San Francisco Bay Area Now Home to Seven Three-Starred Michelin Restaurants
Michelin announced their 2018 star selection for the San Francisco Bay Area and Wine Country on Oct. 25, giving the Bay Area more three-starred restaurants than New York City, with a total of seven in the area. This year, Coi from owner Daniel Patterson and new Chef Matthew Kirkley is upgraded to a three star. Coi joins the ranks alongside culinary giants Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry and Christopher Kostow’s The Restaurant at Meadowood in Napa Valley, Corey Lee’s Benu, Joshua Skenes’ Saison, and Michael Tusk’s Quince in San Francisco, as well as David Kinch’s Manresa in Los Gatos.
Also new this year are two new two-starred restaurants, with a total of seven restaurants. The new selection includes Californios from chef Val Cantu, which is the first US restaurant serving Mexican cuisine to gain two stars from the Michelin inspectors. The other new selection is SingleThread from Kyle and Katina Connaughton in Sonoma. The region’s other favorites including Atelier Crenn, Commis, Acquerello, Baume, and Lazy Bear maintains their two star designation.
There are a total of forty one restaurants in the Bay Area with one star, which includes four new entries. The popular Rich Table finally garners one star after a long stint on the Bib Gourmand list. In Situ at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Arts from chef Corey Lee of the three-starred Benu is also awarded one star. Two new Japanese restaurants entered the ranks this year. The first is Kenzo in Napa Valley, a 27-seat sushi bar and kaiseki-style restaurant headed by Chef Hiroyuki Kanda, whose Tokyo restaurant Kanda has earned three Michelin stars nine years in a row. The other is Kinjo, the Edomae-style sushi spot in Russian Hill, headed by chef Takatoshi Toshi from the Michelin-starred Sushi Ran in Sausalito.
Rounding up the guide is a list of 67 restaurants with a Bib Gourmand designation.
Michelin 2018 Bay Area and Wine Country Starred Restaurants:
The French Laundry
The Restaurant at Meadowood
Single Thread (new)
Auberge du Soleil
Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant
In Situ (new)
Keiko a Nob Hill
Rich Table (new)
Sons & Daughters
State Bird Provisions
The Village Pub