Forbes Stars (formerly Mobil Stars)

The Forbes Travel Guide has been providing an objective restaurant rating system based on the levels of quality since 1958 in Canada and United States. Its rating inspectors make unannounced visits, adopting a checklist approach by indicating either “Yes” or “No” to several hundreds of objective criteria based on food quality, food presentation, service, and atmosphere. The results are summarized into a star system and only the list of four or five stars are published:

These are exciting restaurants with often well-known chefs who feature creative, complex foods and emphasize various culinary techniques and a focus on seasonality. A highly trained dining room staff provides refined personal service.

A Five Star restaurant consistently provides exceptional food, superlative service and elegant decor. An emphasis is placed on originality and personalized, attentive and discreet service. A gracious, warm dining room team attends to every detail of the meal.

With currently more than 20,000 restaurants in Canada and United States, only 32 restaurants received a Five-Star rating in 2013:

    Addision - San Diego
    Alinea – Chicago
    Azur – Miami
    Daniel – New York
    Eleven Madison Park – New York
    Georgian Room - Sea Island
    Fountain Restaurant - Philadelphia
    Jean Georges – New York
    Heron - Cary
    Inn at Dos Brias - Brenham
    Joel Robuchon at the Mansion – Las Vegas
    Kai Restaurant - Chandler
    Lautrec - Farmington
    Le Bernardin - New York
    L2O – Chicago
    Masa - New York
    Mélisse – Santa Monica
    Manresa – Los Gatos
    Menton - Boston
    NAOE – Miami
    Per Se – New York
    Plume – Washington D.C.
    Restaurant Guy Savoy - Las Vegas
    Sixteen – Chicago
    The Fearrington House Restaurant - Pittsboro
    The French laundry – Yountville
    The Inn at Little Washington – Washington
    The Penrose Room - Colorado Springs
    The Restaurant at Meadowood – St.Helena
    The White Barn Inn Restaurant – Kennebunkport
    Twist by Pierre Gagnaire - Las Vegas
    Studio - Laguna Beach


Forbes Star List