Inn at Little Washington becomes DC’s first Michelin 3-star restaurant

Chef and proprietor Patrick O’Connell is held by some of his former sous chefs at the Inn at Little Washington’s Innstock celebration earlier this month. Luke Christopher | Rappahannock News

The nation capital’s first restaurant to receive three prestigious Michelin stars is indeed in Washington…Washington, Virginia.

Chef Patrick O’Connell’s Inn at Little Washington added to its accolades today, joining an elite club of restaurants worldwide recognized with the Michelin Guide’s highest rating.

Michelin released the newest edition of its Washington, D.C., Guide this afternoon, naming The Inn as the first area restaurant to achieve a three star award, elevating it from two stars the past two years. Bresca and Siren by RW also were honored with one-star awards for the first time.

“This is a wonderful distinction for the Inn at Little Washington, which celebrated its 40th anniversary earlier this year. Over several visits, our inspectors were most impressed by the balance of creative, chef-driven cuisine and impeccable technique from chef O’Connell,” said Michael Ellis, international director of the Michelin Guide.

Michelin’s starred system to denotes restaurants that are worth a stop (one star), a detour (two stars) or a special journey (three stars), rating restaurants in 30 countries and four continents.

“Our inspectors are especially impressed with the consistency of the restaurant scene in D.C.,” Ellis said in a news release.

“Every starred restaurant recognized last year has maintained exceptional quality and steadiness. Notably this year, our inspectors found the kitchens of chefs Patrick O’Connell (The Inn at Little Washington), Ryan Ratino (Bresca), Robert Wiedmaier and Brian McBride (Siren by RW) to demonstrate fine attention to detail and serve high-quality, top-notch cuisine,” Ellis said.

Bresca, led by chef Ryan Ratino, opened in the fall 2017. “This cozy, stylishly designed neighborhood spot offers well-executed and creative fare made with high-quality ingredients. Ratino’s clever use of ingredients and fine technique never get in the way of approachability and flavor,” according to Michelin’s news release.

Robert Wiedmaier’s Siren by RW opened last April in the Darcy Hotel. “The kitchen sources impeccable seafood and prepares it with surprising finesse on a level that warrants a star,” according to Michelin.

The restaurants of well-respected chefs José Andrés (minibar) and Aaron Silverman (Pineapple and Pearls) have maintained their two-star status in the Guide’s third D.C. edition.

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  1. The Inn is VERY EXPENSIVE. The tasting menu is $228 per person Sunday-Friday
    and $238 per person Saturday.

    Optional wine pairings are $150 per person.

  2. Too bad I’ve heard so much negative about the owner and the way he treats his employees. When you see non stop job openings there you know something is up. My son worked there for a bit and could not stand the way the employees were treated..

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