DC gets first Michelin 3-star restaurant

The 2019 Michelin Guide has been released and the D.C. region finally has its first-ever three-starred restaurant.

The Inn at Little Washington in Washington, Virginia received the honor after it was given two stars last year. D.C. had been the only U.S. city without a Michelin three-star-worthy restaurant until now.

Jose Andres' minibar and Aaron Silverman's Pineapple and Pearls received a two-star rating for the second consecutive year.

Bresca, which opened last year on 14th Street, and Siren by RW, which also opened last year inside The Darcy hotel, were the two new additions this year earning one star.

Eleven other restaurants maintained their one-star status from last year.

"Every starred restaurant recognized last year has maintained exceptional quality and steadiness," said Michelin Guide International Director Michael Ellis. "Notably this year, our inspectors found the kitchens of chefs Patrick O'Connell (The Inn at Little Washington), Ryan Ratino (Bresca) and Robert Wiedmaier and Brian McBride (Siren by RW) demonstrating fine attention to detail and serving high-quality, top-notch cuisine. This is a wonderful distinction for The Inn at Little Washington, which celebrated its 40th anniversary earlier this year. Over several visits, our inspectors were most impressed by the balance of creative, chef-driven cuisine and impeccable technique from chef O'Connell."

Here is the full list:

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