Sunday, December 09, 2012

Best Restaurants in San Francisco - 2012/2013

The Zagat San Francisco Bay Area Restaurants 2013 and The Michelin Guide San Francisco, Bay Area, and Wine Country Restaurants 2013 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, Kokkari Estiatorio, and French Laundry (Yountville, Napa Valley). The top rated restaurants for food are Gary Danko and French Laundry with 29 points. Seven Hills, Erna's Elderberry House (Oakhurst), Marinus (Carmel Valley), Kokkari Estiatorio, Sierra Mar (Big Sur), Evvia (Palo Alto), Redd (Yountville, Napa Valley), Acquerello, Commiss (Oakland), Kiss Seafood, Chez Panisse and Chez Panisse Cafe (Berkeley), Rivoli (Berkeley), and Gibraltar Cafe (El Grenada) 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) and The Restaurant at Meadowood (near St. Helena, Napa Valley).  As in 2012, two stars were awarded to Baumé (Palo Alto), Benu, (San Francisco), Coi (San Francisco), Manresa (Los Gatos), and Saison (San Francisco).  Atelier Crenn, which received one star last year, received two stars for the first time.  Cyrus (Healdsburg), which received two stars every year since the first Michelin Guide for San Francisco was published, closed this year.

The "San Francisco Chronicle" awards four stars to the top restaurants. Current recipients are Benu (San Francisco), Chez Panisse (Berkeley), Coi (San Francisco), French Laundry (Yountville, Napa Valley), La Folie (San Francisco), Manresa (Los Gatos), Quince (San Francisco), and The Restaurant at Meadowood (near St. Helena, Napa Valley).

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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