Bay Area Restaurants Shine in 2012 Michelin Guide
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — While three-star restaurants The French Laundry and Meadowood retain the highest distinction in the MICHELIN Guide San Francisco, Bay Area & Wine Country 2012, the newest edition offers three new two-star restaurants, Benu, Saison and Baume. In addition, 39 restaurants earned a single star with five new entries in that category. The MICHELIN Guide San Francisco, Bay Area & Wine Country 2012 goes on sale Wed., Oct. 26, at $18.99.
The MICHELIN Guide San Francisco, Bay Area & Wine Country 2012 covers San Francisco proper, and a comprehensive spread of the Bay Area stretching from Los Gatos in the south to Geyserville in the north. Being included in the MICHELIN Guide is a sign of excellence and quality in each category and a total of 541 restaurants have been included this year. Of those, 77 are designated “Bib Gourmands,” which serve two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less (excluding tax and gratuity). A full listing of star recipients and Bib Gourmand restaurants may be found below.
The MICHELIN Guide San Francisco, Bay Area & Wine Country 2012 offers a wide assortment of categories for discerning diners. Among them is a new symbol created for the 2012 edition indicating restaurants serving breakfast, which includes 40 establishments. Of equal importance is the “Under $25” category, defined as restaurants serving a meal for less than $25 per person. This list includes 113 restaurants.
Michelin divides the guide into six sections: San Francisco City, East Bay, Marin, Peninsula, South Bay and Wine Country. Forty-six distinct cuisines are represented in the MICHELIN Guide San Francisco, Bay Area & Wine Country 2012, which showcases the spectacular culinary diversity of the region. Three new cuisines were added for 2012 as the inspectors continue to dine at every possible type of establishment to compile the best selection for our readers.
San Francisco is one of three U.S. cities where Michelin publishes a guide annually. The other two are New York City and Chicago. The MICHELIN Guide New York 2012, the city’s seventh edition, was introduced Oct. 5. And Michelin plans to introduce its second Chicago guide, MICHELIN Guide Chicago 2012, on Nov. 15.
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See following for 2012 MICHELIN Guide listing of starred establishments and Bib Gourmand restaurants.
San Francisco MICHELIN guide 2012
Selected establishments ----------------------- Hotels Particularly pleasant establishments 19 Restaurants Particularly pleasant establishments 43 Bib Gourmands = (Good food at moderate price) 77 Small plates 5 (unique menu, ambience and service) 13 Offering a meal under $25 113 Notable cocktail program 65 Notable wine list 73 Notable sake list 15 Restaurants serving breakfast 40 3 Star: (Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey) 2 2 Star: (Excellent cuisine, worth a detour) 6 1 Star: (A very good restaurant in its category) 39 Cuisine types starred restaurants 12 Cuisine types reflected in selection 46 ------------------------------------ ---
San Francisco MICHELIN guide 2012
Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey
Area District Establishment Chef ---- -------- ------------- ---- Wine Country - French Laundry Napa Valley (The) Thomas Keller Wine Country - Restaurant at Christopher Napa Valley Meadowood Kostow -------------- ------------- -----------
Excellent cuisine, worth a detour
Area District Establishment ---- -------- ------------- South Bay Baume San Francisco SoMa Benu San Francisco North Beach Coi Wine Country - Sonoma County Cyrus South Bay Manresa San Francisco Mission Saison ------------- ------- ------
A very good restaurant in its category
Area District Establishment San Francisco Nob Hill Acquerello South Bay Alexander's Steakhouse San Francisco SoMa Ame Wine Country - Sonoma County Applewood San Francisco Marina Atelier Crenn Wine Country - Napa Valley Auberge du Soleil Richmond & San Francisco Sunset Aziza Wine Country - Napa Valley Bouchon San Francisco SoMa Boulevard Financial San Francisco District Campton Place South Bay Chez TJ East Bay Commis South Bay Dio Deka Wine Country - Napa Valley etoile Wine Country - Sonoma County Farmhouse Inn & Rest. Financial San Francisco District Fleur de Lys San Francisco Castro Frances San Francisco North Beach Gary Danko Peninsula La Costanera San Francisco Nob Hill La Folie Wine Country - Napa Valley La Toque San Francisco SoMa Luce Peninsula Madera Wine Country - Sonoma County Madrona Manor San Francisco Nob Hill Masa's Financial San Francisco District Michael Mina San Francisco SoMa One Market South Bay Plumed Horse San Francisco North Beach Quince Wine Country - Napa Valley Redd Wine Country - Sonoma County Sante Wine Country - Napa Valley Solbar San Francisco Nob Hill Sons & Daughters San Francisco Marina Spruce Wine Country - Napa Valley Terra Wine Country - Sonoma County Terrapin Creek Wine Country - Napa Valley Ubuntu Peninsula Village Pub (The) Peninsula Wakuriya
San Francisco MICHELIN guide 2012
Area District Establishment ---- -------- ------------- San Francisco Marina A 16 East Bay Artisan Bistro San Francisco Mission Bar Bambino San Francisco Mission Bar Tartine Wine Country-Napa Valley BarBersQ East Bay Bay Wolf East Bay Bellanico San Francisco Marina Betelnut Wine Country-Sonoma County Bistro 29 San Francisco Marina Bistro Aix Wine Country-Napa Valley Bistro Jeanty Wine Country-Sonoma County Boon Eat + Drink Wine Country-Napa Valley Bottega Richmond & San Francisco Sunset Burma Superstar Wine Country-Napa Valley C Casa Richmond & San Francisco Sunset Chapeau! East Bay Chevalier East Bay Chu Financial San Francisco District Colibri San Francisco Castro Contigo Wine Country-Napa Valley Cook St. Helena East Bay Corso San Francisco North Beach Cotogna Peninsula Crouching Tiger Wine Country-Sonoma County Cucina Paradiso San Francisco Marina Delarosa San Francisco Mission Delfina San Francisco Civic Center Domo San Francisco Marina Dosa East Bay eVe Wine Country-Napa Valley Fish Story East Bay FIVE San Francisco Mission flour + water San Francisco SoMa Fringale East Bay Gather South Bay Hachi Ju Hachi East Bay Hibiscus Wine Country-Sonoma County Hot Box Grill San Francisco Castro Incanto Marin Insalata's East Bay Ippuku Wine Country-Sonoma County K & L Bistro South Bay Kabab & Curry's Richmond & San Francisco Sunset Kappou Gomi Peninsula Kitchen (The) San Francisco North Beach Kokkari Estiatorio Wine Country-Sonoma County LaSalette East Bay Laurus San Francisco SoMa Le Charm Marin Le Garage San Francisco Marina Mamacita Marin Marinitas Wine Country-Sonoma County Monti's Rotisserie Richmond & San Francisco Sunset Namu Wine Country-Napa Valley Oenotri Peninsula Osteria Coppa Financial San Francisco District Perbacco East Bay Pican East Bay Plum Wine Country-Sonoma County Risibisi East Bay Rivoli Wine Country-Sonoma County Sazon Wine Country-Sonoma County Scopa Financial San Francisco District Slanted Door (The) San Francisco Mission Slow Club San Francisco Marina Sociale San Francisco Marina SPQR San Francisco Castro Starbelly South Bay Sumika Marin Sushi Ran East Bay Thai House Wine Country-Sonoma County the girl & the fig Richmond & San Francisco Sunset Troya Wine Country-Sonoma County Willi's Wine Bar East Bay Wood Tavern San Francisco SoMa Yank Sing San Francisco SoMa Zero Zero ------------- ---- ---------