Two New Washington DC Restaurants Earn Michelin Stars

The first MICHELIN Guide Ceremony bringing together New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C., provided a few updates for the Washington, D.C. area:

  • 25 restaurants receive MICHELIN Stars, including two new 1-Stars
  • Selection comprises 122 restaurants and 37 types of cuisine

“The MICHELIN Guide inspection team is delighted add the international flavors of Causa and Rania to the Washington selection of Starred establishments,” Poullennec said. “These world-class restaurants blend tradition with innovation to deliver a delicious meal and memorable experience.” Here are Washington’s new MICHELIN-Starred restaurants, with inspector notes from each:


Causa (Blagden Alley; Peruvian cuisine)
Chef Carlos Delgado delivers a taste of his birthplace in a dual-concept space in Blagden Alley. Nestled on the first floor, Causa seats around 20 for a tasting menu that takes diners on a journey of flavors inspired by the topography of Peru. It all begins in Lima with coastal seafood, then progresses into the Andes and the Amazon.

Rania (Penn Quarter; Indian cuisine)
This fine dining concept seems fit for a queen, and good thing too, since Rania translates to “queen” in Hindi and Sanskrit. Chef Chetan Shetty delivers something entirely enticing here with his inventive menu. There are plenty of contemporary touches along with a few surprises (think braised pork belly vindaloo).


Special Awards – Washington, D.C.
In addition to the new Bib Gourmand restaurants and Stars, the Guide announced four special awards:

Previous Three Stars and Green Star

The Inn at Little Washington
Cuisine: American, French

Previous Two Stars

Cuisine: Contemporary

Cuisine: Contemporary

Pineapple and Pearls
Cuisine: Contemporary

Previous One Stars

Cuisine: Middle Eastern

Cuisine: Contemporary

Elcielo D.C.
Cuisine: Colombian

Cuisine: Italian

Cuisine: Contemporary

Imperfecto: The Chef’s Table
Cuisine: Latin American

Cuisine: Contemporary

Little Pearl
Cuisine: Contemporary

Cuisine: Italian

Cuisine: Middle Eastern

Cuisine: Contemporary

Oyster Oyster
Cuisine: Vegetarian

Cuisine: Contemporary

Rooster & Owl
Cuisine: Contemporary

Rose’s Luxury
Cuisine: Contemporary

Sushi Nakazawa
Cuisine: Japanese

Tail Up Goat
Cuisine: Contemporary

The Dabney
Cuisine: American

Cuisine: Spanish


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