As the highly anticipated 2023 Michelin Guide list for Washington, DC, was released, the city’s dining scene celebrates excellence and innovation. Among the many exceptional restaurants featured on the list, the two and one-star establishments proved to be the most awe-inspiring. With meticulous attention to detail and a focus on the highest quality ingredients, these restaurants have solidified their position as the best dining destinations in the nation’s capital. (Updated November 8, 2023)
Two-Stars: Only Three in DC
Topping the list are the two-star restaurants: At the pinnacle of dining, only three restaurants have soared to the two-star status, each offering an unparalleled culinary journey: minibar with its avant-garde cuisine, Jônt where innovative flavors take center stage, and Pineapple & Pearls presents a symphony of elegance and creativity on a plate.
Each restaurant offers a unique experience, with minibar providing an intimate and immersive tasting menu experience, Pineapple and Pearls offering a playful and whimsical party featuring four exciting courses, and Jônt showcasing a progressive tasting menu focusing on Japanese cuisine. These restaurants have truly set the bar high and continue to impress diners from around the world.
One-Star: 21 Make the List
The one-star accolades highlight the city’s eclectic taste. Representing the best of Italian cooking are Fiola and Masseria, while Sushi Nakazawa and Rania take patrons on a Japanese and Indian gastronomic adventure, respectively. Contemporary cuisine finds its champions in Kinship, Métier, The Dabney, Little Pearl, Rose’s Luxury, Bresca, Rooster & Owl, Reverie, Gravitas, and Tail Up Goat, each with its distinct flavor and flair.
For those who favor plant-based dining, Oyster Oyster provides an innovative vegetarian menu. The international dining scene is richly represented with Causa‘s Peruvian delicacies, the Middle Eastern essences of Albiand Maydān, the Colombian-inspired Elcielo D.C., the Latin American zest of Imperfecto: The Chef’s Table, and the Spanish passion of Xiquet.
Each star-studded establishment offers an invitation to explore the full spectrum of Washington, D.C.’s restaurant scene, one Michelin star at a time.
Overall, the 2023 Michelin Guide list for Washington, DC, represents the best of the city’s dining scene. These restaurants have earned their place among the world’s best and are sure to continue delighting diners for years to come. So whether you’re a local or a visitor, make a reservation at one of these exceptional restaurants for a truly unforgettable dining experience. Check out more at: Washington MICHELIN Restaurants – the MICHELIN Guide USA