A complete list: France’s new Michelin star diners

The Michelin guide, the so-called oracle of gastronomy revealed its new stars for 2014 on Monday. In total 64 restaurants across France picked up a star in the 2014 guide. Here's the complete list to see if there is one worth checking out near you. Let us know what it was like.

A complete list: France's new Michelin star diners
Is there a new Michelin star restaurant near you? Photo: localjapantimes/flickr

The Michelin guide has been handing out its coveted stars since 1926, when anonymous judges first started reviewing restaurants by means of its famous, yet often criticised three star system. This year the directors of the guide were accused of "losing the plot".

The reviewers have to judge restaurants solely on the quality of the food rather than service, with the condition for being awarded three stars being the grub must be of an “exceptional quality and be worth the journey”.

Michelin releases its guide on an annual basis with various new restaurants picking up stars and others adding an extra one to boost their reputation. 

For 2014 there were 57 new restaurants that picked up a star, six who were awarded two stars and just one who made it into the elite three star club in France, which now boasts 27 diners.

However that still puts it behind Japan which has 28 three star Michelin restaurants.

While the Michelin star has become a global mark of distinction in fine dining, it's focus has remained primarily in France. In 2012 French restaurants held a total of 594 stars which is double its closest competitors. 

The difference is explained primarily by the number of establishments reviewed, with France being the target of double or triple the reviews of any other place.
The top quality diners that picked up a star this week are located all over France so to help you find out if there is one near you worth checking out, here is the complete list of those restaurants. Let us know if you have been to any, by starting your own review section in the comments box below.


** Le Chambard, Kayserberg (Haut-Rhin)

** Il Cortile, Mulhouse (Haut-Rhin)

* 1741, Strasbourg (Bas-Rhin)


* Les Fresques, Monestier (Dordogne)

* Auberge Saint-Jean, Saint-Jean-de-Blaignac (Gironde)


* Le Carrousel, Maringues (Puy-de-Dôme)


* Le jardin des Remparts, Beaune (Côte-d'Or)

* Christophe Quéant-Château de Pommard, Pommard (Côte-d'Or)

* Ed.Em, Chassagne-Montrachet (Côte-d'Or)

* Loiseau des Ducs, Dijon (Côte-d'Or)

* La Marande, Fleurville, Mirande (Saône-et-Loire)

* Auberge du Paradis, Saint-Amour-Bellevue (Saône-et-Loire)

* Au 14 Février, Saint-Amour-Bellevue (Saône-et-Loire)


* Youpala Bistrot, Saint-Brieuc (Côtes-d'Armor)

* La Butte, Plouider (Finistère)

* Auberge La Pomme d'Api, Saint-Pol-de-Léon (Finistère)

* Roscanvec, Vannes (Morbihan)


*** L'Assiette champenoise, Reims (Marne)


* La Licorne Royale, Lyons-la-Forêt (Eure)


** Akrame, Paris (16e arrondissement)

* Jin, Paris (1er)

* Goust, Paris (2e)

* ES, Paris (7e)

* Okuda, Paris (8e)

* La Scène, Paris (8e)

* Qui Plume la Lune, Paris (11e)

* Septime, Paris (11e)

* Saint-James, Paris (16e)

* Rech, Paris (17e)

* Le Corot, Ville d'Avray (Hauts-de-Seine)


* Klim & Ko, Leucate (Aude)

* La Table d'Uzès, Uzès ( Gard)

* Le Fanal, Banyuls (Pyrénées-Orientales)

* La Coopérative, Bélesta (Pyrénées-Orientales)

* Auberge du Cellier, Montner (Pyrénées-Orientales)

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* La Table d'Olivier, Brive-la-Gaillarde (Corrèze)

* Château de la Cazine, La Souterraine (Creuse)


* La Maison dans le Parc, Nancy (Meurthe-et-Moselle)


* En Pleine Nature, Toulouse (Haute-Garonne)


* Auberge du Vert Mont, Boeschepe (Nord)


* Le Moulin des Quatre Saisons, La Flèche (Sarthe)

* J-M Pérochon, Brétignolles-sur-Mer (Vendée)


** La Table du Connétable, Chantilly (Oise)


* Château de Mirambeau , Mirambeau (Charente-Maritime)


** La Villa Madie, Cassis (Bouches-du-Rhône)

* Le Pêché Gourmand, Briançon (Hautes-Alpes)

* Sea Sens, Cannes (Alpes-Maritimes)

* Paloma, Mougins (Alpes-Maritimes)

* Auberge le Robur, Roure (Alpes-Maritimes)

* Le Saint Estève, Aix-en-Provence (Bouches-du-Rhône)

* L'Alcyone, Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhône)

* Le Bistrot de Lagarde, Lagarde d'Apt (Vaucluse)


** Le Kintessence, Courchevel (Savoie)

* Le Carré d'Alethius, Charmes-sur-Rhône

* Likoké, Les Vans (Ardèche)

* Domaine des Séquoias, Bourgoin-Jallieu (Isère)

* Auberge du Cep, Fleurie (Rhône)

* L'Alexandrin, Lyon (Rhône)

* Takao Takano, Lyon (Rhône)

* La Rémanence, Lyon (Rhône)

* 1920, Megève (Haute-Savoie)

* La Table de l'Alpaga, Megève (Haute-Savoie)

* Le Sérac, St-Gervais-les-Bains (Haute-Savoie)


* Elsa, Monaco

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Michelin unveils Covid-era France picks despite criticism

The Michelin Guide reveals Monday its annual pick of France's top restaurants despite criticism over its decision to hold the awards while establishments remain closed in the Covid-19 pandemic.

Michelin unveils Covid-era France picks despite criticism
Auberge du Pont de Collonges. Photo: AFP

Three-star chefs can rest easy, however, after Michelin said none will be demoted as the health crisis rages.

The industry bible's boss Gwendal Poullennec defended inspections that led to 57 new stars overall, even though restaurants remain shuttered after lockdowns imposed last spring and again since October.

“It's an important decision to support the industry, despite the current situation and perhaps even because of the situation,” Poullennec told AFP.

“All the establishments that have kept their star this year or won one are restaurants that fully deserve it,” he said.

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Michelin has drawn fire for bestowing its verdicts as chefs rack up losses while adapting their menus for takeaway or deliveries — and food fans have little chance of booking tables anytime soon, with or without face masks.

The rival Best 50 list, based in Britain, cancelled its 2020 ranking last year, while France's La Liste said this month that instead of rankings it would honour innovative chefs who have persevered amid the pandemic.

Michelin called off the lavish gala ceremony that was to be held in Cognac, southwest France – the first time outside Paris – and instead will announce the 2021 winners in a YouTube broadcast from the Eiffel Tower.

'Consistent quality'

But Poullennec said all three-star restaurants will keep their stars – France including Monaco counts 29 – while the handful of demotions will affect only restaurants that have closed or changed their dining concept.

He insisted that inspectors worked double duty and even cancelled their sacrosanct summer holidays to eat and drink as much as possible when restaurants were allowed to open under strict virus restrictions between France's lockdowns.

Michelin also brought in inspectors from elsewhere in Europe and even Asia to back up the French team.

“This selection has been made with the same serious attention, and inspectors were able to judge as many meals as the previous year,” he said.

“Despite the difficulties, chefs have risen to the occasion and maintained consistent quality, at times even succeeding in making further progress,” he added.

Poullennec, who took over the guide in 2018, has overseen several choices that have raised eyebrows among chefs and foodies alike.

Last year Michelin shocked industry insiders by downgrading the Auberge du Pont de Collonges — the oldest three-starred restaurant in the world — after the death of its legendary chef Paul Bocuse.

And in January 2019, Marc Veyrat became the first chef to sue the famous red guidebook after it withdrew the third star for his French Alps restaurant La Maison des Bois just a year after it was awarded.

Veyrat, who lost his case, has said he never wants to see a Michelin inspector in any of his restaurants ever again.