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Bay Area Restaurants Shine in 2012 Michelin Guide

Inspectors Offer Three New 2-Star Options

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SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- While three-star restaurants The French Laundry and Meadowood retain the highest distinction in the MICHELIN Guide San Francisco, Bay Area & Wine Country 2012, the newest edition offers three new two-star restaurants, Benu, Saison and Baume. In addition, 39 restaurants earned a single star with five new entries in that category. The MICHELIN Guide San Francisco, Bay Area & Wine Country 2012 goes on sale Wed., Oct. 26, at $18.99.

The MICHELIN Guide San Francisco, Bay Area & Wine Country 2012 covers San Francisco proper, and a comprehensive spread of the Bay Area stretching from Los Gatos in the south to Geyserville in the north. Being included in the MICHELIN Guide is a sign of excellence and quality in each category and a total of 541 restaurants have been included this year. Of those, 77 are designated "Bib Gourmands," which serve two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less (excluding tax and gratuity). A full listing of star recipients and Bib Gourmand restaurants may be found below.

The MICHELIN Guide San Francisco, Bay Area & Wine Country 2012 offers a wide assortment of categories for discerning diners. Among them is a new symbol created for the 2012 edition indicating restaurants serving breakfast, which includes 40 establishments. Of equal importance is the "Under $25" category, defined as restaurants serving a meal for less than $25 per person.  This list includes 113 restaurants.

Michelin divides the guide into six sections: San Francisco City, East Bay, Marin, Peninsula, South Bay and Wine Country. Forty-six distinct cuisines are represented in the MICHELIN Guide San Francisco, Bay Area & Wine Country 2012, which showcases the spectacular culinary diversity of the region. Three new cuisines were added for 2012 as the inspectors continue to dine at every possible type of establishment to compile the best selection for our readers.

San Francisco is one of three U.S. cities where Michelin publishes a guide annually. The other two are New York City and Chicago. The MICHELIN Guide New York 2012, the city's seventh edition, was introduced Oct. 5. And Michelin plans to introduce its second Chicago guide, MICHELIN Guide Chicago 2012, on Nov. 15.

Michelin has done as much to enhance mobility as any company in the world. The company patented the pneumatic, or air-filled, automobile tire in the late 1800s. This was a milestone moment in mobility; it permitted automobile owners to travel at great length in a single journey. Then, in an effort to prompt travelers to enjoy their newfound mobility, the company created guides – and detailed maps – to steer travelers on their way. More than 1 million copies are sold each year.

Thanks to the rigorous MICHELIN Guide selection process that is applied independently and consistently worldwide, the MICHELIN Guide has become an international benchmark in gourmet dining. Twenty-seven MICHELIN Guides cover 23 countries and three continents, and feature more than 45,000 addresses. The selection is made by anonymous, professional inspectors who are Michelin employees. Inspectors pay all their bills in full. To find out more about the MICHELIN guide inspectors and the history of the MICHELIN Guide, visit www.michelinguide.com.

Michelin's San Francisco Michelin inspectors also share insights from their many meals on Twitter at @MichelinGuideSF.

See following for 2012 MICHELIN Guide listing of starred establishments and Bib Gourmand restaurants.

San Francisco MICHELIN guide 2012

Summary

Selected establishments


Hotels


Particularly pleasant establishments

19

Restaurants


Particularly pleasant establishments

43

Bib Gourmands = (Good food at moderate price)

77

Small plates 5 (unique menu, ambience and service)

13

Offering a meal under $25

113

Notable cocktail program

65

Notable wine list

73

Notable sake list

15

Restaurants serving breakfast

40

3 Star: (Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey)

2

2 Star: (Excellent cuisine, worth a detour)

6

1 Star: (A very good restaurant in its category)

39

Cuisine types starred restaurants

12

Cuisine types reflected in selection

46



San Francisco MICHELIN guide 2012

Starred establishments

3 Star

Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey

Area

District

Establishment

Chef

Wine Country – Napa Valley


French Laundry (The)

Thomas Keller

Wine Country – Napa Valley


Restaurant at Meadowood

Christopher Kostow



2 Star

Excellent cuisine, worth a detour

Area

District

Establishment

South Bay


Baume

San Francisco

SoMa

Benu

San Francisco

North Beach

Coi

Wine Country – Sonoma County


Cyrus

South Bay


Manresa

San Francisco

Mission

Saison



1 Star

A very good restaurant in its category

Area

District

Establishment

San Francisco

Nob Hill

Acquerello

South Bay


Alexander's Steakhouse

San Francisco

SoMa

Ame

Wine Country – Sonoma County


Applewood

San Francisco

Marina

Atelier Crenn

Wine Country – Napa Valley


Auberge du Soleil

San Francisco

Richmond & Sunset

Aziza

Wine Country – Napa Valley


Bouchon

San Francisco

SoMa

Boulevard

San Francisco

Financial District

Campton Place

South Bay


Chez TJ

East Bay


Commis

South Bay


Dio Deka

Wine Country – Napa Valley


etoile

Wine Country – Sonoma County


Farmhouse Inn & Rest.

San Francisco

Financial District

Fleur de Lys

San Francisco

Castro

Frances

San Francisco

North Beach

Gary Danko

Peninsula


La Costanera

San Francisco

Nob Hill

La Folie

Wine Country – Napa Valley


La Toque

San Francisco

SoMa

Luce

Peninsula


Madera

Wine Country – Sonoma County


Madrona Manor

San Francisco

Nob Hill

Masa's

San Francisco

Financial District

Michael Mina

San Francisco

SoMa

One Market

South Bay


Plumed Horse

San Francisco

North Beach

Quince

Wine Country – Napa Valley


Redd

Wine Country – Sonoma County


Sante

Wine Country – Napa Valley


Solbar

San Francisco

Nob Hill

Sons & Daughters

San Francisco

Marina

Spruce

Wine Country – Napa Valley


Terra

Wine Country – Sonoma County


Terrapin Creek

Wine Country – Napa Valley


Ubuntu

Peninsula


Village Pub (The)

Peninsula


Wakuriya



San Francisco MICHELIN guide 2012

Bib Gourmands

Area

District

Establishment

San Francisco

Marina

A 16

East Bay


Artisan Bistro

San Francisco

Mission

Bar Bambino

San Francisco

Mission

Bar Tartine

Wine Country-Napa Valley


BarBersQ

East Bay


Bay Wolf

East Bay


Bellanico

San Francisco

Marina

Betelnut

Wine Country-Sonoma County


Bistro 29

San Francisco

Marina

Bistro Aix

Wine Country-Napa Valley


Bistro Jeanty

Wine Country-Sonoma County


Boon Eat + Drink

Wine Country-Napa Valley


Bottega

San Francisco

Richmond & Sunset

Burma Superstar

Wine Country-Napa Valley


C Casa

San Francisco

Richmond & Sunset

Chapeau!

East Bay


Chevalier

East Bay


Chu

San Francisco

Financial District

Colibri

San Francisco

Castro

Contigo

Wine Country-Napa Valley


Cook St. Helena

East Bay


Corso

San Francisco

North Beach

Cotogna

Peninsula


Crouching Tiger

Wine Country-Sonoma County


Cucina Paradiso

San Francisco

Marina

Delarosa

San Francisco

Mission

Delfina

San Francisco

Civic Center

Domo

San Francisco

Marina

Dosa

East Bay


eVe

Wine Country-Napa Valley


Fish Story

East Bay


FIVE

San Francisco

Mission

flour + water

San Francisco

SoMa

Fringale

East Bay


Gather

South Bay


Hachi Ju Hachi

East Bay


Hibiscus

Wine Country-Sonoma County


Hot Box Grill

San Francisco

Castro

Incanto

Marin


Insalata's

East Bay


Ippuku

Wine Country-Sonoma County


K & L Bistro

South Bay


Kabab & Curry's  

San Francisco

Richmond & Sunset

Kappou Gomi

Peninsula


Kitchen (The)

San Francisco

North Beach

Kokkari Estiatorio

Wine Country-Sonoma County


LaSalette

East Bay


Laurus

San Francisco

SoMa

Le Charm

Marin


Le Garage

San Francisco

Marina

Mamacita

Marin


Marinitas

Wine Country-Sonoma County


Monti's Rotisserie

San Francisco

Richmond & Sunset

Namu

Wine Country-Napa Valley


Oenotri

Peninsula


Osteria Coppa

San Francisco

Financial District

Perbacco

East Bay


Pican

East Bay


Plum

Wine Country-Sonoma County


Risibisi

East Bay


Rivoli

Wine Country-Sonoma County


Sazon

Wine Country-Sonoma County


Scopa

San Francisco

Financial District

Slanted Door (The)

San Francisco

Mission

Slow Club

San Francisco

Marina

Sociale

San Francisco

Marina

SPQR

San Francisco

Castro

Starbelly

South Bay


Sumika

Marin


Sushi Ran

East Bay


Thai House

Wine Country-Sonoma County


the girl & the fig

San Francisco

Richmond & Sunset

Troya

Wine Country-Sonoma County


Willi's Wine Bar

East Bay


Wood Tavern

San Francisco

SoMa

Yank Sing

San Francisco

SoMa

Zero Zero



SOURCE Michelin



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