Check Out These 10 New Hotspots Added In The Michelin Guide 2023

DC's new culinary scene offers diverse flavours, capturing the city's essence, from Beloved BBQ's sizzling grills to Rania's regal indulgence
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The MICHELIN Guide Inspectors work tirelessly every year to discover gastronomic gems nationwide. In the new 2023 edition, they showcase ten newcomers in Washington D.C. that are sure to captivate your taste buds. Get ready to indulge in tempting dining sensations that demand attention.

Beloved BBQ

Inside Beloved BBQ
Inside Beloved BBQMike Fuentes

Beloved BBQ is an exquisite Japanese steakhouse located in Capitol Crossing. It has an impressive decor with dark interiors and central circular grills. The restaurant is helmed by Chef Makoto Okuwa and Executive Chef Takeshi Omae, who offer a compelling Japanese-style barbecue experience. You can indulge in the delicious icy cold oysters with chilli koji or savour the A5 Wagyu fried rice, cooked to perfection and served in a hot pot, guaranteeing a delightful blend of flavours in every bite.

Address: 200 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Ste.150, Washington, 20001, USA

Chang Chang

Dish at Chang Chang
Dish at Chang ChangMelissa Hom

Located in Dupont Circle, Chang Chang is named after the renowned local chef Peter Chang. The restaurant features a modern, minimalist decor that complements the elevated take on traditional Chinese cuisine served in its kitchen. Each dish, from the delectable walnut prawns, drizzled with honey mayo to the expertly crafted pork soup dumplings, is a testament to the restaurant's culinary finesse. Remember to save room for the enticing desserts created by Chef Pichet Ong.

Address: 200 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Love, Makoto

Dish at Dear Sushi at Love, Makoto
Dish at Dear Sushi at Love, MakotoMike Fuentes

Love, Makoto is Chef Makoto Okuwa's culinary masterpiece, offering guests three unique dining experiences within a single, alluring setting. The star of the show is Dear Sushi, which boasts an exquisite omakase menu featuring an array of expertly prepared handrolls and nigiri, both traditional and innovative. Be sure to indulge in the irresistible ichigo dessert, served on a delicious cookie base, which brings a sweet finale to the dining experience.

Address: 200 Massachusetts Ave NW Suite 150, Washington, DC 20001, United States

Grazie Nonna

Dished at Grazie Nonna
Dished at Grazie NonnaRey Lopez

Grazie Nonna, the restaurant owned by Chef Gerald Addison and Casey Patten, brings nostalgia to the forefront through its hearty Italian-American classics. The dishes served are reminiscent of Patten's grandmother's cherished recipes. From impeccably prepared clams casino to creatively topped pizzas and luscious macaroni dishes, each plate takes you on a nostalgic journey with a contemporary twist.

Address: 1100 15th St. NW, Washington, 20005, USA


Dish at Kappo
Dish at KappoKimberly Kong

Hidden below street level, Kappo by Chef Minoru Ogawa is an inviting restaurant with minimalist decor. The restaurant offers an exquisite eight-course Kappo-style tasting menu that flawlessly blends Wagyu and seafood delicacies. Each dish is a testament to Kappo's precise yet approachable culinary style, from the succulent Wagyu sukiyaki to the flavorful curry udon.

Address: 4822 MacArthur Blvd NW, Washington, DC 20007, United States

Little Vietnam

Dish at Little Vietnam
Dish at Little VietnamDeb Lindsay

Petworth's newest culinary destination, Little Vietnam, is a treasure trove of bold flavours that seamlessly blend traditional Vietnamese influences with modern twists. You'll be amazed by the vibrant array of dishes, from the savoury cumin lamb dumplings to the aromatic lemongrass red curry, all served in a lively and intimate setting that radiates a sense of community and warmth.

Address: 828 Upshur St. NW, Washington, 20011, USA

Petite Cerise

Dish at Petite Cerise
Dish at Petite CeriseScott Suchman

Petite Cerise is a French bistro that offers classic French dishes with a modern twist. The restaurant takes pride in carefully preparing each dish and paying attention to detail. You can treat yourself to various delectable dishes, such as the yellowfin tuna with preserved chilli mayo or the profiterole in rich chocolate ganache sauce.

Address:1027 7th St. NW, Washington, 20001, USA


Dish at Rania
Dish at RaniaHawkeye Johnson

Address:427 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20004, United States

Rania, which means "queen" in Hindi and Sanskrit, is the creation of Chef Chetan Shetty. The restaurant offers a unique prix fixe menu that artfully combines traditional Indian flavours with contemporary techniques. Each dish, from the playful shiso leaf chaat to the rich ghee-roasted lamb, is a perfect blend of modern innovation and traditional recipes, providing a regal dining experience fit for royalty.

The Saga

Platter at The Saga
Platter at The SagaThe Saga

Address:1190 22nd St NW, Washington, DC 20037, United States

Nestled beside The Ritz-Carlton, The Saga offers a minimalist and inviting ambience that sets the stage for a culinary journey. The menu fuses Spanish classics with lively Latin American influences, offering an array of tapas and small plates such as the reimagined pan con tomate and the delectable arroz morada. The combination creates an explosion of flavours that dance on your palate.


Platters at Yellow
Platters at YellowScott Suchman

Yellow, located in the heart of Georgetown, offers a daytime concept that showcases the best of Levantine cuisine. Chef and owner Michael Rafidi brings his expertise to create mouthwatering pita sandwiches, spreads, sides, and desserts that are a tribute to Levantine culinary excellence. The casual yet tempting menu at Yellow is sure to satisfy your cravings for authentic Levantine flavours.

Address:1524 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20007

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