These Are the Best Restaurants in Washington, According to Michelin
On May 4, the Michelin Guide announced their annual star rankings for the city and little has changed.
There’s still only one three-star restaurant (worth a special journey): the Inn at Little Washington, chef Patrick O’Connell’s old school hotel with a $308 French-accented menu in Washington, Va. Likewise, Washington’s two-star places—excellent cuisine, worth a detour—are the same as last year. That includes the unconventional tasting menu spot Minibar, from star chef and humanitarian José Andrés, and the forward-thinking Pineapple and Pearls from acclaimed local chef Aaron Silverman.
The French-based guide did honor four new D.C. restaurants with one star. Oyster Oyster was recognized for chef Rob Rubba’s scintillating vegetable-forward menus, where butter is fashioned from marigolds, and roasted carrots might be served with miso and popped sorghum.
“The work chef Rubba is doing blew us away, work he’s doing there is so creative and impressive,” says the chef inspector for North America, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of his position.
There are 24 starred restaurants this year, up from 23. Gone from the 2022 list is Sushi Taro, which lost its star, as well as Komi, the compelling Mediterranean restaurant that was put in the spotlight after the Obamas ate there, and Plume, both now closed.
Michelin also announced the list of Bib Gourmand spots—good food at a price of “around $40 for a meal. The key word is ‘around,’” says the chief inspector, who cited rising costs that are impacting restaurant menus. This year, there are four new spots among the 36 on the list, including Dauphine’s, where the specialty is Creole cuisine from Kristen Essig (one of the few women on this list). Menya Hosaki was also recognized for its superior ramen and karaage (Japanese fried chicken).
Gone from this year’s Bib Gourmand list is Zaytinya, the pan Mediterranean spot from Andrés, which held the accolade for three straight years.
For people determined to find restaurant news in Washington, D.C. keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming, two-story Peruvian restaurant Causa, from Carlos Delgado; the Trinidadian-themed St. James from Jeanine Prime, who also operates the Bib Gourmand spot Cane; and the opening of Pastis, the sceney Manhattan brasserie that will set up shop in the Union Market hood.
Here is the full list of Washington’s Michelin-starred restaurants and Bib Gourmands. An asterisk (*) denotes a new entry.
The Inn at Little Washington
Pineapple and Pearls
*Imperfecto: The Chef’s Table
Rooster & Owl
Tail Up Goat
Bib Gourmand Winners
Ivy City Smokehouse
Karma Modern Indian
Laos in Town
Pearl Dive Oyster Palace
Residents Cafe & Bar
The Red Hen
Timber Pizza Co.
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