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Top 5 Phone Apps for Finding Restaurants


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Zagat
The same restaurant information found in the famously thorough Zagat guides is now available in a handy app for your smartphone.
The same restaurant information found in the famously thorough Zagat guides is now available in a handy app for your smartphone.
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Zagat Survey has been around since 1979, gathering customer feedback on restaurants, bars and entertainment venues worldwide. Long before any of the other apps on this list, Zagat guides in print were a trusted source for finding a great restaurant, especially for those who travel. When travelers started relying on smartphones more than guidebooks, Zagat stayed current by developing its own mobile apps for iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile, Palm and BlackBerry.

Restaurants are just one of four categories of businesses you can find in the Zagat app. You can also use the Zagat app to research hotels, shops and nightlife. Zagat makes use of GPS to focus the search in your area, and its advanced search lets you narrow the results with key words. Besides finding businesses and reading Zagat review data, you can use the app to submit your own reviews.

With its legacy of survey experience behind it, Zagat is more pricey than the other apps in our list. Zagat is a subscription service that costs $9.99 for one year. Note that the app gives you access to the latest Zagat data for much less money than you would spend if you bought each updated guide off the shelf. A single printed Zagat restaurant guide for one city costs nearly $16 retail and doesn't have the option to contribute your own feedback at the touch of a button.

The next app in our list has become famous for the unique way it randomizes its recommendations.


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