Washington, D.C. Gets Its First Michelin Three-Star Restaurant

September 27, 2018 Updated: October 8, 2018

Michelin has begun releasing the 2019 U.S. editions of its famed restaurant guides, starting with the nation’s capital.

In Michelin’s third edition, Washington, D.C. welcomed its first three-starred restaurant: Inn at Little Washington, which celebrated its 40th anniversary earlier this year, was elevated from two stars to three. Meanwhile, Bresca and Siren by RW each received their first star.

The guide’s star system identifies restaurants worth a stop (one star), a detour (two stars), or a special journey (three stars), as determined by anonymous Michelin inspectors.

“Our inspectors are especially impressed with the consistency of the restaurant scene in D.C.,” Michael Ellis, international director of the Michelin Guide, said in a press release. All 13 starred restaurants from the 2018 edition retained their status.

Michelin also named 39 Bib Gourmand restaurants in D.C., including 19 new additions, chosen for offering high-quality food for a good value. Highlights include Ambar, serving Balkan cuisine, and Succotash, serving Southern comfort classics.

Michelin publishes guides in 30 countries around the world, including four cities in the United States.

Full lists of restaurant selections for Washington, D.C. and Chicago are now available at Guide.Michelin.com. New York City Bib Gourmands will be published on Oct. 30, followed by Star selections on Nov. 6; and San Francisco Bib Gourmands will be published Nov. 20, followed by Star selections on Nov. 29.