10/09/2012 01:12:00 PM

Secret Restaurants: Your Guide to "Hidden" Eateries in 8 U.S. Cities

The trend of "secret restaurants" is on the rise - from NYC to Chicago to LA - it seems like people love the cachet of dining somewhere seemingly off-the-radar (despite the fact that these joints usually get written up by every food site in town). Whether it's an unmarked door, an unlisted reservations line or a random locale, diners can and will find their way into these elusive spots no matter how many roadblocks the eatery puts up. Check out the slide show below to scope out some hidden dining options in eight major U.S. cities. Have one to add? Let us know in the comments.


  1. And check out Copperbox, Miami's secret eatery as highlighted in Ocean Drive Magazine's Sept. Issue. As secret as it gets...

  2. Limone underground & pop-up restaurant in San Diego. Michelin star-level dinners served in tiny, cozy space. Amazing food.

  3. Thank you so much for including ONCE in this line up, we are blushing!
    Next is ONCE de los Muertos, on Nov 2, in Somerville MA
    Also, we wanted to add that we are gypsy locavores, and we will be showing up to source local ingredients and create a one night culinary event in a variety of places, including Portland OR, Brooklyn NY, Austin TX and on Martha's Vineyard in 2013. Eat local- see you round, and thanks again!

  4. I am sure that all of these are great places to eat and I would enjoy dining at any or all of them. But once again ZAGAT has failed to get out of its comfort zone. There are more cities in the USA out side of the same 8 sities that they always review.

    Come on people. Get on an airplane, or if you are afraid to fly AMTRAK, or rent a car. Tte USA has a lot of other places to eat in besides NYC, LA and Philly.

    Those of us that don't live in these cities and are paying for ZAGAT are not getting what we pay for.

    1. Hi HeadHunter,

      We currently only have blog verticals in these 7 cities and that's why we seem to "always cover them." If you'll note in this round-up we also included a spot from Seattle which we don't yet have a blog for.



    2. Kelly,

      What is it going to take to get blogs from other great cities in the USA started. I know from other posts I am not the only frustrated reader of ZAGAT that wants to read about more that the same 7 cities all the time.

      BTW thanks for including Seattle I am sure the folks there were grateful. Too bad ti was buried at the end of the article.

  5. "The "Pico Teriyaki House" sign belies what's really going on inside this unsuspecting West Los Angeles storefront." How about "this unassuming West Los Angeles storefront"? I don't think the storefront doesn't suspect what kind of restaurant is inside!

  6. There is also a Marrakesh in DC; and from the looks of the Philly restaurant, it's owned by the same folks.