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Quince, and the Michelin Man

San Francisco’s 2019 Michelin Stars, Mapped

All of the Bay Area and Sacramento Michelin star recipients for 2019 and where to find them

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Quince, and the Michelin Man

Though Michelin expanded its guide from San Francisco to encompass all of California, San Francisco is still the only region with any three-starred restaurants. This year, there are seven restaurants with that distinction, down from eight with Saison’s new two-star status.

Three stars, in Michelin parlance, means "exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey." The Bay Area restaurants maintaining that accolade are Atelier Crenn, Benu, The Restaurant at Meadowood, Manresa, Quince, Single Thread, and The French Laundry.

Two stars, by contrast, indicates "exceptional cuisine, worth a detour." San Francisco’s Campton Place has earned a second star this year, joining the ranks of Acquerello, Baumé, Commis, Californios and Lazy Bear.

One star signifies "a very good restaurant in its category." This year’s entrants to that category were San Francisco’s Angler and Sorrel, Sacramento’s Kitchen Restaurant, Auberine in Monterey, Maum in Palo Alto, and Harbor House in Mendocino.

For all Michelin-starred restaurants and their locations, just consult this handy map.

Note: Restaurants are listed from three stars to one star.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.
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Atelier Crenn

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Chef Dominique Crenn and partner/pastry chef Juan Contreras have finally achieved their third star, bringing Atelier Crenn into the ranks of the region’s best restaurants. Following the remodel of Crenn’s dining room and addition of Bar Crenn next door, the chef’s flagship restaurant is more of a dining destination than ever.

3 stars once again for Corey Lee’s minimalist fine-dining temple.

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The French Laundry

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No surprises here: Thomas Keller maintains three stars at his OG fine-dining destination in Yountville, following a massive remodel by the firm that designed the SFMOMA last year.

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Manresa

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Chef David Kinch has clinched his third star for the fourth year in a row at low-key, tasting-menu only restaurant.

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For the third year, chef Michael Tusk’s fine-dining, farm-driven flagship retains three stars.

SingleThread Farm - Restaurant - Inn

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Within a year of opening, Single Thread received two stars for Kyle and Katina Connaughton’s detail-oriented tasting menu experience in Healdsburg. Now it’s graduated to three-star status, charting a quick rise to the top tier.

The Restaurant at Meadowood

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Three stars for The Restaurant at Meadowood, chef Christopher Kostow’s tasting-menu enclave embedded in a wine country resort.

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Acquerello

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Two stars for twenty years of elegance at Acquarello, led by chef Suzette Gresham. Of note: Acquarello received one of the first stars awarded to SF restaurants when Michelin published its first Bay Area guide in 2007.

Acquarello
Acquarello

Two stars for this South Bay restaurant serving modern French tasting menus at lunch and dinner.

Baumé

Californios

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For the second year, chef Val M. Cantu’s Mexican tasting menu experience has earned two stars.

Campton Place

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Two stars for Campton Place’s tasting menu of Indian flavors and French techniques.

After spending one year at the top with three stars, Coi is now ranked as a two-star restaurant. Chef Erik Anderson has been evolving his menu steadily since taking the reigns from chef Matthew Kirkley earlier this year.

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Maintaining its position as the only two-starred restaurant in the East Bay is chef James Syhabout’s minimalist tasting menu restaurant, Commis.

Lazy Bear

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The supper-club-turned-fine-dining experience from chef David Barzelay maintains its second Michelin star this year.

Lazy Bear
Lazy Bear
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Last year Joshua Skenes ceded control of his SoMa restaurant’s kitchen to acclaimed chef Laurent Gras, who has been steadily implementing his own menu. This year, Saison went from three stars to two, a common move by Michelin after a new chef takes the reigns. (The restaurant maintained its three stars in the November guide, however, the last SF guide before it was incorporated into the overall California guide.)

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Al's Place

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One star for chef Aaron London’s neighborhood restaurant in the Mission, where meat is a side dish, and prix fixe is optional.

One star for chef Joshua Skenes’ newest restaurant, a sleek fine dining restaurant serving a la carte versions of the California style of cooking he developed at Saison.

Aubergine the restaurant at L'Auberge Carmel

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One star for chef Justin Cogley whose seasonal cooking has been drawing diners to Monterey for years.

Auberge du Soleil, an Auberge Resort

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One star for this high-end Napa Valley tasting menu on the gorgeous Auberge du Soleil property.

Auberge du Soleil

Bar Crenn

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One star after less than a year for chef Dominique Crenn’s polished wine salon.

Birdsong

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Chef Chris Bleidorn’s Mission Street stunner has earned one star during its first year out of the gate for a carefully prepared menu of heritage ingredients.

Bouchon Bistro

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One star for Bouchon, Thomas Keller’s staid French bistro in the heart of Yountville.

Bouchon

Chez TJ

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One star for a Mountain View mainstay in a cozy, remodeled Victorian, where chef Jarad Gallagher serves a multi-course tasting menu with produce from local farms.

Chez TJ

Commonwealth

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One star for Commonwealth in the Mission, where chef Jason Fox offers sustainable, seasonal a la carte dishes and tasting menus.

Commonwealth

Farmhouse Inn

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One star for this cozy, charming Sonoma destination, where the California cuisine is enhanced by its bucolic surroundings.

Farmhouse Inn

Gary Danko

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One stars for an SF fine-dining institution, where white tablecloths, caviar service, and special occasion dinners are a daily occasion.

Gary Danko

Sushi Hashiri

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One star for the US outpost of Sushi Hashiri, whose menu is focused on the seasons, and fresh fish sourced from Japan.

Harbor House Inn

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One star for chef Matthew Kammer’s coastal fine dining that incorporates ingredients foraged from the land and sea.

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In Situ at SFMOMA

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It’s the first star for chef Corey Lee’s carefully curated restaurant in the newly renovated SFMOMA, where the menu is composed of signature dishes from famous chefs around the world.

One star for Ju-Ni, the tiny Divsadero sushi spot from an alum of Sausalito’s Sushi Ran.

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KEIKO à Nob Hill

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One star for this reserved Japanese restaurant at the top of Nob Hill.

One star for Kenzo, Napa’s authentically Japanese restaurant from owner Kenzo Tsujimoto, former Capcom CEO and owner of Kenzo Estate winery.

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Kin Khao

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One star for Kin Khao, whose bright and authentic Thai dishes originate from owner Pim Techamuanvivit’s own experiences, and stand out in its unassuming location in the bottom of Parc 55 hotel in Union Square.

For the first time, a one star rating for Russian Hill newcomer Kinjo, a pristine sushi spot from chefs behind Sushi Ran and Ijji. [Note: The restaurant is closed for renovations until November 15]

The Kitchen Restaurant

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Sacramento’s only star goes to the Kitchen, an interactive dining experience in which diners roam throughout the restaurant eating courses as they go.

La Toque

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One star for La Toque, chef Ken Frank’s classic French restaurant in Napa, an honor it has achieved since the guide began to award stars in the region.

Lord Stanley

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One stars for the minimalist California cuisine from chefs Rupert and Carrie Blease.

Luce Restaurant

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One star for this SoMa mainstay located in the Intercontinental Hotel.

Luce

Chef Ron Siegel’s first solo restaurant is backed up by years in the kitchens of Michelin-starred SF restaurants. Now he’s earned one of his own for his California cuisine.

One star for the new American restaurant that serves as one of Silicon Valley’s swanky meeting spots.

Madrona Manor

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One star for this Sonoma County inn serving high-end tasting menus.

One star for Maum, the creative Korean fine-dining restaurant in the heart of Palo Alto.

Michael Mina

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One star for prolific chef and restaurateur Michael Mina’s flagship restaurant in the Financial District, where the caviar parfait never goes out of style.