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Plume inside the Jefferson Hotel was an unexpected inclusion in D.C.'s debut Michelin guide.
Plume inside the Jefferson Hotel was an unexpected inclusion in D.C.'s debut Michelin guide.
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Mapping D.C.'s Michelin-Rated Restaurants

Where to spot the stars

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Plume inside the Jefferson Hotel was an unexpected inclusion in D.C.'s debut Michelin guide.
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D.C. dining has officially entered a new stratosphere, thanks to the Michelin Guide's debut on Thursday that awarded two stars to three restaurants and one star to nine.

After taste testing all of D.C. this summer, Michelin inspectors granted The Inn at Little Washington, Pineapple & Pearls, and Minibar two stars, joining 20 other restaurants at the same caliber across the country in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. The initial plan was to focus on D.C.-proper, but the company ended up making an exception for The Inn, a true destination restaurant in Virginia.

The additions are "an indication of how good cooking is in D.C.," says Michael Ellis, international director of Michelin guides.

Here's a map of the 12 starred restaurants, as well as notes about each from last night's awards ceremony and the $12.95 guide. Interested in more affordable fare? Check out the 19 restaurants to receive this "cheap eats" designation here.

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Blue Duck Tavern

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As one of two hotel restaurants awarded a star, this Park Hyatt restaurant keeps reinventing itself to stay relevant and features "perfectly cooked" Maine scallops served in top-notch cookware, notes the guide.

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Fiola da Fabio Trabocchi

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"Polished and professional with an upscale setting made for brokering deals, Fiola is just what the politician ordered," says the guide of the Italian eatery.

Kinship

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While its prix fixe sister Metier didn't get a star, Kinship's a la carte menu offers "a peek inside" chef Eric Ziebold's mind (think lobster French toast).

Masseria

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This cool California oasis in Northeast proves that prix fixe is a success in D.C., where a cheery and chill staff comes as a bonus.

minibar by José Andrés

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Jose Andres is "arguably one of the most successful restaurateurs anywhere in the U.S.," says Ellis. When Michelin left LA and Las Vegas as a result of the 2008 financial crisis, the joke was Andres kept opening up in cities where the guide was amiss. Now he's got his first stars with Minibar, where "chefs working these counters are as polished as the dishes themselves," says the guide.

Pineapple and Pearls

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What makes this Barracks Row newcomer a hit is "the food is ambitious yet playful, and completely devoid of formality or fuss" and desserts are "nothing short of perfect."

This pick inside the Jefferson Hotel was considered somewhat of a surprise, but "gastronomic opportunity" is aplenty here, where a fancy and "sequestered lair" concocts a modern menu using seasonal ingredients and European techniques.

Rose's Luxury

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Ellis calls Aaron Silverman "part artist, part orchestra conductor" and the guide calls the Capitol Hill restaurant's contemporary fare "innovative yet approachable."

Sushi Taro

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This revered Japanese spot is a class act, delivering "artistically composed courses" such as grilled marinated tuna cheek. The "meal hits its apex" at sushi o'clock, when a presentation of stacked boxes with a huge selection of fish come arranged by type.

Tail Up Goat

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Great food aside, the laid-back Adams Morgan spot should also get an award for the "most unusual name," says Ellis, which is a clever Caribbean term for picking apart sheep and goats (sheep's tails point down).

The Dabney

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At this alleyway alcove, Chef Jeremiah Langhorne is "the king" of classic American ingredients like mid-Atlantic fish, local dairy, and creamy grits, notes the guide.

Inn at Little Washington

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An hour away, the Inn at Little Washington is a detailed haven that's fed countless celebrities and royalty over the years. Menus are priced at $178 to $208 per person, not including drinks. Fresh vegetables that land on plates are plucked straight from the on-site garden.

Blue Duck Tavern

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As one of two hotel restaurants awarded a star, this Park Hyatt restaurant keeps reinventing itself to stay relevant and features "perfectly cooked" Maine scallops served in top-notch cookware, notes the guide.

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Fiola da Fabio Trabocchi

"Polished and professional with an upscale setting made for brokering deals, Fiola is just what the politician ordered," says the guide of the Italian eatery.

Kinship

While its prix fixe sister Metier didn't get a star, Kinship's a la carte menu offers "a peek inside" chef Eric Ziebold's mind (think lobster French toast).

Masseria

This cool California oasis in Northeast proves that prix fixe is a success in D.C., where a cheery and chill staff comes as a bonus.

minibar by José Andrés

Jose Andres is "arguably one of the most successful restaurateurs anywhere in the U.S.," says Ellis. When Michelin left LA and Las Vegas as a result of the 2008 financial crisis, the joke was Andres kept opening up in cities where the guide was amiss. Now he's got his first stars with Minibar, where "chefs working these counters are as polished as the dishes themselves," says the guide.

Pineapple and Pearls

What makes this Barracks Row newcomer a hit is "the food is ambitious yet playful, and completely devoid of formality or fuss" and desserts are "nothing short of perfect."

Plume

This pick inside the Jefferson Hotel was considered somewhat of a surprise, but "gastronomic opportunity" is aplenty here, where a fancy and "sequestered lair" concocts a modern menu using seasonal ingredients and European techniques.

Rose's Luxury

Ellis calls Aaron Silverman "part artist, part orchestra conductor" and the guide calls the Capitol Hill restaurant's contemporary fare "innovative yet approachable."

Sushi Taro

This revered Japanese spot is a class act, delivering "artistically composed courses" such as grilled marinated tuna cheek. The "meal hits its apex" at sushi o'clock, when a presentation of stacked boxes with a huge selection of fish come arranged by type.

Tail Up Goat

Great food aside, the laid-back Adams Morgan spot should also get an award for the "most unusual name," says Ellis, which is a clever Caribbean term for picking apart sheep and goats (sheep's tails point down).

The Dabney

At this alleyway alcove, Chef Jeremiah Langhorne is "the king" of classic American ingredients like mid-Atlantic fish, local dairy, and creamy grits, notes the guide.

Inn at Little Washington

An hour away, the Inn at Little Washington is a detailed haven that's fed countless celebrities and royalty over the years. Menus are priced at $178 to $208 per person, not including drinks. Fresh vegetables that land on plates are plucked straight from the on-site garden.

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