Washington, DC Michelin-Star Guide

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The Michelin Guide recently released its 2021 list of best-rated restaurants in Washington, DC Interestingly, four new one-star restaurants and one new two-star restaurants made it to the list this year. Moreover, the Inn at Little Washington is the first three-star restaurant to receive DC’s first Michelin green star.

Michelin unveiled its listing in New York, Chicago, and Washington, DC in an online event called ‘Still Serving,’ despite the restaurants’ lockdown last year due to the Covid-19. The Washington, DC Michelin-Start Guide was the first to be released. Here is the full list of the Michelin Guide to Washington, DC 2021:

Three Stars Restaurants in Washington, DC

  • The Inn at Little Washington

Two Stars Restaurants in Washinton, DC

  • Minibar
  • Jônt (new)
  • Pineapple and Pearls

One Star Restaurants in Washinton, DC

  • Xiquet
  • Sushi Nakazawa
  • Plume
  • Sushi Taro
  • Komi
  • Fiola
  • Tail Up Goat
  • Kinship
  • The Dabney
  • Métier
  • Bresca
  • Rose’s Luxury
  • Maydan
  • Little Pearl
  • Xiquet (new)
  • Rooster & Owl (new)
  • Elcielo DC (new)
  • Cranes (new)
  • Masseria
  • Gravitas

Top 4 Restaurants Featured in the Washington, DC Michelin-Start Guide

Although there are over 24 restaurants featured in the Washington, DC Michelin-Start Guide 2021, we will feature four in this post. Here are the top four restaurants in the Washington, DC Michelin-Start Guide arranged in no particular order: 


Cranes are one of the new one-star restaurants that made it to the list this year. Last year, the restaurant was officially opened a month before the lockdown in Penn Quarter by Chef Pepe Moncayo. It is a Spanish-Japanese restaurant that combines cooking techniques from Japan and Spain for small chops, using U.S ingredients. 

The restaurant has a six-course omakase menu that shows off its hyper-seasonal selections for $88. It is open for on-site dining, takeout, and home delivery services. Additionally, it offers a la carte tapas and weekday bento boxes at lunch.


Fiola is another one-star restaurant that made it to the 2021 Washington, DC Michelin-Star Guide. It is a flagship Italian restaurant founded by Restaurateur Fabio Trabocchi. The power dining spot offers outdoor and indoor dining in a deluxe yurt with five-course ($125) meals. It also offers a la carte spring menus with products from Chancellors Rock Farm in Rappahannock County, Virginia.

Komi (Happy Gyro)

Komi (Happy Gyro) is a tasting menu restaurant kept under chef Johnny Monis’s watch, which features Mediterranean and Greek dishes. It is a vegetarian diner that evolved from a tasting menu Johnny Monis ran as a tribute to his parent’s pizza place. Home and office deliveries are available via Skip the Line. Also, Customers can place pickup orders online for a pastrami-spiced celery root Reuben or crispy shell tacos full of black walnuts for dinner from Tuesday to Saturday.


Masseria is a one-star restaurant owned and managed by Restaurateur Nicholas Stefanelli. It offers indoor dining and reservations on a partially enclosed patio with a retractable roof and air conditioning. The restaurant’s services are affordable and worth the price. A prepaid reservation for a six-course tasting menu costs $148 per person with supplements such as truffles, caviar, spot prawns, and foie gras. There is also a special four-course lunch that goes for $95. A standard Masseria a Casa menu ($105 for two) includes a different three-course menu for pickup or delivery Tuesday to Sunday.

Here we have it- The Washington, DC Michelin-Star Guide. We believe the information we have shared on each starred restaurant will help you make the right choice based on your preference.

Feel free to tell us your best restaurant in the comment section below.

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