to start the video off on a captivating note.

Use Music and Sound Effects

Music and sound effects can significantly impact the overall mood of your restaurant review video.

Choose background music that complements the restaurant's ambiance and the tone of your review. Make sure the audio levels are balanced to allow viewers to hear your narration clearly without overpowering the background noise.

Consider incorporating sound effects, such as sizzling or clinking glasses as they can enhance the sensory experience for viewers even more.

Share Your Honest Opinion

In your restaurant and food review video, it's important to share your honest opinion. Be transparent about your experience, both positive and negative aspects.

While it's essential to highlight the strengths and standout dishes, don't shy away from constructive criticism. Your honesty will resonate with viewers and make your reviews more credible.

Restaurant Review Example

Check out my most recent food vlog to see what this looks like in action.


1. What equipment do I need to vlog restaurant and food reviews?

To film restaurant and food reviews, you'll need a high-quality camera or smartphone, stabilizers, and possibly microphones for better audio.

2. Can I film a restaurant review alone, or do I need a crew?

You can film a restaurant review alone, but having a friend or companion can help you better capture additional angles and reactions.

3. How important is lighting in restaurant review videos?

Lighting is crucial in restaurant review videos as it enhances the visual appeal of the food and ambiance. Natural light is often preferred, but you can also use artificial lighting setups if needed.

4. Should I script my narration or speak spontaneously?

It depends on your style and comfort. Some prefer scripting their narration for a more polished delivery, while others prefer speaking spontaneously for a more natural and conversational tone.

5. How long should a restaurant review video be?

The length of your restaurant review video can vary, but it's generally recommended to keep it concise and engaging, ideally between 5 to 10 minutes.

Wrap up

By following the tips outlined in this post, you'll be able to create engaging and delicious-looking videos that capture a special dining experience for your audience. If you want to learn how to edit videos or how to start a YouTube channel, check out the blog for other resources.


About the Author

Wan Na Chun, RD

Wan Na is a registered dietitian and personal trainer. As a home-cook, she shares how to create nutrient-forward recipes that are flavorful and delicious on her YouTube channel (@onepotwellness) and blog ( She loves one-pot wonders, tropical fruits, and the smell of freshly roasted coffee beans.


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