Michael Bauer’s 2013 Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

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Michael Bauer’s 2013 Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants has been published. The annual list from the Foodie god, concentrates on fine dining restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area. We notice that they’re a lot more restaurants in the North Bay and very few restaurants on the San Francisco Peninsula, very few Ethnic places such as Asian and Indian restaurants. For the most part, we would agree with him. Be sure to read our Foodnut Best Restaurant List

He added the following restaurants to the Top 100:

Michael Bauer removed these restaurants:

  • Absinthe
  • Adesso, Oakland
  • Ame
  • Baker and Banker
  • Bar Agricole
  • Baume, Palo Alto
  • Bistro Aix
  • Betelnut
  • Chapeau
  • Claudine
  • Corso, Berkeley
  • Cyrus, Healdsburg: Closed
  • Dosa
  • Incanto
  • Masa’s: Closed
  • Morimoto, Napa
  • Range
  • Rivoli, Berkeley
  • Sante, Sonoma
  • Va de Vi, Walnut Creek
  • Willi’s Wine Bar, Santa Rosa

Omissions from the Michael Bauer Top 100 List

His list is extremely weak on restaurants from the San Francisco Peninsula and South Bay. Some restaurants we believe should be on the top list include:

Alexander’s steakhouse, Cupertino

Atelier Crenn – Inventiveness and quality. Did he forget about this one?

Bourbon Steak – Expensive, but a very nice Steakhouse

Capannina – Neighborhood Italian

Capo’s – Chicago style Italian

Chapeau! – Neighborhood gem and one of our favorites

Commis – Cutting Edge on a budget

Harris, San Francisco – Classic old school Steakhouse

Keiko – They even have a Michelin Star

Kirala, Berkeley – East Bay’s reference Japanese, not Izakaya

La Costanera – Peruvian needs representation!

Osteria Coppa – Better pasta and pizza than Flour and Water

Plumed Horse, Saratoga – One of the South Bay’s best

Pyung Chang or Sahn Maru – Korean – They need at least 1 Korean restaurant!

Tamarine, Palo Alto – Vietnamese Fusion done right

The House, San Francisco – Consistently some of the best food in San Francisco. Bauer is crazy to have missed this one.

The Kitchen – Classic Chinese done right

Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, San Francisco – Pizza, Pizza, Pizza

Village Pub, Woodside – Peninsula’s best restaurant?

Places we would remove from the Top 100 List

Restaurants that we would removed from this list:

Central Kitchen – Over-rated

Greens – Most high end restaurants have vegetarian options as good or better.


Waterbar – Pay a lot extra for the view.

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