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A Gourmet’s Guide to the World’s Best Michelin Restaurants

Only the finest world-class restaurants achieve the esteemed success of a Michelin Star and even fewer rack up multiple stars. If you’re a fine-dining snob searching to dine at the fanciest restaurants around the world, the Michelin star system is a good way to pick your next fine-dining experience.

This list will fly you to some of the most well known food locations but also places not so established on the Michelin star map. Here are some of the finest restaurants that not only put food on a plate – but immerse you in a culinary world, captivating your palette and taste buds to give you the true, world-class dining experience.

The Fat Duck

Location: Bray, UK

Straight from the mind of celebrity chef, Heston Blumenthal, it’s no surprise that the best Michelin star restaurant in the United Kingdom is a regular on ‘best restaurant’ lists around the world. Established in 1995, the three-star venue is one of only five in the UK with such an accolade, and the fastest to achieve the feat. It’s easy to see why when you gaze over Blumenthal’s inspiring menu known for its 14 or 17-course tastings.

Expect the unexpected as contrasting flavours work together to take you on a sensory adventure. Notable dishes include nitro-scrambled egg and bacon ice cream, an Alice in Wonderland-inspired mock turtle soup and the Sound of the Sea, which includes audio aspect. Set in a comforting, rustic 16th century renovated cottage, the wonderful setting only adds to your alluring experience.

The Den

Location: Tokyo, Japan

The best Michelin star restaurant in Japan simple has to make the cut. Step inside the stunningly traditional restaurant and you’re treated to a selection of creative dishes based on native Japanese cuisine presented with a sense of fun. At the heart of Tokyo’s revolutionary culinary scene, Den is one of 217 Michelin-starred restaurants in the city that has people from far and wide coming to dine on their delights.

Some of the simplest yet most outstanding flavours can be found at the three-star facility with specialities such as ‘Foie Gras Monaka’ with seasonal fruit, tsukemono and ‘Dentucky’ stuffed wings. Award-winning Chef Zaiyu Hasegawa, keeps Den at the top of the game taking Kaiseki cuisine into the new era. His personal creations feature dishes designed to blow your mind and shock you into eating things you never would.


Location: Paris, France

This list wouldn’t be complete without a Michelin starred restaurant from the culinary capital of the world. The French restaurant Arpège is helmed by one of the most influential chefs in the world today, Alain Passard. He’s the definition of what a Michelin star chef is – earning two stars at previous restaurants and then transforming Arpège, to earn his third in 1996. Diners are able to sample his signature dishes such as his famous l’arpège egg that’s now a staple at fine-dining restaurants around the globe.

Arpège is highly praised for its unique and creative menu that features vegetables as the star of its menu and dishes. Sourced from his own vegetable garden located around France, Passard delivers his diners the best and freshest vegetables you can find in France.

Atelier Crenn

Location: San Francisco, United States

The Golden State is known for some golden food including 90 Michelin-starred restaurants. The creme of the crop – San Francisco’s Atelier Crenn. The best Michelin star restaurant in California, this popular eatery is overflowing with flair led by the talented Dominique Crenn. She opened Atelier Crenn in 2011 and by 2013, the restaurant earned two Michelin stars making Dominique Crenn the first female chef to earn the distinction in the United States.

The menu is an artful selection of fine French dishes focusing on innovation, and served in a minimalist setting. The 12-course tasting menu heavily focuses on fish and is presented as a poem – a tribute to Crenn’s father. The restaurant’s signature dishes are a must-have including; a geoduck tart with oyster and rosé or a feather-light brioche with fragrant butter. San Francisco’s unique diversity provides the perfect location for one of the best Michelin star restaurants in the world.

Le Bernardin

Location: Manhattan, United States

There are many things New York is known for – home to some of the world’s finest food is one of them. This elite French restaurant is defined by their exquisite seafood, expert service & luxurious decor. Helmed by head chef Eric Ripert, the Michelin star restaurant resides in Central Park in Manhattan serving guests the best seafood dining experience in New York.

Its multiple tasting menus are delightfully split into three sections – Almost Raw, Barely Touched and Lightly Cooked. Combining rich French flavours with an array of other cultures, the food is an unlikely marriage of many cuisines. Le Bernardin is also one of the only restaurants to maintain the three star level of distinction for more than three decades.


Location: Melbourne, Australia

Run by award-winning Chef Ben Shewry, the Attica is alive with authentic Australian ingredients such as lemon myrtle, pepper berry and desert oak wattle seeds. Inspired by outback cuisine, the food takes you through a journey of culture with a sequence of stunning dishes. As with the Australian way, the delicious food is paired with excellent service, and your choice of matching wines.

If you’re from Perth and love eating in the fanciest restaurants, have a read of The 5 Best Degustations in Perth. If you’re from Adelaide, check out The Best Restaurants for Fine Dining in and around Adelaide or if you’re from Sydney have a read of, Fine Dining Spots In and Around Sydney.

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