These San Francisco Bay Area restaurants won

The food industry’s long-awaited Michelin stars were announced at a gala in Auckland on Tuesday night, as three new Bay Area restaurants took home the prestigious award.

Nari, San Francisco’s popular Thai restaurant whose lack of a star has long baffled local diners and foodies, won the award years later on Bib Gourmand’s value-driven list. (Nari’s brother, San Francisco restaurant Kin Khao, has retained its star even during the temporary shutdown of the pandemic.)

New restaurants Aphotic, a seafood-centric spot in San Francisco, and Auro at the Four Seasons Hotel in Calistoga, helmed by top chef Rogelio García, also earned their first stars. Beyond that, Carmel’s Chez Noir, which in less than a year has become a seaside dining destination, is awarded one star.

Chef Peter Hemsley marinates an aged tuna steak at Aphotic in San Francisco. The restaurant was awarded its first Michelin star.

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Meanwhile, five restaurants in the Bay Area have lost their stars. Spruce, a standby restaurant in San Francisco run by a restaurant group with other starred venues, has lost distinction; So did Marlena from San Francisco, whose chef recently left after a falling out with the owner; and Omakase, a high-end sushi restaurant in San Francisco.

Adega, once San Jose’s Michelin-starred host, has yet to retain the award this year. The owners of the Portuguese restaurant announced Sunday that it will close permanently in December. It will be replaced by a new outpost of their more casual offering, Petiscos, which has just been added to the Bib Gourmand list in the Michelin Guide. (Bib Gourmand’s other new additions this year are Bansang in San Francisco, and Bombera and Snail Bar in Oakland.)

Arroz de pato at Adega in San José, which lost its Michelin star.

Arroz de pato at Adega in San José, which lost its Michelin star.

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Manresa in Los Gatos, one of the only three-star restaurants in the Bay Area, closed in November, so it’s no longer listed in the guide.

Many of the notable restaurants that lost their stars last year, including San Francisco’s Murat and Ju Ni, have yet to regain them.

Oakland’s Baumet, run by a well-known Bay Area farmer, has won a “Green Star,” a relatively new award for restaurants dedicated to sustainability, as has Apotec, which is famous for its dry fish. Other notable Bay Area restaurants include Chez Panisse in Berkeley and SingleThread in Healdsburg.

Three Bay Area restaurants were also represented in the guide’s special awards: John Hafey, master sommelier at Aubergine in Carmel, won the sommelier award; SingleThread Operations Manager John Shaffer recognized for outstanding service; Harrison Cheney, executive chef at Sons & Daughters, was awarded the “Young Chef” award.

The Bay Area is now home to 45 Michelin starred restaurants.

Here is the full list of Michelin starred restaurants in Northern California:

Three stars

Crane Atelier, San Francisco

Benno, San Francisco

French Laundry, Yountville

Quince, San Francisco

Singlethread, Healdsburg

2 stars

Aquirillo, San Francisco

Birdsong, San Francisco

Californians, San Francisco

Comes, Oakland

Harbor House, Elk

Lazy Bear, San Francisco

Sisson, San Francisco

1 star

Angler, San Francisco

Apotec, San Francisco (new)

Auberge du Soleil, Rutherford

Eggplant, Caramel by the Sea

Oro, Calistoga (new)

Avery, San Francisco

Barendiva, Healdsburg

Chez Noir, Carmel by the Sea (new)

Chez TJ, Mountain View

Cyrus, Geyserville

Gary Danko, San Francisco

Kenzo, Napa

Kin Khao, San Francisco

The Kitchen, Sacramento

Le Comptoir in Bar Crane, San Francisco

Locales, Sacramento

Madcap, San Anselmo

Mister Geo, San Francisco

Nari, San Francisco (new)

Nikko’s Steakhouse, San Francisco

Nessie, San Francisco

Written by Claude Le Tohiac, San Francisco

Osito, San Francisco

Plumed Horse, Saratoga

Press, Saint Helena

Progress, San Francisco

Protégé, Palo Alto

San Ho-won, San Francisco

Celebes, Redwood City

The Shota, San Francisco

Sons and Daughters, San Francisco

Sorrell, San Francisco

Ssale, San Francisco

State Provisions for Birds, San Francisco

Sushi Shin, Redwood City

Sushi Yoshizumi, San Mateo

The Village Pub, Woodside

Wacoria, San Mateo

Contact Elena Kadvany: [email protected]

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