In the summer of 2019, Michelin released its first ever all-California guide. Gems from Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento and elsewhere in the state were included in this new guide, but the Bay Area still stands out with a whopping 61 starred restaurants. These Michelin star restaurants in San Francisco confirm the city’s place as a culinary capital of North America and an amazing place for fine dining, with numerous tantalizing cuisine types and genres on offer at the highest of levels.
Since its debut in Michelin’s best-of-the-best guide in 2007, the city has gone on to earn more three-star awards than even New York. The list includes modern American and Californian spots, plus standouts from the best Japanese, French and Italian restaurants throughout the area, including hot dining spots in Berkeley, Oakland, and elsewhere. It’s hard enough to choose among the best restaurants in San Francisco for an average night out, but with this many spectacular Michelin starred ones, how do you choose when you want to dine somewhere extra special? As generations of esteemed global travelers can attest, the Michelin guide will not steer you wrong, and here we’ve whittled down the most enticing offerings of the guide’s most recent awards.
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