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The Most Searched Restaurants of 2013

By Kelly Dobkin
December 17, 2013

The results of this year's Google Zeitgeist are in, revealing the most searched restaurants (among other things) in markets all around the U.S. Steakhouses and Italian were big, as were José Andrés restaurants. Which spots top the list in your city? Check them out (plus their Zagat ratings and reviews) in the slide show.

  • Atlanta: Bone's

    Food: 28
    Decor: 24
    Service: 28
    Cost: $66

    "Hobnob" with the "who's who" of Buckhead at this "old-school" "cathedral of steak" renowned for "phenomenal" chops "cooked to perfection" and served by a team so "stellar" that it's been voted No. 1 for Service in Atlanta; "manly", "power-broker" decor, a "private-club" feel and an "epic wine list" ("presented on an iPad", no less) make the "platinum-card" prices easier to digest.

    3130 Piedmont Road NW; 404-237-2663

  • Boston: Legal Sea Foods

    Food: 25
    Decor: 23
    Service: 23
    Cost: $36

    There are lots of them, but "quality control" ensures that each of these "thriving", "dependable" outlets is still a "not-to-be-missed" "Boston tradition" thanks to "satisfying", "impeccably fresh" seafood served "quick" by "perky", "courteous" staffers in "comfortable", "unpretentious" surroundings; the consensus is it's "never cheap", but all in all, it's always "worth every dollar spent"; P.S. the Harborside concept on Liberty Wharf is a slightly different "twist" on the "standard Legals", offering expanded menus from a "casual market restaurant" on the ground floor, a "fancy-schmancy" dining room upstairs and a "hip" rooftop lounge.

    255 State Street; 617-742-5300

  • Chicago: Gibson's Bar & Steakhouse

    Food: 26
    Decor: 22
    Service: 25
    Cost: $67

    A "big-time steakhouse for big-time folks", this Gold Coast "staple" and its suburban spin-offs deliver "cooked-to-perfection" chops, equally "excellent" seafood and drinks and "absurdly large desserts"; "professional, accommodating" staffers lend more appeal, while an "energetic" atmosphere (especially at the flagship, which can get "crowded" and "noisy") means it's tops for "people-watching."

    1028 North Rush Street; 312-266-8999

  • Dallas: Nick & Sam's

    Food: 27
    Decor: 25
    Service: 25
    Cost: $75

    Imagine, a "New York steakhouse in the middle of Texas" exclaim fans of this Uptown meatery, the "place to be seen" over "excellent" prime beef and seafood in "dark", "attractive" digs highlighted by a grand piano player in the kitchen; whether you're seated in the "gorgeous" dining room or "less-formal, action-packed bar", you'll find "eye candy", "top-notch" service and "Texas-size" tabs.

    3008 Maple Avenue; 214-871-7444

  • Denver: Elway's

    Food: 25
    Decor: 24
    Service: 24
    Cost: $59

    "Melt-in-your-mouth steaks" "score big" at the "posh" Cherry Creek flagship of the eponymous former pro quarterback's chophouse mini-chain, but the real "highlight" may be its "meat-market" bar scene, comprised of "big-spending" "cougars", "sugar daddies" and other "beautiful" folk who can afford the "Super Bowl prices" (though there's "value" to be found on the "bold wine list"); similar offerings, including "smooth" service, are found in the "glitzy, ritzy" Downtown branch sporting a "sushi bar that's the bomb" and the "bustling" Vail offshoot; P.S. there's also a branch in the airport's Concourse B for jet-setters.

    2500 E 1st Ave; 303-399-5353

  • Las Vegas: B&B Ristorante

    Food: 25
    Decor: 22
    Service: 23
    Cost: $81

    "Foodies" flock to this "wonderful" Mario Batali–Joe Bastianich Italian in the Venetian, where "terrific" eats (including "not-to-be-missed" beef cheek ravioli) and a "to-die-for" wine list coexist in an interior conjuring the "feel of Babbo" in NYC; "excellent" service counterbalances gripes about "too-close" tables, "noise" and "ultrahigh" prices – to most, this "celeb-chef" destination "lives up to its hype."

    3355 Las Vegas Blvd S; 702-266-9977

  • Los Angeles: The Bazaar by Jose Andres

    Food: 27
    Decor: 27
    Service: 25
    Cost: $83

    "An experience like no other", this "culinary Disneyland" in the SLS Hotel from José Andrés presents "wild", "whimsical" Spanish-inspired small plates and "fantastic" drinks "that look like they were made in chemistry class" in an "extravagant", "noisy" Philippe Starck–designed setting out of "Alice in Wonderland" (complete with a pink patisserie for dessert); "trust the waiters to advise" and then "be prepared to spend hours" and "beaucoup bucks" here.

    465 S La Cienega Blvd; 310-247-0400

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    Miami: Zuma

    Food: 28
    Decor: 27
    Service: 24
    Cost: $83

    "Book way ahead" to secure a seat at the Epic Hotel's "it" spot Downtown because this overseas import (and "international sensation") draws throngs with its "Zen mastery" of modern izakaya-inspired Japanese fare plus sushi, robata grill items and more; "fabulous views" can be had from the terrace overlooking the Miami River, or you can just watch the "beautiful people" burning many "benjamins" in the "stunning" dining room and "vibrant" sake bar/lounge.

    270 Biscayne Blvd Way; 305-577-0277

  • New Orleans: Cochon Restaurant

    Food: 27
    Decor: 23
    Service: 24
    Cost: $34

    The "pig never saw it coming" at this "trendy" Warehouse District Cajun where chefs-owners Donald Link (Cochon Butcher) and Stephen Stryjewski fulfill "porky fantasies" – and "tempt a vegetarian" or two – with "sophisticated home cooking like you can't believe", served amid "boisterous", "industrial yet rustic" surroundings; despite seeming "slightly pricey" to some, it's a kick to "get a ringside seat by the kitchen" and chow down among the faithful on a porcine "pilgrimage."

    930 Tchoupitoulas St; 504-588-2123

  • NYC: Nobu

    Food: 27
    Decor: 23
    Service: 24
    Cost: $84

    Nobu Matsuhisa's 20-year-old TriBeCa flagship "has lost none of its luster", still offering "exceptional" Japanese-Peruvian fare to an "attractive" crowd in a "theatrical", David Rockwell–designed space; its "more casual" next-door offshoot and more "touristy" Midtown outlet are "just as delicious" – and just as "expensive."

    105 Hudson St; 212-219-0500

  • Philadelphia: Vetri

    Food: 29
    Decor: 25
    Service: 28
    Cost: $202

    Acolytes attest "heaven on earth" can be found in an "unassuming" townhouse in Washington Square West, home of Marc Vetri's flagship Italian, a "gastronomic tour de force" that's "high-end" "without being ostentatious", offering "sublime" cuisine and "professional" service; while you may have to "raid your 401(k)" given the figures listed on the prix fixe–only menu, it's on just about "everyone's bucket list."

    1312 Spruce Street; 215-732-3478

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    Portland: Pok Pok

    Food: 27
    Decor: 20
    Service: 23
    Cost: $24

    A "culinary mecca" say fans of this "gutsy" Division Thai and its "more casual, less crowded" Sabin offshoot where chef-owner Andy Ricker turns out "lip-smacking", "mind-blowing street food", like "unbelievably good chicken wings", plus "creative beverages" featuring "brilliant" drinking vinegars; sure, they're a "little pricey" for the genre, and the "cramped" Division digs are "mad busy", but the "hipster staff" is "prompt" and many agree they're area "musts"; P.S. sib Whiskey Soda Lounge (across the street from Pok Pok) offers drinks and nibbles.

    3226 Southeast Division Street; 503-232-1387

  • San Francisco: Boulevard

    Food: 27
    Decor: 26
    Service: 26
    Cost: $71

    "Year after year", chef-owner Nancy Oakes' "spectacular" "San Francisco mainstay" on the Embarcadero "never fails to impress" with its "bridge views" and belle epoque decor as backdrops for "superlative" "big, bold" American fare, "decadent desserts" and a "fantastic" selection of wines, all delivered by a "welcoming", "first-class" staff; there's a "lively" bar scene too, and though it's "noisy" and "costs an arm and two legs", it's still the "gold standard" for "business" and "special occasions" and is itself "reason to have a special occasion."

    1 Mission Street; 415-543-6084

  • Seattle: Purple Cafe and Wine Bar

    Food: 23
    Decor: 24
    Service: 23
    Cost: $34

    It's "all about the wine" at this Pacific NW quartet with a "fab" selection of bottles and tastings, plus a small-plates menu that encourages "upscale grazing" and makes it easy to "eat light or run up a tab"; "knowledgeable" servers guide the uninitiated and the "funky" design helps attract a "hip crowd", though it's "fun to bring the kids here" too, to sample the "special milk flight service."

    1225 4th Avenue; 206-829-2280

  • Photo by: Greg Powers & Audrey Crewe

    Washington, DC: Jaleo

    Food: 24
    Decor: 20
    Service: 21
    Cost: $39

    A "pitcher of sangria" and a "steady stream" of "delicious", "witty" tapas at this local chainlet overseen by "rock-star" Spanish chef José Andrés are the answer to a "bruising work week", "out-of-town guests" or a "date-night" dilemma; "terrific" crews deftly handle the "racket and bustle" in "festively" decorated settings that feel as "fresh and exciting as ever", though costs can "add up quickly" – especially if you "have to try everything"; P.S. Penn Quarter boasts a bold, avant-garde designer look.

    480 7th Street Northwest; 202-628-7949

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