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The San Francisco Bay Area is the new fine-dining capital of America in the eyes of Michelin.
The region, which includes San Francisco and wine country, received 55 Michelin stars in the newly-revealed 2018 guide to spots in the Bay Area. The seven three-starred restaurants (the highest accolade) puts the Bay Area ahead of New York’s six three-starred establishments and Chicago’s three.
The Michelin Guide is a restaurant rating system that makes or breaks fine-dining spots around the world. Three stars, in Michelin jargon, means “exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey.” San Francisco has no shortage.
The honor may only be temporary. Michelin drops its 2018 guide for New York on Monday.
Until then, the Bay Area reigns supreme. Here are the restaurants that earned the illustrious three-star designation from Michelin. Click here to see the complete list.
Benu, San Francisco
This stylish San Francisco has been called a “food temple,” where owner-chef Corey Lee showcases a melding of Asian and Californian flavors in a zen-like venue.
Coi, San Francisco
Coi is the Bay Area’s newest three Michelin-starred restaurant. Chef David Patterson passed the baton to chef Matthew Kirkley in 2016, who shifted the focus to classic French influences. The seafood-centric spot is one of about 100 restaurants worldwide to receive three stars.
The French Laundry, Yountville