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California’s Michelin Star Restaurants

California’s Michelin Star Restaurants
The Golden State now boasts 90 starred restaurants, ranging from San Diego to Mendocino County

California is home to an incredible culinary bounty, reflected in its legendary restaurant scene. From Atelier Crenn in San Francisco to n/naka in Los Angeles, California restaurants are celebrated as trend-setters, ground-breakers, and bar-raisers. With the release of the 2019 Michelin Guide California—the first-ever statewide edition of the acclaimed global restaurant series—the venerable French media company has confirmed the Golden State’s status as America’s ultimate foodie destination.

For the last decade, Michelin’s California coverage was limited to the San Francisco Bay Area, but in recognition of the state’s ever-evolving culinary landscape, the new guide has expanded to include Los Angeles County, San Diego County, Orange County, Santa Barbara, Monterey, and Sacramento. As a result, Michelin added 27 new one-star restaurants and seven new two-star restaurants to the state's tally, giving California a total of 90 starred establishments. Between its star ratings, Bib Gourmand distinctions, and Plate awards, 657 California restaurants received Michelin honors.

“The stars awarded to the world-class chefs and restaurants across the state are a true testament to the diverse and creative culinary scene in California,” says Visit California President & CEO Caroline Beteta. “From three-star restaurants to hole-in-the-wall taco shops, California’s cuisine is fueled by an abundance of freshness, a fearless attitude, and an excitement for experimentation and innovation.”

These attributes exist not only in major urban centers, but all over the state. California’s latest Michelin-starred restaurants stretch from Mendocino County in the north to San Diego County in the south, proving that the state’s culinary talent reaches far beyond the San Francisco Bay Area and Wine Country.

Diversity of cuisine is another attraction. Alongside upscale, classic dining destinations such as Monterey’s Aubergine (one star), new honorees in this year’s guide include Somni, José Andres’ wildly creative Catalan restaurant in Beverly Hills (two stars); and Bistro Na’s in Temple City, known for its inventive Chinese dishes (one star).

To earn one or more Michelin stars, a restaurant must impress the guide’s anonymous inspectors in various categories, including mastery of flavor and cooking techniques, providing a “wow factor” and value for money, conveying the chef’s personality through the restaurant’s cuisine, and food consistency. It’s also essential that they use the best ingredients—an area in which California restaurants have a distinct advantage.

Much of America’s produce is grown in California, and the state’s farms and ranches are famous for their exceptional fruits, vegetables, and meats. Not surprisingly, California chefs are passionate about showcasing the state’s agricultural riches on their menus. For example, to create the nightly tasting menu at The Kitchen in Sacramento, which received one star in this year’s Michelin Guide, the restaurant’s Chef de Cuisine, Allyson Harvie, forages each day for edible flowers and plants at Watanabe Farms in West Sacramento. Likewise, Chef Michael Tusk of San Francisco’s Quince (three stars) collaborates with Fresh Run Farm in Marin County to grow produce especially for the restaurant.

Having access to such incredible fresh ingredients provides an unsurpassed foundation for the skill and creativity of California’s chefs, displayed in restaurants up and down the state. So no matter where you roam, from the rocky northern coast to the inland valleys, you’re never far from an unforgettable culinary experience.

Below is the full list of California’s 2019 Michelin-starred restaurants:

 

Three Stars

Atelier Crenn, San Francisco

Benu, San Francisco

The French Laundry, Yountville

Manresa, Los Gatos

Quince, San Francisco

The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena

SingleThread, Healdsburg

  

Two Stars

Acquerello, San Francisco

Baumé, Palo Alto

Californios, San Francisco

Campton Place, San Francisco

Coi, San Francisco

Commis, Oakland

Lazy Bear, San Francisco

n/naka, Los Angeles

Providence, Los Angeles

Saison, San Francisco

Somni, Los Angeles

Sushi Ginza Onodera, Los Angeles

Urasawa, Beverly Hills

Vespertine, Culver City

  

One Star

Addison, San Diego

Al’s Place, San Francisco

Angler, San Francisco

Aster, San Francisco (closed)

Auberge du Soleil, Rutherford

Aubergine, Carmel-by-the-Sea/Monterey

Bar Crenn, San Francisco

Birdsong, San Francisco

Bistro Na’s, Temple City

Bouchon, Yountville

Chez TJ, Mountain View

Commonwealth, San Francisco

CUT, Beverly Hills

Dialogue, Santa Monica

Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant, Forestville

Gary Danko, San Francisco

Hana Re, Costa Mesa

Harbor House, Elk

Hashiri, San Francisco

Hayato, Los Angeles

In Situ, San Francisco

jū-ni, San Francisco

Kali, Los Angeles

Kato, Los Angeles

Keiko à Nob Hill, San Francisco

Kenzo, Napa

Kinjo, San Francisco

Kin Khao, San Francisco

The Kitchen, Sacramento

La Toque, Napa

Le Comptoir, Los Angeles

Lord Stanley, San Francisco

Luce, San Francisco

Madcap, San Anselmo

Madera, Menlo Park

Madrona Manor, Healdsburg

Maude, Beverly Hills

Maum, Palo Alto

Michael Mina, San Francisco

Mister Jiu’s, San Francisco

Mori Sushi, Los Angeles

Mourad, San Francisco

Nico, San Francisco

Nozawa Bar, Beverly Hills

Octavia, San Francisco

Omakase, San Francisco

Orsa & Winston, Los Angeles

Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles

Plumed Horse, Saratoga

The Progress, San Francisco

Protégé, Palo Alto

Q Sushi, Los Angeles

Rasa, Burlingame

Rich Table, San Francisco

Rustic Canyon, Santa Monica

Shibumi, Los Angeles

Shin Sushi, Encino

Shunji, Los Angeles

Sons & Daughters, San Francisco

Sorrel, San Francisco

SPQR, San Francisco

Spruce, San Francisco

State Bird Provisions, San Francisco

Sushi Yoshizumi, San Mateo

Taco María, Costa Mesa

Trois Mec, Los Angeles

The Village Pub, Woodside

Wako, San Francisco

Wakuriya, San Mateo

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