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Zagat’s Top-Rated Los Angeles Restaurants
November 17, 2015
Looking for the best bites in Los Angeles? You’re in luck because the votes are in! Today Zagat reveals its 2016 Los Angeles Restaurants results, covering more than 1,500 restaurants voted on by 8,661 avid diners. Ratings and reviews are available on Zagat.com and across Google Maps and Search to help you find the perfect restaurant for any occasion.
This year’s big winners are
Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles
(Most Popular), and
(Best Cheap Eats, $25 & under).
The average reported spend per person for dinner out in Los Angeles is
, which is above the national average of $36.30.
Angelenos eat out a lot - 5.2 times per week
for a combined lunch and dinner, more than the 4.5 national average. When it comes to gratuity, Los Angeles diners leave a reported
, which is just below the national average of 18.9%.
What’s trending in LA this year?
LA diners continue to love Japanese restaurants
– three of this year’s Top 10 restaurants are Japanese:
The DTLA (Downtown LA) neighborhood is also on the rise
, as evidenced by popular, high-ranking, Downtown-dwellers
date-night-worthy vegan cuisine is also gaining in popularity
, at spots like
Congratulations to this year’s winners! Visit
to search and discover this year’s full list of the Top 50 best Los Angeles Restaurants.
Posted by Charlotte Ames, Zagat
Zagat Names the Best Burger Restaurants in the USA (and Toronto)
November 3, 2015
Zagat is revealing the results of its 2015 Burger Survey. This year, 8,748 burger aficionados from around the country participated online to rate and review patty purveyors in 17 major markets.
Unlike Zagat’s iconic restaurant surveys where users rate the Food, Decor, and Service of establishments separately, Burger Survey participants rated and reviewed establishments specifically for their burgers, providing one overall rating that takes burger flavor, quality of ingredients, and value into account.
The top-ranking burger spots in each market are as follows:
Craigie On Main
Bud's Cafe & Bar
The Republic Grille
Jr's Gourmet Burgers
New York City – Brooklyn/Queens*:
Peter Luger Steak House
New York City - Manhattan*:
Bowery Meat Company
The Blue Duck
Rocky's Crown Pub
*For the first time this year, we divided New York City into two separate lists: “Manhattan” and “Brooklyn/Queens.”
Craigie On Main, Boston
Participants report eating burgers 3.9 times per month on average, typically getting their fix at specialty burger eateries (56%), general restaurants (25%), fast food spots (6%) diners (4%), or choosing to make them at home instead (9%).
49% of respondents say they are willing to spend between $10 – $14.99 on a burger, while 25% said they would be OK with spending $15 – $19.99. 14% of people would prefer not to spend more than $10, and a smaller 7% of folks would spend between $20 – $24.99 to get their fix. Only 5% of participants would be comfortable paying $25 or more for a patty. When asked if they’d splurge more than $25 on a “mind-blowing” burger, participants were evenly split down the middle – 50% said “yes” and 50% said “no.”
As for how participants prefer their burgers to be cooked, 43% are fans of medium-rare, followed closely by a 37% preference for medium. Medium-well lags behind at 12%, while the least popular options are tied on either end of the spectrum: 4% like it rare and another 4% ask for their patties well-done.
For a full round-up of the 17 best burger establishments nationwide (plus Toronto!), check out our feature on
Posted by Charlotte Ames, Zagat
Zagat: New York City Dining Scene Thriving, 2016 Big Winners are Le Bernardin (Food, Service, Most Popular), The Four Seasons (Decor), and Shuko (Newcomer)
October 13, 2015
Le Bernardin Breaks Records; Casual Dining Continues to Gain Ground; For Second Consecutive Year, a Sushi Omakase Spot Wins “Top Newcomer” Title
The votes are in! Today Zagat reveals its
2016 New York City Restaurants
results, covering 2,237 restaurants voted on by 34,178 avid diners. Ratings and reviews are available on Zagat.com and across Google Maps and Search. Zagat guide books will be hitting the shelves at local retailers starting October 13th.
New Yorkers report eating out (lunch and dinner combined)
4.9 times per week
, above the national average of 4.5 times per week. When dining out, New Yorkers are generous and leave
(above the national average of 18.9%). On average they spend
$48.44 per person
for dinner (vs. the $36.30 national average).
This year New York welcomed 119 hot and noteworthy newcomers vs. just 53 closings. The newcomers include a healthy crop of openings from big name restaurateurs: Mario Carbone/Rich Torrisi (
), Andrew Carmellini (
), David Chang (
), Gabriel Kreuther (
), Enrique Olvera (
), Charlie Palmer (
Charlie Palmer at the Knick
), Marcus Samuelsson (
), Masayoshi Takayama (
), Alex Ureña (
), Jonathan Waxman (
), Jody Williams/Rita Sodi (
) and Galen Zamarra (
The city’s biggest winner this year is
(Food, Service, Most Popular) which continues to break records, winning Top Food for the 7th year in a row – the first restaurant ever to win in this category for 7 consecutive years. Top Decor was awarded to the
, and omakase sushi specialist
is this year’s Top Newcomer.
Though its bar scene never cools off,
Brooklyn’s restaurants had a lower-key year
– especially compared to the borough’s recent history of splashy openings. Roughly 15% of openings were in Brooklyn this year, vs. 25% last year. In addition, high-profile, higher-end entries
all closed their doors.
The trend towards
high-quality, casual-style dining continues to grow
. Last year, Coffee, Dumplings, Ice Cream, and Taco Joints were given their own special categories as a result. This year, there were so many hot and noteworthy casual destinations that new categories were added for:
40 Under $40: Full-Meal Winners
20 Under $20: Quick-Bite Winners
. Several celebrity chefs have followed suit, opening an impressive collection of casual outposts this year (such as Marcus Samuelsson’s
and David Chang’s
Our Top Newcomers list is notably strong this year
. For the second year in a row, our Top Newcomer is a sushi omakase hot spot,
(last year, the Top Newcomer was Sushi Nakazawa), signaling that
the high-end sushi experience is on the rise
. The remainder of the roster is comprised of acclaimed hits, too:
Delaware and Hudson
What’s old is new again – or, at least,
many NYC stalwarts were reborn in new digs
. Sex and the City -era hot spot
Asia de Cuba
, ‘80s pioneer
and the iconic
reopened after being off the scene for many years. Amanda Cohen’s
, David Chang’s
, Danny Bowien’s
and Danny Meyer’s
also made re-entrances in more spacious surrounds.
to search and discover this year’s best New York City Restaurants.
Tim and Nina Zagat, Co-Chairs, Zagat
Fast-Casual Chains Survey Results Revealed
September 1, 2015
Today Zagat is revealing the results of its first-ever Fast-Casual Chains Survey based on the thoughts and opinions of 6,671 fast-casual diners from around the country. The survey focuses on high-quality, counter-service restaurants that opened after 2005 with between two and fifty locations nationally.
The findings reveal that the majority of participants (80%) say they eat out at least a few times a month at a fast-casual restaurant. Of these respondents, 60% say eat fast-casual meals most often for lunch.
Chef-driven fast-casual restaurants have been popping up all over, like DC-based spots
G By Mike Isabella
and Spike Mendelsohn’s
Good Stuff Eatery
, Art Smith’s
in the Bay Area and Rick Bayless’
in Chicago. Having a big-name chef at the helm is important to diners. In fact, 65% say they are more likely to go to a place if it is gourmet or chef-driven. Additionally, 78% of folks say they would like to see more local chefs open fast-casual eateries.
Tortas Frontera, Chicago
But how popular is tipping at these counter-service spots? About one-third of participants report not tipping in fast-casual restaurants while another one-third opt to leave between $1 – $2.
Burgers are still a tried-and-true favorite, dominating as the most-consumed fast-casual cuisine. Following close behind are Mexican, American and Pizza.
When it comes to which qualities are most important in a fast-casual locale, diners say it’s Food/ingredient quality above all – followed by Cleanliness and Value. Interestingly, despite many of these spots being known for their fast-casual format, Convenience & speed fall behind in fourth place.
More than half (54%) of diners say that it is important to them that a fast-casual establishment be GMO-free. Another 59% feel that offering organic food is important.
Most diners enjoy their fast-casual meals with Family (40%), while others most frequently go it Alone (27%), with Friends (22%) or Colleagues (11%). Among those in their 20’s, the majority share their fast-casual meals with Friends most often, though this decreases with age. Eating with Family or Alone, however, increases with age.
To learn more about this year’s results, and find out where to enjoy your next fast-casual meal, check out
Posted by: Charlotte Ames, Zagat
Portland’s Best Restaurants According to Zagat
August 25, 2015
Today, Zagat is out with all new ratings and reviews for 250 of Portland’s most notable restaurants. The results, available today at
, are based on the combined opinions of 2,380 local diners who vote on the establishments they frequent throughout the year.
This year’s award for Best Food goes to Chef Gabriel Rucker’s
, turning out “consistently spectacular”, “creative” cuisine. Following close behind are:
Paley’s Place Bistro & Bar
Best Decor goes to
Departure Restaurant + Lounge
, with its “very cool”, “futuristic” setting featuring “killer views of the city”, while Best Service goes to
Paley’s Place Bistro & Bar
, a Northwest District "foodie paradise" with "personable" staff serving up "beautifully plated" cuisine.
While many of the city’s best restaurants may be on the pricier side, Zagat’s list of Best Cheap Eats offers places with high food scores with an average cost of $25 or less:
Baker & Spice
Ken's Artisan Pizza
According to the
Zagat National Dining Trends survey
, Portland diners eat out 3.4 times per week for a combined lunch and dinner, less than the 4.5/week national average. The average spent per person for dinner out is $34.36, a relative bargain compared to the national average of $39.40. Once the meal ends, diners leave an 18.3% gratuity — the lowest reported tip among the U.S. cities Zagat covers — and below the 19.3% national average.
Locals say their favorite cuisine is Italian (29%), followed by Seafood (24%), American and French (both 7%), Mexican (6%), Japanese (5%), Thai (4%), Indian (3%), Spanish and Vegetarian (each 2%) and all others totaling 11%.
Whichever cuisine suits your palate, search and discover the best places to eat in Portland and beyond at
Posted by: Tiffany Herklots, Zagat
Cookies ‘n’ Cream Reigns Supreme; Connecticut Style Lobster Rolls Rule
June 23, 2015
With 4th of July right around the corner and cook-out season in full swing, Zagat is out with the results of its first-ever
Summer Food survey
. The findings reveal the preferences and divisive opinions of more than 1,000 avid diners around the U.S.
Whether you fire up the grill at home, or leave it to the professionals, food is a major part of warm weather months. America’s most quintessential summer food, according to more than half of respondents, is the hamburger, followed by hot dog, fried chicken and fish tacos. The New York Street Dog takes top honors as the the preferred style of hot dog, with the Chicago Dog and Coney Dog trailing close behind.
As for favorite summer coffee drinks, Frozen blended coffee drink top the list overall, followed by Iced latte and Regular iced coffee.
Lobster rolls have become a hotly contested category among diners. When asked which style they prefer, the Connecticut style lobster roll (warm with butter) wins out over Maine style (cold with mayo) by nearly two-to-one.
The perfect non-alcoholic drink refreshment to compliment these savory summer eats, according to 37% of voters, is Iced tea, with the proportion particularly high in the South compared to the other regions. The preferred alcoholic drink is Beer (35%). When broken down by gender, Beer is tops overall among Males, while Females favor Margaritas.
And what foods to diners avoid most in the summer? You won’t find Hot soup (38%), Hot coffee (18%), Fondue (13%), Ramen (11%), Meatloaf (11%) or Red wine (6%) on their dinner table any time in the next few months.
When cruising the boardwalk or local carnival, the most coveted delicacy, according to respondents, is a Funnel cake/Elephant ears, followed by Corn dogs, Popcorn, Cotton candy, Snow cone, and Fried Oreos.
From best side dishes to favorite summer fruits, be sure to check out this year’s
Tiffany Herklots, Zagat
Zagat’s Top-Rated Boston Restaurants
June 16, 2015
Whether you’re looking to explore the best new restaurants in your neighborhood or rediscover a classic favorite, Zagat is out with its latest Boston Restaurants results, serving up something for every palate. Based on the combined feedback of nearly 5,000 local diners, new ratings and reviews for more than 850 restaurants in Boston are available today on Zagat.com and via Google Search and Maps.
Boston’s No. 1 pick for both Food and Decor go to
, Back Bay’s “elegant”, French “grande dame”. Taking top honors for Service is Barbara Lynch’s “fabulous” French-Italian
, thanks to an “impeccable” team that “accommodates individual preferences”, and snagging the top spot for Most Popular is the “classic” steakhouse
Abe and Louie’s
, serving up “tender and flavorful” “Flintstone-sized” cuts.
While a meal at several of the city’s best restaurants may be reserved for special occasions (or tax return season), Zagat’s list of “Best Cheap Eats” offers places with high food scores (read: insanely delicious bites) with a cost estimate of $25 or less. The top places are:
And several top cheap eats by neighborhood include:
Roxy's Gourmet Grilled Cheese
Near Harvard Square:
Pinocchio's Pizza & Subs
According to this year’s results, interesting, boundary-pushing restaurants like Japanese
Yume Wo Katare
, serving “comforting” bowls of “incredibly rich broth” and “tasty” noodles, and hotspots like
Alden & Harlow
, where “adventurous eaters” descend upon the “inventive” eats and “creative drinks” are popping up all over the city. Somerville has proven to be particularly buzzy this past year with top-rated restaurants including:
Union Square Donuts
According to the recent Zagat
National Dining Trends survey
, Boston diners eat out 4.1 times per week for a combined lunch and dinner, less than the 4.5/week national average. The average spend per person for dinner out is $42.24 which is above the national average of $39.40. Once the meal ends, diners leave a reported 19.6% gratuity (vs. 19.3% nationally).
Locals say their favorite cuisine is Italian -- followed by French, Seafood, American, and Japanese. This year’s Top Italian spot in Boston is
, followed by
A whopping 81% of Zagat’s avid Boston diners say they have sent a dish back to the kitchen. 82% admit to having eavesdropped on a conversation at the next table and 46% of diners say they have stiffed a server on the tip for bad service. 25% feel it’s rude and inappropriate for children to use tablets/phones at the table while 14% say it’s perfectly acceptable.
For more information, snack on the full list of Boston's 50 best restaurants
Posted by: Tiffany Herklots, Zagat
The Best of Houston
April 28, 2015
From the upscale “almost like being in Italy” Houston staple,
, to eateries like B
ernie’s Burger Bus
that serves up “absolutely wonderful” burgers out of a retrofitted school bus, today Zagat celebrates over 450 of Houston’s best restaurants. Based on the opinions of 2,071 avid local diners, new ratings and reviews of Houston restaurants are available today at zagat.com/houston and on Google Search and Maps.
Big hits include chef Tyson Cole’s “music in your mouth” sushi outpost,
(Best Food), and the long-time fine-dining favorite, Brennan’s (Best Service, Best Decor), boasting “knock you off your barstool” cocktails and a “holy trinity of turtle soup, eggs Benedict and bananas Foster."
Second on the Best Food list is
Chama Gaúcha Brazilian Steakhouse
, followed by
Vic & Anthony’s
When it comes to this year’s Most Popular restaurants, diners say their favorite eateries are:
Fadi’s Mediterranean Grill
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Vic & Anthony’s
While Italian and Seafood are tied as the favorite cuisine (both 18%), Houston restaurants can all agree that diners still love their meat. What they can’t agree on is how to spell barbecue. This year’s top five barbecue joints spell the word four different ways. Serving up brisket diners call “smoked to textbook perfection”, a “religious experience”, and “beautiful”, this year’s Best for BBQ restaurants are:
Goode Company Barbeque
According to our National Dining Trends poll, Houston’s avid diners eat out a total of 4.8 times per week for a combined lunch and dinner, more than the national average, 4.5 times per week. The average spend per person for dinner out is $36.49, which is below the $39.40 national figure. After the meal, diners leave a reported 18.4% gratuity (vs. 19.3% nationally.)
Houston diners cited Service as the biggest dining irritant (30%), followed by Noise (17%) Prices (15%), Crowds (13%), Parking (10%), Food (7%), Traffic (4%), and Other (4%). The biggest service complaints were 1. Slow service 2. Inattentive staff and 3. Inadequate training. Feast on the entire list of Houston’s 50 Best Restaurants at
Posted by Jamie Tredwell, Zagat
San Diego’s Top Restaurants
April 21, 2015
Today Zagat is revealing new ratings and reviews for nearly 400 of the best restaurants in San Diego - all based on the collective opinions of 2,157 avid local diners. New reviews are available today at
and integrated throughout Google Search and Maps.
Photo: Mille Fleur
This year’s big winners include La Jolla’s
(Best Decor), boasting "magnificent" ocean views, the "classic" favorite
, sweeping the Most Popular category, and the “crème de la crème” of San Diego dining,
, taking honors for both Best Food and Best Service. Following behind Mille Fleurs on the Best Food list are
MARKET Restaurant + Bar
Carnitas’ Snack Shack
, proving that diners are just as excited about haute cuisine as they are for budget-friendly Triple-Threat Pork Sandwiches.
San Diego’s avid diners eat out 4.8 times per week (combined lunch and dinner), which is more than the 4.5 times per week nationally. The average spend per person for dinner out is $34.10, below the $39.40 national figure. And once the meal ends, diners leave a reported 18.5% gratuity (vs. 19.3% nationally).
Italian is the No.1 cuisine (according to 19%) and the recent openings of pizza places, spanning fast casual spots like the Irvine-based chain
, to mid-priced restaurants like
Stella Public House
, show that locals are hungry for a slice. This year’s best pizza places are:
Lefty’s Chicago Pizzeria
It’s no secret that tacos are another local staple. In score order, here are the restaurants serving up the best tacos in town:
TJ Oyster Bar
When asked about dining irritants, locals cited Service (31%), followed by Parking (19%), Noise (16%), Prices (15%), Crowds and Food (both 7%), Traffic (4%) and Other (1%). The biggest complaints relating to service were 1. Inattentive staff 2. Slow service and 3. Rude staff.
Restaurant habits: A whopping 93% of San Diego diners - the largest percentage nationally - say they have sent a dish back to the kitchen while 81% admit to having eavesdropped on a conversation at the next table. 47% of diners say they are less inclined to dine at a restaurant with a cash-only policy and 32% feel it’s rude and inappropriate for children to use tablets/phones at the table, while 19% say it’s perfectly acceptable.
For a look at this year’s 50 Best Restaurants in San Diego, be sure to check out
Posted by: Tiffany Herklots, Zagat
The Best of D.C.
March 17, 2015
Today we are revealing the results of Zagat’s latest Washington, D.C. restaurant survey. This year’s top restaurants are serving up “
imagination, wit and brilliance
”, in spaces with “
”. Diners feast on food that “
delivers flavor in every bite
” through dishes that “
aim to please
”. If there’s ever been a time to get out in the D.C. restaurant scene, now is it.
Zagat covers more than 800 of the city’s most exciting restaurants, helping curious diners find the best places to eat. This year’s ratings and reviews are based on the combined opinions of 3,721 locals who separately rate a restaurant’s Food, Decor and Service and offer “witty comments” that our editors compile into short reviews.
This year, Washington, D.C.’s big winners are Fiola (Top Food), The Inn at Little Washington (Top Decor, Top Service), and Clyde’s (Most Popular). In addition to these highly rated favorites, Washington, D.C. welcomed hot newcomers including
Crane & Turtle
Whether it’s “
” sandwiches at Duke’s Grocery, “
” pizzas at Pupatella, “high-quality” combos at SUNdeVICH, or “
” biscuits from Cajun-Creole cafe Bayou Bakery, this year’s list of Best Cheap Eats proves that you don’t have to break the bank to satisfy your tastebuds in DC.
Here are a list of top winners by cuisine:
Ray’s To The Third
Peking Gourmet Inn
Northside Social Coffee & Wine
Dim Sum -
French Bistro -
Central Michel Richard
Middle Eastern -
New French -
Marcel’s by Robert Wiedmaier
Small Plates/Tapas -
Four Sisters Restaurant
According to this year’s National Dining Trends survey, Washington, D.C. diners eat out 4.5 times per week for a combined lunch and dinner, which is on par with the national average. The average reported spend per person for dinner out in Washington, D.C. is $38.19 - which is just below the national average of $39.40. When it comes to gratuity they leave a reported 19.5%, which is just about the national average of 19.3%.
Find all new ratings and reviews for Washington, D.C. restaurants on
, and across Google Search and Maps.
Tiffany Herklots, Zagat
National Coffee Trends Revealed
February 25, 2015
Whether it’s iced coffee or a flavored latte, decaf or full-throttle, 82% of coffee-lovers nationwide admit to drinking it daily. This year nearly 1,500 respondents weighed in to share their habits and opinions with us for our third-annual National Coffee Survey. The findings reveal that respondents are increasingly purchasing coffee outside of the home (up 8% over 2014), latte art is #trending, as 45% of respondents say they “love it” (up from 38% last year) and the popularity of flat whites is on the rise.
Survey participants typically pay $3.28, on average, for a coffee drink; a steady increase from $3.05 in 2014 and $2.98 in 2013. But how much is too much to pay for a regular cup of joe? Respondents say $3.67, on average. When it comes to barista-prepared coffee, they say $5.07 - a full 38% more.
While the national average number of coffee drinks consumed is 2.1 per day, our results show that coffee consumption increases with age. People in their twenties consume the least number of coffee drinks per day (1.8), compared to those in their thirties (2.0), forties (2.2), fifties (2.4) and sixties (2.4).
When breaking the results out by gender, the survey shows that female coffee drinkers prefer lattes (22%) over a regular cup of coffee (19%), reach for raw sugar (14%) before Splenda (9%), and half-and-half (26%) before skim (19%). And second to making coffee at home or work, they most often buy from large national coffee chains (31%).
As for guys, they favor a regular cup of joe (30%), followed by espresso (14%). A majority (57%) prefer to not add sweetener, while 14% choose raw sugar. Nearly half of men say they like their coffee black (42%), but when they do add the white stuff, half-and-half is the top choice (20%). And when they aren’t brewing at home or work, men are more likely to purchase coffee from smaller chain or single location coffee houses (23%) vs. a large national chain (20%).
Learn more about this year’s results and find out where to buy your own perfect cup
Posted by Jamie Tredwell, Zagat
America’s Dining Trends Revealed
January 20, 2015
What trendy food has nearly half of avid American diners professing their love? According to the 2015 Zagat National Dining Trends survey, released today, it’s Brussels sprouts. The survey is based on the feedback of 10,727 avid diners nationally who shared their habits and preferences when it comes to dining out.
The survey shows that American diners eat out a lot - 4.5 meals (lunch and dinner) per week on average. The most frequent diners are in Atlanta (5.2) followed by Austin, LA and Miami (each at 4.9). Rounding out the bottom of the list is Portland, OR, Minneapolis (both 3.4) and Philadelphia (3.7).
The national average spend per person for dinner out is $39.40. Not surprisingly, New York is the most expensive dining city, followed by east coasters Boston ($42.24) and Miami ($41.35). The least expensive cities - and a relative bargain - are Austin ($25.81), Dallas/Ft. Worth ($30.34), San Diego ($34.10) and Portland, OR ($34.36), hailing from the South/West.
When it comes to gratuities, Americans leave an average 19.3% tip on their restaurant bill. Austin diners, who enjoy the lowest average meal cost, are the most generous tippers, leaving 20%. Following behind are Philadelphia (19.8%), Boston (19.6%), Chicago (19.6%) and Atlanta (19.5%). West coast diners happen to be less generous with Portland, OR (18.3%), Houston (18.4%), San Diego (18.5%), Seattle (18.6%) and San Francisco (18.7%) at the bottom of the list.
Service is the leading dining out irritant followed by Noise, Prices, Crowds, Food and Parking. Diners in Miami take the biggest issue with service (32%), while Portland, OR diners cite Noise (31%) as their chief complaint.
Additional findings: 16% of respondents admit to having stolen something (fork, salt shaker etc.) from a restaurant, with diners in Chicago and Houston (both 24%) reporting the highest instance of this. If a restaurant has a cash-only policy, respondents say they are less likely to go (45%) or avoid these places all together (15%). And what’s on the menu? Italian. It’s the favorite cuisine among diners in every city surveyed except for Austin and Minneapolis, where diners say they prefer American.
To learn more about this year’s results, see
Tim and Nina Zagat
Zagat's 2015 Miami Restaurants Survey
January 13, 2015
Whether you’re a South Florida local or you’re dreaming about your next getaway to the Sunshine State, you’re in luck: today Zagat is out with the results of its 2015 Miami/So. Florida Restaurants survey.
Zagat covers over 600 of the area’s most exciting restaurants with ratings and reviews based on the combined opinions of 3,741 avid diners. Food, Decor and Service ratings are presented on a 30-point scale and surveyors’ “witty comments” are compiled into easy-to-digest reviews.
This year Miami’s big winners are
(Top Service) and
Joe’s Stone Crab
(Most Popular). In addition to these highly rated favorites, Miami welcomed hot newcomers including
1826 Restaurant & Lounge
Finga Licking @ Royal Castle
La Mar by Gaston Acurio
Oolite Restaurant and Bar
According to the survey, Miami diners eat out a lot - 4.9 times per week (lunch and dinner) vs. 4.5 nationally. The average reported spend per person for dinner out is $41.35 which is slightly above the $39.40 national average. When it comes to gratuities, diners leave 19.3% which is on par with national figures.
Service is the No.1 dining out complaint according to 32% of respondents. Following behind are Noise (23%), Prices (14%), Crowds (12%), Food (7%), Parking (5%), and Traffic (4%). The leading complaints about service specifically are inattentive staff, slow service, inadequate training, and early plate clearing.
As with most U.S. cities, Miami diners say their favorite cuisine is Italian (27%), followed by American (14%), Seafood (12%), French (8%), Japanese (8%), Steakhouses (8%), Thai (6%) and Chinese (3%). All others total 14% cumulatively.
When it comes to restaurant reservations, 40% of respondents make them online. That’s below the 61% national average. Additionally, 29% feel it’s rude and inappropriate for children to use tablets/phones at the table.
Ratings and reviews for South Florida restaurants are available today at
and across the Google products you use everyday including Search and Maps. Bon Appetit!
Tiffany Herklots, Zagat
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