10/09/2012 10:42:00 AM

2013 DC Survey Results Are Live!

The results of our 2013 Washington, DC/Baltimore Restaurants survey, based on the collective experience of 16,363 diners, are live. That’s a lot of dining out - an average of 2.8 times each week. And what kind of food do they like to eat? Italian, American and Japanese, in that order, according to surveyor's responses. Their biggest gripe: poor service (61%), followed by excessive noise (18%). For the first time this year, Frederick, MD, was included in the DC-area section of the guide. Judging by the high ratings its restaurants earn, it’s a boomtown for dining. So who were the big winners overall? Click through to find out, and be sure to order your copy of the book here.

The luxurious Inn at Little Washington in the Virginia countryside earned top ratings across the board with a near perfect 29-out-of-30 for Food, Decor and Service. Perennial favorite L’Auberge Chez Francois was close behind in the No. 3 position for Food, and landed at No. 5 for Decor and Service. Clyde’s, the elaborately decorated American saloons, are the area’s Most Popular restaurants, followed by 2 Amy’s pizzeria.

Modern, chef-driven restaurants vaunted to top rankings. Little Serow, Johnny Monis’ Northern Thai, joined Komi, his Greek boutique, on the Top Food list (No. 12) , and is the No. 1 ranked Newcomer. Meanwhile, the mind-blowing cuisine at José Andrés' Minibar, Bryan Voltaggio's Volt and Ashok Bajaj's Rasika helped them earn spots in the top-10 Food list.

Although several of the top-rated spots are tough reservations (or just plain don't accept them), that doesn’t faze our surveyors. Some 67% are willing to wait up to 30 minutes for a table (another 12% will wait for an hour). They’re technologically tuned in as well, downloading restaurant-related apps to their smart phones (44%) and taking photos of their meal and friends. Some 67% think photo-taking is fine in moderation, but 53% judge it rude to text, e-mail, tweet or talk on their mobile phones in a restaurant.

In addition to our newly redesigned guidebook, you can also scope out the new ratings and reviews for free across Google Maps. Search, Google+ and mobile. Let us know your thoughts on the results in the comments below or on Google+ and Twitter using the hashtag #ZagatDC2013.

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