Free Restaurant Recs on the Go from Google+ Local and Zagat
Don't you hate it when you get to a new city and have no idea where to find a great restaurant? More often than not, unfortunately, a lack of knowledge leads to mediocre meals and a poor understanding of local cuisine. Google is out to fix that.
Google has added a new feature to their Google+ social network: Local. Like its competitor, Yelp, Google+ Local will show you recommended businesses, museums, and even—yes—restaurants that are nearby.
The best part? The restaurant reviews will be provided by none other than Zagat.
Zagat, which was bought by Google back in September, used to charge $25 annual (or $5 monthly) fees for access to its content. Now, their completely on-point reviews—all 35,00 of them in more than 100 cities across the globe—are free online.
Avni Shah, Google's Director of Product Management, stated, “From the new “Local” tab on the left-hand side of Google+, you can search for specific places or browse for ones that fit your mood. If you click on a restaurant, or a museum (or whatever), you’ll be taken to a local Google+ page that includes photos, Zagat scores and summaries, reviews from people you know, and other useful information like address and opening hours.”
Another great feature? You can even check out reviews of places that have been given by your Google+ contacts.