Get ready to hop on these reservations, because the MICHELIN Guide just announced its California Star recipients for 2023. One of the biggest nights in the culinary world featured many repeat winners—a recognition of the consistently stellar efforts of these restaurants—and a few are experiencing this epic thrill for the first time.
With that, let’s raise a glass to them and all the other MICHELIN Star restaurants—and try them out yourself to see why they’re the best of the best.
A perfection of classics such as Maine lobster vol-au-vent and beef Wellington make this restaurant from the hit Spruce team stand out from the crowd. One star
California seasonality is the name of the game at this Napa Valley Four Seasons restaurant, and MICHELIN awarded chef Rogelio Garcia’s cooking with the restaurant’s first-ever star. One star
This modern French restaurant with a Southern California twist serves a four-course menu by chef Eric Bost. One star
Hidden in a shopping mall, this omakase restaurant from chef Atsushi Yokoyama serves some of the best nigiri and sashimi in Orange County. One star
Wine Country was pleasantly surprised when this longtime gem received its first MICHELIN Star in 2021. Jil Hales and her team have kept the awards momentum going ever since. One star
Another first-time winner, Heritage sources much of its produce from a farm down the street. Sibling owners Lauren and Philip Pretty now run Long Beach’s only MICHELIN-Star restaurant. One star
James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Cimarusti’s seafood stunner has remained a two-star restaurant for an astonishing 14 consecutive years. Two stars
Kevin Meehan and Drew Langley’s small Hollywood restaurant has been a hit since its 2016 debut, and MICHELIN agrees. One star
Italian meets Japanese for an award-winning combination at chef Josef Centeno’s DTLA restaurant, which the Los Angeles Times named restaurant of the year in 2020. One star
Everything Nancy Silverton touches turns to gold, and it’s no different for the famed chef and restaurateur’s Italian gem on Melrose. One star
Housed in a Victorian in downtown Mountain View, this 41-year-old French restaurant has held a MICHELIN Star since the guide debuted in the Bay Area in 2007. One star
Japanese Kaiseki cooking is in the spotlight at this Napa Valley destination by Kenzo and Natsuko Tsujimoto, who fly in fresh fish weekly from Japan. One star
The lush vineyard and hill views are just as breathtaking as the Mediterranean-inspired fare by chef Robert Curry, whose efforts have helped this restaurant retain a star for more than a decade. One star
Chef William Bradley’s California cuisine restaurant first nabbed three stars last year and has held on to that coveted distinction in 2023. Only 12 other American restaurants nationally have three stars. Three stars
Prize Japanese A5 Wagyu and wood-fired cooking courtesy chef Dustin Falcon make this one of the few steakhouses in the country with a MICHELIN Star. One star
Famed chef Claude Le Tohic’s Union Square restaurant oozes classy fine-dining charm with its artfully composed five- and nine-course meals. One star
Ever-changing dim-sum style plates that celebrate all things California have made Nicole Krasinski and Stuart Brioza’s more-casual Fillmore restaurant a bonafide local favorite. One star
Krasinski and Brioza’s restaurant next door to State Bird is a little more upscale, but it has all the exciting elements that have made the duo among the most popular restaurateurs in San Francisco. One star
Another heavy hitter, this Californian restaurant has kept its star for more than decade thanks to the culinary wizardry of chef Peter Armellino. One star
Don’t let the name fool you—chef Mark Sullivan’s fine-dining restaurant celebrates the bounty of the Santa Cruz Mountains in a cozy setting. One star
See this year’s full list of MICHELIN Star recipients here.
—Tanay Warerkar is a content marketing manager at OpenTable