50 Best Restaurants 2013

A year’s worth of ideas on where to dine in Northern Virginia.

Be sure to check out our 50 Best Restaurants 2014 list here

50 best restaurants

We like new. Shiny. Sparkly. We’re drawn to what we don’t know and what we think will impress us. And this year, we’ve seen new in the Northern Virginia dining scene. Not as many new restaurants, but new faces behind our trusted favorite places. There is usually a grace period when a new chef enters the kitchen, but for this year’s restaurant issue—divided by the top 10 and then by county—we decided instead of waiting for routines to set, we would embrace the frenzy of kitchen unrest. Welcome it. Rank it. Relish beginnings.

Check out the full list of Northern Virginia Magazine’s 50 Best Restaurants.

By Stefanie Gans | Photography by Jonathan Timmes
with John Fleury, Jessica Strelitz, Meaghan Wolff & Tom Wolff


NoVA’s TOP 10 for 2013

1. Maple Ave

2. The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm

3. The Ashby Inn & Restaurant

4. 2941

5. The Curious Grape

6. Mokomandy

7. Goodstone Inn & Restaurant

8. Pizzeria Orso

9. Peter Chang China Star Café

10. Lyon Hall





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