New Michelin Guide San Francisco 2016 Critique


New Michelin Guide San Francisco 2016

New 2016 Foodie bible Michelin San Francisco Bay Area & Wine Country Restaurants 2016 was just released. This sells for $14 at Amazon.

There are omissions as usual..! Our commentary is below with Links to reviews when possible. (Boy we’ve dined out a lot haven’t we?)

They forgot to include these restaurants in their lists starred or bib gourmand categories:

New Spots: Petit Crenn, Octavia
Asian Pearl Peninsula

Boulevard – San Francisco – One of our favorites. Lost its 1 star
Bourbon Steak
Chez Panisse dropped off several years ago, but really deserves at least 1 star. The Cafe is a great value.
Koi Palace
La Ciccia
Maruya – San Francisco – Too bad the chef just left.
Mission Chinese

Monsieur Benjamin

Perbacco – Deserves 1 star. Add Barbacco to Bib Gourmand.


Redd – Yountville
R&G Lounge
Sakae Sushi
The House
Tony’s Pizza Napoletana
Zuni Cafe

Michelin Star rated San Francisco restaurants for 2015:

3 STARS (Exceptional cuisine and worth the journey)

Benu – San Francisco
Manresa – Los Gatos – Finally an upgrade to 3 stars
Saison– San Francisco – Our meal there was good, but we feel 2 stars is it.
The French Laundry – Yountville – Best restaurant in California for sure.
The Restaurant at Meadowood – St. Helena

2 STARS (Excellent cooking and worth a detour)

Acquerello – San Francisco – Surprising. We’ll have to revist, never believed they’d get 2.
Atelier Crenn – San Francisco
– Palo Alto – Inventive, gimmicky, maybe 1 star in our opinion
Campton Place – San Francisco – High end Cal-Indian
Coi – San Francisco
Commis – Oakland – Getting more expensive..
Quince – San Francisco – Excellent service, some of the best in SF

1 STAR (Very good restaurant in its category)

Al’s Place – San Francisco
All Spice – San Mateo – Not worthy! Bib gourmand at best
Ame – San Francisco

Aster – San Francisco – Surprising newcomer
Auberge du Soleil – Rutherford – They were wowed by the killer view.
Aziza– San Francisco
Bouchon – Yountville – Best French Bistro in Bay Area
Californios – San Francisco – Finally some high end Mexican
Chez TJ – Mountain View – Surprising, seeing they have revolving door of chefs
Commonwealth – San Francisco – Finally there are here.
Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant – Forestville – Decent but not stellar
Gary Danko – San Francisco
Keiko à Nob Hill – San Francisco
Kin Khao – San Francisco – Gotta try this Thai place
Kusakabe – San Francisco – Japanese newcomer
La Toque – Napa – Doesn’t belong up here!
Lazy Bear – San Francisco
Lord Stanley – San Francisco
Luce – San Francisco
Madrona Manor – Healdsburg
Michael Mina – San Francisco
Mourad – San Francisco

Nico – San Francisco – Not that great!
Omakase – San Francisco
Plumed Horse – Saratoga – Deserves more press. One of the best in the South Bay
Solbar – Calistoga
Sons & Daughters – San Francisco
SPQR – San Francisco – A bit too high, perhaps Bib only.
Spruce – San Francisco
State Bird Provisions – San Francisco – Hype city, but good!
Sushi Yoshizumi – San Mateo – Really very good
Terra – St. Helena
Terrapin Creek – Bodega Bay – Surprising
The Village Pub – Woodside
Wako – San Francisco
Wakuriya – San Mateo – A sleeper that is hard to get reservations for.

Michelin 2016 Bib Gourmand San Francisco Restaurants (two dishes and a glass of wine or dessert) for $40 or less, otherwise known as “Inspectors’ Favorites for Good Value”

Anchor Oyster Bar – San Francisco – New

A 16 – San Francisco
Backyard – Forestville
Bar Tartine – San Francisco
Bellanico – Oakland Removed
Bistro Aix – San Francisco
Bistro Jeanty – Yountville – This place wasn’t that great!
Bistro 29 – Santa Rosa
Brick & Bottle- Corte Madera
Chalkboard (Healdsburg)
Chapeau! – We’d consider it for one star.
Chevalier – Lafayette

China Village – Albany – Surprising.
Chino – San Francisco
Comal – Berkeley
Contigo – San Francisco
Cook – St. Helena
Coqueta – San Francisco – I think it will cost you more than $40.
Corso – Berkeley
Cotogna – San Francisco
Delfina – San Francisco – One star in our book

Diavola – Wine Country
Domo – San Francisco – Removed
Donata Enoteca – Redwood City – Very good Italian – Removed
Dosa – San Francisco
Evvia – Palo Alto
Farmhouse Kitchen Thai, San Francisco
Farmstead, Wine Country
Fey (Menlo Park) – Inconsistent – surprising it made it – Removed
FIVE – Berkeley
flour + water – San Francisco Removed – More Hype than greatness
Fringale – San Francisco
Gajalee – San Francisco – Removed
Gather – Berkeley
Glen Ellen Star – Glen Ellen
Grace’s Table – Napa
Great China – Berkeley – Overrated

Hong Kong Lounge II – San Francisco – Can’t believe it, not that great.
Hot Box Grill – Sonoma County – Removed
Insalata’s – San Anselmo
Ippuku – Berkeley
Izakaya Rintaro, San Francisco
Iyasare – Berkeley – Removed
Kappou Gomi – San Francisco
Kokkari Estiatorio – San Francisco
La Costanera – Half Moon Bay – Yes it belongs down here

La Perla, Wine Country
Le Garage, Sausalito
LaSalette – Sonoma County – Removed
Mamacita – San Francisco
Marinitas – San Anselmo
Marlowe – San Francisco – Removed
Mason Pacific – San Francisco – Stealth little neighborhood spot
Michel Bistro – Oakland
Millennium, East Bay
Monti’s Rotisserie – Santa Rosa
M. Y. China – San Francisco
Oenotri – Napa
Orchard City Kitchen, South Bay

Poggio, Sausalito
Ramen Shop – Oakland – Removed
Ramen Gaijin, Wine Country
Redd Wood – NEW, Yountville – Deserving! Borderline 1*
Rich Table – San Francisco
Risibisi – Petaluma
Rivoli – Berkeley
Sazón – Santa Rosa
Scopa – Healdsburg
Sichuan Home – San Francisco – Hmm? Why?
Sir and Star – Olema
1601 Bar & Kitchen, San Francisco
Slanted Door (The) – Almost Deserves 1 star. – Removed
Sociale – San Francisco – Overrated
Starbelly – San Francisco
Sushi Ran – Sausalito – Deserves 1 star?
Thai House – Danville
The Farmer & the Fox, St Helena – OK but not great

Trestle – San Francisco – $35 prix fix – Great value
the girl & the fig – Sonoma – Removed
Troya – San Francisco – Removed

Vesta (Redwood City) – Good pizza

wonderful, Millbrae – Hard to believe. Chinese regional food.
Willi’s Wine Bar – Santa Rosa – Removed
Wood Tavern – Oakland
Yank Sing – San Francisco – Expensive. How about R&G Lounge?
Yuzuki – San Francisco
Zero Zero – San Francisco
Zola – South Bay
Z & Y – San Francisco – Spicy and just ok – New

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