Other Winners Include: Asanebo (Food), The Belvedere (Decor), Mélisse (Service), Gjelina Take Away (Best Buy)

The results of Zagat’s 2014 Los Angeles Restaurants Survey are now available on zagat.com and in local bookstores. Sushi tops the Food list for the fifth year running, as Asanebo unseats last year’s winner, Urasawa, for the No. 1 spot. Other Japanese notables in the Top Food category include Sushi Zo (No. 2), Hamasaku (No. 3) and Matsuhisa (No. 5). Meanwhile, the fast-growing Sugarfish empire from Sushi Nozawa chef-master Kazunori Nozawa is LA’s Most Popular restaurant. Top Decor and Service awards go to The Belvedere in the Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel and Santa Monica’s Mélisse, respectively.

New to the top lists this year are Downtown’s Bestia, ranked LA’s No. 1 Newcomer, and Gjelina Take Away – the casual offshoot of Venice’s popular Gjelina – pulling in the award for Best Buy.

On average, Los Angeles surveyors report eating 2.4 dinners out per week, spending an average of $38.62 per person, just under the national average of $40.53. Additional stats from the survey reveal that noise is the No. 1 dining irritant, with 76% of diners saying they avoid restaurants that are too loud.

Zagat.com and Google Maps feature 115 curated lists of Los Angeles restaurants designed to help users find the perfect place to dine. Brand-new lists in LA this year include "Tops by Occasion" across a variety of scenarios, from “Anniversaries” to “Group Dinners” to “Lunch with your Agent,” and location-specific lists around local landmarks like “LA Live,” “Gallery Row” and the “Hollywood Walk of Fame.” All of this year’s ratings and reviews are available on zagat.com, the Zagat app for Android and iPhone, and in guides available at local bookstores.

The Los Angeles Survey covers 1,499 restaurants as rated and reviewed by 19,694 avid diners.

Posted by Michelle Golden, Zagat Senior Editor