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Zagat poll: Oysters rule, so do quiet kids and online reservations

From left: Owners Jeff and Kelli Nace and former chef David Nevins of Neptune Oyster, named the top Boston restaurant in the 2014 Zagat survey. The current chef is Michael Serpa.

Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff/file 2005

From left: Owners Jeff and Kelli Nace and former chef David Nevins of Neptune Oyster, named the top Boston restaurant in the 2014 Zagat survey. The current chef is Michael Serpa.

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The 2014 Zagat Boston restaurant survey coming out on Thursday gives the top food award to two oyster spots: No. 1 is Neptune Oyster (fourth last year), No. 2 is Island Creek (it didn't make the top list last year). Oleana is next, then Craigie on Main, Lumiere, Life Alive, Menton, No. 9 Park, Hamersley’s, and Il Capriccio, which is enjoying a comeback (32d last year). On the phone from their offices at Google headquarters in New York — Zagat guides, one of the first to crowd-source reviews, were acquired two years ago — co-chairs Tim and Nina Zagat (pronounced zah-GAAT) offer some trends: Italian is the favorite cuisine in practically every city in the country, and has been for a decade; 82 percent of Bostonians surveyed say they don’t mind well-behaved children in upscale restaurants; 60 percent say using any electronic device is rude; and the biggest pet peeves are inattention, slow service, and rude staff. Bostonians are well ahead of the national average in making reservations online (we’re 66 percent, national is 52); on a par with tippers elsewhere (we tip 19.3 percent), and in synch with the new — and most say not annoying — habit of snapping shots of our food and companions. To that end, 83 percent say it’s OK. Are you still wondering why the staff is rude?

Correction: Because of a reporting error, the caption on an earlier version of this story was incorrect. David Nevins is the former chef at Neptune Oyster.

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