Nine restaurants in Southern California, including a highly acclaimed newcomer in Santa Monica, have been awarded a prestigious star by the Michelin Guide.
27 new stars were distributed nationwide, including one in Orange County and eight in Los Angeles County.
Melissa in Santa Monica was listed for the first time with two Michelin stars. Hayato in downtown Los Angeles was promoted from one to two stars.
Here are the other SoCal restaurants on the list.
- Gucci Osteria by Massimo Bottura in Beverly Hills
- Knife fold in Costa Mesa
- Morihiro in Los Angeles
- Pasjoli in Santa Monica
- Pasta / Bar in Encino
- Phenakite in Los Angeles
- Sushi I-NABA in Manhattan Beach
“As an international culinary destination and industry leader, California continues to impress the Michelin Guide inspectors with its commitment to sustainable gastronomy and creative cuisine,” said Gwendal Poullennec, international director of Michelin guides, in a statement. “We’re excited to celebrate 19 promotions for restaurants that have improved their quality and consistency despite the challenges of the health crisis, and we welcome eight new additions to our star-rated selection.”