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Google Launches New Zagat Android App and Website, Makes Trusted Ratings Available Without Registration

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Zagat, Google’s semi-recently purchased restaurant and nightlife review service, received a brand spankin’ new website and Android app today (iOS too). The new design matches that of almost all of the recently updated Google apps, featuring a slideout navigation panel, card-style UI, integration with the new Google Maps v7.0, and buttery smooth transitions. But beyond the app overhaul, Google has made “trusted” Zagat ratings and reviews now available for free without registration. You’ll also find the latest news and video content from “expert local editors” and curated top 10-type lists. 

The new app and website are available now. Unfortunately, the new Zagat only covers nine cities (Austin, Boston, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.), but Google is planning to expand to 50 U.S. and international destinations over the coming months, with coverage also expanding to shopping, hotels, and other places of interest.

The app really is beautiful and smooth, so if you are in one of the select cities, or plan to travel to one soon, I highly recommend you check it out. With services like Yelp becoming less trustworthy or watered down over the last few years, I’ve found myself leaning on Zagat scores much more often than ever when looking for spots to dine in new cities.

Go grab the new app!


Via:  Google Blog | Play Link

  • cristian donose

    Not compatible with my galaxy nexus 4.3….

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    9 Cities? Where TF are all the other cities? The hell is Google doing?

    • michael arazan

      Guess each city has to apply for it like Fiber

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    one day i’ll use an app to tell me where to eat.

  • YEMan0443

    Why no Android love in the video? The phone is an iPhone and browser is on a Mac. Was this really made by Google?

  • jh123416

    The person with the Nexus should consider clearing their notification bar. There’s a lot going on there.

  • Dfigs23

    Beautiful application. Might be one of the few times that Google didn’t botch a purchase.

    • zionlion02

      Yeah, like that horrid Android purchase? Blew that one. *sarcasm* 🙂

  • Hothfox

    You know, it would be really great if they would just roll this and Waze functionality into Google Maps and put Latitude back instead of the poor excuse in Google+.

    • wickets

      Right….why didnt they just make this part of search / maps….need another app like a hole in the head……didnt they just roll shopper into search?

  • ReturnOfTheMack

    Doesn’t look like it will do me any good for the areas around D.C.

    • Shane Redman

      Just curious as i’m in the area as well….why not?

      • ReturnOfTheMack

        I’m just assuming but usually when a service say Washington D.C., the surrounding areas are not included or at least not very well supported. I would love to be wrong though, I have yet to try the app.

        • Shane Redman

          Oh, well Zagat was pretty well integrated into Maps when I moved up here about a year ago and it did well with the surrounding areas (where I work and stay). Learned a good amount of places using it.

          • ReturnOfTheMack

            Haha I guess I’ll have to give it a shot then.