New Michelin Guide San Francisco 2020 Commentary


Michelin Guide San Francisco 2017

New 2020 Foodie bible Michelin San Francisco Bay Area & Wine Country Restaurants 2020 was released on 6/3/2019.

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?)

Michelin Star rated San Francisco restaurants for this year:

3 STARS (Exceptional cuisine and worth the journey)

Atelier Crenn – San Francisco – Finally 3 stars they deserved
Benu – San Francisco
Manresa – Los Gatos – Finally an upgrade to 3 stars. $303 Tasting Menu.
Quince – San Francisco – Raise prices, remodel, finally hit 3. Best service in SF?
Single Thread Farm – Healdsburg – Awesome American-Japanese fusion
The French Laundry – Yountville – Best restaurant in California for sure. $337 Tasting Menu
The Restaurant at Meadowood – St. Helena. $359 Tasting Menu.

How about some non tasting menu 3 star restaurants?

2 STARS (Excellent cooking and worth a detour)

Acquerello – San Francisco – Surprising. We’ll have to revist, never believed they’d get 2.
– Palo Alto – Inventive, gimmicky, maybe 1 star in our opinion
Californios – San Francisco – Finally some high end Mexican

Campton Place – San Francisco – Rose from 1 star

Coi – San Francisco – Downgraded to 2 stars because of a new chef
Commis – Oakland – Getting more expensive..
Lazy Bear – San Francisco – Surprising. 1 star is more like it. Fun dinner party.

Saison– San Francisco – Our meal there was good, fell from 3 stars. $513 Tasting Menu!

1 STAR (Very good restaurant in its category)

Al’s Place – San Francisco – Borderline

Angler – San Francisco – New
Auberge du Soleil – Rutherford – They were wowed by the killer view.

Bar Crenn – New

Birdsong – Tasting menu city
Bouchon – Yountville – Best French Bistro in Bay Area
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
Hashiri – San Francisco
In Situ – San Francisco – Gimmicky but interesting
Ju-Ni – San Francisco
Keiko à Nob Hill – San Francisco
Kenzo – Napa
Kin Khao – San Francisco – Hmm. Borderline 1 star.
Kinjo – San Francisco
La Toque – Napa – Doesn’t belong up here!
Lord Stanley – San Francisco
Luce – San Francisco

Madera – Menlo Park – A stretch for 1*. More of a power scene.

Mad Cap – New
Madrona Manor – Healdsburg

Maum – Palo Alto – New
Michael Mina – San Francisco
Mister Jiu’s – San Francisco – A Shocker.. Doesn’t deserve to be here.
Mourad – San Francisco

Nico – San Francisco – Doesn’t belong
Octavia – San Francisco – Yum. No Frances on the list
Omakase – San Francisco
Plumed Horse – Saratoga – Doesn’t deserve it any more

Protege – Palo Alto – Best restaurant on the SF Peninsula
Rasa – Burlingame – Really good Indian
Rich Table – Overrated
Sons & Daughters – San Francisco

Sorrell – San Francisco – new
SPQR – San Francisco – A bit too high, perhaps Bib only.
Spruce – San Francisco – Clubby – timeless for its older crowd
State Bird Provisions – San Francisco – Hype city, but good!
Sushi Yoshizumi – San Mateo – Really very good
The Progress – San Francisco – Innovative. Deserves it!
The Village Pub – Woodside
Wako – San Francisco
Wakuriya – San Mateo – A sleeper that is hard to get reservations for.

Michelin 2020 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”

‘āina – San Francisco – Great for Brunch – Removed
Anchor Oyster Bar – San Francisco – New
A16 – San Francisco
Backyard – Forestville
Bistro Aix – San Francisco
Bravas – Healdsburg
Brown Sugar Kitchen – Oakland – Removed, Closed
Bywater – Los Gatos
Canon – Sacramento – New
Chalkboard – Healdsburg
Chapeau! – We’d consider it for one star.

China Village – Albany – Surprising, but popular. Has gone downhill

Ciccio – New
Comal – Berkeley
Cook – St. Helena
Coqueta – San Francisco – I think it will cost you more than $40.
Corso – Berkeley
Cotogna – San Francisco – This can easily cost more than $40!
Delfina – San Francisco – One star in our book!
Del Popolo – San Francisco – Not that great

Diavola Pizzeria & Salumeria – Geyserville
Dosa – San Francisco

Dyafa – New

El Molino Central – New
Farmhouse Kitchen Thai, San Francisco – OK, but Overhyped
Farmstead, Wine Country
Frank Fat’s – Sacramento – Est 1939
Glen Ellen Star – Glen Ellen
Grace’s Table – Napa – Really good for brunch and dinner

Gran Electrica – New
Great China – Berkeley – Overrated

Harborview – San Francisco – OK, not great
Insalata’s – San Anselmo
Ippuku – Berkeley – Great Izakaya
Izakaya Rintaro, San Francisco
Kappou Gomi – San Francisco – Closed – Removed
Kokkari Estiatorio – San Francisco – Not cheap
La Calenda, Napa
Lai Hong Lounge – San Francisco – Does not belong put Begoni Bistro here

Luna Mexican Kitchen – New
Michel Bistro – Oakland – Closed – Removed
Millennium, East Bay
Mother – Sacramento – New
Monti’s Rotisserie – Santa Rosa – Closed – Removed
M. Y. China – San Francisco – Does not belong – overpriced
Nopalitao – San Francisco

Nyum Bai – New and major hype
Oenotri – Napa
Okane – San Francisco
Orchard City Kitchen, South Bay – In a Casino!
Pausa – San Mateo – OK, not stellar

Pig in a pickle, Corte Madera
Playa – Marin
Poggio, Sausalito
Ramen Gaijin, Wine Country – How about Santa ramen?
Redd Wood – NEW, Yountville – Deserving! Borderline 1*
Risibisi – Petaluma
Royal Feast – Millbrae – Overrated!
SHED Cafe – Healsburg
Sichuan Home – San Francisco – Hmm? Why?
1601 Bar & Kitchen, San Francisco

Soba Ichi – New

Sociale – San Francisco – Overrated
Starbelly – San Francisco
Stockhome, Petaluma
Sushi Ran – Sausalito – Deserves 1 star?
Tacos Sinaloa – Berkeley – Removed

Teni Kitchen East – New
Thai House – Danville
Trestle – San Francisco – $35 prix fix – Great value
Tsubasa – San Francisco
Two Birds/One Stone – St Helena
Vesta (Redwood City) – Good pizza and salad
Village Sake – Fairfax

wonderful, Millbrae – Hard to believe. Chinese very regional food.
Wood Tavern – Oakland
Yank Sing – San Francisco – Expensive. How about R&G Lounge?
Yafa, Camel
Yuzuki – San Francisco
Zero Zero – San Francisco
Z & Y – San Francisco – Spicy and just ok

Many places removed are not considered in the future as we’ve seen very few re-instatements.

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

Restaurants they Missed:

Others that deserved to be on there:
Asian Pearl Peninsula

Boulevard – San Francisco – One of our favorites. Lost its 1 star
Cala – Innovative Mexican
Chez Panisse dropped off several years ago, but really deserves at least 1 star. The Cafe is a great value.
Gialina – Bib Gourmand Pizza
Koi Palace – Forget about Mister Jiu
La Ciccia
Maruya – San Francisco – Too bad the chef just left.
Mission Chinese

Monsieur Benjamin – Fantastic French Bistro

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

PizzaioloR&G Lounge
Sakae Sushi

Slanted Door (The) – Deserves Bib Gourmand
The House
Tony’s Pizza Napoletana
Zuni Cafe

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