Monday, November 01, 2010

Best Restaurants in San Francisco - 2010/2011

The new "Zagat 2011 San Francisco Bay Area Restaurants" and "The Michelin Guide San Francisco, Bay Area, and Wine Country Restaurants 2011" were recently released. So it's time for Blue Heron's annual summary of the critics' choices for the best restaurants in San Francisco and the Bay Area.

Zagat's list of the five most popular restaurants includes Gary Danko, Boulevard, Slanted Door, French Laundry (Yountville, Napa Valley), and Cyrus (Healdsburg, Sonoma County). The top rated overall are Gary Danko and French Laundry with 29 points. Cyrus, Sierra Mar (Big Sur), Acquerello, La Folie, Erna's Elderberry House (Oakhurst, south of Yosemite National Park), Hana Japanese (Rohnert Park, Sonoma County), and Chez Panisse (Berkeley) received 28 points. (All restaurants are in San Francisco unless otherwise noted).

Once again, Michelin awarded three stars to the French Laundry (Yountville, Napa Valley). However, for the first time, a second restaurant, The Restaurant at Meadowood (near St. Helena, Napa Valley), also received three stars.  Two stars were awarded to Cyrus (Healdsburg, Sonoma County), Coi in San Francisco, and Manresa in Los Gatos. Thirty-nine restaurants in the Bay Area received one star.

The "San Francisco Chronicle" awards four stars to the top restaurants. Current recipients are Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Cyrus in Healdsburg, Manresa in Los Gatos, French Laundry in Yountville, The Restaurant at Meadowood near St. Helena, and Coi, La Folie, and The Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco.

Come to San Francisco and you'll have a chance to pick your favorite. Be sure to make your reservations well in advance as these top restaurants frequently fill up two months in advance. If you wait until the last minute, you may not be able to get a table or may have to dine at 5:30 or 10:00 p.m.

If you want to see last year's summary, click here

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