Thursday, January 08, 2015

Best San Francisco Restaurants - 2015

Zagat has released its list of San Francisco's Top 50 restaurants and The Michelin Guide San Francisco, Bay Area, and Wine Country Restaurants 2015 was recently published. To date Zagat has not released a guide book as it has in years past.  An on-line summary of Michelin's ratings can be found here.  While we're a little late this year, here's Blue Heron's annual summary of the critics' choices for the best restaurants in San Francisco and the Bay Area.

Zagat's top restaurants for food are Kokkari and Gary Danko with 29 points.  Last year Gary Danko was the top rated restaurant with 29 points and the most popular restaurant.  Kokkari had 28 points and was the second most popular restaurant.  (This year Zagat did not publish a list of popular restaurants.)  This year Quince, Acquerello, Boulevard, La Folie, and Frances follow with 28 points. Unlike past years, Zagat did not include Bay Area restaurants located outside of San Francisco.  

Once again, Michelin awarded three stars to the French Laundry (Yountville, Napa Valley) and Restaurant at Meadowood (near St. Helena, Napa Valley).  This year Benu and Saison (San Francisco) were awarded a third star after receiving two stars last year.  As in 2013, two stars were awarded to Atelier Crenn, Baumé (Palo Alto), Coi (San Francisco), Manresa (Los Gatos), and Quince (San Francisco).  Acquerello (San Francisco), 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: Benu (San Francisco), Chez Panisse (Berkeley), Coi (San Francisco), French Laundry (Yountville, Napa Valley), La Folie (San Francisco), Manresa (Los Gatos), Quince (San Francisco), Restaurant at Meadowood (near St. Helena, Napa Valley) and Saison (San Francisco).  All repeat from last year except for Saison, which is new to this elite list.

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