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Posted on October 20, 2015

Michelin Stars Light Up Bay Area in 10th Edition of Famed Restaurant Guide

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Manresa earns three stars, Commis and Campton Place move up to two stars

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 21, 2015 Michelin today announced its highly regarded star selections for the 10th edition of the MICHELIN Guide San Francisco Bay Area & Wine Country.

In the latest and 10th anniversary edition of the storied restaurant Guide, another restaurant joins the elite group of three-star designations; two restaurants move up to two stars; and 15 new restaurants earn one star.

At the top, Manresa becomes the first three-starred restaurant in East Bay where Chef David Kinch is a master of farm-driven seasonal cooking. Manresa joins fellow three stars The French Laundry and The Restaurant at Meadowood, which have held the honor perennially.  Additionally, Benu and Saison retain their distinction of three stars, having earned them in the previous year’s guide. Worldwide, only about 100 restaurants hold three stars.

In the two-star category, seven restaurants across the region offer “excellent cuisine, worth a detour.”  Moving up in the ranks are Campton Place and Commis. At Campton Place, Chef Srijith Gopinathan is serving a menu that highlights the Indian and South Asian flavors of his heritage. Chef James Syhabout’s contemporary establishment, Commis, is the first two-star restaurant in the East Bay and continues to impress Michelin inspectors with his flavors and technique.

With more one stars than ever, 38 Bay area restaurants offer diverse yet quality cuisine.  Standouts include new hotspots from distinguished Michelin chefs: Chef Mourad Lahlou’s eponymous Mourad joins Aziza in offering delicious Moroccan cuisine worthy of a star and Chef Melissa Perello (Frances) is impressing diners with bold and fun flavors at her new spot, Octavia. Also new and noteworthy is The Lazy Bear, a popular former pop-up, and Kin Khao, a Thai Bib Gourmand that is being promoted to one star. The list also welcomes newly located All-Spice, as well as Al’s Place, Aster, Californios, Commonwealth, Lord Stanley, Nico, Omakase, Rasa, Sushi Yoshizumi and Wako.

“The number of new restaurants in all categories, including Bib Gourmands, demonstrates the growth and fortitude of the level of cuisine found on the West Coast,” says Michael Ellis, international director of the MICHELIN Guide.  “Over the last 10 years, our inspectors continue to be more impressed with the level of cooking that can be found across the entire region.”

The MICHELIN Guide San Francisco Bay Area & Wine Country 2016 goes on sale Wednesday, Oct. 27, for $18.99. A total of 505 restaurants representing 53 different cuisines are listed.

San Francisco MICHELIN Guide 2016 Starred Establishments

Three Stars

Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey

Restaurant

Area

District

City

Chef

Benu

San Francisco

SoMa

 

Corey Lee

French Laundry (The)

Wine Country

Napa Valley

Yountville

Thomas Keller

Manresa

South Bay

 

Los Gatos

David Kinch

Restaurant at Meadowood (The)

Wine Country

Napa Valley

St. Helena

Christopher Kostow

Saison

San Francisco

SoMa

 

Joshua Skenes

 

Two Stars

Excellent cuisine, worth a detour

Restaurant

Area

District

City

Acquerello

San Francisco

Nob Hill

 

Atelier Crenn

San Francisco

Marina

 

Baumé

South Bay

 

Palo Alto

Campton Place

San Francisco

Financial District

 

Coi

San Francisco

North Beach

 

Commis

East Bay

 

Oakland

Quince

San Francisco

North Beach

 

 

One Star

A very good restaurant in its category

Restaurant

Area

District

City

All Spice

San Francisco

Nob Hill

 

Al's Place

San Francisco

Mission

 

Ame

San Francisco

SoMa

 

Aster

San Francisco

Mission

 

Auberge du Soleil

Wine Country

Napa Valley

Rutherford

Aziza

San Francisco

Richmond & Sunset

 

Bouchon

Wine Country

Napa Valley

Yountville

Californios

San Francisco

Mission

 

Chez TJ

South Bay

 

Mountain View

Commonwealth

San Francisco

Mission

 

Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant

Wine Country

Sonoma County

Forestville

Gary Danko

San Francisco

North Beach

 

Keiko à Nob Hill

San Francisco

Nob Hill

 

Kin Khao

San Francisco

Financial District

 

Kusakabe

San Francisco

Financial District

 

La Toque

Wine Country

Napa Valley

Napa

Lazy Bear

San Francisco

Mission

 

Lord Stanley

San Francisco

Nob Hill

 

Luce

San Francisco

SoMa

 

Madrona Manor

Wine Country

Sonoma County

Healdsburg

Michael Mina

San Francisco

Financial District

 

Mourad

San Francisco

SoMa

 

Nico

San Francisco

Marina

 

Octavia

San Francisco

Marina

 

Omakase

San Francisco

SoMa

 

Plumed Horse

South Bay

 

Saratoga

Rasa

Peninsula

 

Burlingame

Solbar

Wine Country

Napa Valley

Calistoga

Sons & Daughters

San Francisco

Nob Hill

 

SPQR

San Francisco

Marina

 

Spruce

San Francisco

Marina

 

State Bird Provisions

San Francisco

Civic Center

 

Sushi Yoshizumi

Peninsula

 

San Mateo

Terra

Wine Country

Napa Valley

St. Helena

Terrapin Creek

Wine Country

Sonoma County

Bodega Bay

The Village Pub

Peninsula

 

Woodside

Wako

San Francisco

Richmond & Sunset

 

Wakuriya

Peninsula

 

San Mateo

 

 

 

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