Michelin Guide

Toronto’s 2023 Michelin Guide winners announced

The newest list of selected restaurants was revealed in an event held on September 27, adding 12 new Toronto restaurants to the guide. The Michelin Guide follows judging criteria including quality products, the harmony of flavours, cooking technique mastery, the chef’s personality expressed in the cuisine, and consistency with multiple visits.

Restaurants can earn one, two, or three stars, based on “serving exceptional cuisine rich in flavour and infused with the personality of a talented chef.”

Sushi Masaki Saito received two stars in this year’s Michelin Guide, having also earned two stars in 2022 and 2018, and one star in 2017.

Here is a list of this year’s one-star recipients:

The Bib Gourmand category recognizes destinations that offer good food at moderate prices. With four newly-added restaurants in the 2023 edition, Toronto’s current total sits at 21 Bib Gourmand restaurants.

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Restaurants recognized in the Bib Gourmand category include:

The guide also named winners of five special awards. The Exceptional Cocktail Award was won by Quetzal. Sommelier of the Year went to Osteria Giulia, and Restaurant 20 Victoria took home the Outstanding Service Award. The Young Chef Award went to David Schwartz at Sunnys Chinese, and both Frilu and White Lily Diner were honoured with the Michelin Green Star.

Restaurants receiving recognition have seen a welcome rise in reservations as they celebrate the awards. Steven Molnar, executive chef and partner at Queztal says the honour was unexpected, but that “It was a great recognition, and we were all super, super proud to share it with each other.”

“Michelin matters because it is a global brand,” says Nancy Matsumoto, Toronto food writer and editor. “It reaches people who travel a lot and people who really love food.”