11 Miami and Miami Beach Restaurants Earn First Michelin Stars

L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon Miami, which serves French cuisine, is the only two-Michelin-starred restaurant in Florida.

L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon Miami, which serves French cuisine, is the only two-Michelin-starred restaurant in Florida.

Miami is now home to many Michelin stars.

On Thursday, the world’s most famous international restaurant rating guide awarded its coveted stars to restaurants in Florida for the first time, focusing on three cities: Miami, Orlando and Tampa.

Miami came up with 10 one-star restaurants and one two-star rated L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in the Design District. The French restaurant is led by chef Alain Verzeroli and a team of protégés of the late Joël Robuchon, who held 31 Michelin stars at the time of his death in 2018.

“It was clear to us that the consistency and strength of execution at this location indicated a two-star rating,” said an anonymous Michelin Chief Inspector. The reviewers, called inspectors, eat at restaurants around the world and do their best to remain anonymous.

Inspectors judge restaurants based on five main criteria, he said, regardless of where they are: product quality; the “harmony of flavors” of each dish; mastery of culinary techniques; chef personality; and consistency between visits (whether one inspector has a great meal and another doesn’t, this is taken into account).

Elcielo Miami, a Colombian restaurant with branches in Washington, DC, Bogotá and Medellín, has earned a Michelin star. Mario raise

He also praised the diversity of Miami’s culinary scene.

“The Miami scene was a real exploration,” he said. “We knew high-profile names like Thomas Keller [The Surf Club] and Joël Robuchon, but as we dug in we discovered places run by local talent like Michael Beltran from Ariete and Luciana Giangrandi and Alex Meyer from Boia De, and we were delighted to highlight them. … We knew the Miami scene would be interesting, but I have to say that 11 stars is pretty impressive. Everyone knows that Miami is a global star. Everyone wants to settle there.”

No three-star restaurant has been named in Florida. Only 13 US restaurants received three stars: six in California, five in New York and one in Washington, DC and one in Chicago.

But Michelin has named 29 “Bib Gourmand” restaurants in the state, a designation that recognizes great food at great value. These are places where a dinner party can eat two courses and have a glass of wine or dessert for under $49. Miami had 19 restaurants in this category.

Visit Florida, the state travel and marketing agency, and local tour agencies in Miami, Orlando and Tampa are paying the Michelin Guide about $1.5 million over the next three years to review Florida restaurants. The restaurants will be listed in a printed guide that Michelin sells and puts online.

Los Félix in Coconut Grove, which serves Mexican cuisine, has earned a Michelin star. William Hereford

Gwendal Poullennec, international director of the Michelin Guide, said she expects to see more starred restaurants in Miami in the coming years. The guide is “open-minded,” he said, and has no quota or set number of stars that must be given (or withheld).

“We’re always working,” he said. “We have inspectors constantly in the field. It’s a great start. Miami will be recognized as a global culinary hot spot.”

Here are the local Michelin star winners, along with scores from inspectors:

two star restaurant

Joel Robuchon’s Workshop: Tasting notes at the French restaurant advise customers to order the seasonal fixed price. “The bread basket is a lovely opener, arriving before exciting bites like a grilled scallop with toasted spices. The Design District setting has all the beloved features with its counter and open kitchen.” 151 NE 41st St., Suite 235, Miami; latelier-miami. with

Den at Sushi Azabu Miami serves Japanese omakase-style food. Deep Sleep Studio

one star restaurants

Aries: Chef Michael Beltran’s Coconut Grove spot “is immediately welcoming with a menu that blends Cuban and French influences to dazzling effect.” 3540 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove; 786-615-3747; arietecconutgrove. with

Buoy from: The pink exclamation point above the front door caught the attention of Michelin inspectors: “Surprising is certainly an apt description for Chefs Luciana Giangrandi and Alex Meyer’s distinctive and impressive menu.” 5205 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-967-8866; boiderestaurant. with

Miami Coast: There was plenty of praise for this venue and Design District owner Simon Kim: The Korean steakhouse “almost looks like a temple to beautifully marbled and aged beef, much of it on display in a nearby room.” Cote New York also has a Michelin star. 3900 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-434-4668; cotemiami. with

The Den no Sushi Azabu Miami: This hidden omakase room at the Stanton South Beach hotel is an “intimate sushi temple. Fish flown in a few times a week are treated and dressed minimally, often with just a single nikiri brush.” Sushi Azabu in New York has a Michelin star. 161 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 786-276-0520; theden.miami.azabuglobal.com

Miami Paradise: With locations in Washington, DC, Bogotá and Medellín, this restaurant run by internationally famous Colombian chef Juan Manuel Barrientos offers “a taste of Colombian cuisine presented in a modern and dramatic way”. 31 SE Fifth St., Miami; 305-874-7867; elcielorestaurant. with

Hide: Wynwood chef Shingo Akikuni “keeps tradition, sourcing most of their produce from Japan – beautiful slices of tuna, sweet botanical ebi and generous portions of uni are highlights on a tasting menu that never feels stuffy or overly reverent. ”. 313 NW 25th St., Miami; hidenmiami. with

The Gardner: Michelin inspectors called this French location in the Design District “elegant from head to toe”, adding that the menu “is a study of vibrant flavors and clever compositions that bring great flavor minus the heaviness”. 151 NE 41st St., Suite 135, Miami; lejardinier-miami. with

The Felixes: The waiters at this Mexican restaurant in Coconut Grove come “armed with extensive information about where each ingredient comes from.” Highlights include “healthy pork cheek carnitas with numerous salsas and snapper crudo topped with jicama shavings and avocado aioli.” 3413 Main Hwy., Miami; losfelixmiami. with

stubborn seed: Chef Jeremy Ford’s restaurant is “sexy and elegant, with its industrial-chic decor and glass-fronted kitchen,” the notes read, adding that “its ambitious and daringly creative cuisine” is the best highlight on the tasting menu. 101 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach; 786-899-2726; stubborn. with

Surf Club Restaurant: Thomas Keller’s first Florida venture is praised for its sauces, “what this team does best, starting with the scallop crudo with basil and buttermilk sauce; followed by the brilliantly reimagined Maine lobster Thermidor with Américaine sauce.” Chef Thomas Keller now has seven Michelin stars, including three at Per Se and three at French Laundry. 9011 Collins Avenue, Surfside; 305-768-9440; thesurfclub. with

The famous Thermidor lobster at The Surf Club Restaurant in Surfside, which has been awarded a Michelin star. Deborah Jones

The chefs were delighted – and humiliated – by the awards.

“It is a real honor to be included in the prestigious Michelin Guide alongside some of the best restaurants in the world,” said Atsushi Okaware, sushi chef at The Den at Sushi Azabu, which features an 18-seat sushi counter. made from a Hinoki Cypress tree. “When I took over the leadership of The Den late last year, my intention was always to maintain the restaurant’s highly regarded reputation, incorporating new elements to showcase Japan’s culinary arts and rich, natural rewards with the freshest ingredients.”

Thomas Keller of The Surf Club said he was proud to see Florida’s talent recognized.

“It is an honor to be recognized by Michelin in my home state, where I first became interested in cooking,” he said. “This recognition would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work of our team of restaurants at Surfside and our committed partners and loyal customers.”

Gourmand Bibs

Here are Miami area restaurants recognized for offering great value:

Bachour; Chug Restaurant; Doya; El Turco; Indian cuisine ghee; Hometown Miami Barbecue; Itamae; Krus Kitchen; The Natural; Lucali; Lung Ya Thai Tapas; Mandolin Aegean Bistro; Michael’s Genuine; Phuc Yes; Red Rooster Overtown; Miami Sanguich; Ink and Coffee; Zak the baker; Zitz sum

other awards

The Michelin Guide also announced two special awards for the Miami area. Victoria James of Cote Miami was named Sommelier of the Year and Ruben Roion of L’Atelier and Jardinier won the Exceptional Cocktail Award.

Four restaurants in Orlando each earned one Michelin star: Capa (a steakhouse at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World); Soseki (fusion/sushi); Kadence (Japanese/sushi); and Knife & Spoon (a steakhouse at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando). No restaurant in Tampa has received a star.

Orlando had seven Bib Gourmand restaurants and Tampa had three.

This story was originally published June 9, 2022 8:30 pm.

Connie Ogle loves wine, books and the Miami Heat. Please don’t make her eat a mango.

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