2022 Michelin Stars Announced for D.C. Region


In the restaurant industry, perhaps nothing’s more stressful than vying for a vaunted Michelin Star. 

It all started in 1889, when brothers Andre and Edouard Michelin founded their tire company in central France at the birth of the auto age. They wanted to create a guide to entice drivers to venture out on the roads with their jalopies and dine along the way. 

Today, Michelin’s “little red guidebook” to the best restaurants to try while traveling is the most influential restaurant-rating publication around the world. At any time, restaurateurs know that anonymous inspectors from Michelin might visit to judge their overall quality of produce, mastery of flavors and techniques, chef’s personality, pricing, consistency and other factors. 

Yesterday, Michelin released its list of awardees for Washington, D.C.

Clearly, the D.C. food scene continues to flourish. According to Washingtonian Magazine, “the total number of Michelin-starred DC dining rooms” has risen to 24. “The District’s Michelin guide launched in 2016 with 12 starred rankings, and has since doubled in size,” Michelin’s Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of the Michelin Guides, said. 

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, Poullennec said that D.C. area restaurants have continued to up their game. “We haven’t changed their criteria, the restaurants have changed their games,” Poullennec said. “You really feel how strong the culinary scene is becoming, and despite the crisis, the trend continues.” (Washingtonian)

New Michelin One Star winners this year include chef Michael Rafidi’s Albi in Navy Yard, chef Enrique Limardo’s Chef’s Table at Imperfecto in West End, Oyster Oyster in Shaw and Jonny Spero’s Reverie in Georgetown. 

In the two-star and three-star categories, no changes this year. The Inn at Little Washington in Rappahannock County, Virginia remains the region’s sole three-star restaurant. Three D.C. restaurants were awarded two stars again this year:  Jônt at Logan Circle, chef  José Andrés’s Minibar and Pineapple and Pearls on Capitol Hill.

Michelin also announced two new “special awards” and winners this year. Nicole Ramée and Alisa Watts of one-star Spanish restaurant Xiquet won Sommeliers of the Year and the Exceptional Cocktails Award went to Will Patton, beverage director at Bresca and Jônt.

Michelin also released its 2022 Bib Gourmand awards for restaurants that offer “good food at a moderate price.” Four new D.C. restaurants were added to the list: Daru, Dauphine’s, Menya Hosaki, and Honeymoon Chicken

2022 Michelin Winners:

Three stars:

The Inn at Little Washington

Two stars:

Jônt

Minibar

Pineapple and Pearls

One star:

Albi (NEW)

Bresca

Cranes

The Dabney

El Cielo

Fiola

Gravitas

Imperfecto: the Chef’s Table (NEW)

Kinship

Little Pearl

Masseria

Maydan

Metier

Oyster Oyster (NEW)

Reverie (NEW)

Rooster & Owl

Rose’s Luxury

Sushi Nakazawa

Tail Up Goat

Xiquet

2022 Bib Gourmand Awardees:

Astoria

Bidwell

Cane

China Chilcano

Daru (NEW)

Das

Dauphine’s (NEW)

Elle

Fancy Radish

Federalist Pig

Hitching Post

Honeymoon Chicken (NEW)

Ivy City Smokehouse

Jaleo

Kaliwa

Karma Modern Indian

Laos in Town

Lapis

Makan

Maketto

Menya Hosaki (NEW)

Ottoman Taverna

Oyamel

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

Queen’s English

Residents Cafe

Sababa

Sfoglina

Stellina Pizzeria

Taqueria Habanero

The Red Hen

Thip Khao

Timber Pizza Co.

Toki Underground

Unconventional Diner

Zenebech

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