The new version of this places directory offers Zagat reviews as well as “reviews from friend you trust,“ i.e. within Google+.
Knowing the little engagement Google+ is known for (the now so-called ghost town of social media), it is unlikely users will find reviews from friends. For that purpose they would rather go to local recommendation services such as Yelp, Qype or Tellmewhere that have integrated APIs from Facebook.
Business owners who use Google Places for Business still access their Google Places page and dashboard as they used to. But their Place information now appears in the context of a Google+ Local page.