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No Love For Atlanta On New Zagat App


When Google acquired Zagat in 2011, changes were sure to come.

Surfing around, it’s evident that Zagat restaurant “reviews” are part of Google’s online search content, now.

But I was surprised to find Atlanta missing from a new Zagat app that I recently downloaded to my iPhone.

Austin and Boston are at the top of an alphabetical scroll that includes Chicago, London, Los Angeles,  New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington, DC.

Here’s the email come-on that made me go to the App Store:

As you may have noticed, we recently rolled out a new Zagat website and a (free) mobile app for Android and iPhone that puts our top stories and the very best restaurants and nightspots right at your fingertips. And for the first time, Zagat ratings and reviews are available to everyone with no login required.

The new Zagat covers ratings and reviews in 40 markets – from Long Island to London – with deeper coverage in nine initial cities. In the coming months, we’ll be expanding to additional locations and categories including Hotels and Shopping.

We called and emailed to ask more about what was going on, but didn’t get any response.

What’s more, clicking on the Zagat Atlanta link brings you to this app-looking page with Austin at the top:

Does anyone know if Atlanta will be one of the additional locations? Or has Google/Zagat ditched Atlanta?

They say they’d love to hear from us:

— Bob Townsend, AJC Food and More blog.

4 comments Add your comment

Mike M

August 7th, 2013
4:20 pm

On the page you access with the above link, click on “Other Places”. It will then have a list with Atlanta at the top (with Bacchanalia at the top of the list of course.)
It is strange that Zagats would highlight Austin over Atlanta…c’mon Zagats!!

George P Burdell

August 8th, 2013
12:55 am

Zagat’s has been worthless for years. I use for my restaurant reviews. They’re tough but fair and usually get it right.


August 8th, 2013
5:58 am

Mindless destruction of a 30 year old data base, replaced with worthless glitz. The gayot coverage is miniscule in every way: places covered and details of each establishment. I have lived in the New York City area for 40 years: I have tested Zagat constantly. The lower price finds, and coverage in remote areas were wonderful. gayot misses so much.that Zagat covered with ease.


August 8th, 2013
10:34 am

I was tricked into downloading the app by the same email, but had it removed within five minutes. I could see it’s worthless even if you lived in or visited one of the target cities.

Sadly, Zagat will soon be as worthless as Yelp with its unsophisticated trivial reviews and bumpkin reviewers.