The Michelin Guide released its annual star worthy restaurants for the Bay Area region, following a two-week delay due to the Wine Country wildfires. Six restaurants held onto their three-star rating and one was bumped up from two, bringing the total starred restaurants in the region to 55.
Coi is the newest restaurant to receive the prestigious, top-rated award. Daniel Patterson’s Coi is a fine dining destination in North Beach. It previously had two stars and now joins six other restaurants with the same honor.
“Our inspectors have been following chef Kirkley since his days at L20 in Chicago, and we were thrilled to see that he is at the summit of his art,” said Michael Ellis, international director of the MICHELIN Guide. “We were truly impressed by his artistry and his team’s ability to produce sublime dishes based on local ingredients like abalone, oysters and other seafood.”
The French Laundry, Manresa, Quince, Benu, the Restaurant at Meadowood and Saisaon all retained their three stars. The jump to seven three star restaurants is one more that New York City had last year. There’s just over 100 restaurants in total that hold this award.
Californios, a fusion restaurant in the Mission under the clever direction of chef Val Cantu, earned a second star, and so too did Single Thread, a contemporary restaurant in downtown Healdsburg ran by Kyle and Katina Connaughton.
There’s four new one star restaurants, including Natsuko Tsujimoto’s Kenzo in Napa Valley and Evan and Sarah Rich’s Rich table in San Francisco.
Find the complete list of 55 restaurants here.