What are Bib Gourmands?

The Bib Gourmand designation denotes good cuisine at a reasonable price in a variety of comfort categories. Defined as “Inspectors’ Favorites for Good Value,” Bib Gourmand restaurants offer two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less (tax and gratuity not included), and are often of most value to a city’s residents, who regularly dine in neighborhood restaurants.

Choosing the Bib Gourmands

Dining Tips from Michelin Guides’ Naret
Jean-Luc Naret, the director of Michelin Travel Guides, explains the value of the sought-after Michelin Star and Bib Gourmand ratings and offers a few tips on dining and travel deals.

The MICHELIN Guide has always built its success on the diversity of its selection, especially on small establishments offering a high-quality dining experience at an affordable price. Hence, the popularity and importance of the Bib Gourmands, as well as the “Under $25” category. Inclusion in the MICHELIN Guide is, in itself, synonymous with quality, since only the best establishments in each comfort and price category are featured in the guide. It is the recognized international benchmark for gourmet dining.

The Bib Gourmand selection represents 20 types of cuisine – from American to pizza, gastropub to Chinese – just to name a few. Introduced in the 1997 editions of the MICHELIN Guides in Europe, Bib Gourmand restaurants are identified in the guide by a red symbol depicting the head of Bibendum, the Michelin Man.

Creating the List

MICHELIN Inspectors work throughout the year to analyze restaurants in a given city, regularly eating two or more meals per day, every day, always under the cloak of anonymity. The results of their tireless research have been collected and curated into the MICHELIN Red Guides, your gastronomic reference to the best of the big city.

MICHELIN inspectors designate the restaurants they feel deliver the most value to consumers. These are Bib Gourmands. They are an ideal resource for consumers looking for the perfect meal at a reasonable price.

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