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Meet the Newest Michelin Stars in San Francisco

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by Dan Rosenbaum

 

The San Francisco Bay Area is no stranger to earning Michelin stars for its ingredient-driven and cutting-edge restaurants and now can boast something that New York has: six restaurants with three Michelin stars. This year featured several new winners in the pantheon.

Here’s a recap of this year's award-winning restaurants:

Restaurant That Gained 3 Stars

Quince (470 Pacific Ave.)

Situated in San Francisco's Jackson Square neighborhood, celebrated restaurant Quince is housed in a historically landmarked brick and timber building, and features Chef Michael Tusk's California contemporary cuisine that celebrates the seasonal bounty of Northern California. Quince features two nightly tasting menus accompanying each menu is an innovative wine pairing program.

Restaurant That Gained 2 Stars

Lazy Bear (3416 19th St.)

One of the city’s more unique dining experiences, diners buy tickets to sit at two long tables in this Mission location, as waves of dishes come out of the open kitchen—one tasting menu is served nightly. Chef David Barzelay’s restaurant is part-theater, with the kitchen staff presenting the details behind each course.

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Restaurants That Gained 1 Star

Hashiri (4 Mint Pl.)

Hashiri follows in the spirit of the Daikanyama Tokyo location. Here the traditional elements, contemporary design, and cutting-edge culinary techniques combine to create a locally inspired interpretation of vibrant Japanese seasonal cuisine and ambiance.

Ju-ni (1335 Fulton St.)

Opened earlier this year in the NOPA neighborhood, Ju-ni is the place for the true sushi aficionado.Your choices here are slim-pickings: they opened with just one thing on the menu: a $85 12-course omakase, or chef’s choice, of nigiri.

Mister Jiu's (28 Waverly Pl.)

San Franciscans have been waiting patiently for Chef Brandon Jew to finally strike out on his own. To say he did not disappoint is the understatement of the year. His high-end Chinatown dinner destination puts a Californian spin on Cantonese fare with a five-course, family-style set menu plus wine, tea and cocktails named for facets of good fortune.

Mosu (1552 Fillmore St.)

Mosu is the Fillmore neighborhood's foray into the San Francisco fine dining scene this year. They offer a spendy 12-course tasting menu format for New American and Asian flavors, plus a well-curated wine list.

The Progress (1525 Fillmore St.)

The team behind State Bird Provisions made a splash with their newest restaurant a year ago and now can lay claim to a well-deserved Michelin Star. Think innovative banquet-style meals served with memorable wines to make the greatest dinner party ever.

Editor’s note: The Michelin Guide awards one to three stars for restaurants that they deem exceptional. The establishments mentioned above are not the only San Francisco area restaurants with Michelin star recognition, but are those that have achieved recognition for the first time in category indicated.