By Janet K. Keeler

Food and wine enthusiasts will find even more to love about Florida now that the Michelin Guide has come to town — specifically to Miami, Orlando and Tampa. Travelers can add dozens of Florida restaurants to their must-dine lists, thanks to accolades from the legendary Michelin Guide.

Michelin Guide inspectors have given 118 Florida restaurants, representing 35 cuisines, their global stamp of approval. Besides bestowing stars on an impressive 15 restaurants, the Michelin Guide also singled out 103 restaurants for Bib Gourmand honors or Michelin Plate status.

The acclaimed L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in Miami received two stars, making the Design District’s 34-seat dining room a top Florida restaurant destination. The remaining 14 Florida restaurants that earned Michelin stars received one each. These Florida restaurants — along with the others cited — are worthy of a special trip,  just don’t forget to make reservations.

Florida joins California, New York, Illinois (Chicago) and Washington, D.C. with its own Michelin Guide Florida. The Michelin Guides can be accessed online and there will eventually be a printed Michelin Guide Florida.

Gwendal Poullennec, international director of the Michelin Guides, said Miami, Orlando and Tampa are offering diners international cuisines mixed with Florida flavors and seasonal ingredients. Mise en Place in Tampa, Soseki in Orlando, and Stubborn Seed in Miami Beach are just three of the restaurants that exemplify this.

“Local foodies as well as travelers will enjoy exploring these mesmerizing and rich Florida culinary destinations,” Poullennec said.

A Diversity of Florida Tastes

While Michelin-honored restaurants were once mostly pricey, white-table cloth restaurants steeped in French culinary traditions, you will find wider diversity in the contemporary Michelin Guide. Inspectors looked for quality, chef vision and attention to ingredients and technique at any price point. Interior design and service didn’t figure into the judging. Go figure.

Los Felix in the Coconut Grove neighborhood on the southern edge of Miami, received one star for its authentic take on indigenous Mexican cuisine. Its $12 quesadilla is stuffed with Oaxacan cheese, squash blossoms, pickled onion and the aromatic epazote herb. On the flip side was Knife & Spoon at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando which also received one Michelin star. It has a Euro-feel with its sleek furniture, but still no white table cloths. The rack of lamb costs about $80, sides are extra.

Rooster & The Till in Tampa has plenty of chef-driven vision from Chef Ferrell Alvarez who has been a James Beard semifinalist for best chef in the South. His restaurant has long been a favorite with local diners but it won’t be much of a secret now that it has been awarded a Bib Gourmand. Grab a seat at the bar at this casual restaurant and enjoy a plate of Eggplant Goat Cheese Ravioli and a glass of Laurent Perrier Champagne.

The Michelin Guide, which was started by the French tire company more than 100 years ago, signals to travelers which restaurants are worth a stop. Michelin Guide Florida has given travelers even more reasons to hit the road for Miami, Orlando and Tampa.

The Michelin Guide Ratings Explained

The Michelin Guide gives honors at several levels. According to Michelin, the stars are based on five criteria: quality of the ingredients used, mastery of flavor and cooking techniques, the personality of the chef in the cuisine, value for money and consistency between visits. Inspectors do not include design or service in their assessments.

Three stars: “Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey.” There are 132 Michelin three-star restaurants in the world, the bulk of them in Japan and France. There are 13 three-star restaurants in the U.S.

Two stars: “Excellent cooking, worth a detour.”

One star: “A very good restaurant in its category.”

Bib Gourmand: You may know him as the Michelin Man but the tire company’s mascot’s name is Bibendum, Bib for short. The “Bibs” are given to restaurants that offer “good quality and good value.” This means that in the U.S., diners can get two courses plus a glass of wine or dessert for less than $50, not including tax and tip. They are judged by the same criteria used for star designation.

Michelin Plate: The food at the restaurants in this category is above average, typified by quality ingredients that are well-cooked. This category of honors was established in 2017.

Michelin Guide Florida Honors

Here are the Michelin Guide honors given in 2022 to restaurants in Miami, Orlando and Tampa.

L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon Miami © Katie June Burton/L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon Miami / Michelin Guide

 

 

MIAMI

Sixty-five Miami restaurants were honored in the 2022 Michelin Guide inaugural guide for Florida. There were 11 restaurants given stars, 19 received Bib Gourmand distinction and 35 were awarded Michelin Plate status.

Two Stars

L’Atelier de Joël Rubuchon
4100 NE Second Ave., Miami
Cuisine: French
L’Atelier de Joël Rubuchon opened in Miami in 2019, just a year after the death of the acclaimed French chef. Rubuchon’s restaurants around the world have garnered more than 30 Michelin stars, a testament to his exacting vision and consistently excellent food. There are 34 seats in the Design District location and all with a good view of the open, rambunctious kitchen.
A taste of the menu: Les Crevettes de Key West (Key West pink shrimp with a habanero and shishito dressing, potatoes and sugar-snap peas); La Fraise (poached rhubarb, strawberry light emulsion and soursop sherbet)
From Michelin: “The menu offers both tasting portions and large plates; but go with the seasonal prix fixe. The bread basket is a lovely opener, arriving in advance of such thrilling bites as a seared sea scallop with toasted spices.”
Besides the two-star honor, Michelin gave an exceptional cocktail award to Ruben Rolon and his teams at L’Atelier and Le Jardinier, which received one star.

One Star

Ariete
3540 Main Highway, Miami
Cuisine: Contemporary
Ariete is in the Miami neighborhood of Coconut Grove, where good restaurants are as prevalent as bikinis on Miami Beach. Chef Michael Beltran’s Miami roots, Cuban-American heritage and French culinary training bring a global vibe to the menu. This is a family-friendly casual restaurant and it’s likely you will see folks in flip-flops on the patio and sports coats in the dining room.
A taste of the menu: Wood Grilled Oysters with Sea Urchin or Bone Marrow Butter; Whole Roasted Truffle Chicken with Boniato Spaetzle
From Michelin: Ariete “is immediately welcoming with a menu that weaves together Cuban and French influences to dazzling effect.”

Boia De
5205 NE Second Ave.
Cuisine: Contemporary Italian
There’s strip mall dining and then there’s strip mall dining, Michelin-star style. Boia De is the latter. Follow the neon pink exclamation mark over the door and enter the restaurant wedged between a medical supply store and a laundromat. The food is billed as Italian but there’s certainly twists on the cuisine which bring playful fusion to the game. The dress code is casual and the food is casual chic.
A taste of the menu: Baby Artichoke with brown butter hollandaise, pine nuts; Papparedelle alla Lepre (rabbit, rosemary, tomato)
From Michelin:Surprising is certainly an apt descriptor for Chefs Luciana Giangrandi and Alex Meyer’s distinctive and impressive menu.”

Cote Miami
3900 NE Second Ave., Miami
Cuisine: Korean/steakhouse
At the Korean steakhouse Cote, it’s recommended that diners embrace the tasting menu called the Butcher’s Feast. That provides a sample of four of Chef David Shim’s favorite cuts along with banchan (pickled seasonal vegetables) and a savory egg souffle, among other goodies. The tasting ends with soy sauce caramel soft serve. This Miami outpost of the New York original is a sleek Design District hot spot, made even hotter by Victoria James whose talents were also cited by a special Michelin sommelier award. Though Cote just opened in 2021, James is a two-time James Beard foundation winner for Outstanding Wine Program for her work at Cote in New York.
A taste of the menu: Kimchi Wagyu Paella served with a soft poached egg (dinner); Black Truffle Shrimp Salad (lunch)
From Michelin: “Owner Simon Kim and his team know what they're doing in this highly stylized Korean steakhouse, which almost feels like a temple to beautifully marbled and aged beef, much of it on display in a nearby room.”

The Den at Sushi Azubu Miami
161 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach
Cuisine: Japanese/sushi
The Den at Sushi Azubu Miami is tucked away in the Stanton South Beach hotel, which is on the Atlantic side of Ocean Drive. The Stanton is a great perch from which to watch the waves and the beach action. The Den is not only tucked away but is actually a hidden sushi counter with just 11 seats and a prix fixe tasting menu. Patrons will find their way to The Den through the kitchen of Sushi Azubu, an offspring of the New York original. The fish at the exclusive restaurant doesn’t have much adornment but what more do you need to know than it’s flown in regularly from Japan.
A taste of the menu: The 10-course omakase menu includes a tuna tasting, hot dish of the day and four pieces of the chef’s choice of sushi.
From Michelin: “Whereas some counters can come off a little too earnest, the itamae here are a friendly bunch who are happy to answer questions and accommodate special requests. Recent highlights have included thinly sliced octopus dotted with a sunny orange miso as well as soy-marinated akami nigiri.”

Elcielo Miami
31 SE Fifth St., Miami
Cuisine: Colombian
Elcielo Miami is that special restaurant where dining is a full-on sensory experience. Colombian-born Chef Juan Manuel Barrientos brings his dramatic craft to this sleek space on the Miami River in the Brickell neighborhood, once the stodgy financial district and now a city hot spot. The chef has called his menu a “gastronomic roller coaster.” Get ready for a 16-course ride called “The Journey” with an ever-changing menu that might include ropa vieja croquettes and carrot soup with guava and cardamom.
A taste of the menu: Silken corn purée poured over garam masala-sprinkled popcorn and curds of queso fresco; seared-to-a-crisp grouper plated with a salsa criolla-dressed tamal.
From Michelin: “An open kitchen and backlit bar welcome patrons to the space, outfitted with stone floors and well-sized wood tables. Warm lighting and greenery complement the sleek appeal.”

Hiden
313 NW 25th St., Miami
Cuisine: Japanese
Hiden is indeed a secret hideaway in the lively Wynwood arts district, best known for its murals and now gaining a reputation for its restaurants. Tucked into 450 square feet at the back of a taco stand, Hiden’s steel front door slides open but only after patrons punch in a time-sensitive code provided once you make a reservation. Hiden is an eight-seat omakase experience, which means you put your trust in the chef for a prix fixe. The seats flank two sides of the prep area where diners watch their tastes unfold in beautiful precision.
A taste of the menu: The menu can change daily but offerings have included Japanese lobster bisque with spiny lobster and snow crab; wagyu ribeye from Japan.
From Michelin:Chef Shingo Akikuni sticks to tradition, sourcing most of his product from Japan — beautiful slabs of tuna, sweet botan ebi and generous portions of uni are highlights in a tasting menu that never feels stuffy or overly reverent.”

Le Jardinier
151 NE 41st St., Miami
Cuisine: French
The bright green dining chairs at Le Jardinier are your first clue that you’re in for a garden party unlike any other. This is not the bucolic world of deviled eggs and tea sandwiches. Le Jardineir’s menu explodes with color, innovation and flavor. Chef Alain Verzeroli worked for two decades with Chef Joël Rubuchon and that rarified experience shows up in what comes out of the kitchen — and the bar. Mixology master Ruben Rolon and his team were awarded an exceptional cocktail award for Le Jardinier and L’Atelier. Consider toasting the accolades with a Tu Passion made of tequila blanco, passionfruit, toasted rice and lime.
A taste of the menu: Pan-seared Maine scallops with spring fricassee and carrot lime reduction; Raspberry mousse with banana passion curd and lychee sorbet.
From Michelin:  “Stylish from head to toe, this dining room is a celebration of the seasons. The menu is a study of vibrant tastes and smart compositions that pack big flavor minus the heaviness.”

Los Felix
3413 Main Highway, Miami
Cuisine: Mexican
There is no end of discussion about who's got the best tacos and how many you can possibly stuff down on Taco Tuesdays. Los Felix in Coconut Grove offers its authentic take on tacos and so much more. This is food with a nod to the ancestors, especially madres and abuelas, including Mexican actress Maria Felix, the restaurant’s namesake. Corn is milled in-house for scratch-made tortillas, and the restaurant supports sustainable milpa farming techniques that originated with the Mayans. Los Felix is part of Grassfed Culture Hospitality, which runs Krüs Kitchen, a restaurant, market and wine shop next door that received a Michelin Bib Gourmand award.
A taste of the menu: Grilled octopus with beetroot mole, pumpkin seed and tortillas; raw chocolate tart with black cardamom, coffee and walnuts.
From Michelin: “Outfitted with lots of art and a spectrum of colors, its vibe is almost instantly clear — modern, organic and youthful. Natural fibers, sleek wood and a muted color palette dominate the décor, while a full bar and music to fit every mood make it a hit among all groups.”

Stubborn Seed
101 Washington Ave., Miami Beach
Cuisine: Contemporary
Stubborn Seed’s menu is the vibrant vision of Chef Jeremy Ford, the season 13 winner of Top Chef and a 2022 James Beard best chef semifinalist. Stubborn Seed, just a block from the legendary Joe’s Stone Crab which got its own Michelin honors, has a sexy and sleek vibe and was already a favorite with foodies and reviewers before the Michelin star came along.
A taste of the menu: Cacio e Pepe Cheesy Puffs; Spring Garden Pannacotta
From Michelin: “Ford brings the heat, and his ambitious and brashly creative cooking is best enjoyed by way of the tasting menu.”

The Surf Club Restaurant
9011 Collins Ave., Surfside
Cuisine: American
You probably don’t need to hear more than “Thomas Keller” to know that The Surf Club Restaurant is helmed by American culinary royalty. Chef Keller has a record-high eight Michelin stars, including three each for the French Laundry in Yountville, California, and Per Se in New York. Bouchon in Napa Valley adds another and now one for The Surf Club, his first Florida venture. Tucked into the Four Seasons, the Surf Club is an extravagant tribute to continental cuisine and mid-century luxe that Keller knows how to perfect. Bring your credit card and maybe the diamond engagement ring.
A taste of the menu: All Day Braised Beef and Forest Mushroom Lasagne; European Sea Bass with Nicoise olive vinaigrette.
From Michelin:Sauces are what this team does best, starting with the scallop crudo with buttermilk-basil dressing; followed by the brilliantly reimagined Maine lobster thermidor with sauce Américaine.”

Miami Bib Gourmand Awards

Bachour
2020 Salzedo St., Coral Gables
Cuisine: Contemporary, bakery
From Michelin: Open since 2019, a meal at Bachour “may commence with ham croquettes and garlic aïoli; tailed by a seafood causa salad with aji amarillo-infused potato purée. … Be sure to take home a box or two of their wonderful sweets, like the mango-passion fruit macarons or a slice of lemon pie.”

Chug’s Diner
3444 Main Highway, Miami
Cuisine: Cuban
From Michelin: “One could make a meal out of the oxtail ajiaco alone, a satisfying Colombian stew that cures all ills. But then you wouldn’t have room for the several towering sandwiches, served on fluffy Cuban bread. No meal is complete without at least one of their guava- and cream-cheese pastelitos.”

DOYA
347 NW 24th St., Miami
Cuisine: Mediterranean, regional
From Michelin: “The cuisine bills itself as modern Aegean, and you will discover elements from Greece and Turkey’s coastal regions. Nibble on a refreshing fig salad with greens tossed in a hazelnut-pomegranate dressing before moving on to sea beans with garlic yogurt or some of the most delicate manti in this part of town.”

El Turco
184 NE 50th Terrace, Miami
Cuisine: Mediterranean
From Michelin: The menu at Chef Vural Aydoğan’s “charming” restaurant “is an enticing offering of breakfast fare, featuring organic eggs that support Turkish mezzes, manti and savory pastries like borek. Baked in-house, this burnished coil is stuffed with spinach, sprinkled with sesame seeds and garnished with cherry tomatoes.”

Ghee Indian Kitchen
8965 SW 72nd Place, Kendall
Cuisine: Indian
From Michelin: “Warehouse floors, mango wood tables and a wall lined with rows upon rows of spice jars are bound to put diners in the mood for the team's smartly spiced food. The menu features a tight menu of flavor-packed dishes made with ingredients sourced from Chef Niven Patel’s own farm.”

Hometown Barbecue Miami
1200 NW 22nd St., Miami
Cuisine: Barbecue
From Michelin: “... Pitmaster Bill Durney has built this warehouse-chic space amidst a sea of industry in the Miami Produce Center … A hulking beef rib crusted with salt and black pepper, as well as melting, charred slices of brisket are essential orders that have few equals outside of Texas.”

Itamae
140 NE 39th St., Miami
Cuisine: Peruvian, fusion
From Michelin:Located in the Miami Design Center, the family-run, Nikkei-inspired Itamae started out as a simple counter in 2018 before relocating to the ground floor of an open-air court. A clever, curated selection of bright, electrifying cebiches, colorful tiraditos and creative maki dazzle in full view of stores like Van Cleef and Hublot.”

Krüs Kitchen
3413 Main Highway, Coral Gables
Cuisine: Contemporary, deli
From Michelin: “At night, Chef Sebastián Vargas’ dinner-only (one-star) Los Felix is in full swing; by day, the breezy space becomes Krüs Kitchen, home to creative bowls, salads and sandwiches. Truly, the likes of wild-caught Florida shrimp, sweet lump crab meat and smoked, grass-fed pastrami elevate an all-day everyday, chef-driven menu that has broad appeal.”

La Natural
7289 NW Second Ave., Miami
Cuisine: Pizza
From Michelin:The crowds can be relentless at this popular hangout, which feels rather like an underground party by way of concrete floors and dim lighting. … We’re partial to the classic burrata and basil pie, which arrives puffy and pillowy thanks to the signature crust that's cold-fermented for 48 hours.”

Lucali
1930 Bay Road, Miami Beach
Cuisine: Pizza
From Michelin:Although it's located in sunny South Beach, Lucali exudes a charming rusticity that calls to mind its original Brooklyn locale. … The wood-fired brick oven at the rear is sure to stoke the appetite. The 20-inch pizza is lusciously charred and sports a light crust crowned with fresh pomodoro sauce, a combination of cheeses and fragrant sprigs of basil.”

Lung Ya Thai Tapas
1731 SW Eighth St., Miami
Cuisine: Thai
From Michelin:Little Havana is certainly an unexpected place to find one of the city’s hottest Thai kitchens, but if the long waits are any indication, chef/owner Veenuthri Trisransri knows what he’s doing. On a menu that mixes typical standbys with Northern specialties, start with the excellent grilled beef salad or crispy duck salad.”

Mandolin Aegean Bistro
4312 NE Second Ave., MiamiCuisine:
Mediterranean Cuisine, Turkish
From Michelin:Founded by husband and wife, Ahmet Erkaya and Anastasia Koutsioukis, this charming bistro welcomes diners with a blue door and whitewashed façade. This mezze-heavy menu may unveil a creamy slab of baked feta with diced tomato, smoked chili flakes and Turkish peppers. Slices of house-baked bread, stuffed into small brown paper bags, accompany the excellent small plates.”

Michael’s Genuine
130 NE 40th St., Miami
Cuisine: Contemporary, American
From Michelin:This Design District pioneer from Chef Michael Schwartz is as popular now as it was when it first debuted almost 15 years ago. … The menu focuses on unfussy yet skillful cooking. Staples like pizza, house-made pasta, crudo, pan-roasted chicken and wood oven-roasted fish keep fans returning time and time again.”

Phuc Yea
7100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Cuisine: Vietnamese
From Michelin:There is nothing subtle about Chef Cesar Zapata and Ani Meinhold’s raucous Vietnamese mash-up in the MiMo district. … Everything is meant to be shared, especially the pho, which arrives in a cauldron packed with herbs, rice noodles and a meltingly tender slab of hickory-smoked short rib.”

Red Rooster Overtown
920 NW Second Ave., Miami
Cuisine: International, American
From Michelin:Chef Tristen Epps is of Trinidadian background and puts his own unique stamp on the cooking of Chef Marcus Samuelsson's enticing concept. The results are extraordinary — Wagyu oxtail, anyone? … Cookies and cream cake, with buttercream and Oreos, is indulgence epitomized.”

Sanguich de Miami
2057 SW 8th St., Miami
Cuisine: Cuban
From Michelin: “What started out as a little shipping container in 2017 has morphed into this brick-and-mortar hot spot in Little Havana. … Everyone comes for the same thing: a superb Cuban sandwich featuring pork butt that's been marinated for a week in garlic and spices, then pressed between expertly grilled slices of house-made bread.”

Tinta y Cafe
1315 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Coral Gables
Cuisine: Cuban, Regional Cuisine
From Michelin: “Guests may order at the window, grab a table either inside or out under a cluster of palm trees, and settle in for a litany of Cuban delicacies. Deep-fried croquetas are not to be missed … Our allegiance, however, is with the patria (their take on the Cubano with pork, ham, mustard and pickles).”

Zak the Baker
295 NW 26th St., Miami
Cuisine: Bakery, American
From Michelin:This all-day operation is the brainchild of self-taught baker Zak Stern. The crux of his menu is baked, as in breads and pastries, along with sandwiches, soups and salads. The "BLT" features salmon bacon, lettuce and tomato all stuffed into a deliciously flaky croissant. … Its breakfast and lunch hours are supplemented by an evening falafel service.”

Zitz Sum
396 Alhambra Circle, Coral Gables
Cuisine: Asian, fusion
From Michelin:There are countless rules and traditions when it comes to cooking, but don’t tell Pablo Zitzmann, whose inspiration stretches from China to Japan to Italy. The cooking is original and gutsy; and plates like the shrimp har gow with lime and a tamarind-black garlic chutney exemplify a kind of fearless, borderless ethos that, in the end, makes delicious sense.”

Miami Michelin Plate Awards

27 Restaurant & Bar
2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach
Cuisine: Contemporary

Buya Izakaya + Yakitori
250 NW 24th St., Miami
Cuisine: Asian

Cafe La Trova
971 SW Eighth St., Miami
Cuisine: Cuban, Latin American

Doce Provisions
541 SW 12th Ave., Miami
Cuisine: Cuban

Estiatorio Milos
730 First St., Miami Beach
Cuisine: Greek

Hakkasan Miami
4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Cuisine: Chinese, contemporary

Havana Harry's
4612 S Le Jeune Road, Coral Gables
Cuisine: Cuban, regional cuisine

Hiyakawa Miami
2700 N Miami Ave., Miami
Cuisine: Japanese, sushi

Hoja Taqueria
3120 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Cuisine: Mexican

JATTÖ
223 NW 23rd St., Miami
Cuisine: Fusion, Latin American

Jia
808 First St., Miami Beach
Cuisine: Chinese

Joe's Stone Crab
11 Washington Ave., Miami Beach
Cuisine: Seafood

Josh's Deli (No website)
9517 Harding Ave., Surfside
Cuisine: Deli

Kojin
8222 NE Second Ave., Miami
Cuisine: Japanese

Kyu
251 NW 25th St., Miami
Cuisine: Asian, Barbecue

La Camaronera
1952 W Flagler St., Miami
Cuisine: Seafood, Cuban

La Mar by Gastón Acurio
500 Brickell Key Dr., Miami
Cuisine: Peruvian

Latin Cafe
875 NW 42nd Ave., Miami
Cuisine: Cuban

Leku
1100 NW 23rd St., Miami
Cuisine: Spanish, Basque

Le Zoo
9700 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Cuisine: French, regional cuisine

Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann
3201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Cuisine: Argentinian, steakhouse

Luca Osteria
116 Giralda Ave., Coral Gables
Cuisine: Italian, contemporary

Macchialina
820 Alton Road, Miami Beach
Cuisine: Italian

Mignonette
210 NE 18th St., Miami
Cuisine: Seafood

MILA
1636 Meridian Ave., Miami Beach
Cuisine: Asian, Mediterranean

Mister O1 Extraordinary Pizza
1680 Michigan Ave., Miami Beach
Cuisine: Pizza

Navé
3540 Main Highway, Miami
Cuisine: Seafood, American contemporary

Niu Kitchen
104 NE Second Ave., Miami
Cuisine: Spanish

Nossa Omakase
1600 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Cuisine: Fusion, Asian

Orno
1352 S Dixie Highway, Coral Gables
Cuisine: Contemporary, Mediterranean

Pao by Paul Qui
3201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Cuisine: Asian

Sushi Yasu Tanaka
140 NE 39th St., Miami
Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi

Taquiza
7450 Ocean Terrace, Miami Beach
Cuisine: Mexican

Tigre
620 NE 78th St., Miami
Cuisine: Argentinian

Versailles
3555 SW Eighth St., Miami
Cuisine: Cuban

Kadence Orlando © Michael Mitra /Kadence Orlando/ Michelin Guide
 

 

ORLANDO

 

Thirty-four Orlando restaurants were honored in the 2022 Michelin Guide inaugural guide for Florida. There were four restaurants given stars, seven received Bib Gourmand distinction and 23 were awarded Michelin Plate status.

One Star

Capa
10100 Dream Tree Blvd., Orlando
Cuisine: Steakhouse, Spanish
Capa serves up big, robust flavors at the Four Seasons Orlando but the nightly fireworks show out the windows is all Disney World. There’s expansive views of the endless Central Florida landscape and you can enjoy it all with a glass of wine from the list lauded by “Wine Enthusiast.” About 50 of them are from Spain. There is a dinner menu and a more casual lounge menu and both are loaded with tapas, small plates and charcuterie selections including ham croquettes, house-made olive bread and octopus with black bean hummus. The menu is wide-ranging with something for everyone, especially with a signature Capa “gintonic.”
A taste of the menu: 32-ounce Creekstone porterhouse with Capa steak sauce, salsa verde and pickled shishitos; Fuego (66% Caraibe chocolate lava cake, cajeta center, banana ice cream)
From Michelin: “Calling Capa a steakhouse is like saying flamenco is just a dance. This stunning spot, reigning from the 17th floor of the Four Seasons Orlando, is big on drama …Patatas bravas, that Spanish ode to the potato, is a worthy side that demands attention ....”

Kadence
1809 Winter Park Road, Orlando
Cuisine: Japanese, sushi
Chefs Mark and Jennifer Berdin have brought their counter operation in the East End Market to Kadence, a literal black box of a building that evokes an air of mystery. The surprise is certainly inside at this omakase-experience restaurant. Kadence’s “reservation” window opens 30-days in advance and you’d be wise to treat it like you’re getting Beyonce tickets. It’s also similar to a concert ticket in that you are paying in advance with no hope of refund unless the star — in this case chefs — cancel. Kadence is located in Orlando’s Audubon Park Garden District, a shopping and dine district with plenty of unique charm.
A taste of the menu: It’s ever-changing but recent offerings have been monkfish “foie gras;” lobster tofu bisque with poached lobster, and Dungeness crab rice.
From Michelin: “... This sushi sanctum hosts just eight diners per seating and feels like being wise to a wonderful secret. Fun and light-hearted, the chef turns serious when focusing on the food. The omakase (loosely translated to “trust the chef”) opens with hot dishes and cool sashimi.”

Knife & Spoon
4012 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando
Cuisine: Steakhouse
Knife & Spoon is all dressed up and ready to show off what it’s got in the glam Ritz-Carlton hotel. Palladian windows surround the plush banquettes that provide privacy in a busy place. Chef John Tesar is a two-time “Top Chef” contestant and is the guy Anthony Bourdain calls Johnny Sears in “Kitchen Confidential” and “Medium Raw.” This is a special occasion restaurant and on a beautiful Florida night, the veranda is the place to dine with a sunset view.
A taste of the menu: Coffee is for Closers cocktail (EG vodka, St. George Nola coffee liqueur, espresso concentrate): 44 Farms dry-aged bone-in NY strip steak, 32 ounces, aged 45 or 60 days.
From Michelin:This restaurant from Chef John Tesar cuts a striking figure. …There is an element of excess to the cooking, but nobody is complaining. The dry-aged steaks are big and beautiful, and sides are attention-grabbing, evidenced by the house-made pasta in the luscious mac and cheese.”

Soseki
955 W Fairbanks Ave., Orlando
Cuisine: Fusion, sushi
The trend in Miami, Tampa and Orlando is for omakase-style dining for 10 patrons or less. Soseki bills itself as modern omakase where those lucky enough to get reservations for one of the seats at the counter will be trusting Chef Mike Collantes to serve up at least 15 tastes in two hours. The menu changes monthly and could range globally from Scandinavia to Japan to Thailand. There’s emphasis on local (Florida) and seasonal ingredients. Oysters from Panacea in the state’s Panhandle might get a South Florida/Caribbean mojito twist. It’s not uncommon to see pompano and mullet woven into imaginative dishes.
A taste of the menu: The omakase menu means diners experience chef’s choice on a prix fixe menu. The offerings have included bacon-fat lace tuiles topped with Kaluga caviar; banh mi-style tuna hand roll, and foie gras dumplings.
From Michelin:  “A laser-like focus on local Florida produce results in a menu that changes monthly. … If you're lucky, sample the ‘Scandinavian-style’ sashimi, entailing salmon that's cured like gravlax and arranged with smoked mozzarella.”

Orlando Bib Gourmand Awards

Bombay Street Kitchen
6215 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando
Cuisine: Indian
From Michelin: “Diners may settle in for a range of enjoyable, well-prepared South Indian small plates which form the nucleus of this tempting menu. The street special dosa is a departure from the norm, here stuffed with potato, cabbage, paneer and red onion, and served with coconut sambal and curry gravy for dipping. Vegetarians will thrill to the sight of meat-free specials …”

Domu
3201 Corrine Drive, Orlando
Cuisine: Ramen, Japanese
From Michelin: “Beyond the small plates lies the star item — ramen. Creations, like the Ritchie Rich and Curry, are full of bold, memorable flavors and certainly worth a slurp. Tokyo ramen with shoyu chicken broth, fried chicken thigh and duck fat is a sensory feat. Couple it with blistered shishitos for a delicious touch — and a bit of crunch.”

Papa Llama
2840 Curry Ford Road, Orlando
Cuisine: Peruvian
From Michelin: “Come with a crowd to make the most of this shareable menu, full of bright, approachable ingredients given the depth of flavor treatment. Start with the papa rellenas, or ground sirloin croquettes served with a jammy egg. Arroz chaufa with aji panca chicken is an ace take on Chinese fried rice. .... The wine list is solid, but beers (listed by style) take the cake.”

Swine & Sons
669 N Orange Ave., Winter Park
Cuisine: American, Southern
From Michelin:From well-known local husband-and-wife duo, Rhys and Alexia Gawlak, arrives this sandwich concept nestled within the Local Butcher shop and market. The menu is as compact as the room itself and once your food is presented, it's hard to focus on much else. The fried chicken sandwich with pimento cheese, bacon and varying sauces to match is a signature for good reason …”

The Ravenous Pig
565 W Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park
Cuisine: Gastropub
From Michelin: “Chef Clay Miller's menu is a bona fide study of classic pub fare with creative Southern spins — to wit, ranchero sauce-dressed pork burnt ends over cornbread pudding or cured pastrami brisket with pickled cabbage purée and cauliflower giardiniera. The vegetable-forward melon, cucumber and farmer's cheese combo is in fact a rather complex denouement.”

Strand
807 N Mills Ave., Orlando
Cuisine: American, contemporary
From Michelin: “The seasonal American menu brims with nostalgic Southern inspiration, and presentations are dialed back to let ingredients shine. From local tomatoes to fresh citrus, dishes exude a homey sense. To wit: chilled shrimp is a wonderful contrast against hot fried green tomatoes, while cobia with mustard sauce and Carolina gold rice requires little augmentation.”

Z Asian
1830 E Colonial Drive, Orlando
Cuisine: Vietnamese
From Michelin: “Simple on the outside, this casual gem is beloved for its distinctively bold dishes and thoughtful design. Dishes are flavorful, bursting with nuance and balance. Behold the simple yet sublime dia nho, or sautéed bok choy with crispy garlic; and bánh xèo, fried crêpe with shrimp, thinly sliced pork and a tangy fish sauce.”

Orlando Michelin Plate Awards

Bacán
6100 Wave Hotel Drive, Orlando
Cuisine: Latin American

Black Rooster Taqueria
1323 N Mills Ave., Orlando
Cuisine: Mexican

California Grill
4600 North World Dr., Lake Buena Vista
Cuisine: American

Cítricos
4401 Floridian Way, Orlando
Cuisine: American, regional cuisine

Four Flamingos, A Richard Blais Florida Kitchen
1 Grand Cypress Blvd., Orlando
Cuisine: Contemporary

Hawkers
1103 N Mills Ave., Orlando
Cuisine: Asian

Kabooki Sushi
3122 E Colonial Drive, Orlando
Cuisine: Japanese, sushi

Kai Asian Street Fare
1555 State Road 436, Winter Park
Cuisine: Asian

Maxine's on Shine
337 N Shine Ave., Orlando
Cuisine: American

Morimoto Asia
1600 E Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista
Cuisine: Asian

Orlando Meats
1035 N Orlando Ave., Winter Park
Cuisine: American

Pizza Bruno
3990 Curry Ford Road, Orlando
Cuisine: Pizza

Prato
124 N Park Ave., Winter Park
Cuisine: Italian, pizza

Primo
4040 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando
Cuisine: Italian

Ravello
10100 Dream Tree Blvd.
Cuisine: Italian

Se7en Bites
617 N Primrose Drive, Orlando
Cuisine: American, bakery

Sear & Sea
14900 Chelonia Parkway, Orlando
Cuisine: Steakhouse

Selam
5494 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando
Cuisine: Ethiopian

Shin Jung
1638 E Colonial Drive, Orlando
Cuisine: Korean

Sticky Rice
1915 E Colonial Drive, Orlando
Cuisine: Lao

The Pinery
295 NE Ivanhoe Blvd., Orlando
Cuisine: American

The Polite Pig
1536 Buena Vista Drive, Orlando
Cuisine: Barbecue

Tori Tori
720 N Mills Ave., Orlando
Cuisine: Japanese

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Nineteen Tampa restaurants were honored in the 2022 Michelin Guide inaugural guide for Florida. Three restaurants received Bib Gourmand distinction and 16 were awarded Michelin Plate status.

Tampa Bib Gourmand Awards

Ichicoro Ramen
5229 N Florida Ave., Tampa
Cuisine: Japanese, ramen
From Michelin: “Expect finely tuned bowls with enticingly springy noodles; savory, full-bodied broths based on chicken or pork (or both); and accouterments that show a bit of personality, as in pork belly chasyu asado or grilled Gulf shrimp. For a hit of extra spice, turn to sauces like the tantalizing jalapeño-yuzu kosho. Peak business hours can see substantial wait times, so do call ahead to secure a place in line.”

Rocca
323 W Palm Ave., Tampa
Cuisine: Italian, contemporary
From Michelin: “Chef Bryce Bonsack's culinary background includes experience in cutting-edge kitchens in New York as well as training in regional Italian cooking. ... There's an assortment of pastas, skillfully made in house, which showcase classic flavors and scrupulous technique, like supple tagliolini with beef ragù and 30-month-aged Parmigiano. Guests ooh and ahh over mozzarella hand pulled to order in a tableside cart, but the flavor outshines the show.”

Rooster & the Till
6500 N Florida Ave., Tampa
Cuisine: International
From Michelin: It's a low-key spot with simple décor and a large image of the eponymous fowl. The bar is central and wraps around an open kitchen, so grab a seat at the counter for the best view. … Fried cobia collar with nuoc cham boasts a cultish following. Such seductive textures and explosive flavors continue in full force in a dessert of black sesame ice cream with pineapple-cashew jam and Thai tea caramel.”

Tampa Michelin Plate Awards

Bern's Steak House
1208 S Howard Ave., Tampa
Cuisine: Steakhouse

Bistro BT
4267 Henderson Blvd., Tampa
Cuisine: Fusion, Vietnamese

Cena
1208 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa
Cuisine: Italian, American contemporary

Columbia
2025 E Seventh Ave., Tampa
Cuisine: Cuban, Spanish

Élevage
1207 S Howard Ave., Tampa
Cuisine: International

Haven
2208 W Morrison Ave., Tampa
Cuisine: Contemporary

Koya
807 W Platt St., Tampa
Cuisine: Japanese, American

Mise en Place
442 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa
Cuisine: International, contemporary

Oak & Ola
1910 N Ola Ave., Tampa
Cuisine: European, contemporary

Olivia
3601 W Swann Ave., Tampa
Cuisine: Italian

On Swann
1501 W. Swann Ave., Tampa
Cuisine: Contemporary, Southern

Restaurant BT
2507 S Macdill Ave., Tampa
Cuisine: Vietnamese, French

Steelbach
1902 N Ola Ave., Tampa
Cuisine: Southern, steakhouse

Timpano
1610 W Swann Ave., Tampa
Cuisine: Italian-American

Ulele
1810 N Highland Ave., Tampa
Cuisine: American, fusion

Yummy House
2620 E. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa
Cuisine: Chinese, dim sum

Places to Remember