The United States is home to some of the world’s most renowned restaurants, and many of these have been awarded Michelin stars. The Michelin Guide, created by the French tire maker in 1900, awards restaurants one to three stars depending on their quality and service. Having a Michelin-starred restaurant is a sign of prestige, and chefs all over the world strive to achieve this honor.
In the United States, there are currently 146 Michelin-starred restaurants in total. California has the most stars with 44 restaurants, followed by New York with 43 stars and Illinois with nine. Other states with significant numbers of starred restaurants include Washington (seven), Massachusetts (six), Nevada (five), Pennsylvania (five), Texas (four), Georgia (four), Colorado (three), Connecticut (three) and Florida (three).
Of these 146 restaurants, there are nine three-star establishments. These are located in California (eight) and New York City (one).
In California, The Restaurant at Meadowood in St. Helena, Benu in San Francisco, Saison in San Francisco, Manresa in Los Gatos, Single Thread Farms Restaurant & Inn in Healdsburg, Atelier Crenn in San Francisco, Quince in San Francisco, and The French Laundry in Yountville all have three Michelin stars. The only three-star restaurant outside of California is Eleven Madison Park located in New York City’s Flatiron District.
Conclusion: With nine three-star establishments across the country, it’s clear that the USA has some of the best fine dining experiences available anywhere on Earth.146 Michelin Star Restaurants across 10 states make up what is an impressive array of culinary excellence that can be experienced throughout America.