Michelin-star restaurants in San Francisco

_Any restaurant that has been awarded a Michelin star is considered of a fine caliber. The food will inevitably be of a seriously high standard and the service will be faultless. But how does Michelin remain as the world’s top rater of restaurants? _

Michelin reviewers or “inspectors” are completely anonymous in that they do not ever meet journalists, they do not speak of their profession, they do not even tell the restaurants of their presence and of course all meals are paid for by the Michelin company.

The New Yorker famously published this in 2009 “Michelin has gone to extraordinary lengths to maintain the anonymity of its inspectors. Many of the company’s top executives have never met an inspector; inspectors themselves are advised not to disclose their line of work. The inspectors write reports that are distilled, in annual “stars meetings” at the guide’s various national offices, into the ranking of three stars, two stars, or one star — or no stars. (Establishments that Michelin deems unworthy of a visit are not included in the guide)”

Therefore visiting one of the rated restaurants is an experience within itself.

San Francisco has it’s own plethora of Michelin-star restaurants and here are a few worthy of giving your charter chef the night off.

Auberge du Soleil The Palace

Auberge du Soleil, Rutherford

One Michelin star

Executive chef Robert Curry’s wine country cuisine is reflective of the Mediterranean, and uses a bounty of natural ingredients produced locally in the Napa Valley and in house.


Bouchon, Yountville Bouchon

Bouchon, Yountville

One Michelin star

Part of the Thomas Keller restaurant group, this bistro offers deliciously traditional French fare inspired by Lyon cuisine: a fish bar menu

that serves oysters and fruits de mer.


La Toque in Napa

La Toque in Napa, Redd, Yountville

One Michelin star

Ken Frank’s restaurant showcases the finest local, seasonal ingredients to create a selection of dishes to suit all tastes. Make up your own multi-faceted menu or choose from the Chef’s Table or Vegetable menus for your whole party.


Solbar – Solage Calistoga

Solbar – Solage Calistoga

One Michelin star

Here you can discover creative California soul food in an atmosphere of a chic lakeside log cabin. Executive chef Brandon Sharp and his team update the menus daily to bring deliciously creative recipes from Asian to contemporary and lots of twists on favourites using great ingredients sourced locally.


One of the treats served up at Terra

Terra, St Helena

One Michelin star

Chefs patron Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani invite you to forage through their exciting and varied menu. Enjoy a variety of tastes from croquettes of pig trotter to broiled sake marinated Alaskan black cod. An exciting and untraditional menu that you must experience, served with a modern flair.


The three-star The French Laundry

The French Laundry, Yountville

Three Michelin stars

Chef and owner Thomas Keller brings the inspiration of the French countryside to an American audience. Two nine course tasting menus are created every day where you will experience a sense of something new, a surprise, something exciting, delicious and comforting. The food promises the wow factor; and, with three stars, it will deliver.


Another three-star delight- The Restaurant at Meadowood The Restaurant at Meadowood

The Restaurant at Meadowood, St Helena

Three Michelin stars

Christopher Kostow’s elegant three star contemporary American restaurant produces personalised menus that take you on an adventure. Using the community around him, he and his chefs celebrate food through the passions of those who supply the raw ingredients – from farmers to artisans.