When other people invite you for dinner and they suggest say a restaurant, buts it’s chain. I cringe at that, there are so many other good restaurants that cost the same and have the same style of food. I can tell by looking at it how good it will be. If it has a big flashy sign chances are they value looks over food quality. The good restaurants have small subtle signage, and great food.
A side note: Don’t get mad at the hostess when they say it’s a 40 minute wait on a busy night, you knew it be busy so you should have made a reservation.