The U.S. boasts over 200 Michelin star restaurants. A portion of these are recognized even further for earning three of these coveted stars, the highest achievement in the culinary industry.
In 2022, 172 restaurants received a Michelin star, while just 13 earned the three-Michelin-star crown. Elite Traveler made a guide of these three-Michelin-star restaurants and explored what makes them meet the highest standards in fine dining.
Found in California, Chicago, New York and Washington D.C., here are all of the three-star restaurants in the U.S. from the latest Michelin ranking.
Addison | San Diego, CA
Chef William Bradley has helmed the stoves at Addison since 2006, transforming this Southern Californian oasis into a world-class dining destination. From chicken liver churros to a riff on chips and dip, dishes are playful yet polished, while all meals conclude with a selection of stunning small bites.
Alinea | Chicago, IL
Located in the heart of Chicago, this restaurant offers an “intimate, immersive and cutting-edge experience.” Chef Grant Achatz has curated a multi-sensory menu featuring options like scallop noodle with Thai curry sauce and dried scallop tuile, beef rossini, Miyazaki tenderloin with foie gras, truffled jus and hoja santa ice cream with tamarind meringue, grilled pineapple, and white chocolate crumble. The restaurant has held three Michelin stars since 2010 and offers both tasting courses and fine dining, ranging from $210 to $395.
Atelier Crenn | San Francisco, CA
This French-inspired gem is run by Chef Dominique Crenn, who received three Michelin stars in 2019 and has earned the award “best female chef in the world”. Her tasting menu, which costs around $335, is written like poetry and the walls of her restaurant are adorned with her father’s paintings. The artistic atmosphere is just as expressive as the dishes she prepares at Atelier Crenn.
Benu | San Francisco, CA
Described as “an oasis in the heart of the city” of San Francisco by Michelin Guide, Benu serves gourmet dishes featuring Korean, Cantonese and Western influences, as well as a wine selection of over 300 options. Chef Corey Lee has curated a menu that elegantly intermingles Asian cuisine with that of different cultures for $325 a person. Benu was awarded three Michelin stars in 2014 and continues to provide a luxurious, relaxed and welcoming atmosphere for diners.
Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare | New York, NY
This Japanese and French-inspired treasure was the first New York City restaurant outside of Manhattan to receive three Michelin stars back in 2012. Natural flavors shine through Chef César Ramírez’s tasting menu, which features uni toast, kinmedai with ginger and turnip sauce and a frozen souffle. Guests can enjoy the fine dining experience of Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare for just under $400.
Eleven Madison Park | New York, NY
Placed at the top of the list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2017, this fine dining restaurant owns an array of accolades, from its three Michelin stars to its award-winning wine list. Owner and head chef Daniel Humm alongside chef de cuisine Brian Lockwood has curated a menu inspired by the culinary agricultural traditions of New York, with lunch and dining tasting menus costing $315.
Le Bernardin | New York, NY
This stunning restaurant run by head chef Eric Ripert has earned an array of accolades, including three Michelin stars awarded 2006. Ripert prepares dishes with a seafood focus and French and Spanish influences, including kampachi sashimi with crushed Niςoise olives, seared langoustine with balsamic-truffle vinaigrette and mont blanc. Courses range from $93 to $228.
Manresa | Los Gatos, CA
Founded in 2002, Manresa continues to impress its guests with its service and art of cooking. The restaurant serves California cuisine with specialties that include lightly smoked striped jack, brassicas, sweetbreads, toasted levain soup, kuri squash with toasted milk and more. Chef David Kinch uses fresh ingredients and the finest foods to prepare his dishes, which guests can enjoy at a charge of $185 per person. Manresa was awarded three Michelin stars in 2016.
Masa | New York, NY
This Japanese eatery brings diners sushi of the highest standard. Prepared by Chef Masa Takayama, each dish is full of intricate flavors such as the Toro tartare with caviar, striped Jack nigiri and Yuzu sorbet. In addition to receiving the three-Michelin-star badge in 2009, Masa also earned the title of the most expensive restaurant in the U.S. from 2005 to 2009 for its dinners that cost nearly $600 for one.
Per Se | New York, NY
Owned by accredited Thomas Keller, with Corey Chow as its chef de cuisine, this Manhattan-based restaurant was awarded three Michelin stars in 2006. Per Se serves innovative French flavors in its nine-course chef’s taster menu, which starts at $325. Specialties include Hawaiian heart of peach palm bavarois, herb-roasted Scottish langoustine and banana gelato with dulce de leche.
Quince | San Francisco, CA
Located in San Francisco’s Jackson Square, Quince explores Californian cuisine with a focus on nature, sourcing local ingredients from Northern California and the restaurant’s own farm. Guests can enjoy seasonal menus curated by head chef Michael Tusk and Chef Neil Stetz for around $198 per person and can expect nothing less than attentive, diligent service.
Single Thread | Healdsburg, CA
Located in Northern California’s wine country, this gourmet eatery is a part of SingleThread Farm and Inn and offers an 11-course tasting menu featuring seasonal ingredients that are grown at the nearby farm. For close to $1,000, a dinner for two may include a pumpkin tartare with Dungeness crab, smoked Ora king salmon with Arctic char roe and a Japanese cheesecake. Chef Kyle Connaughton earned three Michelin stars in 2019 soon after entering the cooking industry in 2016.
The French Laundry | Yountville, CA
The French Laundry is a destination restaurant for more than just its breathtaking surroundings. The picturesque abode was awarded its three Michelin stars in 2007, making Chef Thomas Keller the only chef born in the U.S. to have two three-Michelin-star restaurants. Keller, along with chef de cuisine David Breeden, perfects his French-inspired daily-changing tasting menus with impeccable meals, which guests can enjoy for $350 per person.
The Inn at Little Washington | Washington D.C.
With the Blue Ridge Mountains as its backdrop, The Inn at Little Washington is an exceptional dining establishment complete with “voluptuous rooms flooded with luxurious decoration, dishes of the finest order and an award-winning wine cellar harboring 14,000 bottles,” says Elite Traveler. The restaurant earned its three Michelin stars in 2018 and serves a cuisine that Chef and owner Patrick O’Connell keeps modern, healthy and imaginative for $315 per person.
View the complete list of Michelin’s three-star restaurants in the U.S. here.