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** Zagat **

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Not to be confused with Zakāt.

*Zagat Survey* /zəˈɡæt/ was established by Tim and Nina Zagat
in 1979 as a way to collect and correlate the ratings of restaurants by
diners. For their first guide, covering New York City, the Zagats surveyed
their friends. As of 2005, the Zagat Survey included 70 cities, with
reviews based on the input of 250,000 individuals reporting over the years.
In addition to restaurants, Zagat guides rate hotels, nightlife, shopping,
zoos, music, movies, theaters, golf courses, and airlines. The guides are
sold in book form, and formerly as a paid subscription on its web site.

As of May 2012^[update], as part of its acquisition by Google in September
2011, Zagat reviews and ratings became tightly integrated into Google's
services, and the site became free to use.


· 1 Rating system
· 2 Ownership
· 3 See also
· 4 References
· 5 External links

*Rating system[edit]*

The ratings are on a 30-point scale, made up of ratings for defined areas
including food, decor, service, and cost (30 is the highest rating on the
scale and 1 is the lowest). In addition to numeric scores, the survey also
includes a short descriptive paragraph that incorporates selected
quotations (typically a few words) from several reviewers' comments about
each restaurant or service, as well as typical pricing and other


Private equity firm General Atlantic bought one-third of parent company
Zagat, LLC, for $31 million in February 2000 and installed non-Zagat family
member Amy B. McIntosh as CEO.^[1]

In 2008, the company was on the block for $200 million. After there were no
takers, the company announced in June that it was


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