January 15, 2009
And the survey says ...

The results are in from Zagat Survey's first guide to Sacramento restaurants. 192 Sacramento area restaurants were sampled and the findings are based on the opinions of 1,264 local diners. And they consumed a lot of grub to come to these conclusions.

These diners ate more than 200,000 meals in 2008, and one of the big results: Sacramento meal prices are a relative baragain compared to the rest of the country. The average meal price was $28.43, compared to Zagat's national average of $34.03. In Sacramento's 20 most expensive restaurants, the average meal was $53.30, more than $20 less than the Zagat national average of $75.26.

The average food rating for Sacramento area restaurants also showed well. Sacramento's average food rating was 21.28 on Zagat's 30 point rating scale, just slightly higher than the national average of 21.15. Sacramento's average food rating of 21.28 was sandwiched between two venerable food towns: San Francisco (21.29) and Chicago (21.25).

According to Zagat, Sacramentans ate an average of 3.1 restaurant meals per week (the national average was 3.3). The guide was edited by Kate Washington, Carol Diuguid and Bill Corsello. We're still trying to nail down the date when the Zagat Survey for Sacramento will be released, but in the meantime here are more results:

Top 10 Most Popular

1. Mikuni
2. Biba
3. Waterboy
4. Ella Dining Room and Bar
5. Mulvaney's
6. The Kitchen
7. Il Fornaio
8. Fat's Asia Bistro
9. Ruth's Chris Steak House
10. Firehouse

Top 10 Food

1. La Bonne Soupe Cafe
2. The Kitchen
3. Waterboy
4. Mulvaney's
5. Biba
6. Ella Dining Room and Bar
7. Hawks
8. Tuli
9. Mikuni
10. Kru

Top Five Service

1. The Kitchen
2. Mulvaney's
3. Hawks
4. Waterboy
5. Ella

Top Five Best Buys

1. Whitey's Jolly Kone
2. La Bonne Soupe Cafe
3. Rick's Dessert Diner
4. Willie's Burgers
5. Squeeze Inn

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