What are the MICHELIN Stars?

What are the MICHELIN Stars?

What is a Green Star?

What is a Green Star?

What is The MICHELIN Bib Gourmand?

What is The MICHELIN Bib Gourmand?

What are the MICHELIN Stars?

MICHELIN Stars are the highest distinctions given by the MICHELIN Guide to the restaurants selected by the inspectors. Stars identify restaurants that offer the best culinary experiences. Contrary to popular belief, they are selected only on the quality of the cooking itself.
The MICHELIN Star – there was only one to begin with – was created in 1926. Then, between 1931 and 1933, the system was extended, and three levels of Stars were introduced.
They stand for:

One MICHELIN Star: High-quality cooking – Worth a stop

Two MICHELIN Stars: Excellent cooking – Worth a detour

Three MICHELIN Stars: Exceptional cuisine – Worth a special journey

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What is a Green Star?

The Michelin Green Star is a distinction which highlights restaurants at the forefront of the industry when it comes to their sustainable practices, such as the sourcing of ingredients, the respect the seasonality, the waste reduction, the raise customer awareness…
It can be given to any type of establishment recommended by the MICHELIN Guide, whether or not it has a distinction for its food (a Bib Gourmand or MICHELIN Star). 
They stand for: offering dining experiences that combine culinary excellence with outstanding eco-friendly commitments and are a source of inspiration both for keen foodies and the hospitality industry as a whole. 
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What is The MICHELIN Bib Gourmand?

Contrary to popular belief, the restaurants recommended within the MICHELIN Guides aren’t all about expensive ‘fine dining’, since 1997, the Bib Gourmand distinction offer a three course meal at a reasonable price. The price limit for Bib Gourmand consideration varies from country to country, depending on the cost of living, but the inspectors are searching for the same high quality, wherever they happen to be in the world.

They stand for: Michelin Bib Gourmand: an authentic, high-quality experience at affordable prices.

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We want to recognize that Atlanta is a culinary powerhouse, with a long list of styles and flavors for foodies to enjoy. One might immediately associate the city with Southern cuisine, and rightfully so, but there is much depth here that should not go overlooked … Atlanta is brimming with innovation and talent, which is evident in the dining scene, according to our anonymous inspectors.”

– Gwendal Poullennec, the International Director of the MICHELIN Guides.

Chef Freddy Money

Atlas

Atlanta

Michelin Star

MICHELIN 2024

When the night calls for a grand celebration, few places fit quite like Atlas. Snuggled inside the posh St. Regis Atlanta, this restaurant is impossibly elegant.

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Chef Freddy Money
Dish by Chef Freddy Money

Chef Anne Quatrano, Clifford Harrison and Kai Nalampoon

Bacchanalia

Atlanta

Michelin Star

MICHELIN 2024

Dark wood, a black industrial ceiling set with a constellation of Edison bulbs, and brown leather banquettes give Bacchanalia a handsome sophistication, yet there's nothing too precious about this longstanding spot. 

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Chef Anne Quatrano, Clifford Harrison and Kai Nalampoon
Dish by Chef Anne Quatrano, Clifford Harrison and Kai Nalampoon

Chef Atsushi Hayakawa

Hayakawa

Atlanta

Michelin Star

MICHELIN 2024

A local legend for his Japanese cuisine on Buford Highway, Chef Atsushi Hayakawa has begun a new chapter in West Midtown.

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Dish by Chef Atsushi Hayakawa

Chef Ron Hsu and Aaron Phillips

Lazy Betty

Atlanta

Michelin Star

MICHELIN 2024

Betty was far from lazy. Just ask her children, Howard, Anita and Ron Hsu, the co-owners of Lazy Betty, who drew inspiration for their restaurant from their mother's hospitality.

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Chef Ron Hsu and Aaron Phillips
Dish by Chef Ron Hsu and Aaron Phillips

Chef J. Trent Harris

Mujō

Atlanta

Michelin Star

MICHELIN 2024

Located in West Midtown, Mujō is an intimate setting with a moody elegance. A U-shaped counter crafted of Southern cypress pops in this square room with dark walls and low lighting.

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Dish by Chef J. Trent Harris

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Bacchanalia

Woman-Owned
MICHELIN 1 StarMICHELIN Green Star

Dark wood, a black industrial ceiling set with a constellation of Edison bulbs, and brown…

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Westside

Marcel

Recommended

Here on the west side of town, take a step back in time at this…

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Eastside

Tiny Lou’s

Recommended

Named for the popular 1950s dancer in the Clermont Motor Hotel’s “Gypsy Room,” Tiny Lou’s…

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ATLANTA CHEFS COOK TOGETHER

The food industry in Atlanta is a tight-knit community of food enthusiasts who dedicate their lives to exploring flavors. Often they do it together. No matter the size of the kitchen, there is always room for chefs to build a tasty story together. 

ATLANTA FOOD STORIES

Atlanta is a foodie city that does not rely on outside validation but continues to innovate and thrive. Explore more and find out what you’ve been missing.

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Fearless Innovation

Packed with tips and techniques, this cookbook also tells the story of Atlanta’s history

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