After Delay, Michelin Stars for 2018 Announced for Bay Area

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SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 the MICHELIN Guide

The MICHELIN Guide selects the best restaurants and hotels in the 28 countries it covers. Providing a showcase of gourmet dining around the world, it highlights the culinary dynamism of a country, as well as new trends and emerging young chefs. Creating value for restaurants through the distinctions that it attributes each year, the MICHELIN Guide contributes to the prestige of the local gastronomy, thereby making cities and countries more attractive to tourists.  Backed by its rigorous selection method and longstanding knowledge of the hospitality industry, the MICHELIN Guide provides customers with unique expertise that enables it to offer them a true quality service.  The different selections are available in both print and digital versions. They are accessible via the Web and on a full range of mobile media that offer navigation capabilities adapted to individual usage as well as an on-line booking service. With the MICHELIN Guide, the Group continues to support millions of travelers, allowing them to live a unique mobility experience.

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