The famed Michelin Guide has returned to Los Angeles with the 2023 California Guide. At the 2023 Michelin Revelation event, LA retained its Two-Starred restaurants, welcomed three new star distinctions and one special award for Exceptional Cocktails.
Michelin stars are awarded based on the following criteria:
1. Quality of ingredients
2. Mastery of the cooking
3. Harmony of the flavors
4. Artistry of the Chef as reflected in the cuisine
5. Consistency, both over time and across the entire menu
Heritage's new One Star rating rounds out the total of 20 LA-area restaurants with One Star.
Four new LA restaurants were selected for the Bib Gourmand category: Carnes Asadas Pancho Lopez, Cobi’s, Eat Joy Food and Villa's Tacos.
Additionally, Providence and Heritage each received a Green Star for Gastronomy & Sustainability; and Kato's bar director, Austin Hennelly, received the Exceptional Cocktails Award.
Read on to see how these five LA restaurants retained their Two Star ratings: Hayato, Mélisse, n/naka, Providence and Sushi Ginza Onodera; and discover LA's newest Michelin-starred and Bib Gourmand restaurants. Bon appétit!
Exceptional Cocktails Award: Austin Hennelly (Kato)
Bib Gourmand restaurants offer a full menu of a starter, main course and dessert, making it possible to order two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $49 USD or less (tax and gratuity not included).