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October 2019: This summer, Michelin released its first ever all-California guide to the best restaurants in the state. The new guide added gems from Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento and elsewhere but with 61 starred restaurants, the Bay Area is still North America's undisputed fine dining capital. For the most part, the San Francisco list remains true to that released earlier in the year, with a few notable exceptions: the return of Campton Place from one-star to two-star status, the knocking down of Saison from three-stars to two, and the addition of Presidio Heights newcomer Sorrel to a crowded one-star category.
One of the culinary capitals of the U.S., San Francisco has no shortage of spectacular Michelin star restaurants. Let's be real, making a restaurant selection for your average Thursday night can be tough, let alone choosing somewhre to celebrate a special occasion. Enter Michelin, the tire-making travel experts who began highlighting the best-of-the-best around the world in the 1930s. Since including San Francisco in their rankings for the first time in 2007, Bay Area restaurants have gone on to earn ore three-star-awards than even New York. Among the list of 2019’s restaurants earning one or more Michelin stars are modern American and California spots as well as San Francisco’s best Japanese, French, and Italian. It’s a 36-restaurant distillation of the city’s most enticing offerings and whatever you fancy, Michelin is sure not to lead you astray.
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