Michelin Starred Restaurants in France | Traveler by Unique

Sebastien Bras is the chef who wanted his then three starred restaurant- Le Suquet to be removed from the listings in the year 2018. The restaurant is listed with two Michelin stars for the year.

Of the 75 of the new restaurant listings for the year, only three have got 3 stars. This includes Mirazur restaurant in Menton, which is owned by the Argentina born chef, Mauro Colagreco. The restaurant is at the French Riviera and only a few minutes from the Italian border. It is a Mediterranean restaurant that also finds the no. 3 spot on the world’s 50 Best restaurants list. The restaurant is recognised for its seasonal preparations and seafood, and also its Latin and European preparations.

It had been less than a couple of weeks’ time, when the chef had opened up his first restaurant in United States, Florie’s at West Palm Beach in Florida when his restaurant in France was awarded 3 stars.

In total, there are 27 three star restaurants in France for the year 2019. Le Clos des Sens is another one of the new entries in the Michelin listings which has been crowned three stars.

As per Gwenda Poillenec, the International Director of Michelin Guides, the Michelin starred list of restaurants represents great regional dynamism. It acts as a platform for showcasing talented youngsters, and there are also a number of starred restaurants that are run by women.

Among the new entries in Michelin’s listings for the year 2019, five of the restaurants got two stars. They include La Scene, run by Chef Stephanie Le Quellec.

Michelin Starred Restaurants in France

In total, of the 68 one starred restaurants, 10 are run by women.

Michelin is now as significant in the French fine dining news and buzz as the French cuisine itself. It is interesting to note that when Michelin started out in the year 1900, their goal was to be a driving factor for the local tourism.

During those days, the total number of vehicles in entire France was less than 3,000. The list of restaurants was made with the intention of inspiring motorists to visit the restaurants, and wear out the tyres while driving as well.

It was then in the year 1926 that the guidebook moved on to awarding stars. A decade hence, in the year 1936, the idea of tiered ratings was first put into place.

  • A single star meant ‘A very good restaurant in its category’.
  • Two stars stood for ‘Excellent cooking, worth a detour’
  • Three stars implied ‘Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey’

France presently has 27 Michelin 3 star restaurants. This is more than any country in Europe. Across the world, only Japan (34) has more 3 star restaurants.

A very interesting fact about Michelin’s restaurant ratings in France is that for decades at a stretch, a few of the restaurants in France hold on to their ratings.

Let us take a look at a few of the highly rated 3 star restaurants in France.


Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, Paris

The restaurant is one of the finest spots for trying out freshly picked foods. Foodstuffs like Bonnotte potatoes and baby fava beans are all grown just for the guests. People try and visit the restaurant to try out their pesticide free products.

The eatery also has selections that are inspired by Buddhist inspire Shojin cuisine from the 7th century.

Michelin Starred Restaurants in France

Alléno Pavillon Ledoyen, Paris

Pavillion Ledoyen is recognized for its deep Parisian roots. The restaurant was set up way back in the year 1842. The place was remodelled to an extent in 2014, and this got a third Mitchelin star for the restaurant.

People adore the taste that the place offers, and are fond of the sauces down here. Chef Alleno has a secret technique for making the sauces. After the ingredients are extracted from their base materials, they are further reduced by a combination of sub zero temperatures and a centrifugal force. Desserts as served by the restaurant too are much adored.

Michelin Starred Restaurants in France

Les Prés d’Eugénie, Eugénie-les-Bains

The restaurant has been setup Michel Guerard. Its location is a sight to behold, and the eatery is placed in the beautiful French countryside in Eugénie-les-Bains.

The theme is invariably the traditionalistic French cuisine, as highlighted by the two menus that are offered at the place, Grand Cuisine Naturaliste and Terroir Sublime.

Apart from the awe inspiring dishes, visitors can also stay over at one of the suites and enjoy the beautiful gardens and vineyards.

People adore the restaurant because it resembles a chateau. Beautiful architecture in the surroundings, well maintained manicured gardens and exquisite paintings that embellish the interior walls along with fireplaces are some of the top features of the restaurant.