Southern Stars Shine in Premiere of MICHELIN Guide Atlanta

The first MICHELIN Guide Atlanta has been revealed, and the selection features five one-MICHELIN-Star establishments and two MICHELIN Green Star eateries. Bacchanalia brought home one of each.

The full selection, including Bib Gourmand restaurants and Recommended eateries, totals 45 restaurants. Chefs and restaurant teams were honored Tuesday night at the Rialto Center for the Arts.

“Our famously anonymous inspectors enjoyed experiencing Atlanta and its dynamic culinary landscape,” said Gwendal Poullennec, the International Director of the MICHELIN Guides. “They came away impressed with the diverse offerings, as the selection of restaurants not only reflects a taste of the South, but also has a good deal of international flavor. There is so much for foodies to savor here. Whether they’re local residents or international travelers, they’re in for a treat!”

Here are the new one-MICHELIN-Star restaurants, with inspector notes from each (Inspectors’ comments in full on the MICHELIN Guide website and mobile app):


Atlas (American cuisine)

When the night calls for a grand celebration, few places fit quite like Atlas. Order à la carte from Chef Freddy Money’s seasonal American menu with European influences or celebrate with the tasting menu for dishes like tender lobster plated with smoked paprika butter sauce and heirloom summer squash, and poached halibut composed with a trio of beet preparations. Wagyu beef from Australia is a decadent end to the savory courses. Impressive cocktails, a cheese cart and whimsical desserts complete the well-rounded experience.

Bacchanalia (American cuisine)

Chefs/Owners Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison and Executive Chef Kai NaLampoon offer a multicourse prix fixe that involves a bit of flair, with some dishes arriving on carts or nestled inside glass cloches, and the cheese course is a wonderful surprise. Rather than an expected slice, the team presents a clever take with a crumbly oat date cake and a dot of black garlic sauce surrounded by rings of parmesan. Chilled lobster in a ponzu sauce with bright English peas and horseradish oil is also memorable, but it may just be the delicate grapefruit soufflé garnished with spicy pistachio crumble and rose crème anglaise that takes the cake.

Hayakawa (Japanese cuisine)

A local legend for his Japanese cuisine on Buford Highway, Chef Atsushi Hayakawa has begun a new chapter in West Midtown. The meal is a procession of small courses and hews toward the structure of kaiseki. After items such as an appetizer trio with clear fish soup, scallop sashimi with miso-mustard sauce and simmered monkfish, it’s time for sushi. The chef crafts nigiri from imported fish that needs little embellishment and is amply sized in the tradition of Hokkaido style in deference to the chef’s hometown.

Lazy Betty (Contemporary cuisine)

Chef Ron Hsu and Chef Aaron Phillips oversee a contemporary tasting menu with clever flavor combinations that highlight regional ingredients. Causa is given a Southern slant with sweet Georgia shrimp, avocado purée and potato foam infused with aji amarillo pepper, while seared Hudson Valley foie gras is sided by Granny Smith apple, sweet potato and dots of pumpkin butter. From the pre-dessert lemon sherbet with a coconut crumble to the elegant rosewater panna cotta, they impress to the end.

Mujō (Japanese cuisine)

Mujō is an intimate setting with a moody elegance. This is the domain of Chef J. Trent Harris and his skilled team who make all feel well cared for. Here, tradition has been replaced with a rollicking good time, where the always-surprising interpretation of omakase begin with an array of zensai, like a morsel of Florida cobia grilled over binchotan, dressed with a red miso sauce and some local pattypan squash. After some cooked bites, it’s time for the raw. Nigiri needs little to impress, while supplemental dishes offer the likes of Hokkaido hair crab, tosazu and mozuku.


Bacchanalia (American cuisine)

Chefs own and operate Summerland Farm in Cartersville, Georgia, where they grow much of their produce and harvest eggs. They also have a composting program, and they feed chickens with vegetable scraps.

The Chastain (American cuisine)

Chef Christopher Grossman’s menu changes often, depending on what’s available from local farm partners and in his onsite regenerative-farmed garden. The Chastain recently joined Georgia Organics to help quantify local and organic food purchases. The team composts on site and also uses a compost company to reduce landfill waste. They also recycle glass and use compostable carryout containers.

Bib Gourmand

The MICHELIN Guide inspectors gave 10 restaurants the Bib Gourmand distinction, which recognizes eateries for great food at a great value: Antico Pizza Napoletana, Arepa Mia, Banshee, Bomb Biscuit Co., The Busy Bee, Estrellita, Fishmonger, Fred’s Meat & Bread, Heirloom Market BBQ and Little Bear.

MICHELIN Special Awards

In addition to the Bib Gourmand and Stars, the Guide announced four Special Awards:

Michelin Exceptional Cocktails AwardJason Furst and bar team Presented by Basil HaydenBoccaLupo
Michelin Sommelier AwardJuan Fernando CortésThe Chastain

Presented by Wine Access
Michelin Outstanding Service AwardNeal McCarthy and front-of-house teamMiller Union
Michelin Young Chef AwardChef Jarrett StieberLittle Bear

The MICHELIN Guide Ceremony is presented with the support of Capital One.


The restaurants join the MICHELIN Guide selection of hotels, which features the most unique and exciting places to stay in Georgia and throughout the world.

Each hotel in the selection has been chosen by MICHELIN Guide experts for its extraordinary style, service and personality — with options for all budgets — and each can be booked directly through the MICHELIN Guide website and app. The selection for Georgia features the state’s most spectacular hotels, including design-forward boutiques like the Clermont in Atlanta and the Perry Lane in Savannah, standouts from our “Plus” collection like the intimate Stonehurst Place, music-inspired college-town haunts like Graduate Athens, and dependable luxury-boutique stalwarts like the Thompson and the Andaz.

The MICHELIN Guide is a benchmark in gastronomy. Now it’s setting a new standard for hotels. Visit the MICHELIN Guide website, or download the free app for iOS and Android, to discover every restaurant in the selection and book an unforgettable hotel.

The 2023 MICHELIN Guide Atlanta selection:

(High quality cooking, worth a stop)5
(Restaurant sustainability leaders)2
Bib Gourmand (Good food at moderate price)10
Recommended restaurants30
Total number of restaurants in selection45
Cuisine types reflected in Starred restaurants3
Cuisine types reflected in Bib Gourmand8
Cuisine types reflected in selection23

Atlanta’s 2023 MICHELIN-Starred restaurants

Atlas88 W Paces Ferry Rd. NW, Atlanta, 30305
BacchanaliaMichelin Star1460 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd., Atlanta, 30318
Hayakawa  1055 Howell Mill Rd. NW, Atlanta, 30318
Lazy Betty  1530 Dekalb Ave. NE, Atlanta, 30307
Mujō  691 14th St. NW, Atlanta, 30318

Atlanta’s 2023 MICHELIN-Green-Starred restaurants

Bacchanalia1460 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd., Atlanta, 30318
The Chastain4320 Powers Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, 30342

Atlanta’s 2023 Bib Gourmand restaurants

Antico Pizza Napoletana1093 Hemphill Ave., Atlanta, 30318
Arepa Mia10 N. Clarendon Ave., Avondale Estates, 30002
Banshee1271 Glenwood Ave. SE, Atlanta, 30316
Bomb Biscuit Co.226 Sampson St. NE, Atlanta, 30312
The Busy Bee810 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. SW, Atlanta, 30314
Estrellita580 Woodward Ave. SE, Atlanta, 30312
Fishmonger674 N Highland Ave. Northeast, Atlanta, 30306
Fred’s Meat & Bread99 Krog St. NE, Atlanta, 30307
Heirloom Market BBQ2243 Akers Mill Rd. SE, Atlanta, 30339
Little Bear71-A Georgia Ave. SE, Atlanta, 30312

Atlanta’s 2023 Recommended restaurants

The Alden5070 Peachtree Blvd., Chamblee, 30341
BoccaLupo753 Edgewood Ave. NE, Atlanta, 30307
Chai Pani406 W. Ponce De Leon Ave., Decatur, 30030
The Chastain4320 Powers Ferry Rd. NW, Atlanta, 30342
The Deer and the Dove155 Sycamore St., Decatur, 30030
Delbar870 Inman Village Pkwy. NE, Atlanta, 30307
Food Terminal5000 Buford Hwy., Atlanta, 30341
The General Muir1540 Avenue Pl., Atlanta, 30329
Georgia Boy1043 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta, 30306
Gunshow924 Garrett St., Atlanta, 30316
Han Il Kwan5458 Buford Hwy. NE, Atlanta, 30340
Home Grown968 Memorial Dr. SE, Atlanta, 30316
Kamayan ATL5150 Buford Hwy. NE, Atlanta, 30340
Kimball House303 E. Howard Ave., Decatur, 30030
LanZhou Ramen5231 Buford Hwy. NE, Atlanta, 30340
Lyla Lila693 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, 30308
Marcel1170 Howell Mill Rd. NW, Atlanta, 30318
Miller Union999 Brady Ave. NW, Atlanta, 30318
Nam Phuong4051 Buford Hwy NE, Atlanta, 30345
Poor Hendrix2371 Hosea L Williams Dr. SE, Atlanta, 30317
Snackboxe Bistro6035 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta, 30360
Southern Belle1043 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta, 30306
Storico Fresco Alimentari3167 Peachtree RD Ne, Atlanta, 30305
Talat Market112 Ormond St. SE, Atlanta, 30315
Ticonderoga Club99 Krog St. NE, Atlanta, 30307
Tiny Lou’s789 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta, 30306
Tomo3630 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, 30326
Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours1133 Huff Rd. NW, Atlanta, 30318
The White Bull123 E. Court Sq., Decatur, 30030
Xi’an Gourmet House955 Spring St. NW, Atlanta, 30309

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