The French Laundry and Meadowood hold onto their three Michelin stars and there are more two-star restaurants in the new guide to the San Francisco area.
Three more establishments in the city have two stars: Benu, on Hawthorne Street, for its Asian-influenced cuisine; and the American Saison, on Folsom Street. Baume, in South Bay, achieves that status for its modern French cooking.
A total of 39 restaurants earn a single star, with new entries including Atelier Crenn, La Costanera, Michael Mina, Sons & Daughters and Terrapin Creek. The volume covers San Francisco and a spread of the Bay Area stretching from Los Gatos in the south to Geyserville in the north.
San Francisco is one of three U.S. cities where Michelin currently publishes a guide annually. New York was published earlier this month and Chicago is scheduled for Nov. 15. Last week, Michelin named 77 good-value venues in San Francisco.
Three stars mean exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey; two stars are for excellent cooking, worth a detour; one star denotes a very good restaurant in its category.
Michelin & Cie. is the world’s second-biggest tiremaker, after Bridgestone Corp. The French company produced its first guide in 1900, distributed free of charge (until 1920) and intended for chauffeurs. It contained practical information, including street maps and tips on using and repairing tires.
“Michelin Guide San Francisco, Bay Area & Wine Country 2012” will go on sale today at $18.99.
Here are the Michelin stars, with N demoting a new star rating.
Three stars: French Laundry (The) Restaurant at Meadowood Two stars: Baume N Benu N Coi Cyrus Manresa Saison N One star: Acquerello Alexander’s Steakhouse Ame Applewood Atelier Crenn N Auberge du Soleil Aziza Bouchon Boulevard Campton Place Chez TJ Commis Dio Deka Etoile Farmhouse Inn & Rest. Fleur de Lys Frances Gary Danko La Costanera N La Folie La Toque Luce Madera Madrona Manor Masa’s Michael Mina N One Market Plumed Horse Quince Redd Sante Solbar Sons & Daughters N Spruce Terra Terrapin Creek N Ubuntu Village Pub (The) Wakuriya
(Richard Vines is the chief food critic for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Opinions expressed are his own.)