This year’s Michelin stars are shining brightly, but none more so than at Quince, the only San Francisco restaurant to join the three star club this year. It’s been a long time coming for chef Michael Tusk and wife/co-owner Lindsay Tusk, who’ve been evolving the fine dining restaurant since it opened in 2003.
The restaurant began its path toward the stars after a move from its original location (now occupied by Octavia) in 2009, followed by a major renovation of the dining room in 2014. Then, over the summer of 2016, Tusk began a collaboration with Peter Martinelli of Sonoma’s Fresh Run Farms, increasing the flow of pristine, grown-for-Quince produce— something Michelin says could have helped boost them to three stars. “Michael Tusk has really upped his game in the execution, precision, and taste [at Quince],” Michelin’s International Director Michael Ellis told Eater. “He has fantastic product, very precise food and clarity in the flavors he uses.”
The tasting menu currently costs $220, which falls into roughly the same price tiers as fellow three-star restaurants Benu, Manresa, Saison, and the Restaurant at Meadowood. It is the sixth three star-restaurant in San Francisco, putting it at the same number as New York City, the self-described dining capital of the world, and joining 100 three-starred restaurants worldwide.