Michelin 2016 Spain & Portugal RESULTS ARE IN 

The yearlong wait is over –  The NEW MICHELIN Guide Spain and Portugal 2016 was officially presented earlier this evening LIVE from Galicia. So ……  what’s new? What’s HOT ? (What’s NOT?) Here’s the lowdown from Santiago de Compostela:

This year just 16 NEW Michelin Stars were awarded to Spain! 

* * *  NO  NEW Michelin 3 Star Restaurant in Spain 2016 * * *

We were rooting for Mugaritz and ABaC to be promoted to the Michelin 3 Star elite status but unfortunately for another year it is just not to be! So, no new Michelin 3 star restaurants in Spain will appear in the New Michelin Guide to Spain and Portugal for 2016.

However, all eight of last year’s Michelin 3 Star Restaurants in Spain retained their magnificent status to head the list of the “crème de la crème” for another year!

The 8 Wonders of Spain – Michelin 3* restaurants 2016 (in alphabetical order)

Akelarre. Pedro Subijana (Guipúzcoa)

Arzak. Juan Mari Arzak (Guipúzcoa)

Azurmendi. Eneko Atxa (Vizcaya)

DiverXO. David Muñoz (Madrid)

El Celler de Can Roca. Joan Roca (Girona) – Current World’s Number One Restaurant !!!

Martín Berasategui.  (Guipúzcoa)

Quique Dacosta. (Alicante)

Sant Pau. Carme Ruscalleda (Barcelona province)


* *  TWO NEW Michelin 2 Star Restaurants in Spain 2016 * *

  • Zaranda (Mallorca / Es Capdellà)
  • Coque (Humanes de Madrid)


No previous Michelin 2 star restaurants lost any stars so this brings the total of Michelin 2 Star Restaurants in Spain for 2016 to 20


*  14 NEW Michelin 1 Star Restaurants in Spain 2016 * 

Kabuki Raw (Casares, Málaga)

Sollo (Fuengirola, Málaga)

Messina (Marbella)

Acanthum (Huelva)

Disfrutar (Barcelona)

Hoja Santa (Barcelona)

Tresmacarrons (El Masnou, Barcelona)

Emporium (Castelló d’Empúries, Girona)

El Ermitaño (Benavente, Zamora)

Villena (Segovia)

El Rincón de Juan Carlos (Los Gigantes, Tenerife)

Zarate (Bilbao)

Lúa (Madrid)

Casa Marcelo (Santiago de Compostela)

Congratulations to all our wonderful Michelin Star Chefs!


But it’s not all good news – 9 Michelin 1 Star Restaurants from 2015 lost their star:

Ca L’ Arpa (Banyoles, Girona)

Comerç 24 (Barcelona) – due to closure

Manairó (Barcelona)

Neichel (Barcelona) – due to closure

Aizian (Bilbao)

Casa Alfonso (Dehesa de Campoamor, Alicante)

Miramón Arbelaitz (San Sebastián) – due to closure

La Casa del Carmen (Olías del Rey, Toledo)

Vertical (H.C. Aqua 4) (Valencia)


And over in Portugal? Our neighbors gained just 1 Michelin One Star restaurant with Bon Bon, in Carvoeiro (Faro) with the presentation of the NEW MICHELIN Guide Spain and Portugal 2016 but lost one with L’And Vineyards (Montemor-o-Novo).