Michael Bauer’s 2014 Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

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Michael Bauer’s 2014 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 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:

Akiko’s – On our hit list
Bar Agricole
The Cavalier
Ciccio, Yountville
Farmshop, Larkspur
Hong Kong Lounge II
Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar
Iyasare, Berkeley
Madrona Manor, Healdsburg
Nido, Oakland
Picco, Larkspur
Santé, Sonoma
Sir & Star, Olema
St. Vincent
Tosca Cafe
Wayfare Tavern

Michael Bauer removed these restaurants:

Auberge du Soleil
Fifth Floor
Hogs & Rocks
Koi Palace
Michael Mina
Mill Valley Beerworks
Mission Chinese Food
O Chame
Osteria Stellina
Trick Dog

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:

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

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:

The Abbot’s Cellar – Great beer, food is ok.

Central Kitchen – Over-rated

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

Nico – Did not impress us

Range – Never found it compelling

Waterbar – You pay a lot for the view.

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