Wine Country Michelin Results
The second edition of the Michelin Guide San Francisco, Bay Area and Wine Country has just been released.
The French Laundry remains the only three-star restaurant in the region. The newest restaurants
to receive two stars were Chez TJ in Mountain View on the San Francisco Peninsula and the newly
opened Restaurant at Meadowood in St. Helena.
New one-star restaurants include Madrona Manor in Healdsburg, Martini House in St. Helena and Redd
in Yountville. Healdsburg’s Dry Creek Kitchen in the Hotel Healdsburg lost its one star rating due to
lack of consistency. Keller’s Bouchon and Bistro Jeanty in Yountville and beloved Chez Panisse in
Berkeley retained their one star. That makes a total of six stars in the tiny town of Yountville. Cyrus in
Healdsburg retained its two star rating.
Many restaurateurs complain that the Michelin Guide is skewed toward restaurants that offer a quite,
elegant, high-end and expensive scene. Many top restaurants in the Bay Area are more casual and
may not appeal to Michelin raters. Like wine scores, which many people dislike, Michelin stars still
carry a lot of weight.
Michelin plans to release its Los Angeles Guide next month but most experts doubt there will be any
three stars awarded.