SF Bay Area Michelin Stars 2015

Foodies rejoice! Last week the Michelin Guide announced their star recipients for the SF Bay Area. Is anyone as excited as I am? Just me?

into the vegetable garden – Manresa


Some exciting updates (or just updates if the Michelin Guide doesn’t excite you):

Benu and Saison in San Francisco were both elevated to three stars. These are the City’s first three star awards! The other “local” three star spots are The French Laundry (Yountville) and The Restaurant at Meadowood (St. Helena)

– Two new restaurants received their first star this year – Kusakabe and Maruya. Both sushi restaurants, and both in San Francisco.

Manresa hung onto its two stars despite the fire in July that put it out of commission. (Really happy for them, since we loved it there.)

Acquerello received two stars this year, up from one last year. This makes two female chefs in the two star category – Suzette Gresham of Acquerello and Dominique Crenn of Atelier Crenn.

carmelia chocolate “cremeux” – The French Laundry


sunchokes with red flame grapes, hazelnut and douglas fir milk – Commis


Here’s the full list of SF Bay Area and Wine Country Michelin Stars 2015. I’ve got a few on my radar for the coming months/year. Which ones are on your Foodie Bucket List?

{click on any restaurant to be taken to the restaurant’s web page}

Benu in San Francisco {review}
The French Laundry in Yountville {visit 1 review} {visit 2 review}
The Restaurant at Meadowood in St. Helena
Saison in San Francisco

Acquerello in San Francisco
Atelier Crenn in San Francisco
Baumé in Palo Alto
Coi in San Francisco
Manresa in Los Gatos {review}
Quince in San Francisco

All Spice in San Mateo
Ame in San Francisco
Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford
Aziza in San Francisco (review coming soon!)
Bouchon in Yountville
Boulevard in San Francisco
Campton Place in San Francisco
Chez TJ in Mountain View
Commis in Oakland {review}
Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant in Forestville
Gary Danko in San Francisco
Keiko à Nob Hill in San Francisco
Kusakabe in San Francisco {review}
La Folie in San Francisco
La Toque in Napa
Luce in San Francisco {review}
Madera in Menlo Park
Madrona Manor in Healdsburg
Maruya in San Francisco
Michael Mina in San Francisco
Plumed Horse in Saratoga
Solbar in Calistoga
Sons & Daughters in San Francisco
SPQR in San Francisco {review}
Spruce in San Francisco
State Bird Provisions in San Francisco (review coming soon!)
Terra in St. Helena
Terrapin Creek in Bodega Bay
The Village Pub in Woodside
Wakuriya in San Mateo



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  1. I’m going to have to look around at some of your reviews for restaurants finds when we finally make a trip to the bay area! I’m so jealous you have been to The French Laundry!! That is a big bucket list item for me. I told my husband now that we are on the West coast I’m going to start trying for a reservation…I need to get on that 🙂

    • The French Laundry is definitely an experience! Reservations are a pain, though. It helps to be flexible with your dates, if you can. If you snag a table, I’d be interested in hearing what you think!

  2. Didn’t notice that Kusakabe and Maruya both got stars this year. Definitely going to try one soon. I’ve been wanting to see what “Michelin Star sushi” was like but reservations for Wakuriya always fill up months out…

    • We’ll be trying Kusakabe soon, actually, but if you snag a table at Maruya we’ll be happy to join you! 😉

  3. yay!!! i’m so excited to hear about these! 🙂 i’ll have to try some of these when we’re up in the SF area. so far we’ve only been to french laundry.

    • Ahh, but The French Laundry is like the ultimate over here! It’s been years since we’ve been, but we still talk about the food. Let me know if you’re ever in the South Bay and want some foodie recs. 🙂

  4. i’ll def let you know! 🙂

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