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Posted on October 25, 2017

After Delay, Michelin Stars for 2018 Announced for Bay Area

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Bay-area culinary scene focuses on recovery after devastating fires in Wine Country

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 25, 2017 – Michelin today announced its acclaimed star selections for the 2018 edition of the MICHELIN Guide San Francisco Bay Area & Wine Country, and the region is now home to 55 starred restaurants in total, including the country’s newest three-star restaurant.

“America’s Wine Country has experienced an extraordinary tragedy and our decision to delay the 2018 selections was made with deepest concern for those affected,” said Claire Dorland-Clauzel, Michelin Group executive vice president of brands, external relations, sustainable development and the MICHELIN Guide.

In the 2018 selection, a new restaurant obtains three stars: Coi, where chef Matthew Kirkley continues to reveal his personal culinary expression, masterfully leading the kitchen at this modern seafood restaurant in North Beach.

“Our inspectors have been following chef Kirkley since his days at L20 in Chicago, and we were thrilled to see that he is at the summit of his art,” said Michael Ellis, international director of the MICHELIN Guide. “We were truly impressed by his artistry and his team’s ability to produce sublime dishes based on local ingredients like abalone, oysters and seafood.”

The MICHELIN Guide San Francisco features seven three-starred restaurants, including The French Laundry, Restaurant at Meadowood, Benu, Saison, Manresa and Quince. A Michelin three-star restaurant is considered the ultimate international recognition in the culinary world, with just over 100 restaurants currently holding this distinction globally.

The new selection includes two new two-starred restaurants: contemporary Mexican hotspot Californios, under the skillful leadership of chef Val Cantu, and SingleThread, the contemporary restaurant in Sonoma from Kyle and Katina Connaughton. Californios is the first U.S. restaurant serving Mexican cuisine to earn two stars. At SingleThread, the menu focuses on ingredients sourced from their local farm; especially the only ingredient produced year-round — the onion.

In the one-star category, three rising favorites earn stars for the first time: In Situ, where chef Corey Lee, currently chef at the three-starred Benu, has created an innovative concept at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Arts (SFMOMA); Kenzo, a Japanese hotspot in Napa; and Rich Table, a former Bib Gourmand and longtime San Francisco favorite from Evan and Sara Rich.

In total, ­­­55 restaurants throughout the city, Bay Area and Wine Country received a Michelin star. While the star selections represent a remarkable achievement, Michelin’s anonymous inspectors also recognized the 67 restaurants that earned the favorite Bib Gourmand distinction as well. The Bib Gourmand selection was published Oct.6.

This selection features 43 types of cuisine, highlighting the Bay Area’s diverse and varied dining scene.

The 2018 selection includes:

  • Seven restaurants with three stars
  • Seven restaurants with two stars
  • 41 restaurants with one star
  • 67 restaurants with a Bib Gourmand

The 2018 MICHELIN Guide goes on sale at major booksellers on Oct. 27 for a suggested price of $18.99.

MICHELIN GUIDE SAN FRANCISCO 2018

STARRED ESTABLISHMENTS

 

THREE STARS

EXCEPTIONAL CUISINE, WORTH A SPECIAL JOURNEY

 

ESTABLISHMENT

AREA

SUB AREA

CITY

NEW

CHEF

Benu

San Francisco

SoMa

 

 

Corey Lee

Coi

San Francisco

North Beach

 

NEW

Matthew Kirkley

French Laundry (The)

Wine Country

Napa Valley

Yountville

 

Thomas Keller

Manresa

South Bay

 

Los Gatos

 

David Kinch

Quince

San Francisco

North Beach

 

 

Michael Tusk

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

 

ESTABLISHMENT

AREA

SUB AREA

CITY

NEW

Acquerello

San Francisco

Nob Hill

 

 

Atelier Crenn

San Francisco

Marina

 

 

Baumé

South Bay

 

Palo Alto

 

Californios

San Francisco

Mission

 

NEW

Commis

East Bay

 

Oakland

 

Lazy Bear

San Francisco

Mission

 

 

SingleThread

Wine Country

Sonoma County

Healdsburg

NEW

 

ONE STAR

A VERY GOOD RESTAURANT IN ITS CATEGORY

 

ESTABLISHMENT

AREA

SUB AREA

CITY

NEW

Adega

South Bay

 

San Jose

 

Al's Place

San Francisco

Mission

 

 

Aster

San Francisco

Mission

 

 

Auberge du Soleil

Wine Country

Napa Valley

Rutherford

 

Bouchon

Wine Country

Napa Valley

Yountville

 

Campton Place

San Francisco

Financial District

 

 

Chez TJ

South Bay

 

Mountain View

 

Commonwealth

San Francisco

Mission

 

 

Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant

Wine Country

Sonoma County

Forestville

 

Gary Danko

San Francisco

North Beach

 

 

Hashiri

San Francisco

SoMa

 

 

In Situ

San Francisco

SoMa

 

NEW

jū-ni

San Francisco

Civic Center

 

 

Keiko à Nob Hill

San Francisco

Nob Hill

 

 

Kenzo

Wine Country

Napa Valley

Napa

NEW

Kin Khao

San Francisco

Financial District

 

 

Kinjo

San Francisco

Nob Hill

 

NEW

La Toque

Wine Country

Napa Valley

Napa

 

Lord Stanley

San Francisco

Nob Hill

 

 

Luce

San Francisco

SoMa

 

 

Madera

Peninsula

 

Menlo Park

 

Madrona Manor

Wine Country

Sonoma County

Healdsburg

 

Michael Mina

San Francisco

Financial District

 

 

Mister Jiu’s

San Francisco

Nob Hill

 

 

Mourad

San Francisco

SoMa

 

 

Octavia

San Francisco

Marina

 

 

Omakase

San Francisco

SoMa

 

 

Plumed Horse

South Bay

 

Saratoga

 

Progress (The)

San Francisco

Civic Center

 

 

Rasa

Peninsula

 

Burlingame

 

Rich Table

San Francisco

Civic Center

 

NEW

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

 

Village Pub (The)

Peninsula

 

Woodside

 

Wako

San Francisco

Richmond & Sunset

 

 

Wakuriya

Peninsula

 

San Mateo

 

 

About Michelin North America

Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks and motorcycles. The company has earned a long-standing reputation for building innovative premium tires.  In addition to tires, the company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America (www.michelinman.com) employs about 22,700 and operates 19 major manufacturing plants.




 

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Michael Sun | October 26, 2017 @ 8:43AM
I am deeply appreciative of the immense care the Michelin team and reviewers have undertaken for the 2018 Michelin San Francisco guide. The continued high standards asks chefs and front staff to continually deliver excellence day after day, night after night. I wish the dining public knew how stringent these standards really are. Congratulations to all of the awardees.

Steve | October 25, 2017 @ 4:13PM
How are all these crappy sushi joints on the list and Ten-ichi is not? Ten-ichi has been making sushi in the same location for 40 years. Same Japanese family. Homemade everything.

www.tenichisf.com

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