2015 was a big year for the San Francisco Bay Area edition of the Michelin Guide, with Saison and Benu joining The French Laundry and The Restaurant at Meadowood at the top of the heap, Acquerello notching the U.S.' third-ever female two-star chef, and two new sushi spots entering the ranks of the Bay Area's most acclaimed restaurants. To help you plan your high-end dining, here are all of the spots honored with stars in this year's Michelin Guide, and how their rankings changed from last year. Happy eating!Read More
The San Francisco Bay Area Michelin Guide 2015, Mapped!
Where to find all 40 of this year's Michelin-starred spots.
Corey Lee's Asian-influenced fine dining restaurant is one of two new restaurants to join the three-star pantheon. THREE STARS.
2. The French Laundry
Thomas Keller's Yountville restaurant has carried three stars since 2006. THREE STARS. [Photo Credit]
3. The Restaurant At Meadowood
The Restaurant at Meadowood was upgraded from two stars to three on Michelin's 2011 list, and chef Christopher Kostow retained his top rating this year. THREE STARS.
Joshua Skenes' restaurant was awarded two stars in the 2012 guide, and now, after a move to SOMA, has attained the coveted top three-star rating. THREE STARS.
Italian-influenced Acquerello was the only restaurant to rise from one- to two-star status this year, in which it also celebrated its 25th anniversary. Chef Suzette Gresham, who's run the restaurant with Giancarlo Paterlini since the beginning, is only the third American female chef to attain this honor. TWO STARS.
6. Atelier Crenn
Dominique Crenn snagged two stars from Michelin in 2013, becoming the first female chef in the United States to earn that distinction. She retains the rating this year. TWO STARS.
Palo Alto's Baumé earned its second Michelin star in 2011 for chef/owner Bruno Chemel's take on French gastronomy, and continues to be the most under-publicized of Michelin's top-ranked Bay Area restaurants. TWO STARS.
Once the only two-star restaurant in San Francisco, Daniel Patterson's Coi maintains its longtime rating this year, despite a major renovation. TWO STARS.
Promoted last year from one star to two, Quince underwent an ambitious renovation after this year's guide went to press, and could be in three-star contention next year. TWO STARS.
11. All Spice
San Mateo's upscale Indian restaurant All Spice retained their star. ONE STAR.
Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani's Japanese-influenced spot in the St. Regis, a celebrity favorite, retained its star. ONE STAR.
13. Auberge du Soleil
Auberge du Soleil stayed on the list. ONE STAR.
Mourad Lahlou continues to redefine contemporary Moroccan cuisine. ONE STAR. [Photo Credit]
Thomas Keller's bistro sequel to The French Laundry kept its ranking. ONE STAR. [Photo Credit]
Nancy Oakes' New American mainstay on the Embarcadero stayed on the list. ONE STAR. [Photo Credit]
17. Campton Place
Indian-influenced Campton Place held strong with its one-star ranking. ONE STAR.
18. Chez TJ
Mountain View's contemporary French spot maintained its ranking. ONE STAR.
James Syhabout's Oakland restaurant stayed on its game this year; it continues to be the only East Bay spot to hold a star. ONE STAR. [Photo Credit]
20. Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant
Sonoma's Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant stayed on this year's list. ONE STAR. [Photo Credit]
21. Gary Danko
The iconic San Francisco spot kept its single star this year. ONE STAR.
22. Keiko à Nob Hill
A newcomer to the list last year, this spot keeps its one-star distinction. ONE STAR.
After making his name at Sushi Ran, Mitsunori Kusakabe has eclipsed the success of his former employer, becoming one of this year's two new star-holders.
24. La Folie
Roland Passot's long-running Russian Hill French favorite maintained its star this time around. ONE STAR. [Photo Credit]
25. La Toque
As chef Ken Frank publicly fought the foie gras ban, La Toque continued to perform this year. ONE STAR.
The InterContinental Hotel's Luce maintained its status on the one-star list. ONE STAR. [Photo Credit]
Menlo Park's Madera remains a top destination for wealthy techies with their single-star rating. ONE STAR.
28. Madrona Manor
Healdsburg's Madrona Manor stayed strong and earned another single star this year. ONE STAR.
Maruya's outstanding omakase made it the second of two brand-new SF sushi restaurants to debut on the star list this year. ONE STAR.
30. Michael Mina
Michael Mina's FiDi power-dining spot maintained its star ranking. ONE STAR.
31. Plumed Horse
Saratoga's stylish Plumed Horse trotted away with another single star this year. ONE STAR.
Solbar in Calistoga continues to soak up the Michelin rays. ONE STAR.
33. Sons & Daughters
The young talents of Sons & Daughters continue to deliver elevated tasting menus. ONE STAR.
Chef Matt Accarrino, fresh off a Best New Chefs win, continues to impress with his irresistible brand of Italian food. ONE STAR.
35. State Bird Provisions
Winner of both James Beard and Toughest Reservation in San Francisco awards, State Bird has maintained the one-star rating it notched last year. ONE STAR.
Spruce maintains its high-quality offering and keeps its single star. ONE STAR.
St. Helena's Terra stays on the list with another single star. ONE STAR.
38. Terrapin Creek
Bodega Bay outpost Terrapin Creek stays strong and keeps its ranking. ONE STAR.
39. The Village Pub
Woodside's destination spot continues to deliver. ONE STAR.
Wakuriya's elevated Japanese fare garnered it another single star this year. ONE STAR.