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How Many 3 Star Michelin Restaurants Are There in The USA?

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How Many 3 Star Michelin Restaurants Are There in The USA?

There are 14, 3-star restaurants in the U.S for 2018. Seven in San Francisco, five in New York, two in Chicago and zero 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. 

3-Star Michelin Restaurants USA 2018

Michelin 3-Star Restaurants in New York: 5 

Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare  
Eleven Madison Park  
Le Bernardin 
Per Se

Michelin 3-Star Restaurants in Washington D.C: 0 

See all Michelin Star Restuarants in Washington D.C. 2018.

Michelin 3-Star Restaurants in San Francisco: 7 

Coi (New) 
The French Laundry 
The Restaurant at Meadowood

See all Michelin Star Restaurants in San Francisco 2018. 

Michelin 3-Star Restaurants in Chicago: 2 

See the full list of Michelin Star Restaurants in Chicago 2018.  

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. In 2018, there was just one new 3 star restaurant in the U.S: Coi in San Francisco. While Coi gained a third star, the world famous Jean Georges restaurant in New York, which held three Michelin stars since the NY guide launched in 2006, showed just how hard it is to retain the top accolade when they were dropped to the two-star category.

Check out this map for a look at all the Michelin Star Restaurants in the USA. 

Dishes from the 3 Star Coi Restaurant. 

What Michelin Stars Mean

One Star = very good cooking in its category.

Two stars = excellent cooking, worth a detour.

Three stars = exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey. 

Missing from Michelin 

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. 

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