San Francisco Bay Area Michelin Stars for 2015
When it comes to the Michelin Guide, 2015 is a good year for San Francisco. Two more restaurants were raised to three-star status, and no restaurant that was on the list last year lost a star. As the Michelin Guide’s international director told Eater SF, “The Bay Area’s got nowhere to go but up.” See below for the full list, plus some trends and highlights.
But what does it all mean?
Here’s a breakdown of some of the major news from the Guide.
- There are now three-star restaurants in San Francisco proper. By elevating Benu and Saison, the city breaks wine country’s stranglehold on the Guide’s highest honor.
- Chez Panisse is still overlooked. Many expected Alice Waters’s iconic eatery to win back the star it lost in 2010, but it didn’t happen.
- No one lost a star. Not even Manresa, which closed due to a fire and isn’t set to reopen until next year. This might be a sign of Michelin’s optimistic outlook on the development of the Bay Area’s culinary scene.
Besides the star ratings, Michelin also dishes out Bib Gourmand awards to restaurants deemed to offer good food at moderate prices. Here are their picks for this year: