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Tempura course at N/Naka, Los Angeles
Tempura course at N/Naka in Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles’s 2021 Michelin Stars, Mapped

All of the Los Angeles area’s Michelin star recipients for 2021 and where to find them

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Tempura course at N/Naka in Los Angeles.
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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.

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Shin Sushi

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One star. A surprise entrant, Shin Sushi is one of two Michelin star restaurants in the San Fernando Valley, the other being Pasta Bar in Encino. Taketoshi Azami is the lead sushi chef behind the counter at this somewhat hidden destination.

Pasta Bar

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One star for Phillip Frankland Lee and Margarita Kallas-Lee’s tasting menu restaurant in Encino serves a well-executed array of dishes, with pasta as the main focus.

Morihiro

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One star for Morihiro Onodera, who founded Mori Sushi in West LA, and bounced around at various locations before settling at this Atwater Village sushi temple.

Japanese bowls hold fine foods during daylight hours atop a wooden table.
Dishes from Morihiro.
Morihiro

Bistro Na's

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One star. This upscale dining San Gabriel Valley option does traditional Chinese food in an refined setting.

Phenakite

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One star for Minh Phan’s inventive and ethereal LA-inspired tasting menu in Hollywood.

Providence

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Two stars. Providence’s two stars have got to feel pretty good for Michael Cimarusti, especially being fresh off of a James Beard Foundation Award win for Best Chef: West in 2019. A classic seafood-oriented tasting menu with fantastic service along Melrose Avenue.

One star. Chef Kevin Meehan has plenty of fine dining years under his belt, and now he’s got his own star at one of Melrose’s best upscale modern California restaurants. The kind of excellent tasting menu that is approachable enough to visit fairly regularly.

Osteria Mozza

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One star. While skewing slightly upscale, Osteria Mozza from Nancy Silverton is far from fussy. This Italian staple offers pasta, roasted meats, and one heck of a mozzarella bar.

Osteria Mozza
Osteria Mozza
Osteria Mozza

Sushi Ginza Onodera

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Two stars. This chain sushi restaurant keeps high standards all over the globe, earning two stars for their La Cienega location this time around.

Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura

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One star for Massimo Bottura’s outpost of Gucci Osteria in Beverly Hills, which serves fancy pasta and other Italian fare at sky-high prices.

Gucci Osteria’s tortellini in Beverly Hills.
Gucci Osteria’s tortellini in Beverly Hills.
Mona Holmes

Nozawa Bar

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One star. This intimate sushi counter behind the Beverly Hills Sugarfish is one of the most impressive omakase experiences in all of Los Angeles with close to 20 courses of pristine fish prepared to near perfection.

One star. Wolfgang Puck’s inimitable steakhouse CUT serves some of the top meats in town from a lavish white tablecloth kind of space in Beverly Hills.

CUT
CUT
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One star. Chef Curtis Stone’s original vision for Maude has, over the years, flowed into something more, with rotating menus that focus on particular regions from around the world. Currently on hiatus as Pie Room, a casual Australian-style savory and sweet pie shop. Maude plans to return to its tasting menu format in the future.

Le Comptoir

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One star. Longtime LA chef Gary Menes takes his locavore approach seriously, growing much of the menu for this vegetable-focused Koreatown restaurant himself. Currently closed with no plans to reopen announced yet.

Orsa & Winston

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One star. Chef Josef Centeno’s longtime Downtown tasting menu still hits on all levels, making it one of the most unsung but excellent dining destinations in LA.

Q Sushi

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One star. Yet again, more love for LA’s many sushi masters at work. A rarefied omakase with the high price to match.

Shibumi

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One star for David Schlosser’s kappo-style restaurant in Downtown LA.

Kato Restaurant

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One star. Chef Jon Yao has done the impossible, turning a corner strip mall location with no alcohol into a Taiwanese tasting menu destination worthy of the Michelin Guide.

Two stars. Hayato hit the scene hard in 2018, earning loads of praise from critics and the media thanks to its small, tucked-away space and elevated Japanese fare. Now Brandon Go’s kaiseki experience is one of the top restaurants in the city, according to Michelin.

Chef Brandon Go at Hayato in Los Angeles, California.
Hayato
Hayato

Mori Sushi

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One star. Long a stalwart of the LA sushi scene, Mori retains its accolades thanks to the Michelin dining team.

Two stars. Niki Nakayama and partner Carol Iida-Nakayama have retained two stars for their Palms kaiseki restaurant incorporating traditional Japanese tasting menus with California ingredients.

Amuse bouches at n/naka, Los Angeles
n/naka
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Rustic Canyon

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One star. As one of the city’s stalwart neighborhood California restaurants, it’s good to see staple Rustic Canyon earn a nod.

Mélisse

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The luxury hasn’t left the building at Mélisse, Santa Monica’s stalwart white table cloth experience known for its wine, caviar, and picture-perfect cooking from chef Josiah Citrin’s team. Mélisse has earned (and kept) its stars for years now, even through the pandemic and the bifurcation of its classic space to add Citrin, a sister project under the same roof.

Vespertine

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Two stars. Perhaps the most polarizing restaurant in LA, Vespertine goes out if its way to shroud in secrecy, to confuse, delight, and push the boundaries of what eating a meal even looks like.

Vespertine exterior photo
Vespertine
Anne Fishbein

Shunji Japanese Cuisine

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Shunji Nakao’s one-star omakase restaurant has reopened, albeit with just takeout to start, with plans to open its dining room some time in October 2021. The veteran sushi chef serves some of the highest quality fish to LA.

Shunji sushi on a plate bearing the restaurant’s name.
Tuna sushi at Shunji.
Crystal Coser

Pasjoli

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One star for Dave Beran’s ode to French bistro cooking in Santa Monica.

Pasjoli, Santa Monica, dining room.
Dining room at Pasjoli.
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Sushi Inaba Manhattan Beach

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Sushi I-Naba earns the South Bay’s first-ever Michelin star serving mostly takeaway omakase, though before the pandemic, the difficult-to-find sushi counter prepared some of the finest Japanese fish in LA.

Sushi from Sushi Inaba.
Sushi from Sushi Inaba.
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Taco Maria

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One star. Congrats to chef Carlos Salgado and the team for their continued work, representing not only Orange County but as the only Mexican restaurant in LA/OC in the Southern California Michelin Guide.

Taco Maria’s taco omakase, with blue corn tortillas, shown from above.
Taco Maria
Farley Elliott

Knife Pleat

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One star for Orange County’s French tasting menu restaurant Knife Pleat from Tony Esnault and Yassmin Sarmadi, who were previously operators of Church and State in the Arts District.

Chef Tony Esnault and restaurateur Yassmin Sarmadi.
Chef Tony Esnault and restaurateur Yassmin Sarmadi.
Bernardo Doral

Hanare Sushi

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One star. This fancy sushi omakase counter in Costa Mesa starts at $200 and goes up from there depending on what they’re serving for the night.

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Shin Sushi

One star. A surprise entrant, Shin Sushi is one of two Michelin star restaurants in the San Fernando Valley, the other being Pasta Bar in Encino. Taketoshi Azami is the lead sushi chef behind the counter at this somewhat hidden destination.

Pasta Bar

One star for Phillip Frankland Lee and Margarita Kallas-Lee’s tasting menu restaurant in Encino serves a well-executed array of dishes, with pasta as the main focus.

Morihiro

Japanese bowls hold fine foods during daylight hours atop a wooden table.
Dishes from Morihiro.
Morihiro

One star for Morihiro Onodera, who founded Mori Sushi in West LA, and bounced around at various locations before settling at this Atwater Village sushi temple.

Japanese bowls hold fine foods during daylight hours atop a wooden table.
Dishes from Morihiro.
Morihiro

Bistro Na's

One star. This upscale dining San Gabriel Valley option does traditional Chinese food in an refined setting.

Phenakite

One star for Minh Phan’s inventive and ethereal LA-inspired tasting menu in Hollywood.

Providence

Two stars. Providence’s two stars have got to feel pretty good for Michael Cimarusti, especially being fresh off of a James Beard Foundation Award win for Best Chef: West in 2019. A classic seafood-oriented tasting menu with fantastic service along Melrose Avenue.

Kali

One star. Chef Kevin Meehan has plenty of fine dining years under his belt, and now he’s got his own star at one of Melrose’s best upscale modern California restaurants. The kind of excellent tasting menu that is approachable enough to visit fairly regularly.

Osteria Mozza

Osteria Mozza
Osteria Mozza
Osteria Mozza

One star. While skewing slightly upscale, Osteria Mozza from Nancy Silverton is far from fussy. This Italian staple offers pasta, roasted meats, and one heck of a mozzarella bar.

Osteria Mozza
Osteria Mozza
Osteria Mozza

Sushi Ginza Onodera

Two stars. This chain sushi restaurant keeps high standards all over the globe, earning two stars for their La Cienega location this time around.

Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura

Gucci Osteria’s tortellini in Beverly Hills.
Gucci Osteria’s tortellini in Beverly Hills.
Mona Holmes

One star for Massimo Bottura’s outpost of Gucci Osteria in Beverly Hills, which serves fancy pasta and other Italian fare at sky-high prices.

Gucci Osteria’s tortellini in Beverly Hills.
Gucci Osteria’s tortellini in Beverly Hills.
Mona Holmes

Nozawa Bar

One star. This intimate sushi counter behind the Beverly Hills Sugarfish is one of the most impressive omakase experiences in all of Los Angeles with close to 20 courses of pristine fish prepared to near perfection.

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CUT
CUT
[Official Photo]

One star. Wolfgang Puck’s inimitable steakhouse CUT serves some of the top meats in town from a lavish white tablecloth kind of space in Beverly Hills.

CUT
CUT
[Official Photo]

Maude

One star. Chef Curtis Stone’s original vision for Maude has, over the years, flowed into something more, with rotating menus that focus on particular regions from around the world. Currently on hiatus as Pie Room, a casual Australian-style savory and sweet pie shop. Maude plans to return to its tasting menu format in the future.

Le Comptoir

One star. Longtime LA chef Gary Menes takes his locavore approach seriously, growing much of the menu for this vegetable-focused Koreatown restaurant himself. Currently closed with no plans to reopen announced yet.

Orsa & Winston

One star. Chef Josef Centeno’s longtime Downtown tasting menu still hits on all levels, making it one of the most unsung but excellent dining destinations in LA.

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Q Sushi

One star. Yet again, more love for LA’s many sushi masters at work. A rarefied omakase with the high price to match.

Shibumi

One star for David Schlosser’s kappo-style restaurant in Downtown LA.

Kato Restaurant

One star. Chef Jon Yao has done the impossible, turning a corner strip mall location with no alcohol into a Taiwanese tasting menu destination worthy of the Michelin Guide.