Google Places API


I’m having some problems with places api. I need to return the reviews from nearby places. I’ve read the places API, but nowhere can I find the ‘reviews’ parameter. When I try to access it with javascript, for example


It returns undefined. Am I calling it wrong? And here’s a pic when I just console log (places):

There is no “reviews”.

The following code marks all the nearby places on the map, and prints the names and ratings in an ul.

function createMarker(place) {
var placeLoc = place.geometry.location;
var listItem = document.createElement('li');
var star = document.createElement('i');
var value = document.createElement('p');
value.className = 'float-right mr-2';
value.innerText = place.rating;
star.className = 'fas fa-star float-right';
listItem.className = 'list-group-item';
listItem.innerText = + " ";
for(var i = 0; i < place.rating; i++) {


var marker = new google.maps.Marker({
  map: map,
  position: place.geometry.location

google.maps.event.addListener(marker, 'click', function() {
  infowindow.setContent(;, this);

And as you can see, I’m trying to console log the reviews (just for now) but it doesn’t work. Everything else works just fine.


So… what API are you actually calling?
Because… The Place Search Results API doesn’t list ‘reviews’ as a field.


It’s this one:…&libraries=places"


Misread your opening post a bit, so let me respond directly to that…

That’s because there isn’t one. So, no, you’re not calling it wrong, it… doesn’t exist. So there’s nothing to call.


reviews[] a JSON array of up to five reviews. If a language parameter was specified in the Place Details request, the Places Service will bias the results to prefer reviews written in that language. Each review consists of several components:.

I pulled that from places documentation. You can see it here also:


I honestly don’t get it. Should I call a different library in the script tag? And if so, what library then?


Which is a different API than the one you’re referencing.
If you’ve read that API, it gives you examples of what URL you need to call.


So I should call that inside a script tag?
Sorry for this dumb questions, I’m new to api’s


Oh you’re using the Library, rather than the API. See, that’s where we’re talking at cross purposes.


Yup. Thank you, I will check it out


Make sure you check out the Pricing documentation as well. Understand what you’re getting into.


Will do. Api’s are hard for a newbie hahah


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