Fifth Edition of MICHELIN Guide San Francisco Celebrates World-Class Diversity of Bay Area Dining

Something for Everyone, At Every Price Point: From Three Stars to Neighborhood Treasures

Oct 26, 2010, 13:24 ET from Michelin

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- With its fifth edition out today, the MICHELIN Guide San Francisco, Bay Area & Wine Country 2011 shines the spotlight on one of the world's most diverse culinary regions. The MICHELIN Guide San Francisco, Bay Area & Wine Country 2011 goes on sale Wed., Oct. 27, at $18.99.  

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As the name indicates, the MICHELIN Guide San Francisco, Bay Area & Wine Country 2011 covers San Francisco proper, and from Sonoma County to the South Bay. A total of 519 restaurants are selected for inclusion this year. Of those, 74 are categorized as "Bib Gourmands," otherwise known as "Inspectors' Favorites for Good Value." Bib Gourmands offer two courses plus a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less. The selection includes 29 new restaurants earning Bib Gourmand status this year.  For the list of Bib Gourmand restaurants, please visit

Two Bay Area restaurants earned three stars in the MICHELIN Guide San Francisco, Bay Area & Wine Country 2011. Three stars represent the highest honor Michelin bestows. Only 91 restaurants worldwide currently have the three-star designation. French Laundry earned three stars for the fifth year in a row, while The Restaurant at Meadowood earned its third star for the first time. Meadowood had earned two stars in the 2010 Guide. Three restaurants – Coi, Cyrus and Manresa – earned two stars in this edition, while 39 restaurants earned a single star. A full list of star recipients appears below.

"San Francisco is famed for its diversity – its people, its politics, its scenery and of course its food," said Jean-Luc Naret, director of the MICHELIN Guides. "The Bay Area is also a particularly fertile farming region. There is so much to choose from – we spend a full year studying this region to produce our Guide and the effort is immensely satisfying. This is quite simply one of the finest culinary regions in the world."

The MICHELIN Guide San Francisco, Bay Area & Wine Country 2011 offers a wide assortment of categories for discerning diners. Among them:

  • "Small Plates," defined as restaurants with a unique style of menu, ambience and service. Sixteen restaurants joined the Small Plates category in the 2011 Guide.
  • MICHELIN pours out the drink accolades, designating a special symbol for restaurants with excellent wine lists, and for those with noteworthy sake lists. In this Guide, 81 restaurants were celebrated for their wine selection and 15 for their sake selection.

Michelin divides the guide into six sections: San Francisco City, East Bay, Marin, Peninsula, South Bay and Wine Country. Forty-three distinct cuisines are represented in the MICHELIN Guide San Francisco, Bay Area & Wine Country 2011, which showcases the region's spectacular culinary diversity.

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San Francisco is one of only three U.S. cities where Michelin publishes a guide annually. The other two are New York City and Chicago. The MICHELIN Guide New York 2011, the city's sixth edition, was introduced Oct. 6. And Michelin plans to introduce its first-ever Chicago guide, MICHELIN Guide Chicago 2011, on Nov. 17.

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. 26 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

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See attached for 2011 MICHELIN Guide listing of starred establishments



Three Michelin stars mean exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey

One always eats here extremely well, sometimes superbly.  Distinctive dishes are precisely executed, using superlative ingredients.

French Laundry (The)

Restaurant at Meadowood (The) (N)

Two Michelin stars mean excellent cuisine, worth a detour

Skillfully and carefully crafted dishes of outstanding quality.




One Michelin star means a very good restaurant in its category

A place offering cuisine prepared to a consistently high standard.


La Toque

Alexander’s Steakhouse (N)



Madera (N)

Applewood (N)

Madrona Manor

Auberge de Soleil



Mirepoix (N)

Baume (N)

Murray Circle


One Market


Plumed Horse

Campton Place (N)


Chez TJ



Saison (N)

Dining Room at the Ritz Carlton (The)


Dio Deka (N)



Spruce (N)

Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant


Fleur de Lys


Frances (N)

Village Pub (The)

Gary Danko

Wakuriya (N)

La Folie

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