Michael Bauer’s Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants 2017 Review

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

We review the San Francisco Master Foodie’s Michael Bauers Top 100 2017 list.

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Michael Bauer’s 2017 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 – Wine Country 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 his recommendations. Be sure to read our Foodnut Best Restaurant List

And Finally a Disclosure in 2017!

My partner is involved with the IfOnly website, which features chefs and owners from a number of Bay Area restaurants. Those included in the Top 100 are A16, Bar Agricole, Bottega, Camino, Chez Panisse, La Ciccia, Frances, Gary Danko, Hawker Fare, Marlowe, Mourad, Park Tavern, Progress, Octavia SPQR, Wayfare Tavern.

He added the following 22 restaurants to the Top 100:

  1. Tawla
  2. Izakaya Rintaro
  3. Kin Khao
  4. Tartine Manufactory
  5. Single Thread
  6. Souvla
  7. Vik’s Chaat – This place has been around for a years
  8. Ju-Ni
  9. Corridor
  10. In Situ
  11. Seven Hills
  12. Nido
  13. August 1 Five
  14. B. Patisserie/B. on the Go – Pastries here are fab, Sandwiches overpriced
  15. Miminashi
  16. Tastee Steam Kitchen
  17. Original Joe’s Westlake
  18. Aster – Good but not spectacular
  19. The Saratoga
  20. Bellota
  21. La Taqueria – What is this ping ponging with cheap eats?
  22. Onsen

Omissions from the Michael Bauer Top 100 List 2017

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:

Capannina – Neighborhood Italian

Capo’s – Chicago style Italian

Chapeau! – Neighborhood gem and one of our favorites

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

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

Spruce, San Francisco – Seems to be always full

Sushi Yoshizumi – Best sushi palace in SF Bay Area?

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 from Bauer in 2017

Michael Bauer is pretty spot on, but falters around some ethnic cuisine. Restaurants that we would removed from this list:



Ramen Shop

Tastee Steam Kitchen – A fad



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