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Kokkari Estiatorio takes Top Food honors in Zagat 2015 San Francisco Survey; Diners Say Italian is their Favorite Cuisine and Noise is their Top Complaint
December 9, 2014
The results of Zagat’s 2015 San Francisco Restaurants Survey are here! This year 7,932 local diners shared their opinions of over 1,600 Bay Area restaurants. Ratings and reviews, as well as more than 100 curated lists are available today on Zagat.com, Google Maps and Search.
wins big, taking Top Food and Decor honors, eclipsing
who previously held the Top Food spot for the past 5 years consecutively and 11 times since 2003. However, the team at Gary Danko has much to celebrate, winning major titles Top Service and Most Popular (and coming in at No. 2 for Food). This year’s SF/Bay Area Top 10 Food list is as follows:
The French Laundry
According to the survey, the average reported spend per person for dinner out is $41 (vs. $39.40 nationwide). But you don’t have to go broke for good food in San Francisco. Based on the survey results, Zagat editors compiled a list of the Bay Area’s “Best Buys” - or places with high food scores and an average cost of $25 or less:
Tartine Bakery & Cafe
Cheese Board Pizza
4505 Burgers & BBQ
Zachary’s Chicago Pizza
In addition, some of this year’s most exciting tables include hot newcomers
serving up Spanish-influenced Californian cuisine by Traci Des Jardins, the Bernal Heights Japanese
ICHI Sushi + NI Bar
tucked away in the Parc 55 Hotel near Union Square,
, the brick-and-mortar version of the popular underground pop-up, as well as
San Francisco diners are avid but not the most generous. They eat out 4.5 times per week for a combined lunch and dinner - exactly on par with national figures. As for gratuity, they leave a reported 18.7%, which is below the 19.3% national average.
Diner Habits and Preferences:
Noise is the No. 1 dining irritant (28%) among San Francisco diners followed by Service (25%), Crowds (14%), Prices (13%), Parking (8%), Food (7%) and Traffic (2%). The biggest complaints relating to Noise are bad acoustics; unruly babies/children; loud music and people on mobile phones.
When it comes to cuisines, diners say Italian is the favorite (25%), followed by American (12%), French (10%), Japanese (10%), Seafood (7%), Mexican (6%), and Thai (5%).
When choosing a restaurant to dine at, 80% of respondents said they consult online menus, 77% say consumer reviews, 63% say restaurant websites, 38% look for photos and 16% seek out blogs.
As for cell phone use, 29% say they text or email at the table "occasionally", 42% say "rarely" and 24% claim "never."
When it comes to farm-to-table dining, a practice the Bay Area has led for decades, 71% of surveyors still report they "love" the movement.
For additional results and to explore Zagat’s Top 50 restaurants in San Francisco proper, visit
Posted by Tiffany Herklots, Zagat
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