The 2017 crop of Michelin stars has arrived, and the big news is that the Bay Area now has as many three star restaurants as New York. Quince was bumped from two to three stars, bringing the total Bay Area count to six.
Three stars, in Michelin parlance, means “exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey.” The other Bay Area restaurants maintaining that accolade are Saison, Benu, Meadowood, Manresa, and The French Laundry.
Two stars, by contrast, indicates “exceptional cuisine, worth a detour.” San Francisco’s Lazy Bear, has earned that distinction, joining the ranks of Acquerello, Atelier Crenn, Baumé, Campton Place, Coi, and Commis.
One star signifies “a very good restaurant in its category.” This year’s entrants to that category were San Francisco’s Hashiri, Mister Jiu’s, Ju-ni, The Progress, and Mosu, Menlo Park’s Madera, and San Jose’s Adega.
The drop-outs included two now-closed restaurants, Ame and All Spice, as well as sushi spot Kusakabe.
For all 54 glowing, Michelin-starred restaurants and where they are, just consult this handy map.