Los Angeles Area Restaurants Honored in Michelin's Inaugural Michelin Guide California Selection


LOS ANGELES (June 3, 2019) – The term “star” has a very different meaning in Los Angeles for the first time in nearly a decade. Los Angeles’ dining scene has been sizzling for years, being named the “Most Exciting Food City in America” by the likes of GQ, Zagat and more, and MICHELIN today announced that 24 Greater Los Angeles area restaurants were awarded with its most prestigious accolade in its inaugural MICHELIN Guide California selection. 

The 2019 MICHELIN Guide California includes seven new two-star distinctions of which six are in the Greater Los Angeles area:

n/naka offers a clever, modern take on kaiseki at this dazzling dining room. The chef’s stellar skills and technique are visible in every dish. 

Providence provides a consistently excellent meal with skill and technique. The seafood-focused menu at this Hollywood establishment impresses diners with each course.

Somni is tucked away at the SLS Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Beverly Hills hotel and amazes diners with a stimulating experience that is a feast for the senses. Desserts are especially memorable and display attention to detail.

Vespertine is a Culver City destination where every dish oozes with personality and creativity. The innovative chef thrills diners with flavors, impressive technique and wholly unexpected dishes. 

Sushi Ginza Onodera stands out for excellent sushi technique and product. Even the miso soup is special and flavorful with a trio of aged miso pastes.

Urasawa is an exemplary Beverly Hills sushi temple that showcases deep knowledge and tradition. The chef handles each morsel of fish himself in a display of world-class skill and expertise.  In addition, the 2019 MICHELIN Guide California features 27 new one-star distinctions of which 18 are in the Greater Los Angeles area:

Bistro Na's serves Chinese Imperial Court cuisine and is helmed by a Beijing-based restaurant group. Focused on product quality, the menu proudly acknowledges their effort to utilize good ingredients. 

CUT provides quality beef and expert preparation as the original location of culinary icon Wolfgang Puck’s stellar steakhouse. The menu focuses on classics that never seem to go out of style.

Dialogue offers an evolving, lengthy menu with entertaining and artistic presentations from a maturing and highly talented chef who previously headed NEXT in Chicago. The cooking exudes inspiration from start to finish.

Hayato is a relative newcomer to the downtown Los Angeles dining scene. The chef offers a personal expression of kaiseki that is intimate and very impressive.  

Kali is inspired by the chef’s vision for playful food, and carefully composed preparations that exceed expectations. A refrigerator displaying dry-aged ducks, steaks and even a pig’s head is a natural conversation starter.

Kato’s 27-year-old chef delivers an impeccably plated tasting menu focused on Californian and Asian flavors. The judicious use of deeply flavored sauces and charred elements are repeated showstoppers.

Le Comptoir presents a vegetable-focused menu that originates from the chef’s own garden in Long Beach. This intimate Koreatown space seats a mere handful of diners nightly.