This year’s edition reflects the rich diversity of cuisine in Northern California
CP GM - San Francisco 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, (Oct. 21, 2014) – Michelin today announced its highly regarded star selections for the ninth edition of the MICHELIN guide San Francisco Bay Area & Wine Country.

In this new edition two restaurants are making the leap from two to three stars: Benu, where chef Corey Lee uses incredibly precise culinary technique in his cooking. Corey applies a combination of classic French technique along with American, various Asian and noticeable Korean flavors to produce truly unique culinary creations. At Saison, under Chef Joshua Skenes, the kitchen offers seafood of stunning quality with a clear respect for Japanese cuisine, combined with a mastery of the northern California culinary philosophy.

Napa Valley’s perennial three-star restaurants—The French Laundry and The Restaurant at Meadowood—maintained their rank in the 2015 edition of the MICHELIN guide.

For Michael ELLIS, International Director of the MICHELIN guides: “with two new three star restaurants recognized, this 2015 edition reflects Northern California’s remarkable gastronomic energy. The San Francisco Bay area is among the most exciting culinary scenes in the world! Californian chefs are mixing their exacting cooking technique superb local ingredients and culinary influences from all parts of the globe. The result is a rich, dynamic and unique dining scene».

In the two-star category, the restaurant Acquerello is promoted from one to two stars. The chef Suzette Gresham creates refined and elegant dishes and delivers superb Italian cuisine that has a unique contemporary touch. Chef Gresham becomes the third female chef in the U.S. gaining two stars in the MICHELIN guide.

Newcomers in the one-star category are two very high-quality San Francisco sushi establishments: Kusakabe and Maruya. After years at Sushi Ran in Sausalito, Chef Kusakabe brings his skills and artistic approach at his namesake restaurant in San Francisco. At Maruya, the traditional Edomae sushi is exquisite and best showcased in the omakase menu at the counter.

The MICHELIN guide San Francisco Bay Area & Wine country 2015, which listed a total of 474 restaurants, goes on sale Wednesday, October 22, at a price of $18.99. It comprised:

  • 4 restaurants 3 stars (of which 2 are new)
  • 6 restaurants 2 stars (of which 1 is new)
  • 30 restaurants 1 star (of which 2 are new)
  • 78 restaurants Bib gourmand (of which 11 are new)