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Michelin’s iconic guide, also known as the “red bible”, has for the first time in its history compiled a list of the best restaurants in Slovenia: a total of 52 establishments have been included in the guide in various categories, and the guide’s inspectors have awarded the first seven Michelin stars to Slovene restaurants.

Their greatest enthusiasm was reserved for Hiša Franko, under chef Ana Roš, which became the first restaurant in the region to receive two Michelin stars and thus joins the elite company of 473 restaurants around the world that already hold this distinction. A single star was awarded to Hiša Denk (Kungota), Pri Lojzetu (Zemono pri Vipavi), Vila Podvin (Radovljica), Dam (Nova Gorica) and Atelje (Ljubljana).

Many restaurants around the world strive to attain Michelin stars, which are today a true status symbol and an extraordinary accolade for chefs, not to mention the most distinguished and prestigious brand in the field of gastronomic guides with a remarkable global reach and impact on the gastronomic development of a destination.

Yet Michelin stars are not so easy to get. The guide only awards them to the very best restaurants in an individual destination. The world’s most prestigious gastronomic guide has recognised the quality of Slovene gastronomy and of Slovenia as a sustainably oriented destination for the finest gastronomic experiences, which boasts, in addition to its great natural wealth, a rich cultural tradition, good food and a large number of talented chefs.

Sincere congratulations are due to the recipients of stars and other distinctions.

We at Ljubljana Tourism are particularly pleased to see quite a number of restaurants from Ljubljana and the Ljubljana Region on the list. From now on visitors to Ljubljana will be able to dine beneath a Michelin star at the Atelje restaurant, where chef Jorg Zupan and his team conjure up unforgettable gastronomic experiences.

The following restaurants in the region received special ratings and are well worth a visit:

Bib Gourmand

  • Gostišče Grič, Horjul
  • Restavracija Evergreen, Smlednik
  • Na gradu, Ljubljana

The Plate

  • Strelec, Ljubljana
  • JB Restavracija, Ljubljana
  • Restavracija Maxim, Ljubljana
  • Gostilna AS, Ljubljana
  • Restavracija Cubo, Ljubljana
  • Restavracija Harfa, Ljubljana
  • B-Restaurant, Ljubljana
  • Monstera Bistro, Ljubljana
  • Separe, Ljubljana
  • Shambala, Ljubljana
  • Sushimama, Ljubljana
  • Valvas’or, Ljubljana
  • Vander, Ljubljana

Special rating for sustainability

  • Luka Košir, Gostilna Grič, Horjul
  • Bine Volčič, Monstera Bistro, Ljubljana

The Michelin Guide is distinguished by its 120-year tradition and its carefully honed evaluation criteria based on five principles: quality of ingredients used, mastery of flavour and cooking techniques, the personality of the chef in his or her cuisine, value for money and consistency between visits.

Michelin stars:

  • three stars – exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey
  • two stars – excellent cooking, worth a detour
  • one star – high-quality cooking, worth a stop

Other Michelin ratings:

  • Bib Gourmand – a good price-to-quality ratio
  • The Plate Michelin – fresh ingredients and a carefully prepared, good meal,
  • Sustainability emblem – a commitment to conserving the environment, inventiveness in the use of sustainable practices in daily work.

Coinciding with the announcement of the results of the Michelin inspectors’ restaurant ratings, a printed edition of the red gastronomic guide was issued for Slovenia: MICHELIN GUIDE SLOVENIA