The Inn at Little Washington earns three Michelin stars, Bresca and Siren by RW get inaugural one stars


The Inn at Little Washington is celebrating its 4oth anniversary and was given a well earned present — three stars in the just released 2019 Michelin Guide Washington, D.C. It had previously held two stars since the local guides’s inaugural release in 2017.

Sixteen DC metropolitan area restaurants are part of the starred listing in the new guide that includes the addition of Bresca and Siren by RW, which each received one-star awards.

“Our inspectors are especially impressed with the consistency of the restaurant scene in D.C.,” says Michael Ellis, international director of the Michelin Guide. “Every starred restaurant recognized last year has maintained exceptional quality and steadiness.”

While The Inn at Little Washington earned its stars based on a 40-year foundation, it is worth noting that Bresca, led by chef Ryan Ratino, has only been open for approximately one year. Although Ratino has been making positive waves in DC area kitchens for a few years — including earning the 2017 RAMMY’s Rising Culinary Star of the Year — Bresca is his first owned restaurant.

The 2019 Michelin Guide Washington, D.C., features more than 36 styles of cuisine and recognizes more than 70 additional restaurants with the Plate symbol, a designation given to restaurants that guide inspectors recommend to travelers and locals for a good meal with fresh ingredients and capable preparation.

Here is a complete list of starred restaurants in the 2019 Michelin Guide, Washington, D.C.:

Three Stars

The Inn at Little Washington

Two Stars

Pineapple and Pearls

One Star

Blue Duck Tavern
Bresca (NEW)
The Dabney
Rose’s Luxury
Siren by RW (NEW)
Sushi Taro
Tail Up Goat

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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