Objectively, the San Francisco Bay Area is the culinary capitol of the world. Well, it is no surprise with some of the finest produce and seasonal foraging available. This has long been an observation for many but with Michelin’s 2018 announcements, its now an undisputed fact.

“Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey;”

Is the definition of Michelin’s three star badge and their highest accolade. To which the SF Bay Area claims 8 restaurants with this special honor. That is compared to New York’s 7.

Every year their list is updated and the shakeup leaves the entire industry holding their breath. Many hoping to gain a star, some for the first time.

 

Here is are our top three takeaways and make sure to check out the entire list below.

Single Thread  ★★

Healdsburg, California

📷 @singlethreadfarms

Dishes from Single Thread’s menu, which is based on kaiseki, a traditional multicourse Japanese dinner

The much-lauded SingleThread in Healdsburg, which vaulted onto the list with two Michelin stars and not just one — a rare accomplishment. But then, chef Kyle Connaughton and farmer-wife Katina Connaughton’s unusual farm-restaurant-inn endeavor was one of the most highly anticipated U.S. openings of 2016.

 

Californios  ★★

22nd and Mission

📷 @californiossf

Olive oil poached sablefish from Californios

Californios is the first restaurant serving Mexican cuisine to earn two stars in the North America guides.

Coi  ★★★

Broadway and Montgomery

📷 @CoiRestaurant

steamed black trumpet-sunchoke dumpling with braised lettuce, brown butter, and mushroom dashi from Coi

Few restaurants have been as visionary as Coi, where Daniel Patterson raised foraged and overlooked ingredients such as seaweed, toasted grains and ice plants to four-star fare.

 

Michelin 2018 Bay Area and Wine Country Starred Selections

Three Stars

Benu

Coi (new)

The French Laundry

Manresa

Quince

The Restaurant at Meadowood

Saison

 

Two Stars

Acquerello

Atelier Crenn

Baume

Californios (new)

Commis

Lazy Bear

Single Thread (new)

 

One Star

Adega

Al’s Place

Aster

Auberge du Soleil

Bouchon

Campton Place

Chez TJ

Commonwealth

Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant

Gary Danko

Hashiri

In Situ (new)

Ju-Ni

Keiko a Nob Hill

Kenzo (new)

Kin Khao

Kinjo (new)

La Toque

Lord Stanley

Luce

Madera

Madrona Manor

Michael Mina

Mister Jiu’s

Mourad

Octavia

Omakase

Plumed Horse

The Progress

Rasa

Rich Table (new)

Sons & Daughters

SPQR

Spruce

State Bird Provisions

Sushi Yoshizumi

Terra

Terrapin Creek

The Village Pub

Wako

Wakuriya