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Everything you need to know about L.A.'s Michelin Guide

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It's been over a year, but the Michelin Guide has bestowed its stars on Los Angeles once again in their California guide. While 2021 is a little less shiny than it was in 2019, you'll still see some brilliance in the One and Two Star Categories (8 new additions, but several just moved up). The real winners can be found in the Bib Gourmand with ten new additions of affordable luxury that represent more diversity seen from the starred restaurants.

Below find your list of ALL Two and One Star Restaurants in Los Angeles as well as the NEW Bib Gourmand.

Two Star

  • n/naka (West LA/Palms)
  • Melisse (Santa Monica)
  • Hayato (DTLA)
  • Sushi Ginza Onodera (West Hollywood)
  • Vespertine (Culver City)
  • Providence (Hollywood)

Hayato and Melisse are new to the list, while the pristine and dependable kaiseki experience from Chef Niki Nakayama continues to keep the inspectors happy.

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Razor Clam at n/nakaPhoto Credit: EatDrinkLA

One Star

  • Morihiro (Atwater Village)
  • Phenakite (Hollywood)
  • Kali (Hollywood)
  • Bistro Na's (Temple City)
  • Nozawa Bar (Beverly Hills)
  • Cut (Beverly Hills)
  • Maude (Beverly Hills)
  • Orsa & Winston (DTLA)
  • Le Comptoir (Koreatown)
  • Osteria Mozza (Hollywood)
  • Q Sushi (DTLA)
  • Shibumi (DTLA)
  • Shin Sushi (Encino)
  • Rustic Canyon (Santa Monica)
  • Mori Sushi (West LA)
  • Kato (West LA)
  • Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura (Beverly Hills)
  • Pasjoli (Santa Monica)
  • Pasta | Bar (Encino)
  • Sushi I Naba (Manhattan Beach)

Two new additions to the list this year are very exciting: sushi restaurant Morihiro from Chef Morihiro Onodera in Atwater Village and gastronomical gem Phenakite from Chef Minh Phan. Vegetarian restaurant Le Comptoir's tasting menu continues to dazzle, while a meal at Q Sushi is like a religious experience. It's sad to see it lose a star while so many others held strong.

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Le Comptoir Vegetable TastingPhoto Credit: EatDrinkLA

Bib Gourmand

  • Kazan (Beverly Hills)
  • Woodspoon (DTLA)
  • Colapasta (Santa Monica)
  • Tumbi (Santa Monica)
  • Jiang Nan Spring (Alhambra)
  • Chifa (Eagle Rock)
  • Konbi (Echo Park)
  • La Azteca (East LA)
  • Bee Taqueria (West LA)
  • Luscious Dumplings (Monrovia)

The best part about the Bib Gourmand is that it's affordable! The rules are, "a Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand restaurant must offer two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for around $40."

So while we can all keep reaching for the stars, it's nice to know you can keep a bib tied around your neck.

Read on if you'd like to see what happened in 2019

Michelin Guide Los Angeles 2019

It's official! The Michelin Guide is back in California, and 24 restaurants in Los Angeles are considered stellar!! While we might not have earned any three-star nods, here is your guide to the new one and two Michelin Star Restaurants in Los Angeles.

One Star

  • Bistro Na's (SGV)
  • Q Sushi (DTLA)

As featured in my Oh my Omakase story, Q Sushi in DTLA offers a meal that will overwhelm your senses as well as some of the best Sake in the city.

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Q SushiPhoto Credit: EatDrinkLA
  • Shibumi (DTLA)
  • Kali (Hollywood)
  • Le Comptoir (Koreatown)

The 7-course vegetable tasting at Le Comptoir will leave you wondering why you ever needed meat in the first place.

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Le Comptoir Vegetable TastingPhoto Credit: EatDrinkLA
  • Hayato (Row DTLA)
  • Trois Mec (Hollywood)

One of my favorite meals of 2017, Trois Mec from Chef Ludo Lefebvre, is like a slice of Paris in Hollywood. While it's a tasting menu you should reserve for special evenings, it's still an affordable luxury by comparison to some of the others on this list of the Michelin Star restaurants in Los Angeles.

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Trois MecPhoto Credit: EatDrinkLA
  • Osteria Mozza (Hollywood)

I love to say this is my favorite restaurant in Los Angeles because despite being open since 2007, the pasta tasting at Osteria Mozza never gets old, and I melt at just the thought of the bread with Olive Oil.

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Osteria Mozza Garlic BreadPhoto Credit: EatDrinkLA
  • Nozawa Bar (Beverly Hills)
  • Cut (Beverly Hills)
  • Maude (Beverly Hills)

Another standout tasting menu, Maude from Chef Curtis Stone, centers on a different ingredient or wine region and changes seasonally.

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Maude Tasting MenuPhoto Credit: EatDrinkLA
  • Mori Sushi (West LA)
  • Shin Sushi (Encino)
  • Kato (West LA)
  • Shunji (West LA)
  • Orsa & Winston (DTLA)
  • Dialogue (Santa Monica)
  • Rustic Canyon (Santa Monica)

Two Star

  • Providence (Hollywood)

Always lauded as our shining Michelin star long after the guide was gone, Providence from Chef Michael Chimarusti is a great place to dip your toe into the waters of two-star dining.

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Providence OysterPhoto Credit: EatDrinkLA
  • Sushi Ginza Onodera (West Hollywood)
  • Somni (Mid-City at the SLS Hotel)
  • Urasawa (Beverly Hills)
  • Vespertine (Culver City)
  • n/naka (West LA/Palms)

I can best describe a dinner at n/naka as both ritual and relaxation. Chef Niki Nakayama will make you feel like you're a guest in her home, but the kaiseki presentation will feel like you're out of this world.

I hope this gives you a jumping-off point for your exploration of the Michelin star restaurants in Los Angeles. While it's a stellar distinction many don't feel we need, it's nice to feel this city's dining scene is on the map with the rest of the world.

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