How Many 3 Michelin Star Restaurants Are There in the World?

Michelin stars are the most coveted awards for a restaurant, and to receive three of them is a rare feat. But just how rare? How many 3 Michelin star restaurants are there in the world?

The answer depends on which guide you’re looking at. The Michelin Guide, which originated in France, is widely considered to be the most prestigious guide for fine dining establishments.

In 2019, the Michelin Guide awarded stars to 137 restaurants worldwide, with just 11 of them receiving three stars – the highest honour possible. The 11 restaurants with three stars were located in seven countries: France, Japan, United States, Spain, Italy, Germany and Switzerland.

In addition to the Michelin Guide, other food guides also award stars to restaurants. For example, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards 50 top spots each year based on votes from hundreds of international restaurant industry experts. In 2019, 12 restaurants received three stars from this group – making the total number of 3-star restaurants across both guides 23 worldwide.

These 23 highly acclaimed restaurants offer some of the best culinary experiences in the world – from traditional French cooking at L’Astrance in Paris to modern Japanese cuisine at Den in Tokyo. Eating at one of these establishments is an experience like no other; a meal that has been crafted with precision and care by some of the world’s best chefs.


The number of 3 Michelin star restaurants in the world is relatively small – just 23 across both the Michelin Guide and The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 list – but they offer some of the finest culinary experiences available today.