May 30 AT 11:14 AM Anthony Domanico 11 Comments

Google+ Local, now being served with Zagat reviews

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Google+ is going local with Zagat, the restaurant ratings and review company Google acquired back in September 2011. Starting today, Google is rolling out an update to it’s Google+ web front, which adds a local tab to help users discover venues based on their Zagat score and recommendations from people you trust on Google+.

In addition to the new Google+ hub, Google is updating the Maps application to add a similar tab, which will give you a map view of restaurants and locales around you, complete with Zagat score and reviews from experts and people you know on Google+. In the updated Google Maps for Android, you’ll now find a local button on the bottom row of your home screen, and once you click through to the Local tab, you’ll be presented with a Places-like menu with Restaurants, Cafes, and other Venues. Once you click one of the buttons or search for a type of food, you’ll be presented with a list of places complete with the newly-integrated Zagat information.

Android users will start seeing the update for Google Maps shortly, and the new Zagat-integrated features will show up the next time you launch Google Maps after the update. More integrations between the two companies are expected to launch over the next several months.

Who out there is excited for Zagat integration into Google Maps/Places? Or could you care less about Zagat’s reviews being in Google Maps/Google+?

Source: Google Blog

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  • jaxidian

    It’s about time! I can’t believe this didn’t happen a while ago, especially the Google Maps changes!

  • droilfade

    I never heard of Zagat before! Places already gives a rating (don’t know if it is redirected from a site) which imo is good enough. If Zagat adds new features like let’s say….restaurant trivia, best dish, menu, trophy points, offers etc.. etc…Then yeah that would be awesome!

  • Droidberg

    If it can give me a freaking happy hour menu then im sold .. every site never gives effing happy hour menu’s/Times ..arrrgggggg lol..

  • thekaz

    Hey, if it means I don’t have to pay money to see zagat reviews, I am all for having another source for restaurant reviews!

  • cwjones4

    this sounds like an awesome update. I already use google maps a lot to find nearby restaurants; this will make it way easier to search reviews/locations at the same time! well done.

    on another note, glad to see A&M posting a bit more recently. Seems like you all didn’t post that much the past few weeks

    • Anthony Domanico

      Yeah, we’re down a few writers lately. Kicking things into full swing soon. :)

  • spazby

    took a while but happy they are actually incorporating it

  • dakial

    Not really. Zagat does not have any reviews here in Brazil.

    • Anthony Domanico

      Sorry mate. Nothing’s available everywhere, I guess.

  • guyb99

    Cannot think about Zagat without thinking about American Psycho. “Dorsia?”

  • NasLAU

    Does anyone know if your +1′s, comments and reviews of restaurants are public? I like the idea of getting recommendations from my friends as well as giving recommendations but I keep my G+ account private.