These 17 Bay Area restaurants are favored in this year’s Michelin Guide

Just coming off the James Beard Foundation awards’ return to a live ceremony in Chicago on Monday, where the Bay Area chef Brandon Jew took home a medal for Best Chef: California, the Michelin Guide announced 17 Bay Area additions to its California selections of top -notch restaurants.

“By revealing some of the new additions made by our inspectors throughout the year, we enhance our digital tools to further strengthen the ties that bind us to food lovers,” said Gwendal Poullennec, international director of the MICHELIN Guides. “We hope that these regular revelations and updates to the selection throughout the year will provide opportunities to highlight the profession and invite everyone to discover and support the restaurants around them.”

The announcement of the 17 Bay Area establishments celebrated on this year’s Michelin Guide comes before the annual announcement of the Bib Gourmands and Stars recognition, slated for later this year.


Discover your next Bay Area bite:

Abaca
Located in the Kimpton Alton Hotel and led by Chef Francis Ang and wife and co-owner Dian, who produce an “ode to Filipino cooking.” 2700 Jones St., San Francisco

Be.Stéak.Ă
A contemporary steakhouse with an Italian influence in Campbell. Be.Stéak.Ă’s “elegant ambience complements an elevated menu of exceptional steaks and an array of dishes at Chef Jeffrey Stout’s newest restaurant,” according to the Michelin guide. 1887 S Bascom Ave., Campbell

Birch & Rye
Reimagining Russian dishes through a contemporary California lens, Birch & Rye is recognized by Michelin as a “cozy nook” with Chef Anya El-Wattar leading the kitchen, combining her “upbringing and restaurant chops to offer a unique, ingredient-focused interpretation of Russian cuisine that is in equal measure indulgent and fresh.” 1320 Castro St., San Francisco

Her Cure
Located in Swan’s Market in downtown Oakland, Dela Curo offers a wide selection of meat and vegetarian curries at its “order-at-the-counter-style of spot” from Chef Chikara Ono. 907 Washington St., Oakland

Donaji
Owner and Chef Isai Cuevas is a native of Zimatlan, Oaxaca Mexico. The guide says Cuevas has earned a reputation for selling his “excellent tamales at farmers markets across the city,” and now operates this bright, neighborhood eatery. 3161 24th St., San Francisco

Who says shaved ice is only for kids? Ernest’s version is even topped with a fancy cherry.

Courtesy of Alanna Hale

Ernest
Located in SF’s Mission District, this restaurant from Chef Brandon Rice is recognized by Michelin for its “hip, irreverent cooking style” and is “exemplified in fancy-meets-comforting combos like Kaluga caviar with crème fraîche and tater tots.” 1890 Bryant St., Suite 100, San Francisco

Good Good Culture Club
Chef-owner Ravi Kapur has been a professional chef for more than 20 years, drawing inspiration from his heritage-driven cooking. “The vibrantly flavorful cooking here highlights Southeast Asian flavors” tasted in dishes such as its signature adobo-glazed fried chicken wing stuffed with garlic rice. 3560 18th St., San Francisco

hawks
Couple Michael Fagnoni and Molly Hawks are the chefs and owners of this acclaimed restaurant located in Granite Bay. Its cuisine is reflective of the season’s bounty and offers “a small selection of familiar plates heightened with a touch of oomph.” 5530 Douglas Blvd, Granite Bay

Lane 33 Café
Chef Alex Soto’s “skillful, flavor-packed Mexican cooking served Wednesday-Sunday will change your outlook” on this surprisingly delightful eatery located inside a bowling alley in Napa. Lane 33 Café’s the menu includes mole and pork ribs in chile verde. 494 Soscol Ave, Napa

Le Fantastique
Chef Robbie Wilson’s “creativity and finesse are part and parcel of the cooking” found at Le Fantastique. This seafood restaurant and wine bar from the Bird Dog team serves up “gracious hospitality” right in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley neighborhood. 22 Franklin St., San Francisco

San Ho Won's colorful spread, which includes Chunjang glazed pork ribs and western mushrooms.

San Ho Won’s colorful spread, which includes Chunjang glazed pork ribs and western mushrooms.

Courtesy of Eric Wolfinger

Miller & Lux
Chef Tyler Florence’s modern American Steakhouse, Miller & Lux, is located at the Chase Center, which has seen much action as home to the Golden State Warriors. “Fine dining may seem unlikely to find in the shadow of the hulking Chase Center arena, but this stunning harborage from Chef Tyler Florence is worth a splurge,” the guide states. 700 Terry A Francois Blvd., San Francisco

Nisei
Located in San Francisco’s Russian Hill neighborhood, Nisei is the debut restaurant of Chef David Yoshimura, the former Chef de Cuisine at Michelin-starred Californios.”‘Nisei’ refers to the American-born children of Japanese immigrants,” something Chef Yoshimura identifies with personally and is the inspiration and basis of his cuisine. 2316 Polk St., San Francisco

San Ho Won
What’s better than Korean food and the delectable flavors of charcoal barbecue? Chefs Corey Lee and protégé Jeong-In Hwang, run a kitchen that’s “refined technique” and “deftly combine traditional Korean tastes with a sense of novelty.” 2170 Bryant St., San Francisco

Sato Omakase
From eight-course chef tastings and drink pairings, to tuna carpaccio and Japanese bruschetta, this “stylish counter offers an ambience of restful tranquility,” and aims to highlight the ocean’s “painstakingly sourced” ingredients. 1122 Post St., San Francisco

A towering plate of delicious pasta from Sorella, part of the Acquerello family.

A towering plate of delicious pasta from Sorella, part of the Acquerello family.

Courtesy of Giancarlo Paterlini

Sorella
A part of the Acquerello family, Chef de Cuisine, Denise St. Onge leads Sorella’s culinary team, with support from Acquerello Chef de Cuisine, Seth Turiansky (who happens to be her husband) and Acquerello Chef-Owner Suzette Gresham. “The family resemblance is nonetheless apparent in the thoughtful cuisine, which runs Californian by way of Northern Italy,” Michelin writes. 1760 Polk St., San Francisco

Adobe stocks
A charming neighborhood restaurant located inside a two-story historic adobe home in downtown Monterey, Stokes Adobe boasts a “small, ingredient-driven menu” which incorporates French and Italian sampled in hearty dishes such as its maltagliati pasta in prosciutto-parmesan broth. 500 Hartnell St., Monterey

The Matheson
An ode to Healdsburg’s micro-seasonal ingredients, Chef Dustin Valette’s latest venture “never takes the focus away from the menu that weaves seasonal products with California flair and Mediterranean elements.” 106 Matheson St., Healdsburg

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