cover of a 2018 michelin guide
michelin guides (french: guide michelin [ɡid miʃ.lɛ̃]) are a series of guide books published by the french tire company michelin for more than a century. the term normally refers to the annually published michelin red guide, the oldest european hotel and restaurant reference guide, which awards up to three michelin stars for excellence to a select few establishments. the acquisition or loss of a star can have dramatic effects on the success of a restaurant. michelin also publishes a series of general guides to cities, regions, and countries, the green guides.