The heart of Florida’s Gulf Coast received its first-ever MICHELIN-Star distinctions and added new Bib Gourmands and recommended restaurants

Tampa, FL (May 19, 2023) – Tampa Bay’s culinary scene is on fire! After two years reviewing Tampa Bay’s brightest restaurants, the anonymous MICHELIN Guide inspectors have awarded Koya, Lilac, and Rocca their first-ever MICHELIN-Star distinction. Additionally, the destination received new Bib Gourmands and recommended restaurants, bringing the total number of restaurants included in the prestigious MICHELIN Guide to Florida to 24. 

Tampa MICHELIN star winners

From left to right: Tristan Brandt (Miami), Eric Fralick (Koya), John Fraser (Lilac), Bryce Bonsack (Rocca), Joshua Werksman (Lilac), Timo Steubing (Miami)


Koya, Lilac at the Tampa EDITION, and Rocca, the guide’s 2022 Bib Gourmand recipient, have officially joined the exclusive group of MICHELIN-Starred eateries in Florida and across the globe. To earn a MICHELIN-Star, restaurants must showcase a mastery of flavors and cooking techniques within their cuisine, utilizing quality ingredients and more to receive the esteemed award.

“For the destination to receive its first three MICHELIN-Stars is a tremendous accomplishment to our growing food scene and further secures Tampa Bay’s spot on the map as the top culinary destination in Florida,” says Santiago C. Corrada, President and CEO of Visit Tampa Bay. “As one of country’s leading destinations, we are dedicated to providing visitors with top-notch service that’s consistently displayed in our restaurants and throughout the community.”

Tampa Bay continued to stay front and center when the MICHELIN Guide awarded Psomi and Gorkhali Kitchen Bib Gourmands. Ponte and Flaming Mountain were also added to the guide’s recommended restaurant list. In addition, the guide awarded Christina Theofilos of Psomi the MICHELIN Young Chef Award and Matthew Braden of Lilac the MICHELIN Outstanding Service Award.

MICHELIN-Star Recipients:

  • Koya
  • Rocca
  • Lilac


MICHELIN Bib Gourmand Awardees:

  • Psomi
  • Gorkhali Kitchen
  • Rooster and the Till


MICHELIN Guide Restaurant Recommendations:

  • Ponte 
  • Flaming Kitchen
  • Bern’s Steak House 
  • Bistro BT
  • Cena
  • Columbia Restaurant 
  • Élevage SoHo Kitchen & Bar
  • Haven
  • Oak & Ola
  • Olivia 
  • On Swann
  • Restaurant BT
  • Steelbach
  • Mise en Place 
  • Timpano 
  • Ulele
  • Yummy House 
  • Noble Rice


Tampa Bay’s fast-growing food scene will continue to have the MICHELIN Guide visit and closely review the destination’s excellent chefs and restaurants. To view Tampa Bay’s MICHELIN-Star, Bib Gourmand and recommended restaurants with inspector notes, visit the MICHELIN Guide website.


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