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Michelin Stars in San Francisco, 2013

No Three Stars in the City By the Bay -- Again

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The Michelin Guide to San Francisco Restaurants annually ranks selected eateries on a scale of one to three stars. Since most restaurants receive zero stars, it's a mark of quality and of pride for a restaurant to have received even one star. This book defines "San Francisco" broadly, and includes the Bay Area and the nearby wine country of Napa Valley and Sonoma County.

  • In 2013, there are only two three-star restaurants in San Francisco guide, and they are both in Napa Valley: The French Laundry and The Restaurant at Meadowood.
  • More than any other U.S. city, the casual food scene in San Francisco is perhaps the least measurable by Michelin criteria. (Read more commentary on that here.)
  • Because the list of three-star Michelin restaurants in the San Francisco guide is so short and so...outside the city, the list of two-star restaurants gets a lot more attention. There are six in total, which some New York City snobs will point out equals the number of three-star restaurants in Manhattan, but we won't engage in such petty rivalries. Especially notable on the two-star list is newcomer Atelier Crenn, which Eater points out is the first female-helmed restaurant in the United States to earn two stars.(Read Dominique Crenn's reaction to the news.)
  • The one-star list is also worth a close look. Restaurants that earned one star this year include SPQR, Keiko à Nob Hill, and All Spice in San Mateo. Notable restaurants that lost their single star include Hubert Keller's Fleur de Lys, and the restaurant at the Applewood Inn in Guerneville.


  • Learn how Michelin stars are awarded.
  • Learn how Michelin varies from other restaurant rating systems.
  • For details on the San Francisco area's Michelin-starred restaurants, buy the guide book, or simply consult this list of restaurants are Michelin starred in San Francisco, the Bay Area and wine country. From that page, you can also make restaurant reservations via Open Table.

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