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Spaghetti aglio e olio at Masseria.
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D.C.’s 2018 Michelin Stars, Mapped

14 stars across the DMV

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Spaghetti aglio e olio at Masseria.
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The second edition of the Michelin Guide to the DMV is pretty much the same as the first, save for the addition of prix fixe destinations Komi and Métier. The other dozen restaurants included in the inaugural ranking of the area’s dining landscape have remained static — which is a bit surprising given that there have been major chef shuffles (Blue Duck Tavern), expansions planned (Pineapple and Pearls, the Dabney), and a slew of impressive new arrivals over the past 12 months.

“We don’t pretend to be able to put every single restaurant that deserves it into the guide,” concedes Guide director Michael Ellis, stressing, “We’re not a phone book. We’re not encyclopedic.”

Constraints aside, he’s hopeful others will soon join in the culinary boom happening in the District. “It’s really one of the most fascinating cities in terms of what’s going on,” Ellis tells Eater.

Interested in more affordable fare? Check out the 22 restaurants receiving the budget-friendly Bib Gourmand designation.

Note: Restaurants are listed based on star count, then alphabetically.

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The Inn at Little Washington

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A third Michelin star continues to elude self-taught chef and restaurateur Patrick O’Connell, who will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the world renowned Inn at Little Washington next year.

Lobster with lentils at Inn at Little Washington.
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Minibar

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Restaurateur José Andrés’ fantasy food lab holds steady at two stars.

An otherwordly course at Minibar.
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Pineapple and Pearls

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The fine dining arm of restaurateur Aaron Silverman’s burgeoning dining empire (next up: new wine bar and cafe, Little Pearl) stands with two stars.

A veal sweetbreads-white mole sauce taco at Pineapple and Pearls.
Photo by John Nolley

Blue Duck Tavern

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The arrival of a new executive chef, chef de cuisine, and pastry chef within the past nine months apparently didn’t give Michelin inspectors pause. The West End restaurant stands with one star.

Charcuterie and cheese at Blue Duck Tavern.
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The Dabney

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Local sourcing champ Jeremiah Langhorne’s Shaw restaurant stands with one star. Might his new wine bar, Dabney Cellar, prove intoxicating enough to earn him a higher rating next year?

Cornbread-stuffed quail with foie gras jus at the Dabney.
Photo: The Dabney

Restaurateur Fabio Trabocchi’s flagship Italian restaurant stands with one star. He’s switched gears to Spanish cooking at Del Mar, the waterfront restaurant he opened last fall at the newly minted Wharf complex.

A family-style meal at Fiola.
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Kinship

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Restaurateur Eric Ziebold’s elegant approach to choose-your-own-adventure dining stands with one star.

Lobster French toast at Kinship.
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Michelin Guide director Michael Ellis billed Komi founder Johnny Monis as “a great inspiration” to other local chefs. “We’re going to continue to follow him very closely,” he says of the driving force behind this tasting menu-centric Greek restaurant.

A dish at Komi.
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Masseria

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Restaurateur Nicholas Stefanelli’s prix fixe Italian restaurant stands with one star. The expansion-minded chef will have new ways to woo inspectors next spring once his three-story, hybrid bar/restaurant/market debuts inside the Wharf complex.

Garlic linguine at Masseria.
Photo: Masseria

Métier

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Per Ellis, finally admitting the prix fixe companion to Kinship was all about ensuring that the guided tasting tours consistently led to a transportive experience.

Mushroom salad with juniper meringues at Metier.
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The prix fixe, modern American restaurant tucked inside the tony Jefferson hotel stands with one star.

Roast lamb with fava beans at Plume.
Photo: Plume

Rose's Luxury

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The site of the Michelin team’s celebratory meal in late 2017 — Guide director Michael Ellis said Aaron Silverman’s smoked brisket would remain “engraved” in his memory — stands with one star.

Pasta at Rose’s Luxury.
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Sushi Taro

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This Dupont Circle fixture — and home for aficionados of omakase-style sushi feasts — stands with one star.

A bento box at Sushi Taro.
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Tail Up Goat

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This Adams Morgan eatery with a globally inspired menu (and a soft spot for all things Caribbean) stands with one star.

Whole porgy with vegetables at Tail Up Goat.
Photo by Saba Hasan

The Inn at Little Washington

A third Michelin star continues to elude self-taught chef and restaurateur Patrick O’Connell, who will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the world renowned Inn at Little Washington next year.

Lobster with lentils at Inn at Little Washington.
Photo: Inn at Little Washington

Minibar

Restaurateur José Andrés’ fantasy food lab holds steady at two stars.

An otherwordly course at Minibar.
Photo: Minibar

Pineapple and Pearls

The fine dining arm of restaurateur Aaron Silverman’s burgeoning dining empire (next up: new wine bar and cafe, Little Pearl) stands with two stars.

A veal sweetbreads-white mole sauce taco at Pineapple and Pearls.
Photo by John Nolley

Blue Duck Tavern

The arrival of a new executive chef, chef de cuisine, and pastry chef within the past nine months apparently didn’t give Michelin inspectors pause. The West End restaurant stands with one star.

Charcuterie and cheese at Blue Duck Tavern.
Photo: Blue Duck Tavern

The Dabney

Local sourcing champ Jeremiah Langhorne’s Shaw restaurant stands with one star. Might his new wine bar, Dabney Cellar, prove intoxicating enough to earn him a higher rating next year?

Cornbread-stuffed quail with foie gras jus at the Dabney.
Photo: The Dabney

Fiola

Restaurateur Fabio Trabocchi’s flagship Italian restaurant stands with one star. He’s switched gears to Spanish cooking at Del Mar, the waterfront restaurant he opened last fall at the newly minted Wharf complex.

A family-style meal at Fiola.
Photo: Fiola

Kinship

Restaurateur Eric Ziebold’s elegant approach to choose-your-own-adventure dining stands with one star.

Lobster French toast at Kinship.
Photo: Kinship

Komi

Michelin Guide director Michael Ellis billed Komi founder Johnny Monis as “a great inspiration” to other local chefs. “We’re going to continue to follow him very closely,” he says of the driving force behind this tasting menu-centric Greek restaurant.

A dish at Komi.
Komi/official photo

Masseria

Restaurateur Nicholas Stefanelli’s prix fixe Italian restaurant stands with one star. The expansion-minded chef will have new ways to woo inspectors next spring once his three-story, hybrid bar/restaurant/market debuts inside the Wharf complex.

Garlic linguine at Masseria.
Photo: Masseria

Métier

Per Ellis, finally admitting the prix fixe companion to Kinship was all about ensuring that the guided tasting tours consistently led to a transportive experience.

Mushroom salad with juniper meringues at Metier.
Photo: Metier

Plume

The prix fixe, modern American restaurant tucked inside the tony Jefferson hotel stands with one star.

Roast lamb with fava beans at Plume.
Photo: Plume

Rose's Luxury

The site of the Michelin team’s celebratory meal in late 2017 — Guide director Michael Ellis said Aaron Silverman’s smoked brisket would remain “engraved” in his memory — stands with one star.

Pasta at Rose’s Luxury.
Photo: Rose’s Luxury

Sushi Taro

This Dupont Circle fixture — and home for aficionados of omakase-style sushi feasts — stands with one star.

A bento box at Sushi Taro.
Photo: Sushi Taro

Tail Up Goat

This Adams Morgan eatery with a globally inspired menu (and a soft spot for all things Caribbean) stands with one star.

Whole porgy with vegetables at Tail Up Goat.
Photo by Saba Hasan

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