10/09/2012 02:40:00 PM

5 Highest-Rated New Restaurants in the DC 2013 Survey

Notable local chefs have brought exciting concepts to the DC-area restaurant scene, as reflected in the 2013 DC Area Restaurants Survey. The top-rated newcomer is an underground Northern Thai from a publicity-shy auteur chef that rose to the best-of-the-best ranking despite the restaurant's no-reservations policy (it doesn't even have a sign or phone number!). Some popular and well-regarded newcomers to the local dining scene opened post-Survey, so we've included two of them in our slide show below as well. Click through the see who made the list, and let us know what you think in the comments or via Google+ and Twitter using the hashtag #ZagatDC2013.


  1. The Ray's to the Third entry has the description for Pearl Dive.

  2. You’re right. They have the same description. I like Pearl Dive Oyster Palace. I love the seafoods they serve in there.

  3. Are you going to change the Ray's to the Third entry?