Michelin Names 83 Good-Value Restaurants in San Francisco

A neighborhood bistro on the cable-car line, a Greek restaurant in Silicon Valley and a pizza bar in Redwood City are among 83 San Francisco area establishments honored today by Michelin for serving good-value, quality food.

The French company picks its Bib Gourmand winners one week before publishing the 2014 guide to the city, when chefs and restaurateurs learn if they have been awarded stars. The number of recipients of a Bib Gourmand is up from 70 last year.

The winners serve two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less, plus tax and tip. Twenty two types of cuisine are represented in venues across the region, including East Bay, Wine Country, Marin, South Bay and the Peninsula.

“Local inspectors are trained to scrupulously apply the same time-tested methods used by Michelin inspectors for many decades,” Michelin said in an e-mailed release.

Those honored include Backyard, Chalkboard, Ebisu, Evvia, Fey, Glen Ellen Star, Happy Noodles, Izakaya Yuzuki, La Costanera, Mason Pacific, M.Y. China, Ramen Shop, Regalito, Rich Table, Sana Marin, Sir and Star, 1601 Bar & Kitchen and Vesta.

Mason Pacific serves a seasonal bistro menu at the intersection of Nob Hill, Russian Hill and Chinatown. Evvia offers Greek classics and local interpretations of Hellenic dishes. Vesta specializes in wood-fired pizzas.

Michelin & Cie, Europe’s largest tiremaker, produced its first guide in 1900. It was free of charge until 1920 and intended for chauffeurs. The volume contained practical information, including street maps and tips on repairing tires. The company is based in Clermont-Ferrand, France.

Michelin named the following Bib Gourmand winners:

Artisan Bistro: East Bay, Lafayette
A16: San Francisco, Marina
Backyard: Wine Country, Sonoma County. Forestville
Bar Tartine: San Francisco
Bellanico: East Bay, Oakland
Bistro Aix: San Francisco, Marina
Bistro Jeanty: Wine Country, Napa Valley, Yountville
Bistro 29: Wine Country, Sonoma County, Santa Rosa
Boon Eat + Drink: Wine Country, Sonoma County, Guerneville
Brick & Bottle: Marin, Corte Madera
Burma Superstar: San Francisco, Richmond & Sunset
C Casa: Wine Country, Napa Valley, Napa
Chalkboard: Wine Country, Sonoma County, Healdsburg
Chapeau!: San Francisco, Richmond & Sunset
Chevalier East Bay: Lafayette
Chu: East Bay, Oakland
Comal: East Bay, Berkeley
Contigo: San Francisco, Castro
Cook St. Helena: Wine Country, Napa Valley, St. Helena
Corso: East Bay, Berkeley
Cotogna: San Francisco, North Beach
Crouching Tiger: Peninsula, Redwood City
Cucina Paradiso: Wine Country, Sonoma County, Petaluma
Delfina: San Francisco, Mission
Domo: San Francisco, Civic Center
Donato Enoteca: Peninsula, Redwood City
Dosa: San Francisco, Marina
Ebisu: San Francisco, Richmond & Sunset
Evvia: South Bay, Palo Alto
Fey: Peninsula, Menlo Park
Five: East Bay, Berkeley
Flour + Water: San Francisco, Mission
Fringale: San Francisco, SoMa
Gajalee: San Francisco, Mission
Gather: East Bay, Berkeley
Glen Ellen Star: Wine Country, Sonoma County, Glen Ellen
Hachi Ju Hachi: South Bay, Saratoga
Happy Noodles: Peninsula, San Mateo
Hot Box Grill: Wine Country, Sonoma County, Sonoma
Insalata’s: Marin, San Anselmo
Ippuku: East Bay, Berkeley
Izakaya Yuzuki: San Francisco, Mission
Kappou Gomi: San Francisco, Richmond & Sunset
Kokkari Estiatorio: San Francisco, North Beach
La Costanera: Peninsula, Montara
LaSalette: Wine Country, Sonoma County, Sonoma
Le Garage: Marin, Sausalito
Mamacita: San Francisco, Marina
Marinitas: Marin, San Anselmo
Marlowe: San Francisco, SoMa
Mason Pacific: San Francisco, Nob Hill
Monti’s Rotisserie: Wine Country, Sonoma County, Santa Rosa
M.Y. China: San Francisco, SoMa
Oenotri: Wine Country, Napa Valley, Napa
Old Mandarin Islamic: San Francisco, Richmond & Sunset
Osteria Coppa: Peninsula, San Mateo
Perbacco: San Francisco Financial District
Plum: East Bay, Oakland
Ramen Shop: East Bay, Oakland
Redd Wood: Wine Country, Napa Valley, Yountville
Regalito: San Francisco, Mission
Rich Table: San Francisco, Civic Center
Risibisi: Wine Country, Sonoma County, Petaluma
Rivoli: East Bay, Berkeley
Sana Marin: Marin, San Rafael
Sazon: Wine Country, Sonoma County, Santa Rosa
Scopa: Wine Country, Sonoma County, Healdsburg
Sichuan Home: San Francisco, Richmond & Sunset
Sir and Star: Marin, Olema
1601 Bar & Kitchen: San Francisco, SoMa
Slanted Door (The): San Francisco, Financial District
Slow Club: San Francisco, Mission
Sociale: San Francisco, Marina
Starbelly: San Francisco, Castro
Sushi Ran: Marin, Sausalito
Thai House: East Bay, Danville
The Girl & the Fig: Wine Country, Sonoma County, Sonoma
Troya: San Francisco, Richmond & Sunset
Vesta: Peninsula, Redwood City
Willi’s Wine Bar: Wine Country, Sonoma County, Santa Rosa
Wood Tavern: East Bay, Oakland
Yank Sing: San Francisco, SoMa
Zero Zero: San Francisco, SoMa

(Richard Vines is the chief food critic for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. He is U.K. and Ireland chairman of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards. Opinions expressed are his own.)

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