California’s 2021 MICHELIN Guide Awards 114 Bay Area Restaurants


The San Francisco Bay Area boasts the highest concentration of three Michelin star restaurants in the United States and the most Michelin starred restaurants in California. In this culinary update from the San Francisco Travel Association, hear about the award winners, notable new restaurant openings, San Francisco’s thriving outdoor food scene, and the return of Eat Drink SF and SF Restaurant Week.

SAN FRANCISCO, 12 October 2021 / PRNewswire-PRWeb / – The San Francisco Bay Area retained its distinction as the top destination in the United States for fine dining after the long-awaited unveiling of the 2021 California MICHELIN Guide this month. The Bay Area boasts the greatest concentration of three Michelin star restaurants in the United States and the most Michelin starred restaurants in California.

Six Bay Area restaurants have received the coveted three Michelin stars from the 2021 MICHELIN Guide: Atelier Crenn, Benu, Quince, The French Laundry, SingleThread and Manresa. Eight restaurants were awarded two Michelin stars, including Birdsong, which added a second star.

A total of 50 Bay Area restaurants were awarded one or more Michelin stars in 2021, representing 56% of California’s 90 Michelin-starred restaurants.

Sublime doesn’t always mean expensive

While the Bay Area’s dining options stand out, visitors can experience mouth-watering cuisine at easily digestible prices. Michelin has awarded 64 restaurants in the bay region its Bib Gourmand designation. This category celebrates restaurants offering “excellent food and value for money”, where a three-course meal can be enjoyed for approximately 40 $ or less, excluding taxes and tips.

Of the 147 Californian restaurants receiving a Bib Gourmand, nearly 44% are in the San Francisco Bay Area, including 18 newcomers to the list such as Routier, Um.Ma and Dumpling Home.

The 50 best restaurants in the world

Only six American restaurants made it to the list of the “50 best restaurants in the world” in 2021 and three of them are in the ranking. San Francisco Bay Area. Benu and Atelier Crenn in San Francisco and SingleThread in Healdsburg ranked 28th, 48th and 37th respectively.

San FranciscoChef Dominique Crenn, owner of Atelier Crenn, Petit Crenn and Bar Crenn, also received this year’s Icon award as “true culinary chef giving voice to under-represented people”.

New and notable in San Francisco

The City by the Bay is a leader in culinary creativity, with chefs like Dominique Crenn, Corey lee, Brandon Jew, Ho chee boon, Stuart Brioza and Nicole krasinski open the way. that of San Francisco An innovative and diverse food scene is why the city is hailed as the “Best Food City” in the country by US News & World Report. And even with the challenges of the pandemic, the city has seen a slew of exciting restaurant openings over the past 18 months with many more making their debuts soon.

A selection of restaurants that have opened or will launch soon include:

  • Mamahuhu, the chef’s relaxed restaurant Brandon Jew, open in the Richmond in January 2020. His upscale Mister Jiu’s in Chinatown was that of San Francisco first Chinese restaurant to obtain a Michelin star. Mamahuhu revisits Chinese-American classics like kung pao chicken, mapo tofu and spring rolls, all with responsibly sourced ingredients.

  • Stuart Brioza’s Anchovy Bar and Nicole krasinski, award-winning chef James Beard / owner of State Bird Provision, made his debut in October 2020. Located in the Fillmore, the wine and seafood bar specializes in oysters from the west coast, small fish and shellfish from sustainable farming.

  • Present the dynamic spirit of Peru, Jaranita in the Marina showcases popular Nikkei, Chifa and Creole dishes. The Peruvian restaurant opened in January 2021.

  • Ernest, a new chef’s restaurant Brandon Rice, opened in March 2021 in that of San Francisco Mission district. The market-driven menu features intense global flavors that reflect the way the chef loves to eat – fun and accessible yet refined “with elegant layers of familiar flavors made in a new way.”

  • Le Fils du Tailleur opened its doors in March 2021. Located in the Fillmore, the cozy venue serves a tasty menu of northern Italian classics like risotto, fresh pasta, crostini, antipasti and greens as well as an extensive wine list showcasing the best biodynamic and organic wines from Italy.

  • Empress by Boon, the first solo project of a starred chef Ho chee boon, the former international executive chef of Hakkasan, opened in Chinatown in June 2021. Housed in a former Chinese banquet hall that has been exquisitely renovated, the restaurant offers modern Cantonese dishes with a focus on Californian ingredients.

  • Estiatorio Ornos, a Michael Mina restaurant, opened in September at Mina’s former flagship location, California Street, in the Financial District. The restaurant brings the party spirit of the Greek Islands to life, with tasty Greek seafood dishes and relaxed Mediterranean-style hospitality.

  • Chief Tyler Florence first new restaurant in San Francisco in 11 years, Miller & Lux, opened at the end of September. Part of Thrive City, the development surrounding the Chase Center in Mission Bay, the 7,000 square foot waterfront steakhouse was designed by the global style designer Ken coot.

  • Boulevard, the 28-year-old San Francisco classic, reopened in September in the Embarcadero / Financial District with a new menu experience and a clean new look by the designer Ken coot. Serving signature Californian cuisine, it now offers two dining experiences: an adaptable prix fixe menu and an à la carte menu available both at the chef’s counter and the recently expanded lounge bar.

  • Chief Corey lee Korea’s first restaurant, San Ho Won, is slated to open in October in Mission. Lee’s Benu was the first restaurant in San Francisco receive three Michelin stars.

  • The Flour + Water Hospitality Group aims for a October 2021 opening of its new restaurant at the Mission, Penny roma. The rustic Italian restaurant will include an indoor-outdoor area and an open kitchen.

  • Friends only of the chef Ray lee should open in November 2021 at Lower Nob Hill. “Part R&D cuisine and part speakeasy sushi,” the 10-seat omakase bar will feature high-quality, highly seasonal ingredients on an ever-changing tasting menu.

  • Chief Erik Sun Pursuit, a 15-seat ramen bar, is slated to open this fall in SoMa. Diners can munch on noodles until late at night. There will also be a 45-seat section with a dedicated yakiniku menu featuring rarer cuts and dishes like kimchi fried rice with beef tongue.

Most European of American cities embraces al fresco dining

that of San Francisco the outdoor dining scene has flourished with the creation of “parklets” over the past 18 months. Over 2,100 permits for street food, sidewalk tables and other outdoor amenities have been issued since early 2020 as part of a larger pavement to parks program, which is reallocating space from the street underutilized in neighborhood amenities. A great success, the parklets will now become permanent elements. Considering the city’s temperate climate year round, this is a boon for diners.

Eat Drink SF and SF Restaurant Week run simultaneously in October

The Golden Gate Restaurant Association announced 2021 Eat Drink SF (EDSF) and SF Restaurant Week. October 15 to 24 october, competing programs will explore San Francisco through meals and immersions inside and outside with fixed price menus, chef collaborations, cocktails and paid experiences. Over 150 restaurants participate in SF Restaurant Week. Fixed price menus range from $ 10 To 25 $ for lunch and 25 $ To $ 65 For dinner. Find an updated list of participating restaurants at A full list of EDSF events is available at

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