Google has announced the launch of a Zagat revival across the web and mobile, including a new Zagat website and apps on iOS and Android. The new Zagat features ratings and reviews of restaurants and nightlife hotspots, available for free for the first time, with no registration required. The platform features news and video content, as well as curated lists (“Top 10 Restaurants,” for instance), map-based browsing and search tools.
[contextly_sidebar id=”2c2579368ee4b4492a1c8bb0fea8c96b”]Google’s announcement of the new Zagat briefly acknowledges the other review outlets available for restaurant ratings and reviews, but ensures Zagat readers the best experience based on its focus on accurate information and “trusted opinions.”
At launch, the new Zagat contains restaurant and nightlife information for nine major cities: Chicago, Austin, Boston, London, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington D.C.
Google plans to expand this to 50 U.S. and international locations in the coming months. In addition, there are plans to expand Zagat from a restaurant / nightlife focused platform to one that includes information about hotels, shopping outlets and other “places of interest.”
The new Zagat finds itself up against some steep competition from the likes of Yelp, Urbanspoon and even Google’s own Google Places, which often has the first reviews that appear when searching for a business on Google. Regardless of the challenges, Google and Zagat hope the legacy of the Zagat name will be enough to encourage users to try this new version.
“For more than 34 years we’ve been surveying passionate locals about the places that matter to them most,” said Gannon Hall, Group Product Manager and Head of Zagat on Google’s official blog. “This is the foundation on which Zagat was built—and we hope that through our featured surveys on Zagat.com, you’ll continue to share your opinions with us as you rate and review the places you visit.”TechCrunch]