Monday, October 28, 2013

Best Restaurants in San Francisco - 2013/2014

The Zagat San Francisco Bay Area Restaurants 2014 and The Michelin Guide San Francisco, Bay Area, and Wine Country Restaurants 2014 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, Kokkari Estiatorio, Boulevard, French Laundry (Yountville, Napa Valley) and Slanted Door. The top rated restaurant for food is Gary Danko with 29 points. Erna's Elderberry House (Oakhurst), French Laundry (Yountville, Napa Valley), Sierra Mar (Big Sur), Acquerello, Cafe Gibraltar (El Grenada), Kiss Seafood, Evvia (Palo Alto), and Kokkari Estiatorio 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 2013, two stars were awarded to Atelier Crenn, Baumé (Palo Alto), Benu, (San Francisco), Coi (San Francisco), Manresa (Los Gatos), and Saison (San Francisco).  Quince, which received one star last year, received two stars for the first time.

The "San Francisco Chronicle" awards four stars to the top restaurants. Current recipients are the same recipients as last year: 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