Quince’s recent promotion to three Michelin stars means the Bay Area now ranks with New York as one of the country’s top high-end gastronomical destinations. Three stars, in Michelin speak, means “exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey.” The other Bay Area restaurants with equally high praise are Saison, Benu, Meadowood, Manresa, and The French Laundry.
And some more fun foodie facts for you (according to SF Eater):
- San Jose Now Has a Michelin Star: Jessica Carriera and David Costa’s Adega has become the second Portuguese restaurant in the states with a Michelin star (Aldea in New York is the other), and the only San Jose restaurant with a star.
- The Oakland Outlier: Commis, James Syhabout’s acclaimed tasting menu spot, remains the only East Bay spot honored with the guide’s signature accolade. It has two stars.
- The Total Star Count: San Francisco now has 54 Michelin stars total. New York has 75. Chicago has 22, and the newly launched Washington, DC guide has 12.
In case you want to check a few of these off your list, here’s a map of all 54 Bay Area Michelin star restaurants. Enjoy!