The Michelin stars rating systems is not based on customer reviews, but on undercover food experts or inspectors that assign to restaurants one star if it is 'high quality quality cooking', two star when it's excellent cooking 'worth a detour and three star when the restaurant demonstrates exceptional cuisine that is worth 'a special journey.
There are 14, 3-star restaurants in the U.S in 2020. Seven in California, five in New York State, one in Illinois and one in Washington D.C.
Thomas Keller is the only chef on the list to have two restaurants with three stars, The French Laundry in California and Per Se in New York, both serve French cuisine.
Dominique Crenn of Atelier Crenn in San Francisco is the first and only 3 Michelin starred female chef in the US on the list, and one of a handful in the world. See all the 3 Michelin starred female chefs.
The Michelin Guide to California was cancelled for 2020 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and devastating wildfires which engulfed the Napa Valley region, destroying 3 Michelin starred The Restaurant at Meadowood amongst other wineries and restaurants. Last year, the Bay Area had more three-Michelin-starred restaurants than any other region in the country.
If you want to go beyond USA, find out how many Michelin 3-star restaurants there are in the world.
3-Star Michelin Restaurants USA 2020
Michelin 3-Star Restaurants in California: 7
- The Restaurant at Meadowood (Saint Helena)
- The French Laundry (Yountville)
- Single Thread (Healdsburg)
- Quince (San Francisco)
- Benu (San Francisco)
- Atelier Crenn (San Francisco)
- Manresa (Los Gatos)
See all Michelin Star Restaurants in California 2019 (2019 was the inaugural edition of the California guide and serves as the first state-wide Guide in the U.S. There was no 2020 edition released due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and devastating wildfires in the state.)
Michelin 3-Star Restaurants in New York: 5
- Per Se
- Le Bernardin
- Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare
- Eleven Madison Park
Michelin 3-Star Restaurants in Washington D.C: 1
- The Inn at Little Washington
Michelin 3-Star Restaurants in Chicago: 1
See the full list of Michelin Star Restaurants in Chicago 2020.
Michelin stars are the most coveted award in the culinary industry and getting three Michelin stars is seen as the highest achievement a chef can make during their career.
Check out this map for a look at all the Michelin Star Restaurants in the USA.
Michelin and USA
Many people argue that the Michelin company should publish more guides in the USA, in 2009 the company stopped publishing the Michelin Guide for Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Despite this, Michelin have been expanding recently with the launch of news guides in Seoul, Bangkok and Taipei.
With Thomas Keller being the godfather of the Michelin stars in the USA, we thought we'd bring you this exclusive video interview in which the chef discusses his pursuit for perfection and his struggles with stepping away from the daily operations of the kitchen, something he's very emotional about.