LOS ANGELES – Whether you’re in the mood for sushi or Italian, French or a classic burger and fries, California is chock-full of restaurants with something for everyone.
The Michelin guide recently added 37 restaurants to its California listings, marking them as “new” for foodies to enjoy ahead of the annual unveiling of the full selection on December 5 at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.
“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.”
Here is the list of restaurants along with a preview of Michelin’s inspector notes:
AMA Sushi (Montecito)
It’s worth going all out at the omakase to sample the chef’s artistry, which begins with a trinity of bites from soba noodles and fried eggplant to sesame tofu.
Asterid by Ray Garcia (Los Angeles)
The evolving menu draws from seasonal local produce and Latin, Asian and European influences with Chef Garcia’s distinctive Angeleño perspective.
Bar Le Cote (Los Olivos)
Head to one of the booths or banquettes and settle in for a meal that is an ode to the sea and is best enjoyed with shared plates.
Bird & Buffalo (Oakland)
Picnic tables gift-wrapped with brightly colored plastic tablecloths and unhurried, casual service are faintly reminiscent of the casual street restaurants dotted across Thailand — and thankfully, so do the multi-faceted, punchy flavors.
Caboco (Los Angeles)
This airy, industrial-chic space welcomes guests with a well-rounded menu of deeply flavorful and thought-provoking modern Brazilian dishes.
Camphor (Los Angeles)
Camphor serves really good French dishes with a sprinkling of spices from India and Southeast Asia. Creative cocktails, including the refreshing Saint-Germain, complete the experience.
Tacos are served all day at this spot where Oaxacan-style Mexican food with a California influence reigns supreme.
Acclaimed wine country chef Douglas Keane has returned to prominence with his re-imagining of Cyrus in Geyserville. Dining 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.
Damian (Los Angeles)
Housed in a repurposed warehouse with polished concrete, exposed brick and pendant lights, Damian nailed that industrial chic look, and the menu appeals to a cuisine rooted in the nuances of Mexican cuisine.
The Dutchwoman (Ojai)
This quirky concept offers a bakery/cafe by day and a trendy Burmese restaurant by night. Come hungry as this hearty menu is packed to the brim with snacks, salads, curries and large plates to share.
Embers (Arroyo Grande)
Its inviting industrial-rustic interior is the perfect setting for hearty, down-to-earth cuisine. You’re unlikely to ever tire of the modern menu, which is filled with beneficial favorites.
The Hatch (Paso Robles)
Cheers to the bird at The Hatch. This restaurant in downtown Paso Robles adores the rotisserie, and fried chicken is a must indeed.
Hatchet Hall (Los Angeles)
This is open flame cooking rendered with a southern twist and seasonal focus thanks to an abundance of local produce.
Hello Felicia (Oakland),
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 disrespect guests should expect.
in bloom (Paso Robles)
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 full bloom. Her cooking is confident and her dishes really come alive.
Itria (San Francisco)
This welcoming, easygoing retreat draws a lively crowd with appealingly modern Italian cuisine. Chef Daniel Evers takes a confidently uncomplicated approach that puts a light spin on classic flavors and lets simplicity shine.
Ken (San Francisco)
The city has its share of intimate omakase counters, but few offer as much cozy charm as this six-seat Lower Haight gem.
Kingfisher (San Diego)
A striking central bar provides the perfect spot for thirsty diners to wet their beaks with a great selection of imaginative cocktails that serve as excellent complements to the delectable menu of inspired Vietnamese cuisine.
Chin (Los Angeles)
Chef Ki Kim delivers something special with a chin and his experience in fine dining feeds into the menu, which offers dishes with a Korean twist.
Kodo (Los Angeles)
Off-menu specialties, like Japanese sea snail, are particularly memorable, while sea bream and squid are impeccable. A steaming bowl of small clams, garlic and butter is dreamy.
LA Cha Cha Cha (Los Angeles)
This sister spot to Mexico City’s Terraza Cha Cha Chá lives up to its name with a fun vibe. The menu is refreshingly uncomplicated yet imaginative with a summary of botanas, platos principales and well-prepared desserts.
Les Petites Canailles (Paso Robles)
Meals begin with a warm gougère before moving on to a selection of savory appetizers. The menu offers several entrees, although most eyes will land on the perfectly cooked steaks.
Matū (Beverly Hills)
The welcoming ambiance is enhanced by a visible kitchen with a view of the action, and the warm, courteous staff complete the experience.
Meteora (Los Angeles)
Chef Jordan Kahn aims to enchant with his highly imaginative cuisine, which defies neat categorization, employing ancient cooking techniques like hot stones and living fires while employing a uniquely modern tapestry of eclectic, global ingredients.
Nates on Marsh (San Luis Obispo)
Nate Long is the consummate host and the service is exceptionally warm, although it certainly doesn’t hurt that the menu is filled with classics and riffs on favorites that will have you coming back for more.
Osito (San Francisco)
Chef Seth Stowaway puts his heart, soul, and even his nickname (Osito means “little bear”) into this rustic, cabin-like spot where open-fire cooking takes center stage. Warmth radiates from the central fireplace and the extremely welcoming staff.
Peasant Festival (Solvang)
It might seem impossible to be more charming than the surrounding area of Solvang, but Farmer’s Festival doubles down and delivers. Michael and Sarah Cherney’s daytime café puts the seasons center stage on their sandwich menu.
Pizzeria Bianco (Los Angeles)
Those who think Los Angeles can’t keep up with New York when it comes to pizza obviously haven’t been to Pizzeria Bianco. There’s a reason long lines wind through ROW DTLA, queuing outside the food kiosks with patrons craving a sample of Chef Chris Bianco’s pizza.
Ramen & Tsukemen TAO (Buena Park)
This unassuming spot in an easy-to-miss spot in an open-air mall belies the wondrous steaming bowls that reside within.
Rebel Omakase (Laguna Beach)
As the name suggests, omakase is indeed the name of the game here, and with its seasonal, ever-changing fish selection, you’re sure to have a unique experience every time you visit.
Saffy’s (Los Angeles)
From the hitmakers behind Bavel and Bestia comes this breezy space in shades of starburst pink and marmalade. Lamb and pork skewers cooked on long metal skewers are the main event, but appetizers easily hold their own.
San Laurel (Los Angeles)
Expect modern Californian dishes with Spanish influences from a talented team put together by visionary chef José Andrés.
Sushi Kaneyoshi (Los Angeles)
Great care is given to every detail, be it the quality of the ingredients or the artistic plating – some of the dishes are handcrafted by chef Yoshiyuki Inoue.
Valle (ocean side)
The name is a nod to the Guadalupe Valley in Baja California, Mexico’s premier wine region, which makes up the restaurant’s wine list, and serves as the inspiration for Chef Roberto Alcocer’s sophisticated, modern take on Mexican cuisine.
Yangban Society (Los Angeles)
Katianna and John Hong are behind the Yangban Society, a DTLA multihyphenate that’s equal parts deli, convenience store, and restaurant, offering a multi-course, fixed-price meal of no-nonsense comfort food with a Korean flair.
Yuji (San Francisco)
Specializing in Kappo cuisine, the 12-course menu similarly reflects the seasons, offering a succession of dishes that includes a range of delicate bites, both hot and cold, and served in a hearty dish of steamed rice (which comes with hairy crab or crab) culminate a similar delicacy) paired with pickled and hearty miso soup.
Yunomi Hand Roll Bar (Los Angeles)
Chef David Movsisian’s Yunomi Handroll is on a stretch of East 3rd Street that has become a hotbed of great restaurants and nightclubs, and this cool, welcoming spot certainly rivals its neighbors.
In September, Michelin added over a dozen Los Angeles restaurants to its guide. See below for a list tap or click here.