Michelin Bay Area restaurant rankings


Looking for a great place in the Bay Area to eat? How about a really great place? Look no further than the 2016 Michelin Guide, the industry standard for ranking the best restaurants and chefs.

Bib Gourmand restaurant rankings

This year in the Bib Gourmand category (which isn’t part of the main guide), there are 74 Bay Area restaurants, down from 76 last year. Restaurants placing in this category all offer two courses, wine or desert for under $40.

Names you may have heard of include San Francisco’s Hong Kong Lounge II, Fringale and Rich Table; Wine Country favorites like Monti’s Rotisserie, Scopa and Diavola; South Bay locations such as Evvia, Zola and Orchard City Kitchen; and several East Bay restaurants including Millennium, Michel Bistro and FIVE.

Check out all the Bib Gourmand restaurants. These are great places serving up memorable experiences.

Michelin stars: the top of Bay Area restaurant rankings

French Laundry: Bay Area restaurant rankings
French Laundry: Bay Area restaurant rankings

Just about every restaurateur dreams of winning a star in the annual Michelin Guide. It’s like an Academy Award for people who run restaurants and the restaurants themselves. A Michelin star can significantly increase an establishment’s exposure and therefore the amount of business it does. A single star is highly coveted; several stars is considered a phenomenal accomplishment. When Bay Area restaurant rankings from Michelin include stars, you know something special is going on.

For 2016, three stars were awarded to these Bay Area restaurants:

  • Manresa South Bay
  • Benu
  • Saison
  • The French Laundry
  • The Restaurant at Meadowood

Two stars went to:

  • Coi
  • Atelier Crenn
  • Commis
  • Quince
  • Acquerello
  • Baumé
  • Campton Place

More than 30 restaurants received one star. These include Kin Khao, Madrona Manor, Aster, Lord Stanley, The Village Pub and others. See them all here.

Every year, Michelin releases its Bay Area restaurant rankings to recognize many of our restaurants that provide a level of quality and service that truly sets the standard in the industry. We’re really lucky to have so many wonderful choices when it’s time to take a night off and enjoy life in a relaxed and delicious atmosphere.