Gravitas Chef Matt Baker Credit: Farrah Skeiky

Bad Saint, the District’s acclaimed Filipino restaurant, has been denied a Michelin star yet again. Many predicted the tiny restaurant with big flavors would get bumped from Bib Gourmand to one star once they didn’t appear on the Michelin Guide’s list of more affordable restaurants last month, especially after Chef Tom Cunanan took home the James Beard Award award for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic this year. 

Four new restaurants joined the list of one-star restaurants while the two- and three-star selections remained the same. The new one-star additions are Sushi Nakazawa, located inside the Trump Hotel, Gravitas in Ivy City, Little Pearl on Capitol Hill, and Maydan off 14th Street NW. All three of Chef Aaron Silverman’s restaurants now have at least one Michelin star. 

“We’re thrilled here,” says Gravitas chef and owner Matt Baker. “This is a great team accolade. People said we were crazy for opening a fine dining, tasting menu restaurant in a revitalized warehouse district, so this just shows that if you put your heart and soul into something and have a team that shares your vision and values, you can make your crazy dream happen.” 

Only one restaurant fell off the list. Blue Duck Tavern did not retain its one-star rating. 

Anonymous inspectors deem a one-star restaurant “very good cooking in this category,” a two-star restaurant “excellent cooking,” and a three-star restaurant “exceptional cuisine worthy of a special journey.” Restaurants receiving stars are evaluated on cuisine alone, so ambiance and service, while important, are not considered. Inspectors look for quality products, consistency, and how much a chef is able to express himself or herself through food. 

Three Stars

The Inn at Little Washington

Two Stars

Pineapple and Pearls

minibar by José Andrés

One Star

Bresca 

The Dabney

Fiola

Kinship

Komi

Little Pearl

Masseria

Maydan

Métier

Plume

Rose’s Luxury

Sushi Nakazawa

Sushi Taro

Tail Up Goat

Last month, Michelin released the restaurants which received a Bib Gourmand. These eateries are said to offer “exceptional food at moderate prices.”  Michelin removed Doi Moi, Bad Saint, and Maydan from the list (as well as closed restaurants Spark and Kyirisan), and added ten new ones.

Ambar

American Son (new)

Astoria (new)

Bidwell

Cane (new)

Chercher

China Chilcano

Chloe

Das Ethiopian

Fancy Radish

Federalist Pig (new)

Hanumanh (new)

Hazel

Ivy City Smokehouse

Jaleo

Joselito’s Casa de Comidas

Kaliwa

Laos in Town (new)

Lapis

Maketto

Millie’s

Mola

Napoli Pasta Bar

Ottoman Taverna

Oyamel

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

Primrose (new)

The Red Hen

Royal

Sababa

Sfoglina

Spoken English

Stellina Pizzeria (new)

Succotash

Supra

Taqueria Habanero (new)

Thip Khao

Tiger Fork

Timber Pizza Co.

Toki Underground

Unconventional Diner

Whaley’s

Zaytinya

Zenebech (new)