The 24 D.C./D.C.Area Michelin Star Restaurants (1, 2, and 3 Stars)

by Francesca Luca

While there aren’t any restaurants in Montgomery County that have been awarded Michelin stars, we’ve put together a list of the 24 nearby restaurants that have earned stars. Michelin stars are awarded in a three star system: one star meaning “a very good restaurant”, two stars meaning “excellent cooking that is worth a detour” and three stars meaning “exceptional cuisine that is worth a special journey”.  These are not based on customer reviews, rather these stars are awarded by Michelin Inspectors who are anonymous food experts and have undergone official Michelin Guide training in France.  

As explained by Fine Dining LoversThe judging criteria is the same for each restaurant, focusing on the quality of the ingredients, cooking techniques and, most importantly, taste. Michelin stars are awarded solely on the standard of cuisine, so inspectors will not consider things like restaurant decor or ambience when awarding stars, although the comfort and quality is rated from 1 to 5 using a crossed fork and spoon symbol.” Below is the list of the 24 nearby Michelin star restaurants:

One Star

Albi (1346 4th St SE, Washington, DC 20003) – Middle Eastern eatery 

Bresca (1906 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009)  French influenced bistro

Cranes (724 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001) – Spanish-Japanese fare 

Elcielo D.C. (1280 4th St NE, Washington, DC 20002) – fine dining Colombian & high-concept tasting menu

Fiola (601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC 20004) – rustic Italian food

Gravitas (1401 Okie St NE, Washington, DC 20002) – New American tasting menuz

Kinship (1015 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001) – unique New American

Little Pearl (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003) – sophisticated fixed price menu & wire pairings

Masseria (1340 4th St NE, Washington, DC 20002) – Italian prix fixe menus

Maydan (1346 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009) – Caucasian, North African & Middle Eastern cuisines

Métier (1015 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001) – French-themed restaurant with a tasting menu

Imperfecto: The Chef’s Table (1124 23rd St NW, Washington, DC 20037) – elegant seafood and steak dishes with seasonal ingredients

Oyster Oyster (1440 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20001) – seasonal, carefully sourced tasting menus

Reverie (3201 Cherry Hill Ln, Washington, DC 20007) – TEMPORARILY CLOSED – elevated New American fare

Rooster & Owl (2436 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009) – modern American tasting menus & wine

Rose’s Luxury (717 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003) – New American small plates

Sushi Nakazawa ( 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004) – luxurious Japanese omakase 

Tail Up Goat (1827 Adams Mill Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009) – Mediterranean fare and Caribbean inspired drinks

The Dabney (122 Blagden Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001) – Mid-Atlantic cuisine 

Xiquet (2404 Wisconsin Ave B, Washington, DC 20007) – high end Spanish restaurant specializing in Valencian cuisine 

Two Stars

Jônt (1904 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009) – tasting menu with a focus on Japanese products

minibar by José Andrés (855 E St NW, Washington, DC 20004) – fixed price menus exploring molecular gastronomy 

Pineapple and Pearls (715 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003) – 4 course menu with wine and cocktails

Three Stars

The Inn at Little Washington (309 Middle St, Washington, VA 22747) – American cuisine



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