In short, yes.
I will travel to a place specifically because I got a reservation at X, Y, and/or Z.
Though I usually, at that point, build out a larger itinerary.
I'll disagree with the always eloquent BradFord, on food not being art, though admit at that point we've waded deep into murky, gray waters.
For the record, we just got back yesterday from the Noma - Mexico pop-up. At some point when I am not slammed I will update the appropriate thread. I'm still (terrible pun alert!) chewing the experience over.