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Michelin Guide is the most prestigious restaurant rating publication, far older than Zagat and other restaurant ratings and certainly better than Yelp.com peer reviews.

Michelin, the French tire company, has a storied history in restaurant reviews. Its rankings carry so much weight there that losing a star can drive a restaurant to ruin. For all its guides, full-time professional restaurant critics undergo a rigorous course of training before being turned loose on unsuspecting restaurants and hotels. They eat anywhere from four to eight times in any restaurant before determining its rating.

Only six Bay Area restaurants received a two-star rating: two in San Francisco (Aqua and Michael Mina), two in Wine Country (Cyrus and the Restaurant at Meadowood), and two in Silicon Valley (Chez TJ in Mountain View and Manresa in Los Gatos).

This year, 27 restaurants in the area received one star, four more than last year. The newcomers are: Ame in San Francisco, Coi in San Francisco, Cortez in San Francisco, Madrona Manor in Healdsburg, One Market in San Francisco and Redd in Yountville.


2008 rankings of San Francisco Bay Area restaurants.

*** (3 stars) – A very good restaurants in its category

** (2 stars) – Excellent cooking and worth a detour

* (1 star) – Exceptional cuisine and worth the journey

1 Star Restaurants City Neighborhood Reservations
Acquerello San Francisco Nob Hill
Ame San Francisco South of Market
Auberge du Soleil Rutherford Napa Valley
Bistro Jeanty Yountville Napa Valley
Bouchon Yountville Napa Valley
Boulevard San Francisco South of Market
Chez Panisse Berkeley East Bay
Coi San Francisco North Beach
Cortez San Francisco Financial District
Ritz-Carlton Dining Room San Francisco Nob Hill
Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant Forestville Sonoma County
Fifth Floor San Francisco South of Market
Fleur de Lys San Francisco Financial District
Gary Danko San Francisco North Beach
K & L Bistro Sebastopol Sonoma County
La Folie San Francisco Nob Hill
La Toque Rutherford Napa Valley
Madrona Manor Healdsburg Sonoma County
Martini House St. Helena Napa Valley
Masa’s San Francisco Nob Hill
One Market San Francisco South of Market
Quince San Francisco Marina District
Range San Francisco Mission District
Redd Yountville Napa Valley
Rubicon San Francisco Financial District
Sushi Ran Sausalito North Bay
Terra St. Helena Napa Valley
star 2-Star Restaurants City Neighborhood
Aqua San Francisco Financial District
Chez TJ Mountain View Peninsula
Cyrus Healdsburg Sonoma County
Manresa Los Gatos Peninsula
Meadowood, The Restaurant St. Helena Napa Valley
Michael Mina San Francisco Financial District
star 3 Star- Restaurants City Neighborhood
The French Laundry Yountville Napa Valley


Following are several updates since going to press in late August.

288 Connecticut St.
San Francisco (Mission District)
Under new ownership, Aug. 2007

550 Geary St.
San Francisco (Financial District)
Co-executive chef Louis Maldonado has left after four years
Seth Bowden will now be the sole executive chef

Fifth Floor
12 4th St., San Francisco (SoMa)
Recently announced that Chef Laurent Manrique of Aqua will be acting as consulting chef

1106 1st St., Napa
Closed late August
The former chef/owner Peter Halikas will be taking over as executive chef at Brix in Yountville

1453 Dwight Way
Closed as of September

2209 Polk St.
San Francisco (Nob Hill)
Recently closed and location is now Bar Johnny


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