Meet the Newest Batch of Michelin Star Winners in San Francisco
The San Francisco Bay Area is no stranger to earning a number of Michelin stars for its ingredient-driven and cutting-edge restaurants. This year added a number of new winners in the pantheon. Here’s a recap of this year's Michelin Star-winning restaurants:
Restaurant That Gained 3 Stars
Atelier Crenn (3127 Fillmore St.)
Guests who dine at Atelier Crenn are given a unique poem, each line symbolizing a presentation in the meal. Chef Dominique Crenn, the first female chef in the U.S. to achieve three Michelin stars, shares a blend of unique flavors that were inspired by her sojourns throughout Europe of Asia.
Benu (22 Hawthorne St.)
Chef Corey Lee continues to redefine his nightly tasting menu, experimenting with contemporary Asian influences. Beluga caviar and sweet sea urchin are among the many ingredients you can expect to have on your plate at this three Michelin-starred restaurant. The restaurant boasts earthy colors and meticulous designs, living up to its pursuit of excellence.
Quince (470 Pacific Ave.)
Situated in San Francisco's Jackson Square neighborhood, celebrated restaurant Quince is housed in a historically landmarked brick and timber building, and features Chef Michael Tusk's California contemporary cuisine that celebrates the seasonal bounty of Northern California. Quince features two nightly tasting menus. Accompanying each menu is an innovative wine pairing program.
Restaurant That Gained 2 Stars
Campton Place Restaurant (Taj Campton Place, 340 Stockton St.)
Campton Place continues to wow diners with its creative Indian cuisine and consistent culinary execution. Those with an eclectic palate will love Chef Srijith Gopinathan's Cal-Indian menu, which blends California fresh ingredients with India's traditional spice blends.
Lazy Bear (3416 19th St.)
One of the city’s more unique dining experiences, diners buy tickets to sit at two long tables in this Mission location, as waves of dishes come out of the open kitchen. Chef David Barzelay’s restaurant is part-theater, with the kitchen staff presenting the details behind each course. One tasting menu is served nightly.
Restaurants That Gained 1 Star
Angler (132 The Embarcadero)
Each day's inspiration is drawn from the local catches at this seafood-focused restaurant, which is best known for its wood-fire cooking and delicious, sustainably caught seafood. Located on the Embarcadero waterfront, Angler is a feast for the eyes as much as it is for the appetite.
Hashiri (4 Mint Pl.)
Hashiri follows in the spirit of the Daikanyama Tokyo location. Here the traditional elements, contemporary design, and cutting-edge culinary techniques combine to create a locally inspired interpretation of vibrant Japanese seasonal cuisine and ambiance.
In Situ (SFMOMA, 151 3rd St.)
Feast on the fine art that Chef Corey Lee masterfully prepares on each plate at In Situ, which is housed inside the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). Some dishes and drinks that appear on the menu are directly inspired by the current exhibitions at SFMOMA.
Ju-Ni (1335 Fulton St.)
Located in the NOPA neighborhood, Ju-ni is the place for the true sushi aficionado. Your choices here are slim-pickings: they opened with just one thing on the menu: a $85 12-course omakase, or chef’s choice, of nigiri.
Lord Stanley (2065 Polk St.)
Sharing their European and Californian influences in the food that they tastefully prepare, the husband-and-wife team at Lord Stanley offers simple yet refined cuisine served in a charming atmosphere.
Luce (Intercontinental Hotel, 888 Howard St.)
You won't have to search far and wide for a Michelin star restaurant if you're staying at the InterContinental Hotel. Luce illustrates the talent of a Michelin-starred culinary team and its urban and sophisticated setting reflects the surrounding environment in San Francisco. Pastas, breads and all desserts are made in-house, and their tasting menu allows guests to explore the full range of cuisine.
Michael Mina (252 California St.)
Treat yourself to the ultimate spice journey with Chef Michael Mina's Middle Eastern-inspired menu. Indulge in culinary surprises, all of which showcase the best in quality and seasonal ingredients.
Mister Jiu's (28 Waverly Pl.)
Chef Brandon Jew's high-end Chinatown dinner destination puts a Californian spin on Cantonese fare with a five-course, family-style set menu plus wine, tea and cocktails named for facets of good fortune.
Mourad (140 New Montgomery St.)
What happens when you mesh together the vibrant flavors of Morocco with the artisanal ingredients and spirit of innovation of Northern California? You get Mourad. While the ambiance and presentation of Mourad is modern, their menu is truly an expression of Moroccan heritage.
Nico (710 Montgomery St.)
Nico's modern French menu brings together products from local farmers and fishermen, and its intimate space is reminiscent of a contemporary Parisian bistro. Indulge in the six-course chef's tasting for dinner. You won't be disappointed.
Omakase (665 Townsend St.)
Beautifully arranged sashimi is right at your fingertips when you dine at Omakase. Its friendly vibes and kimono-clad servers contribute to the exceptional all-around service. Expect customized portions of rice and wasabi adjustments to satisfy your palate.
The Progress (1525 Fillmore St.)
The team behind State Bird Provisions lay claim to a well-deserved Michelin Star. Think innovative banquet-style meals served with memorable wines to make the greatest dinner party ever.
Rich Table (199 Gough St.)
The culinary vision of Chefs Evan and Sarah Rich radiates throughout their quality foods and wine. Cozy up at Rich Table, which gives a farmhouse feel to all its guests. For a nice treat, choose the 11-plus course chef's pick tasting.
Spruce (3640 Sacramento St.)
Known for their Foie Gras and special seasonal dishes, Spruce draws a wealth of epicures. They have an impressive wine list of over 2,500 selections to pair with their fine dining cuisine, and not to mention beautifully crafted cocktails that keep guests coming back for more.
State Bird Provisions (1529 Fillmore St.)
State Bird Provisions began as a recipe for serving quail and has since evolved into a restaurant without culinary limits. Chefs Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski's ecclectic concept includes custom dim sum carts, pan-seared dumplings, and of course, their signature quail dishes.
Photo by Eric Wolfinger courtesy of Mourad.