LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Sushi Zo scored the “top food” award, while Pizzeria Mozza was deemed “most popular” in the Zagat Guide’s 2011 Los Angeles/ Southern California Restaurant Survey released Wednesday.

The survey covers 2,016 restaurants in the greater Los Angeles area, as well as Orange County, Palm Springs and Santa Barbara.

More than 10,800 local diners participated.

Sushi Zo replaces last year’s “top food” winner, Urasawa, which fell to No. 21. The cuisine of Sushi Zo chef-owner Keizo Seki rated a 29 rating out of a maximum 30, despite its austere West Los Angeles strip-mall setting, which scored a 13 out of 30 for decor.

Cicada and Edison, both in downtown Los Angeles, tied for “top decor” honors.

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The “top service” rating went to Melisse in Santa Monica, which also was No. 3 for its food.

Pizzeria Mozza in Hollywood retained its title as “L.A.’s Most Popular” restaurant, followed by its next-door sibling Osteria Mozza in fourth place.

Other restaurants whose standings soared were Brandywine in Woodland Hills, Shiro in South Pasadena, Sushi Nozawa in Studio City and Wa in West Hollywood.

Winners by cuisine type included the In-N-Out chain for burgers; Providence for seafood; Yujean Kang’s for Chinese; Orris for small plates; Angelini Osteria for Italian; Grill on the Alley for American traditional; and Babita for Mexican.

The five leaders in the main categories are:

Top Food

1) Sushi Zo
2) Matsuhisa
3) Melisse
4) Brandywine
5) Shiro

Top Decor

1) Cicada
1) Edison
3) Belvedere
4) Bazaar/Jose Andres
5) Bistro Garden

Top Service

1) Melisse
2) Belvedere
3) Providence
4) Sam’s by the Beach
5) Brandywine

Most Popular

1) Pizzeria Mozza
2) Bazaar/Jose Andres
3) Spago
4) Osteria Mozza
5) Angelini Osteria

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