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45 Michelin-Starred Restaurants Have Returned in the SF Bay Area

Many of the Bay’s most acclaimed fine dining restaurants have returned to shine again for reopening

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With dining rooms shuttered across the region, restaurants pivoted during the pandemic — even those ritziest, most highly regarded restaurants: the ones with Michelin stars. There were a dazzling 62 restaurants awarded stars in Northern California in 2019, which turned out to be the last time that would happen for quite a while. Once the pandemic hit, the Michelin guide first paused the awards, then decided to cancel them altogether, which means they didn’t give out any stars in 2020, and it remains to be seen when they might resume in 2021.

But for fans of fine dining, many of these starred restaurants remained open, first attempting takeout and delivery, offering a rare chance to see top chefs putting out a humbler, more accessible style of food, and finally now reopening for sit-down dining, bringing back the luxurious tasting menus. Here are 45 Michelin-starred restaurants that are still shining in the San Francisco Bay Area. (Please note, the following list only includes the restaurants that are open at the time of publication — check back as others reopen in coming months.)

The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

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1. Harbor House Inn

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5600 CA-1
Elk, CA 95432
(707) 877-3203
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For the first half of the coronavirus shutdown, chef Matt Kammerer’s restaurant on the Mendocino coast pivoted to $18-a-person to-go dinners, but the restaurant reopened its back deck in the spring to serve its $220 tasting menu outdoors, and has now resumed the full experience indoors.

2. SingleThread Farm - Restaurant - Inn

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131 North St
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 723-4646
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The Healdsburg hot reservation offered outdoor dining and farm dinners, but it’s now completely reopened and rolling out its usual tasting menu of ten courses for $375.

3. The Kitchen Restaurant

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2225 Hurley Way
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 568-7171
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The only Michelin-starred restaurant in Sacramento has returned with limited indoor reservations for eight courses starring local, seasonal ingredients. Pre-pandemic, they were known for the “intermission” tour of the kitchen, which isn’t possible at the moment, but regardless, diners are thrilled to be back.

4. Auberge du Soleil

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180 Rutherford Hill Rd
Rutherford, CA 94573
(707) 963-1211
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The one-star restaurant at this five-star hotel is doing outdoor dining on the terrace with a view over wine country, and they claim to have more than 15,000 bottles of wine in the cellar. 

Modern dessert at Auberge du Soleil Auberge du Soleil

5. Farmhouse Inn

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7871 River Rd
Forestville, CA 95436
(707) 887-3300
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The Sonoma County hotel restaurant stayed open for dinner during the pandemic, with seating available on its outdoor patio, and has now reopened the dining room, as well.

6. The French Laundry

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6640 Washington St
Yountville, CA 94599
(707) 944-2380
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Thomas Keller’s flagship fine-dining destination in Yountville never jumped into the takeout game, but it is open for service in the outdoor courtyard and indoor dining room, for its $350 tasting menu.

7. Bouchon Bistro

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6534 Washington St
Yountville, CA 94599
(707) 944-8037
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Thomas Keller’s one-star French bistro has retired the takeout, and returned to sit-down dining, with brasserie classics like steak frites and roast chicken, served crisp to the table.

8. La Toque

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1314 McKinstry St
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 257-5157
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Chef Ken Frank’s classic French restaurant in Napa has been offering both tasting menus (omnivore and vegetarian versions) as well as a new a la carte menu for customers that don’t want to commit to a three- or four-hour dinner. It’s now seating diners in the dining room and on its outdoor terrace.

9. Kenzo

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1339 Pearl St
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 294-2049
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The splashy Napa sushi spot was offering a to-go menu with a selection of bento boxes, rice bowls, and a la carte items like karaage, but has also finally reopened for limited indoor reservations.

10. Madcap

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198 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
San Anselmo, CA 94960
(415) 453-9898
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Ron Siegel’s San Anselmo restaurant was doing curbside pickup of family-style dinners and bottles of wine, but is now back with indoor and outdoor dining, specifically serving the chef’s tasting menu (no a la carte, for now).

11. Commis

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3859 Piedmont Ave
Oakland, CA 94611
(510) 653-3902
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The East Bay’s only Michelin-starred spot — two-starred, to be exact — was offering a to-go menu for a family-style two-person dinner. But the restaurant has returned to indoor and outdoor dining, with a multi-course menu for $189, with a menu that changes every week, and features Commis classics like the house-baked levain bread and the crowd favorite slow-poached egg yolk with smoked dates and alliums.

12. Gary Danko

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800 North Point St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 749-2060
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The fine-dining institution near Ghirardelli Square had to fold up the white tablecloths, but it is still in takeout business with a four-course tasting menu to take home, and has opened up the wine cellar.

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13. Atelier Crenn

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3127 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 440-0460
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The three-star restaurant has gone from take-home “Crenn Kits” to reopening the dining room for the full 14-course pescatarian menu for $365 per person, with desserts by Juan Contreras. 

14. Quince

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470 Pacific Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 775-8500
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While unable to open its three-starred Jackson Square dining room, Quince started doing farm dinners — a $325 to $350 fine-dining tasting menu served out in the fields of local farms in Petaluma and Bolinas. And with the reopening of indoor dining, exclusive club members will get those first reservations for tables back in the city.

15. Lord Stanley

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2065 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 872-5512
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The Nob Hill restaurant offered a multitude of takeout options during the pandemic, from Taco Tuesdays to fish-and-chip Fridays, heat-and-eat dinner kits and lots of seasonal specials. It’s now mostly back to weekday prix-fixe and weekend tasting menus in the double-decker dining room, although it is still possible to snag a Michelin-starred burger from the hot pink takeout window.

16. Mister Jiu's

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28 Waverly Pl
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 857-9688
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SF native Brandon Jew’s gorgeous, Michelin-starred flagship restaurant in Chinatown pivoted to groceries, takeout, and outdoor dining during the pandemic. But as of spring 2021, the chef shut it all down, to give his undivided attention to indoor dining. Step back inside the former Four Seas banquet hall for the tea-smoked duck platter, crunch-topped barbecue pork buns, and uni-decked cheong fun.

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17. Angler

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132 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 872-9442
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Angler went from being the splashiest new seafood restaurant in 2019 to swiveling wildly during the pandemic to a takeout barbecue operation called Saison Smokehouse. The pastrami brisket has since left the building, and now Angler is back to serving oysters and tartare, Parker House rolls with nori butter, and woodfire fish.

18. Acquerello

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1722 Sacramento Street NEAR VAN NESS &, Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 567-5432
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The two-star Northern Italian restaurant was offering a variety of coursed meal kits for takeout. But the dining room has reopened, complete with the white table clothes and over-the-top floral arrangements.

19. Sons & Daughters

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Btw. Powell & Mason Streets, 708 Bush St
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 994-7933
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With its intimate dining room at the base of Nob Hill, Sons & Daughters was forced to shutter for many months during the pandemic, finally cracking open to serve just 12 guests at a time back during 25 percent capacity. Thankfully, the dining room has fully reopened now, so more people can experience the farm-to-table seasonal menu. 

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20. Sorrel

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3228 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 525-3765
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The one-star Pac Heights restaurant stocked pantry items during the pandemic (pasta sauces, dried pastas, heat-and-eat lasagna), but it’s now back to indoor and outdoor dining, and exclusively tasting menus.

21. Spruce

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3640 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 931-5100
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The white tablecloth spot in Presidio Heights is still offering takeout and delivery, which includes the restaurant’s much-vaunted burger, as well as pricier entrees like a dry-aged ribeye for two. But it’s also back for sit-down brunch, lunch, and dinner.

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22. SPQR

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1911 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 771-7779
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Known for its fresh pastas, this Lower Pac Heights Italian restaurant served up an Italian takeout menu during the pandemic, dubbed Accarrino’s To Go, featuring baked ziti and meatball dinner. That’s still available, but SPQR is also now taking reservations for indoor and outdoor dining.

23. Mourad

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140 New Montgomery St #1
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 660-2500
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Mourad Lahlou first opened Aziza in the Avenues, then Mourad downtown in SoMa. He’s been cooking out of the former for the better part of the pandemic, serving Cal-Moroccan comfort food. But he finally reopened the latter for the full fine-dining experience downtown, bringing back the duck basteeya bundled like a cigar, lamb in pomegranate and shiso, and hand-rolled couscous.

The duck confit basteeya at Mourad

24. Benu

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22 Hawthorne St
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 685-4860
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Coronavirus closures meant that Benu was serving as a test kitchen for chef Corey Lee’s forthcoming Korean restaurant San Ho Won. They’ve since paused on takeout, as San Ho Won prepares to open in its own space. And now, the three-Michelin-starred Benu is back to serving its full tasting menu in its own home, starting at $325 per person.

San Ho Won’s spring bibimbap with ramps, fern, cordyceps, and pea leaves San Ho Won

25. State Bird Provisions

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1529 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 795-1272
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The original restaurant from husband-and-wife team Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski is now open for indoor and outdoor dining, although tables are in demand as always, for fans who missed the namesake crispy fried quail and other small plates. Sister restaurant Progress next door (also starred) promises to make a comeback in August of 2021. In the meantime, also try the Anchovy Bar just around the corner, their latest project starring our local little fish.

26. Wako Japanese Restaurant

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211 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 682-4875
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The Clement Street sushi restaurant is still offering takeout chirashi bowls, chicken soboro don, karaage, and assorted sushi rolls — plus a big $100 omakase set — while it prepares to reopen for indoor dining on July 8.

27. Saison

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178 Townsend St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 828-7990
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The two-starred tasting menu spot has reopened for indoor dining, with nine to 12 courses focused on woodfire cooking, starting at $248. But parklet dining is a little more streamlined, offering five to eight courses for $178.

28. Birdsong

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1085 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 369-9161
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Birdsong was selling “Birdboxes” during the pandemic, which included fried chicken and blue cornbread, as well as a fried chicken sandwich with the claw intact. The sandwich was so popular that it’s going to be getting its own home, with the anticipated opening of a fast-casual spinoff. Which leaves Birdsong to return to its usual indoor dining and tasting menus of wild West Coast shellfish.

29. Ju-Ni

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1335 Fulton St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 655-9924
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The Michelin-starred omakase spot went from selling takeout chirashi bowls, beer, and cookies to opening a creative parklet set up like an outdoor omakase counter, where the sushi chefs are still sliding bites under the plexiglass for now.

30. Rich Table

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199 Gough St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 355-9085
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After a long hiatus at the beginning of the shelter in place, Evan and Sarah Rich opened up their flagship Hayes Valley restaurant for takeout, including heat-and-eat oxtail bucatini, but reservations are now open for indoor and outdoor dining.

31. Californios

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355 11th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 757-0994
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Chef Val M Cantu is back with his creative, ambitious, and all Mexican tasting menu that won two Michelin stars in 2019. During the pandemic, Californios shuttered its original location in the Mission, and made the move to a much larger space in SoMa. The restaurant reopened for outdoor dining in spring of 2021, and will debut indoor dining later this summer, so stay tuned.

32. Omakase

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665 Townsend St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 865-0633
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The Design District sushi spot is still serving takeout chirashi bowls, donburi, and luxe uni and caviar packages, but it’s also reopened for indoor dining.

33. Lazy Bear

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3416 19th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 874-9921
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While Lazy Bear’s dining room went into hibernation, it launched what it called Camp Commissary, offering breakfast (biscuit sandwiches), lunch (duck banh mi), and cookie dough and cocktails. But done with takeout, the supper club is now back with indoor and outdoor dining.

34. AL's Place

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1499 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 416-6136
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Chef Aaron London’s Michelin-starred, vegetable-focused restaurant is open for dine-in service, offering an $85-per-person family-style feast and a full a la carte menu in the dining room and on the outdoor patio.

35. Rasa Contemporary Indian

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209 Park Rd
Burlingame, CA 94010
(650) 340-7272
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Burlingame’s high-end, one-star Indian restaurant is still offering a full a la carte takeout menu, with options ranging from Bombay sliders to entrees like chicken biryani and Chettinadu lamb curry, as well as sit-down dining.

36. Sushi Yoshizumi

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325 E 4th Ave
San Mateo, CA 94401
(650) 437-2282
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The legendary sushi restaurant offered chirashi bowls and nigiri sets to go during the pandemic, but now it’s back to being an omakase-only affair — per usual.

37. Wakuriya

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115 De Anza Blvd
San Mateo, CA 94402
(650) 286-0410
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San Mateo’s one-star Japanese restaurant, dedicated to the fine art of kaiseki-style dining, is offered takeout for the first time during the pandemic: a $50 three-course menu — featuring dishes like assorted sashimi and grilled eel over rice.

38. The Village Pub

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2967 Woodside Rd
Woodside, CA 94062
(650) 851-9888
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Like its sister restaurant Spruce, the Village Pub offered a full a la carte takeout menu, with an option for “luxury additions” like caviar and dry-aged steaks. But reservations are back for indoor and outdoor dining.

39. Baumé

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201 California Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94306
(650) 328-8899
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The two-starred Palo Alto fine-dining restaurant is still offering takeout, in the form of a $98 four-course prix fixe, as well as having reopened for sit-down wagyu and pescatarian tasting menus (starting at $398 or $298 per person, respectively).

40. Protégé

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250 California Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94306

The one-star Cal cuisine tasting menu spot in Palo Alto wound down their takeout offerings, such as short rib pithivier. It’s now open for indoor and outdoor dining, with a full tasting menu in the dining room and a la carte for the lounge.

41. Madera

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2825 Sand Hill Rd
Menlo Park, CA 94025
(650) 561-1540
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The swanky, high-ceilinged Silicon Valley New American restaurant is now open for indoor and outdoor dining, with a full a la carte menu. And chef Ravi Kapur from Liholiho Yacht Club is popping up at the bar for summer of 2021, promising his Cal-Hawaiian dishes.

42. Chez TJ

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938 Villa St
Mountain View, CA 94041
(650) 964-7466
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Mountain View’s starred French tasting menu spot is serving both a four-course and a seven-course tasting menus.

43. Plumed Horse

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14555 Big Basin Way
Saratoga, CA 95070
(408) 867-4711
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The Saratoga fine dining restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor service, with tables available on three separate heated outdoor dining areas.

44. Manresa

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320 Village Ln
Los Gatos, CA 95030
(408) 354-4330
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David Kinch’s restaurant was serving three-Michelin-starred family meals throughout the pandemic. But fans were thrilled when Manresa reopened the dining room for the full tasting experience in spring of 2021.

45. Aubergine the restaurant at L'Auberge Carmel

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7th avenue Monte Verde St
Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93921
(831) 624-8578
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The glitzy Monterey resort restaurant is open for outdoor dining in its flower-filled courtyard. It’s also still offering to-go menus on the weekends.

1. Harbor House Inn

5600 CA-1, Elk, CA 95432

For the first half of the coronavirus shutdown, chef Matt Kammerer’s restaurant on the Mendocino coast pivoted to $18-a-person to-go dinners, but the restaurant reopened its back deck in the spring to serve its $220 tasting menu outdoors, and has now resumed the full experience indoors.

5600 CA-1
Elk, CA 95432

2. SingleThread Farm - Restaurant - Inn

131 North St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

The Healdsburg hot reservation offered outdoor dining and farm dinners, but it’s now completely reopened and rolling out its usual tasting menu of ten courses for $375.

131 North St
Healdsburg, CA 95448

3. The Kitchen Restaurant

2225 Hurley Way, Sacramento, CA 95825

The only Michelin-starred restaurant in Sacramento has returned with limited indoor reservations for eight courses starring local, seasonal ingredients. Pre-pandemic, they were known for the “intermission” tour of the kitchen, which isn’t possible at the moment, but regardless, diners are thrilled to be back.

2225 Hurley Way
Sacramento, CA 95825

4. Auberge du Soleil

180 Rutherford Hill Rd, Rutherford, CA 94573
Modern dessert at Auberge du Soleil Auberge du Soleil

The one-star restaurant at this five-star hotel is doing outdoor dining on the terrace with a view over wine country, and they claim to have more than 15,000 bottles of wine in the cellar. 

180 Rutherford Hill Rd
Rutherford, CA 94573

5. Farmhouse Inn

7871 River Rd, Forestville, CA 95436

The Sonoma County hotel restaurant stayed open for dinner during the pandemic, with seating available on its outdoor patio, and has now reopened the dining room, as well.

7871 River Rd
Forestville, CA 95436

6. The French Laundry

6640 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599

Thomas Keller’s flagship fine-dining destination in Yountville never jumped into the takeout game, but it is open for service in the outdoor courtyard and indoor dining room, for its $350 tasting menu.

6640 Washington St
Yountville, CA 94599

7. Bouchon Bistro

6534 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599

Thomas Keller’s one-star French bistro has retired the takeout, and returned to sit-down dining, with brasserie classics like steak frites and roast chicken, served crisp to the table.

6534 Washington St
Yountville, CA 94599

8. La Toque

1314 McKinstry St, Napa, CA 94559

Chef Ken Frank’s classic French restaurant in Napa has been offering both tasting menus (omnivore and vegetarian versions) as well as a new a la carte menu for customers that don’t want to commit to a three- or four-hour dinner. It’s now seating diners in the dining room and on its outdoor terrace.

1314 McKinstry St
Napa, CA 94559

9. Kenzo

1339 Pearl St, Napa, CA 94559

The splashy Napa sushi spot was offering a to-go menu with a selection of bento boxes, rice bowls, and a la carte items like karaage, but has also finally reopened for limited indoor reservations.

1339 Pearl St
Napa, CA 94559

10. Madcap

198 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo, CA 94960

Ron Siegel’s San Anselmo restaurant was doing curbside pickup of family-style dinners and bottles of wine, but is now back with indoor and outdoor dining, specifically serving the chef’s tasting menu (no a la carte, for now).

198 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
San Anselmo, CA 94960

11. Commis

3859 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

The East Bay’s only Michelin-starred spot — two-starred, to be exact — was offering a to-go menu for a family-style two-person dinner. But the restaurant has returned to indoor and outdoor dining, with a multi-course menu for $189, with a menu that changes every week, and features Commis classics like the house-baked levain bread and the crowd favorite slow-poached egg yolk with smoked dates and alliums.

3859 Piedmont Ave
Oakland, CA 94611

12. Gary Danko

800 North Point St, San Francisco, CA 94109
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The fine-dining institution near Ghirardelli Square had to fold up the white tablecloths, but it is still in takeout business with a four-course tasting menu to take home, and has opened up the wine cellar.

800 North Point St
San Francisco, CA 94109

13. Atelier Crenn

3127 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123

The three-star restaurant has gone from take-home “Crenn Kits” to reopening the dining room for the full 14-course pescatarian menu for $365 per person, with desserts by Juan Contreras. 

3127 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94123

14. Quince

470 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

While unable to open its three-starred Jackson Square dining room, Quince started doing farm dinners — a $325 to $350 fine-dining tasting menu served out in the fields of local farms in Petaluma and Bolinas. And with the reopening of indoor dining, exclusive club members will get those first reservations for tables back in the city.

470 Pacific Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133

15. Lord Stanley

2065 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

The Nob Hill restaurant offered a multitude of takeout options during the pandemic, from Taco Tuesdays to fish-and-chip Fridays, heat-and-eat dinner kits and lots of seasonal specials. It’s now mostly back to weekday prix-fixe and weekend tasting menus in the double-decker dining room, although it is still possible to snag a Michelin-starred burger from the hot pink takeout window.

2065 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109

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16. Mister Jiu's

28 Waverly Pl, San Francisco, CA 94108
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SF native Brandon Jew’s gorgeous, Michelin-starred flagship restaurant in Chinatown pivoted to groceries, takeout, and outdoor dining during the pandemic. But as of spring 2021, the chef shut it all down, to give his undivided attention to indoor dining. Step back inside the former Four Seas banquet hall for the tea-smoked duck platter, crunch-topped barbecue pork buns, and uni-decked cheong fun.

28 Waverly Pl
San Francisco, CA 94108

17. Angler

132 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105

Angler went from being the splashiest new seafood restaurant in 2019 to swiveling wildly during the pandemic to a takeout barbecue operation called Saison Smokehouse. The pastrami brisket has since left the building, and now Angler is back to serving oysters and tartare, Parker House rolls with nori butter, and woodfire fish.

132 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94105

18. Acquerello

1722 Sacramento Street NEAR VAN NESS &, Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

The two-star Northern Italian restaurant was offering a variety of coursed meal kits for takeout. But the dining room has reopened, complete with the white table clothes and over-the-top floral arrangements.

1722 Sacramento Street NEAR VAN NESS &, Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109

19. Sons & Daughters

Btw. Powell & Mason Streets, 708 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94108
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With its intimate dining room at the base of Nob Hill, Sons & Daughters was forced to shutter for many months during the pandemic, finally cracking open to serve just 12 guests at a time back during 25 percent capacity. Thankfully, the dining room has fully reopened now, so more people can experience the farm-to-table seasonal menu. 

Btw. Powell & Mason Streets, 708 Bush St
San Francisco, CA 94108

20. Sorrel

3228 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94115
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The one-star Pac Heights restaurant stocked pantry items during the pandemic (pasta sauces, dried pastas, heat-and-eat lasagna), but it’s now back to indoor and outdoor dining, and exclusively tasting menus.

3228 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94115

21. Spruce

3640 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94118
The Spruce burger Spruce

The white tablecloth spot in Presidio Heights is still offering takeout and delivery, which includes the restaurant’s much-vaunted burger, as well as pricier entrees like a dry-aged ribeye for two. But it’s also back for sit-down brunch, lunch, and dinner.

3640 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94118

22. SPQR

1911 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Known for its fresh pastas, this Lower Pac Heights Italian restaurant served up an Italian takeout menu during the pandemic, dubbed Accarrino’s To Go, featuring baked ziti and meatball dinner. That’s still available, but SPQR is also now taking reservations for indoor and outdoor dining.

1911 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115

23. Mourad

140 New Montgomery St #1, San Francisco, CA 94105
The duck confit basteeya at Mourad

Mourad Lahlou first opened Aziza in the Avenues, then Mourad downtown in SoMa. He’s been cooking out of the former for the better part of the pandemic, serving Cal-Moroccan comfort food. But he finally reopened the latter for the full fine-dining experience downtown, bringing back the duck basteeya bundled like a cigar, lamb in pomegranate and shiso, and hand-rolled couscous.

140 New Montgomery St #1
San Francisco, CA 94105

24. Benu

22 Hawthorne St, San Francisco, CA 94105
San Ho Won’s spring bibimbap with ramps, fern, cordyceps, and pea leaves San Ho Won

Coronavirus closures meant that Benu was serving as a test kitchen for chef Corey Lee’s forthcoming Korean restaurant San Ho Won. They’ve since paused on takeout, as San Ho Won prepares to open in its own space. And now, the three-Michelin-starred Benu is back to serving its full tasting menu in its own home, starting at $325 per person.

22 Hawthorne St
San Francisco, CA 94105

25. State Bird Provisions

1529 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115

The original restaurant from husband-and-wife team Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski is now open for indoor and outdoor dining, although tables are in demand as always, for fans who missed the namesake crispy fried quail and other small plates. Sister restaurant Progress next door (also starred) promises to make a comeback in August of 2021. In the meantime, also try the Anchovy Bar just around the corner, their latest project starring our local little fish.

1529 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115

26. Wako Japanese Restaurant

211 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

The Clement Street sushi restaurant is still offering takeout chirashi bowls, chicken soboro don, karaage, and assorted sushi rolls — plus a big $100 omakase set — while it prepares to reopen for indoor dining on July 8.

211 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118

27. Saison

178 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94107

The two-starred tasting menu spot has reopened for indoor dining, with nine to 12 courses focused on woodfire cooking, starting at $248. But parklet dining is a little more streamlined, offering five to eight courses for $178.

178 Townsend St
San Francisco, CA 94107

28. Birdsong

1085 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Birdsong was selling “Birdboxes” during the pandemic, which included fried chicken and blue cornbread, as well as a fried chicken sandwich with the claw intact. The sandwich was so popular that it’s going to be getting its own home, with the anticipated opening of a fast-casual spinoff. Which leaves Birdsong to return to its usual indoor dining and tasting menus of wild West Coast shellfish.

1085 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103

29. Ju-Ni

1335 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117

The Michelin-starred omakase spot went from selling takeout chirashi bowls, beer, and cookies to opening a creative parklet set up like an outdoor omakase counter, where the sushi chefs are still sliding bites under the plexiglass for now.

1335 Fulton St
San Francisco, CA 94117

30. Rich Table

199 Gough St, San Francisco, CA 94102

After a long hiatus at the beginning of the shelter in place, Evan and Sarah Rich opened up their flagship Hayes Valley restaurant for takeout, including heat-and-eat oxtail bucatini, but reservations are now open for indoor and outdoor dining.

199 Gough St
San Francisco, CA 94102

31. Californios

355 11th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Chef Val M Cantu is back with his creative, ambitious, and all Mexican tasting menu that won two Michelin stars in 2019. During the pandemic, Californios shuttered its original location in the Mission, and made the move to a much larger space in SoMa. The restaurant reopened for outdoor dining in spring of 2021, and will debut indoor dining later this summer, so stay tuned.

355 11th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

32. Omakase

665 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94103

The Design District sushi spot is still serving takeout chirashi bowls, donburi, and luxe uni and caviar packages, but it’s also reopened for indoor dining.

665 Townsend St
San Francisco, CA 94103

33. Lazy Bear

3416 19th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

While Lazy Bear’s dining room went into hibernation, it launched what it called Camp Commissary, offering breakfast (biscuit sandwiches), lunch (duck banh mi), and cookie dough and cocktails. But done with takeout, the supper club is now back with indoor and outdoor dining.

3416 19th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

34. AL's Place

1499 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Chef Aaron London’s Michelin-starred, vegetable-focused restaurant is open for dine-in service, offering an $85-per-person family-style feast and a full a la carte menu in the dining room and on the outdoor patio.

1499 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

35. Rasa Contemporary Indian

209 Park Rd, Burlingame, CA 94010

Burlingame’s high-end, one-star Indian restaurant is still offering a full a la carte takeout menu, with options ranging from Bombay sliders to entrees like chicken biryani and Chettinadu lamb curry,