The best restaurants in San Francisco according to the 2019 Michelin Guide and Esquire’s Top New Restaurants


The 2019 Michelin Guide for the San Francisco Bay Area and Esquire’s Top New Restaurants special have just listed the best restaurants in San Francisco. Thus, the city is now considered the fine dining capital in the United States. It has eight three-star restaurants — more than any other American city.

The San Francisco region has a total of 80 stars among the 58 venues listed in the 2019 Michelin Guide. Then there are the area’s Bib Gourmands. These are the “restaurants that offer high-quality food at pocket-friendly prices.” Bib Gourmand restaurants increased by one this year to 68.

The best restaurants in San Francisco, according to the 2019 Michelin Guide and Esquire's Top New Restaurants
The best restaurants in San Francisco, according to the 2019 Michelin Guide and Esquire’s Top New Restaurants

 

Three Michelin stars for the best restaurants in San Francisco area

Two restaurants received three stars for the first time. The Atelier Crenn in the city and Single Thread in Healdsburg achieved three star Michelin status. They join Benu, Quince, and Saison.

In the greater area, The French Laundry in Yountville, Manresa in Los Gatos, and The Restaurant at Meadowood at St. Helena all boast of three Michelin stars.

The best female chef in the United States

Dominique Crenn at Atelier Crenn is now the first female chef in America to achieve three Michelin stars.  Her newer restaurant, Bar Crenn, also received its first Michelin star. It was also named one of the best new restaurants in the U.S. by Esquire Magazine. 

In addition, the San Francisco Travel Association features Crenn in a video about San Francisco as a dining destination.

“I am so proud of San Francisco’s incredible culinary scene,” said Joe D’Alessandro, president and CEO of the San Francisco Travel Association.

Least Expensive Michelin-starred restaurants in the United States

San Francisco is also home to the least expensive Michelin-starred restaurant in the United States. This is the vegetable-centric Al’s Place, where an individual meal costs about $18 USD.  The Kin Khao, Commonwealth, State Bird Provisions and Terrapin Creek are also some of the other affordable restaurants with stars in the city 

The city also took the top spot in the Esquire list of “Best New Restaurants in America.” Angler, on the Embarcadero, was named #1. In fact, it was described as “an Avalon of pleasure and ease.”

The San Francisco Travel Association is the official destination marketing organization for the city and the county. 


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