California Michelin Guide 2022: What is a Michelin star?

From left, sous chef Gio Sarmiento, sous chef Eddie Torres, and chef de partie Tim Katz prepare for dinner service at The Kitchen on June 5, 2019. The restaurant is one of two Michelin Star-rated restaurants in Sacramento.

From left, sous chef Gio Sarmiento, sous chef Eddie Torres, and chef de partie Tim Katz prepare for dinner service at The Kitchen on June 5, 2019. The restaurant is one of two Michelin Star-rated restaurants in Sacramento.

The annual Michelin Guide was released for California’s 2022 selection on Monday night, highlighting the top restaurants in the state “offering outstanding cooking.”

This year, the travel guide recognizes 599 California restaurants. Of those, 89 were given the coveted award: a star. Only seven of these restaurants received three stars, 12 two stars and 70 one star. There were 18 new additions to the star list in 2022. An additional 141 were recognized as Bib Gourmands for their “good food at a moderate price.”

There is no limit on the number of stars that are awarded annually.

Michelin also recommends an additional 369 restaurants across the state.

Restaurants are criticized by a collective of anonymous Michelin inspectors who dine at a restaurant until they meet a consensus to award an establishment of a star or not, according to the Michelin website.

Inspectors consider the following criteria: product quality; mastery of flavors and cooking techniques; the personality of the chef represented in the dining experience; harmony of flavors; consistency between inspectors’ visits.

A restaurant’s reputation in the culinary world can change drastically after receiving a star — or three. Here is a break down of what each star means and additional symbols you might see on this year’s Michelin guide:


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Best restaurants on the water from Palm Beach Gardens to Riviera Beach

Luxury table settings for parties.

Nothing says Florida more than year-round outdoor dining options. We have so many waterfront options in our county we’ll be delivering this wisdom in geographic bites.

More waterfront dining:Best outdoor dining near Jupiter Inlet: Restaurants with sparkling waterway views

For a dining experience with a view that’s worth going to north-central Palm Beach County — think Palm Beach Gardens, North Palm Beach, Singer Island, Palm Beach Shores, and Riviera Beach — here they are:

Waterfront restaurants in Palm Beach Gardens

The River House

The water view: Intracoastal Waterways

The River House in Palm Beach Gardens lets diners relax with great food and fantastic views.

With an eclectic mix of seafood and homestyle favorites that include bistro chicken and prime meatloaf, filet mignon and prime rib, sushi rolls and salads, this eatery offers something for everyone. The tiki bar is a popular spot for a cocktail and a quick bite, like the millionaire’s bacon and deviled eggs.

2373 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens. 561-530-4313;

FireFin Grill

The water view: Soverel Harbor Marina, Intracoastal Waterway

The outdoor patio behind the new FireFin Grill overlooks the Soverel Harbor Marina in Palm Beach Gardens.

This upscale restaurant and craft cocktail bar specializes in fine-aged steaks, award-winning sushi and seafood. One of their specialties is Lionfish, aka FireFin. Though a highly-invasive species, the chefs at FireFin turn it into a delicious entree. When it comes to Lionfish their motto is ‘you’ve got to eat’em to beat’em.’

2401 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens. 561-472-7900; firefingrill. com

Angry Moon Cafe

The water view: Soverel Harbor Marina, Intracoastal Waterway

Open for breakfast and lunch, this eatery hand selects the best meats, cheeses, fresh vegetables and all-natural, cage-free eggs

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Holiday Bars and Restaurants to Sip on a Festive Drink in DC

Coquito cocktails. Photo courtesy of La Famosa.

Best Holiday Cocktails

Put down the eggnog: DC restaurants are serving holiday drinks from around the world. Here are three options.


From: Puerto Rican
Where to find it: La Famosa (1300 Fourth St., SE)

The cocktail’s name translates to “little coconut.” At this Navy Yard spot, it’s made with local distillery Cotton & Reed’s rum, which features notes of vanilla and coconut.

Ponche a Crème

From: Trinidad
Where to find it: St. James (2017 14th St., NW)

The festive libation is popular around the Caribbean. The 14th Street restaurant serves the milky drink with an abundance of citrus peels.


From: Switzerland
Where to find it: Stable (1324 H St., NE)

‘Tis the season for hot spiced wine, a staple at this Swiss restaurant. Pair the mulled drink with melty fondue for a cozy dinner.

Top Holiday Pop-up Bars

Bars are decking their halls with drink specials and spirited decorations.

Sippin’ Santas at Archipelago

1201 U St., NW.

Take a holiday trip to the tropics November 25 through December 31 when the tiki bar converts to a Christmas pop-up. Sip the pineapple Kris Kringle Colada among the island ephemera—think summery drinks and Santa in sunglasses.

Miracle at Death Punch Bar

2321 18th St., N.W.

The cocktail lounge transforms into a merry destination with twinkling lights, Yuletide motifs, and themed seating areas. Visit the holiday bar starting November 25 for spiked eggnog, mulled wine, and a gingerbread-flavored old fashioned in festive glassware.


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