Michael Bauer’s 2015 Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

We critique the Master’s list.

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Michael Bauer’s 2015 Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants has been published. Available to non subscribers on May 17, 2015.

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 ie 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:

Al’s Place

Atelier Crenn – Should have been on there years ago.

The Commissary

The Dock at Linden Street

Kokkari Estiatorio

Kusakabe – This place is on our hit list

Lazy Bear

Liholiho Yacht Club


Monsieur Benjamin



Pabu – Overpriced for what you get. A non destination Izakaya is better.

Press – A beautiful restaurant but we weren’t wowed in the past.

The Progress – A favorite of ours

Trick Dog

Trou Normand

Michael Bauer removed these restaurants:

Abbot’s Cellar – Closed

Amber India – Bad Service

Angele – We agree, it is ok, but not special.

Bar Tartine – Hmm, why? This place is great.

Coco500 – Closed

El Paseo

Etoile at Domaine Chandon – Closed

Lers Ros – He needs a new Thai spot

Local’s Corner – Closed

Mateo’s Cocina Latina – Bad service

One Market – Marginal service


Ragazza – Non pizza items are average


Sons & Daughters – Another mystery why he nuked it.


St. Vincent

Town Hall

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:

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

Koi Palace – Even with sad looking tanks, they serve the best Chinese food

Osteria Coppa – Better pasta and pizza than Flour and Water?

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

Spruce, San Francisco – Seems to be always full

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

Michael Mina, San Francisco – Did he forget this place?

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

Village Pub, Woodside – Peninsula’s best restaurant?

Wakuriya – They even have a Michelin Star

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.

Hawker Fare – Pretty casual place.

Hong Kong Lounge II – Average food. Koi Palace is still king

Nico – Did not impress us

Ramen Shop – There is far better ramen in the Peninsula or South Bay like Santa Ramen or Ramen Halu

Range – Never found it compelling


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