Zagat Releases Survey Results Tracking Miami Dining Trends

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Miami New Times
Ever wonder how you stack up against your fellow foodies? Zagat has just released a whole host of juicy data and food-related tidbits about Miamians, and the results are pretty telling.

The info is the result of a recent dining trends survey. The Zagat team (partnered with Google) questioned local eaters on their favorite spots, their biggest irritants and that controversial question -- is it ok to eat and Tweet? See results after the jump.

See also: Cuban Sandwich Contains Salami? Miami Doesn't Think So, Zagat

According to the study, the top five Miami restaurants by food ranking are NAOE, Palme d'Or, Zuma, the Palm and Il Gabbiano. The top five most popular are Joe's Stone Crab, Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, Prime One Twelve, Michy's and Il Gabbiano.

Il Gabbiano's spot on both lists makes sense considering Italian ranked as Miamian's favorite cuisine, followed by American, seafood and French.

Not surprisingly, Miamians eat out for dinner more than the national average -- and they spend more. The average spend is $43.82, vs. the $40.53 national average, and we eat out for dinner 2.7 times per week, vs. the national average of 2.3 meals/week.

Also, we're not into noise. 28% said that noise level was their top irritation when dining out, which is just above the national average of 27%. We're also not a fan of people texting, e-mailing, Tweeting, or talking on their phones at restaurant, to the tune of 63% calling it "rude and inappropriate." This strikes us as somewhat ironic, considering how many people engage in exactly those behaviors. But whatevs.

Read Zagat's 2014 dining survey results here.

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Location Info


661 Brickell Key Dr, Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Palme d'Or

1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables, FL

Category: Restaurant

The Palm

9650 E. Bay Harbor Drive, Surfside, FL

Category: Restaurant

Zuma Contemporary Japanese Cuisine

270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Prime One Twelve

112 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

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frankd4 topcommenter

..................................i forgive "miamians" for selecting a few duds, the italian place and the japanese places are simply ordinary for the price ............and a steakhouse with "four pounds of sweet lobster" better have a good steak because they know nothing about lobster (the BEST maine molters are two pounds TOPS and canadien processors use big lobsters for fillers)

= which i guess is why none except il gabbiano is on the MOST POPULAR list (the tourist know a rip-off when they see one - why we insist on screwing visitors is beyond me)

WHAT DOES SURPRISE ME is .............what happened to the hispanic BEST OF and MOST POPULAR here in miami voted by miamians ? no paella no roast pork no cubano anything ?

frankd4 topcommenter

...................................THE palmE d'or IS THE BOMB = end of story = EVERYTHING at the biltmore is the BOMB

the place is where i would check in and never leave IF ever i hit the power-ball = period

Dan Marino
Dan Marino

And the most important part, Miamians steal more.

D.f. Basora
D.f. Basora

and many times the food is overrated and overpriced. unless we're talking about #eatinghouse or #yardbird and a few other exceptions

frankd4 topcommenter

................................AS FOR THE OTHER irritants.................NOISE ? it's simply tell the manager to turn it down or GO SOMEWHERE ELSE......................other DISTRACTING OR DISTURBING patrons ? it's simply tell the manager to RE-LOCATE YOUR TABLE or GO SOMEWHERE ELSE

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