The MICHELIN Guide today announced 17 additions to the MICHELIN Guide California selection. These establishments are highlighted as “New” on guide.michelin.com to help food lovers enjoy new discoveries before the annual announcement of Bib Gourmands and Stars.
“By revealing some of the new additions made by our inspectors throughout the year, we enhance our digital tools to further strengthen the ties that bind us to food lovers,” said Gwendal Poullennec, international director of the MICHELIN Guides. “We hope that these regular revelations and updates to the selection throughout the year will provide opportunities to highlight the profession and invite everyone to discover and support the restaurants around them.”
Here’s the list of additions with inspector notes from each restaurant:
Chef Francis Ang, together with wife and co-owner Dian, have produced this ode to Filipino cooking in the lush Kimpton Alton Hotel.
An elegant ambience complements an elevated menu of exceptional steaks and an array of dishes at Chef Jeffrey Stout's newest restaurant.
Birch & Rye
At this cozy nook, Chef Anya El-Wattar combines her upbringing and restaurant chops to offer a unique, ingredient-focused interpretation of Russian cuisine that is in equal measure indulgent and fresh.
Located in Swan's Market in downtown Oakland, this order-at-the-counter style of spot is brought to diners by Chikara Ono.
Chef Isai Cuevas, who earned a reputation selling his excellent tamales at farmers’ markets across the city, now has a cheerful, neighborhood brick-and-mortar.
Chef Brandon Rice’s hip, irreverent cooking style sets the vibe, exemplified in fancy-meets-comforting combos like Kaluga caviar with crème fraîche and tater tots.
Good Good Culture Club
The vibrantly flavorful cooking here highlights Southeast Asian flavors and unique Californian expressions in dishes like a signature adobo-glazed fried chicken wing stuffed with garlic rice.
The straightforward menu reflects the seasons, offering a small selection of familiar plates heightened with a touch of oomph.
Lane 33 Café
In the category of bowling alley eats, mole and quesadillas aren't likely to spring to mind, but Chef Alex Soto's skillful, flavor-packed Mexican cooking served Wednesday-Sunday will change your outlook.
Creativity and finesse are part and parcel of the cooking, and the too-cool vibe and vinyl soundtrack are matched by gracious hospitality.
Miller & Lux
Fine dining may seem an unlikely find in the shadow of the hulking Chase Center arena, but this stunning harborage from Chef Tyler Florence is worth a splurge.
"Nisei" refers to the American-born children of Japanese immigrants, which Chef David Yoshimura is; the synthesis of that heritage forms the basis of his cuisine.
San Ho Won
Combining the talents of Chefs Corey Lee and protégé Jeong-In Hwang, here it's safe to expect the exceptional. The kitchen's refined technique deftly combines traditional Korean tastes with a sense of novelty.
This stylish counter offers an ambience of restful tranquility, but more importantly, it serves up an indulgent tasting that highlights painstakingly sourced ingredients.
The spirited younger sister to grande dame Acquerello; the family resemblance is nonetheless apparent in the thoughtful cuisine, which runs Californian by way of Northern Italy.
The small, ingredient-driven menu draws upon French and Italian elements, seen in hearty, satisfying dishes like the maltagliati pasta in prosciutto-parmesan broth.
Chef Dustin Valette's latest venture is in a soaring complex, but that never takes the focus away from the menu that weaves seasonal products with California flair and Mediterranean elements.
These restaurant selections will join the MICHELIN Guide selection of hotels, which features the most unique and exciting places to stay in California and around the world. Visit the MICHELIN Guide website, or download the free app for iOS and Android, to book unforgettable hotels and make restaurant reservations through partners OpenTable, Resy and SevenRooms.