The exciting announcement of Tampa Michelin Star restaurants came Thursday in Miami. There have been Michelin starred restaurants in Florida before, but now there are three in Tampa awarded the honor. Which restaurants are they?
The honor of a Michelin Star
First, you need to know how difficult it is to achieve this status in this industry. The Michelin Guide now rates more than 30,000 restaurants and hotels. Only the top handful earn the coveted stars. The guide has been around since 1920 from the same brothers who began making Michelin tires. They wanted to provide a guide with travel information. It took about 103 years to get there, but Tampa now has been honored with stars for three restaurants.
Here they are:
Rocca – 323 W. Palm Ave., Tampa, 33602
A contemporary Italian restaurant, Rocca is led by Chef Bryce Bonsack, who already worked in two Michelin-starred New York restaurants.
.@CityofTampa now has THREE MICHELIN-starred restaurants.— Andrew Harlan (@HarlanYoungII) May 12, 2023
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Koya -807 W. Platt St., Tampa, 33606
An intimate Japanese restaurant, Koya is an 8-seat restaurant that features a tasting menu. This menu is always changing as the ingredients are at their peak. Good luck getting in. Koya only begins booking a month in advance.
Pristine bites like this potato mochi topped with dill labneh and yuzu kosho-glazed eel show #Koya's sense of playful creativity. #Tampa #MICHELINGuideFL pic.twitter.com/rJaRkxwJrM— MichelinGuideNorthAmerica (@MichelinGuideNA) November 11, 2022
Lilac – 500 Channelside Dr., Tampa, 33602
Lilac offers a prix-fixe menu with a four-course meal. Mediterranean influenced, but with Florida ingredients, Chef John Fraser combines his Greek heritage and French techniques for his creations. You’ll find Lilac on the ground floor of The Tampa EDITION.
Congratulations to our neighborhood restaurants including Lilac at The Tampa EDITION and Noble Rice at @sparkmanwharf for making in onto the @MichelinGuideNA! https://t.co/Mf2ZEeNl6g— Water Street Tampa (@WaterStTampa) April 4, 2023
Click here for more information about Florida restaurants in the Michelin Guide.