Michelin stars are the most coveted award in the culinary industry and getting three Michelin stars is seen as the highest achievement a chef can make during their career. In 2018, there was just one new 3 star restaurant in the U.S: Coi in San Francisco. While Coi gained a third star, the world famous Jean Georges restaurant in New York, which held three Michelin stars since the NY guide launched in 2006, showed just how hard it is to retain the top accolade when they were dropped to the two-star category.
There are 14, 3–star restaurants in the U.S for 2018. Seven in San Francisco, five in New York, two in Chicago and zero in Washington D.C.
Thomas Keller is the only chef on the list to have two restaurants with three stars, The French Laundry in California and Per Se in New York, both serve French cuisine.
Michelin 3-Star Restaurants in New York
3-Star Michelin Restaurants in Chicago
3-Star Michelin Restaurants in San Francisco