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.
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.
Olive oil poached sablefish from Californios
Californios is the first restaurant serving Mexican cuisine to earn two stars in the North America guides.
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
The French Laundry
The Restaurant at Meadowood
Single Thread (new)
Auberge du Soleil
Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant
In Situ (new)
Keiko a Nob Hill
Rich Table (new)
Sons & Daughters
State Bird Provisions
The Village Pub