It’s official! There are 20 Michelin-Starred Restaurants in Lyon and around
The Bible of French gastronomy
For those of you thinking ‘what’s all the fuss about?’, the Michelin Guide, created in 1900, is the Bible of French gastronomy. To get a Michelin star is to be recognised as creating high quality food, whatever the cuisine may be.
Restaurants must meet various criteria in order to be awarded a Michelin star. Factors include the quality of produce, the creativity of the cuisine, the talent of the chefs, consistency of quality and value for money.
Three Michelin stars are awarded to restaurants with a ‘remarkable cuisine’. Two Michelin stars are given to those with an ‘excellent cuisine’. Finally, one Michelin star is reserved for those restaurants with ‘a very good cuisine in its category.’
Three and Two Michelin-starred Restaurants
There are 16 restaurants in Lyon with one Michelin star, but there are three restaurants with 2 stars and 1 which boasts three stars.
Unsurprisingly, due to Bocuse’s renown, it is the restaurant Paul Bocuse at Collonges-au-mont-d’Or that claims the three Michelin stars.
Lyon’s two Michelin-starred restaurants are La Mère Brazier, Neuvième Art and Takao Takano.
Only one New Michelin Star
Joining Lyon’s Michelin-starred restaurants is La Sommelière, the only restaurant in Lyon to gain its first Michelin star this year. The restaurant is found in Lyon’s 5th arrondissement, in Vieux Lyon. The restaurant has a strong focus on regional, quality produce.
The dishes originate from traditional French cuisine, and are all made under the watchful eye of Japanese chef Takafumi Kikuchi. The wines also undergo a rigorous selection process. Sommelier Shoko Hasegawa works with the much loved wine shop, Antic Wine, to pick only the best wines.
Commiserations for Some of Lyon’s Restaurants
It wasn’t celebrations all round, however, with some of Lyon’s restaurants losing their Michelin stars. Pierre Orsi and Maison Clovis, both in Lyon 6, lost their only Michelin star, whilst Guy Lassausaie in Chasselay lost one star, leaving it with a sole Michelin star.
Given that Lyon is deemed the French capital of gastronomy, it’s surprising that Lyon’s restaurants ‘only’ got 20 Michelin stars.
Full List of Michelin-Starred Restaurants in and around Lyon
The complete list of restaurants and their Michelin stars is as follows:
Restaurant Paul Bocuse (Collonges-au-Mont-d’Or)
La Mère Brazier (Lyon)
Neuvième Art (Lyon)
Takao Takano (Lyon)
La Sommelière (Lyon) (new)
1217 (Château de Bagnols)
Au 14 février (Lyon)
Auberge de l’Ile Barbe (Lyon)
Le Gourmet de Sèze (Lyon)
Jéémy Galvan (Lyon)
Les Loges (Cour des Loges, Lyon)
Le Passe Temps (Lyon)
Les Terrasses de Lyon (Villa florentine, Lyon)
Les Trois Dômes (Sofitel, Lyon)
Restaurant Têtedoie (Lyon)
La Rotonde (Casino le Lyon Vert, La-Tour-de-Salvagny)
Auberge de Clochemerle (Vaux-en-Beaujolais)
If you fancy celebrating something special, or just treating yourself, be sure to book into one of these Michelin-Starred restaurants!