Which California restaurants earned their Michelin stars in 2023?

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  • Published on December 6, 2023
  • Last Updated December 8, 2023
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Six restaurants in California received their first stars in the Michelin Guide, including two in Southern California and one in Long Beach. California leads the nation with 87 Michelin star restaurants and 15 of the 17 restaurants in North America with Green stars.

Gaining a spot in the Michelin Guide is the highest honor for a restaurant. The respected dining guide released its 2023 list, and California saw some changes to its food industry rankings. Six restaurants in the state have received their first stars, including two in Southern California and one in Long Beach.

According to AFAR, California’s Michelin Guide for 2023 features 607 restaurants, 87 of which already have stars—the most for any state in the country.

The section includes additional categories for environmentally friendly restaurants and “value” destinations. The institution awarded four additional categories, such as cocktail program and service. 

This year’s new Michelin-star restaurants in California are:

  • Aphotic, a seafood restaurant in San Francisco with Chef Peter Hemsley
  • Auro, a New American eatery in Calistoga’s Four Seasons Resort Napa Valley featuring Chef Rogelio Garcia
  • Chez Noir, a contemporary cuisine destination in Carmel-by-the-Sea with Chef Jonny and his wife, Monique Black
  • Heritage, which focuses on California cuisine in Long Beach featuring brother-and-sister duo Philip and Lauren Pretty
  • Nari, a Thai restaurant in San Francisco with Chef Pim Techamuanvivit
  • Valle, a modern Mexican kitchen in Oceanside featuring Chef Roberto Alcocer

The outlet mentioned four dining destinations receiving Michelin’s Green Star award. The category was created in 2020 to recognize restaurants committed to sustainable and environmentally friendly practices.

The two restaurants that received the recognition include Pomet and Chef Alan Hsu’s California cuisine eatery in Oakland that works with “regenerative ranchers for [its] beef, lamb, pork, chicken,” and Providence and Michael CimarustiI’s seafood in Los Angeles committed to only using wild-caught, sustainable products, sources vegetables from its rooftop garden, and operates a zero-waste bean-to-dessert chocolate program. Aphotic and Heritage also earned Green stars along with their one Michelin star.

Since the category’s inception in 2020, 17 restaurants have been awarded the Green Star in North America, 15 are in California.

Gwendal Poullennec, the international director of the Michelin Guides, shared that the Green Star restaurants are “truly role models of environmentally conscious gastronomy.”

“In California, gourmets and travelers can find sustainable and inspiring cuisine by land or by sea, showcasing the best of what lands and seasons can offer.”

In addition to the newly starred locations, Michelin Guide added ten restaurants to its Bib Gourmand list, which it considers “eateries for great food at a great value.”

California’s new Bib Gourmand restaurants are:

 

Martie Bowser is a journalist and public relations professional in Charlotte, NC. She enjoys amplifying the voices of POC and women that fill a void within their community. Her bylines can be found in Blavity, Black Excellence, Signature Bride, Black Wall Street Times, and HipHop Weekly. Bowser can be reached via email at martiebowser@detourxp.com.