Manresa is awarded three stars in the new edition of the MICHELIN Guide San Francisco Bay Area & wine country 2016

The 10th anniversary edition of the MICHELIN guide highlights the vibrancy of the culinary scene in Northern California

MICHELIN Guide 2016 San Francisco

Michelin today announced its highly regarded selection of restaurants for the 10th edition of the MICHELIN guide San Francisco Bay Area & Wine Country.

This year, the 2016 edition of the guide highlights a new three star restaurant: Manresa, where  chef David Kinch serves a very creative, contemporary cuisine. Chef David Kinch was not only able to recover from a devastating fire at Manresa last year, but he has continued to develop the  exceptional personality that is reflected in his farm-driven seasonal cooking. A dining experience at Manresa is worth a special journey, chef Kinch’s dishes are brilliantly conceived and perfectly executed. From amuse-bouche to desserts, the nightly tasting menu showcases the unique signature and talent of the chef and his team ” comments Michael Ellis, International Director of the MICHELIN guides.

The French Laundry, The Restaurant at Meadowood, Benu and Saison maintain their distinction of three stars. “Only about 100 restaurants hold three stars worldwide” continues Michael Ellis. “After Benu and Saison last year, the entrance of Manresa into Michelin’s top category highlights the impressive level of cuisine in the San Francisco Bay area, which has been increasing constantly over the years.” 

In this year’s edition, two restaurants are moving up to two stars: Campton Place, where chef Srijith Gopinathan serves a menu that highlights superb local ingredients and  the Indian and South Asian flavors of his heritage; and Commis, the first two-star restaurant in the East Bay, where chef James Syhabout combines flavors and technique in his contemporary style. In total, seven restaurants are awarded two stars in the MICHELIN guide San Francisco Bay Area & Wine Country 2016.

With 38 restaurants awarded one star, of which 15 are new, the region offers remarkably diverse and high quality cuisine. Standouts include new hot spots from storied chefs: Chef Mourad Lahlou’s eponymous Mourad joins Aziza in offering delicious Moroccan cuisine worthy of a star and Chef Melissa Perello  is impressing diners with bold and fun flavors at her new spot, Octavia. Also new and noteworthy is  Lazy Bear, a popular former pop-up, and Kin Khao, a Thai Bib Gourmand that is being promoted to one star. The list also welcomes the second location of All Spice, Al’s Place, Aster, Californios, Commonwealth, Lord Stanley, Nico, Omakase, Rasa, Sushi Yoshizumi and Wako.

The number of new restaurants in all categories, including Bib Gourmands, reflects the vibrancy of the culinary scene found in the San Francisco Bay area” says Michael Ellis, international director of the MICHELIN Guide. “Over the last 10 years, the Michelin inspectors have been consistently impressed with the level of cooking that can be found across the entire region.”

The MICHELIN Guide San Francisco Bay Area & Wine Country 2016 goes on sale Wednesday, Oct. 27, for $18.99. A total of 505 restaurants representing 53 different cuisines are listed.