Posts Tagged ‘One Michelin Star’

1 Jan

Redd Restaurant Review, Yountville

Posted by, January 1st, 2015

Redd Yountville exterior decor patio

One of the most underrated places in the San Francisco Bay Area.When we are asked where to go in the Napa Valley, we don’t say French Laundry.. Foodnut suggests Redd Napa.

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17 Feb

Village Pub Restaurant Review, Woodside

Posted by, February 17th, 2014

Village Pub Woodside exterior decor

Village Pub is a fine dining establishment in the small town of Woodside. We have passed by many times, on our way back from hiking or biking, and felt it was time to try it. They received One Michelin star in 2009, 2010. Dmitry Elperin is the chef and identifies his cuisine as “Contemporary American yet is rooted in the culinary traditions of France and the Mediterranean.” They use lots of seasonal, local, and organic ingredients. The chef has a sister restaurant, Cafe des Amis and Spruce, in San Francisco.

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30 Dec

State Bird Provisions, San Francisco

Posted by, December 30th, 2013

We return to State Bird in 2015 and sample over 80% of the menu.

State Bird Provisions San Francisco exterior decor

Why did we dine here? – State Bird Provisions has generated lots of positive buzz from Bauer to fellow food bloggers, with its excellent food and unique dim sum cart like serving system. 4.5 stars on Yelp, One Michelin star in 2014, James Beard award winning. The restaurant had a remodel and expansion in the middle of 2013. Their sister restaurant next door is also fabulous, The Progress.

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25 Oct

Boulevard, San Francisco

Posted by, October 25th, 2013

Be sure to read Boulevard: The Cookbook

Boulevard San Francisco Exterior

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29 Sep

Restaurant Gary Danko, San Francisco

Posted by, September 29th, 2013

Gary Danko San Francisco Exterior

Restaurant Gary Danko is one of the top restaurants in San Francisco, they serve contemporary American cuisine. Open in 1999 and located near Ghiradelli Square, it has been at the top of the Zagat Guide and Yelp for the last couple years. In 2013 they exceeded French Laundry’s food rating in Zagat. We would question that figure though! They have one Michelin Star. “Danko combines classical training with focuses on French, Mediterranean, and regional American cooking. He incorporates influential culinary traditions from around the world into his own work, adding seasonings and techniques drawn from Asia and India.” Gary Danko Menu has not changed much over the years, given his conservative clientele.

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26 Aug

La Toque Restaurant Review, Napa

Posted by, August 26th, 2013

La Toque Napa exterior decor

Why did we dine here? – La Toque (it means Chef’s Hat in French) is a French restaurant in Napa’s Westin Verasa Hotel. It has One Michelin Star, so we have always been wanting to come here. We finally got a chance in the middle of 2013. There are just so many good restaurants in the Napa Valley. The chef is Ken Frank, who focuses on local, seasonal ingredients. The restaurant got its start in Los Angeles and moved up here several years ago.

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19 Jun

SPQR Restaurant Review, San Francisco

Posted by, June 19th, 2013

SPQR San Francisco_exterior decor

SPQR is an Italian osteria, located in Pacific Heights, that serves wine and more casual food than their popular sister restaurant A16 in the Marina district. According to Wikipedia, “SPQR is an initialism from a Latin phrase, Senatus Populusque Romanus (“The Senate and the People of Rome” or “The Senate and Roman People”), referring to the government of the ancient Roman Republic”. Executive Chef, Matthew Accarrino, prepares “sophisticated, yet soulful, Italian cuisine using the best local ingredients, traditional and modern cooking techniques delivered in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.” Our last visit was in the middle of 2013.

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10 Jun

Keiko a Nob Hill Restaurant Review, San Francisco

Posted by, June 10th, 2013

Keiko a Nob Hill exterior decor

Why did we dine here? – Keiko is a one Michelin Star restaurant at the ground floor of a posh apartment building a top San Francisco’s Nob Hill. The chef, Keiko Takahashi, previously cooked at places such as El Paseo before Tyler Florence took it over. This 28 seat clubby restaurant makes you feel like you’ve entered a private room, one that feels like you are in New York City. Unlike most other high end restaurants in the City, Keiko lays almost under the radar.

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27 May

Fifth Floor Restaurant Review, San Francisco

Posted by, May 27th, 2013

The Fifth Floor San Francisco Exterior Decor

Fifth floor is a restaurant in the SF Downtown Hotel Palomar, and has been around for ages and seen many a top chef come and move on. (George Morrone, Melissa Perrello, etc) We haven’t been back in many years, so it was time to refresh our memory. Our last visit was in April 2013.

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17 Oct

Farmhouse Restaurant Review, Forestville

Posted by, October 17th, 2012

Farmhouse Forestville exterior decor

Farmhouse is a One Michelin Star restaurant and Inn located in the heart of the Russian River Valley, Forestville. We have never ventured into this region and came here for dinner after a long day of playing in the River at Guerneville. This restaurant and inn are located on beautiful grounds full of plants and other vegetation.

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10 Oct

Ristorante Quadri Review, Venice, Italy

Posted by, October 10th, 2012

Ristorante Quadri Venice St Mark Square

Why did we dine here? – Quadri is a popular restaurant that overlooks St. Marks Square in Venice, Italy. We chose this relatively new restaurant because of its convenient location and the fact that it had one Michelin star. This restaurant has stunning decor which blends Italian style with modern sensibility. With a view of St. Marks square, you can watch all the action while dining on some of the best food in Venice. Our focus was on seafood, as Venice is known for fresh food from the sea. Considering the amount of water around here… This restaurant was a major splurge! It was our only meal in Venice.

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20 Jun

Plumed Horse Restaurant Review, Saratoga

Posted by, June 20th, 2012

Plumed Horse Saratoga Exterior Decor

Why did we dine here? – Plumed Horse is a long standing (1952) restaurant located in Saratoga, not far from the Montalvo winery. This location used to be a stable, hence the name. Peter Armellino (Aqua) is the chef. They have earned one Michelin star and have been on our radar for many years. We finally had an excuse to visit this fine restaurant. This restaurant was remodeled recently, giving us a good excuse to pay a visit. Their decor is definitely top-notch with a beautiful transparent 2000 bottle, three-story wine cellar and cool chefs table / room.

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