News & Views 1 minute 25 October 2017

MICHELIN Guide San Francisco 2018 Selection

The Bay Area is now home to seven three-starred restaurants.

San Francisco Michelin star Michelin news

The list of starred restaurants for the 2018 MICHELIN Guide San Francisco is here—the region is now home to 55 starred restaurants in total.

“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 and the MICHELIN Guide. “This community is strong and resilient. We hope that publishing the Michelin Guide selections will contribute to the region’s recovery by encouraging travelers to visit some of the best restaurants in the country that are found here.”

In the 2018 selection, Coi makes huge headlines for gaining it’s third star. Executive chef Matthew Kirkley released a completely new tasting menu shortly after Daniel Patterson’s departure on December 31, 2015, and continues to reveal his personal culinary expression.

“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 other seafood.”

The MICHELIN Guide San Francisco features seven three-starred restaurants in total, including The French Laundry, Restaurant at Meadowood, Benu, Saison, Manresa and Quince. There are just over 100 restaurants currently holding the three-star distinction globally.

Californios, a fusion restaurant in the Mission under the skillful leadership of chef Val Cantu, has gained a second star. Also new on the two-star list is SingleThread, Kyle and Katina Connaughton's contemporary restaurant and farm in downtown Healdsburg.

Four restaurants have joined the one star category in the 2018 Guide. Corey Lee’s In Situ restaurant inside the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, is one of the new awardees. Also joining the one star ranks: Natsuko Tsujimoto’s Kenzo restaurant in Napa Valley. And up from the Bib Gourmand list comes Evan and Sarah Rich’s longtime San Francisco favorite, Rich Table, which now holds one star.

Off the list this year is Mourad Lahlou’s one-starred Aziza which “temporarily” closed it’s doors for renovations last year with plans to reopen in a new space—no word yet on where it will be.

See the full selection below: 

Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey.
Our highest award is given for the superlative cooking of chefs at the peak of their profession. The ingredients are exemplary, the cooking is elevated to an art form and their dishes are often destined to become classics.

Coi (New)
The French Laundry
The Restaurant at Meadowood

Excellent cooking, worth a detour.
The personality and talent of the chef and their team is evident in the refined, expertly crafted dishes. 

Atelier Crenn
Californios (New)
Lazy Bear
SingleThread (New)

High quality cooking, worth a stop!
Within their category, these establishments use quality ingredients and serve carefully prepared dishes with distinct flavors. 

Al's Place
Auberge du Soleil
Campton Place
Chez TJ
Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant
Gary Danko
In Situ (New)
Keiko à Nob Hill
Kenzo (New)
Kin Khao
Kinjo (New)
La Toque
Lord Stanley
Madrona Manor
Michael Mina
Mister Jiu's
Plumed Horse
Progress (The)
Rich Table (New)
Sons & Daughters
State Bird Provisions
Sushi Yoshizumi
Terrapin Creek
The Village Pub

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