Six Bay Area restaurants, including four in San Francisco, one in Napa Valley and one in Sonoma, earned their first Michelin stars. The annual ratings, awarded by anonymous restaurant critics hired by a French tire company, were announced Monday evening in a live ceremony.
Cyrus, Nisei, Osito, Press, San Ho Won, and SSAL have all been awarded one star, and the Michelin guide describes them as “culinary excellence worth visiting.”
Cyrus, a former Michelin-starred gourmet restaurant, reopened in Geyserville in September. The original incarnation closed in 2012, having previously had two stars.
Chef David Yoshimura of Nisei also received a Michelin Young Chef award. Before opening this modern Japanese restaurant in Polk Gulch, Yoshimura was chef at the Michelin-starred Californios, Chef Val Cantú’s famed Mexican restaurant in SoMa.
Vincent Morrow, who oversees the wine program at the Press Restaurant, received a Michelin Sommelier Award. Morrow has compiled an extensive California wine list at his St. Helena restaurant.
Chef Dominique Crenn’s Contemporary French Atelier in Cow Hollow retains three stars, as do Bay Area restaurants Benu, Quince, SingleThread, The French Laundry and Manresa. Notably, 20-year-old Manresa will close permanently at the end of the year after chief David Kinch decided to leave Los Gatos favorites No buyer found.
Announced in late November is Bib Gourmands, a lesser-known Michelin rating designed to showcase high-quality yet affordable dining options.
Michelin began reviewing restaurants along popular French road routes in 1926. The company didn’t include American restaurants in its guide until 2005, cementing the Bay Area’s status as a destination. world gastronomy. In 2006, 28 Bay Area restaurants earned their first star, including Chez Panisse and The French Laundry, a number that will grow to 54 in 2021.