Michelin Adds 12 NorCal Restaurants to California Guide

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The Michelin Guide to California Restaurants just added 12 more restaurants across Northern California to help foodies tantalize their taste buds.

This Michelin award recognizes restaurants that are a worthwhile destination or detour on any road trip.

“By unveiling some of the new additions our inspectors have added throughout the year, we are enhancing our digital tools to further strengthen the ties that bind us with foodies,” said Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of MICHELIN Guides. “We hope these regular reveals and selection updates throughout the year will provide opportunities to highlight the profession and invite everyone to discover and support the restaurants in their area.”

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From Geyserville to Arroyo Grande, Michelin inspectors said these 12 restaurants are worth visiting.

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Only one restaurant in the county has been included in the California Michelin Guide, Cyrus in Geyserville. The restaurant opened just two months ago in early September after a 10-year hiatus and several false starts.

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“Celebrated wine country chef Douglas Keane has come back to prominence with his revival of Cyrus in Geyserville,” said a Michelin inspector. “Dinner is an exuberant experience, ranging from canapés and champagne in the lounge, to small bites in the kitchen, to rich compositions in the dining room.”

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Four San Francisco restaurants received Michelin ratings, including Itria in the Mission District. The handmade pasta, lively crowd and modern Italian cuisine put a light spin on classic flavors and show decadence in simplicity.

Ken, a six-seat omakase counter in the Lower Haight, offers an intimate and cozy experience.

Osito, also in the Mission District, is a community-run live-fire restaurant.

“Chef Seth Stowaway puts his heart, soul and even his nickname (Osito means ‘little bear’) into this rustic, cabin-like place where open-fire cooking takes center stage,” said a Michelin inspector. “Warmth radiates from the central fireplace and from the exceedingly welcoming staff.”

Rounding out the list of San Francisco restaurants is Yuji, which just opened in Japantown in April. Specializing in Kappo cuisine, the 12-course menu reflects the seasons with a range of dishes.


Two Oakland restaurants impressed Michelin inspectors.

The casual, rustic ambience of Bird & Buffalo offers a delicious selection of Thai soul food.

“Picnic tables gift-wrapped with brightly colored plastic tablecloths and the leisurely, nonchalant service are vaguely reminiscent of the casual roadside restaurants dotted across Thailand — and thankfully, the multi-faceted, punchy flavors, too,” said a Michelin inspector .

What started as a pandemic fine-dining pop-up transformed into a dining space perfect for a family-style format with Oakland’s Hi Felicia.

“The transformation of a popular underground supper club into a full-fledged brick-and-mortar might sound like a familiar tale, but rest assured there’s nothing formulaic about this East Bay iconoclast, whose name is indicative of the kind of effusive irreverence that guests should expect,” said a Michelin inspector.

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Michelin awarded five Central Coast restaurants ratings for day trips to the wine country.

The Hatch in downtown Paso Robles was added for its delicious rotisserie and fried chicken, which the Michelin inspector says is a must. Also in Paso Robles, Les Petites Canailles has several appetizers, but the inspector was most impressed with the “perfectly cooked” steaks.

The thriving Paso Robles restaurant, known for its new American cuisine, also made the list.

“Executive Chef Kenny Seliger and Executive Sous Chef Ron Frazier take the now-classic California menu and give it a clever update (sweet parsnip cannoli, anyone?) in bloom,” said a Michelin inspector. “Her cooking is sovereign and her dishes really come alive.”

A short drive south brings you to Nate’s on Marsh in downtown San Luis Obispo. The inspector especially loved the service alongside classic dishes and riffs on favorites that any foodie would enjoy.

The last restaurant to be recognized on the Central Coast was Ember in Arroyo Grande. In keeping with the industrial-rustic interior, the hearty, down-to-earth cuisine is beneficial, according to the inspector.

The full selection of the 37 added restaurants will be celebrated on December 5th at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. The restaurant teams will receive their Michelin Guide awards at the ceremony, which will be streamed live, the company said.

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