In a live ceremony on May 11, Michelin announced new additions to its Florida guide—for only the second time. Launched just last year, the guide encompasses Miami, Orlando, and Tampa, three of the most populous cities in the state, as well as leading destinations for out-of-state tourists.
This year four restaurants join the guide’s one-star ranks, including three in Tampa and one in Miami. No new restaurants joined late French chef Joël Robuchon’s L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in the two-star category. As was the case last year, no restaurant received the maximum three stars, leaving the highest and most coveted tier unoccupied.
The ceremony was marked by technical malfunctions and disarray, as the live stream’s audio was replaced by extended periods of white noise and several awards were announced out of order—an indication of just how fresh Florida’s guide (and accompanying ceremony) still is. Nevertheless, the presenters valiantly charged ahead. Along with the stars, the presenters announced the recipients of a handful of “special awards.” Among them were Miami’s “tropical-ish” cocktail bar and pasta restaurant Jaguar Sun, honored with the Exceptional Cocktails award. Benjamin Coutts of Orlando’s omakase restaurant Soseki was named Sommelier of the Year.
There were 15 total restaurants awarded stars in last year’s inaugural guide. L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon—which has other locations that have frequently appeared in the guide—was awarded two stars. Ten restaurants in Miami and four in Orlando received one star. Tampa, meanwhile, was notably not represented on the list last year, making this year’s star reveal a big deal for the city. The total number of Michelin-starred restaurants in Florida now sits at 19.
Receiving a star from Michelin is perhaps the most coveted accomplishment in the restaurant world. One star is “worth a stop,” two stars is “worth a detour,” and three stars (the most a restaurant can receive) is “worth a special journey,” according to the guide. Michelin has faced some criticism over the years for favoring European, Japanese, and Korean restaurants with star ratings, while relegating other cuisines to its more affordable Bib Gourmand list. The guide has also come under fire for disproportionately representing restaurants run by men. Still, chefs and diners alike look to the guide as a revered measure of success.
Florida’s culturally diverse food scene has drawn attention in the past few years as new residents from places like New York and New Jersey flocked southward during the pandemic and large restaurant groups angled to expand into the state. Major Food Group’s Carbone opened a Miami outpost in 2021, the same year that New York’s Cote Korean Steakhouse expanded into the city. The latter was awarded a star in last year’s guide. Some welcome these big-name restaurants’ entry as beneficial to the city’s culinary profile, while other independent restaurants have reported having to scramble to keep up with the big-spending competition.
Along with the four new stars, eight restaurants were awarded a Bib Gourmand on May 4, denoting a high quality restaurant more affordable than its starred peers. In Miami, the Southern spot Rosie’s and Jaguar Sun snagged the honor. In Orlando, restaurants Isan Zaap, Norigami, and Otto’s High Dive received Bibs, serving Thai, Japanese, and Cuban cuisine, respectively. Tampa’s Gorkhali Kitchen, a Nepali restaurant, and the Greek restaurant Psomi were recognized as well.
Find the full list of Michelin-starred Florida restaurants below.
- L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Miami
- Ariete, Miami
- Boia De, Miami
- Capa, Orlando
- Cote, Miami
- Elcielo Miami, Miami
- Hiden, Miami
- Kadence, Orlando
- Knife and Spoon, Orlando
- Koya, Tampa (new)
- Le Jardinier, Miami
- Lilac, Tampa (new)
- Los Félix, Miami
- Rocca, Tampa (new)
- Soseki, Orlando
- Stubborn Seed, Miami
- The Den, Miami
- The Surf Club Restaurant, Surfside, Miami
- Tambourine Room by Tristan Brandt, Miami (new)