After a year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the California Michelin Guide has returned, with one upgrade from one to two stars for Brandon Go’s upscale Japanese kaiseki temple Hayato, and also for Mélisse in Santa Monica, which had originally received two stars back in the 2009-2010 version of the guide. Seven LA and Orange County restaurants were new one-star designations while three restaurants in Central Coast were one-star winners. In addition, a number of restaurants were taken off the Michelin Guide to due to closure: Trois Mec, Somni, Dialogue, and Urasawa.
Meanwhile, two restaurants, Maude and Le Comptoir, retained their stars despite not being open since March 2020 due to the pandemic. Maude has said they plan on reopening in its full tasting menu capacity at some point while Le Comptoir has not mentioned if and when it planned to reopen its tasting counter in Koreatown. Finally Shunji, which was closed for period, is on the cusp of reopening in early October with a new location in Santa Monica.
Here now are all of the Michelin star restaurants in Los Angeles for 2021, mapped.
Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.Read More