If you venture to Zagat.com’s website today, you’ll see that first and foremost on the agenda of breaking news that they’ve been acquired by Google.

Zagat has been providing people a platform of where they can express their opinions and become a credible resource for popular restaurants, and ratings of entertainment venues across major cities.  Zagat Co-founders Nina and Ted Zagat wrote about the news on their site today stating how ecstatic they were about the deal with Google

We believe this union is the right next step for our employees, our users and for our business, all of which will benefit from the additional resources and reach that Google provides. Going forward, we will remain active in the business as co-Chairs, helping to ensure that the combination of Zagat’s and Google’s assets and capabilities will maximize our product quality and growth.”

Zagat has become an internationally respected restaurant review empire that represents quality and has become the go-to site when you want to seek out eateries that don’t usual cycle in your repertoire.  In 2009, Google tried to obtain Yelp, a similar crowdsourced local business review site, but for one reason or another the deal fell through. Though everything these days are moving online, Google will still publish Zagat’s guides and maintain the subscription product.

Marissa Mayer posted this on Google’s official blog about the new deal

So, today, I’m thrilled that Google has acquired Zagat. Moving forward, Zagat will be a cornerstone of our local offering—delighting people with their impressive array of reviews, ratings and insights, while enabling people everywhere to find extraordinary (and ordinary) experiences around the corner and around the world.”

Neither company disclosed what the deal was worth but it seems this joint venture has been greatly received on both ends.  30 years ago, Zagat started as a two-page list of New York’s restaurants and has expanded to offer a range of guides in over 100 countries.  Partnering with this established company would put Google as a frontrunner in collecting and publishing local reviews. This will also be incorporated with Google’s current “Places” service that helps local businesses call attention to themselves in search results.