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2008 Michelin Guide San Francisco

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THREE STARS (***)
THE FRENCH LAUNDRY - Yountville - Napa Valley

TWO STARS (**) (by neighborhood)
AQUA - San Francisco - Financial District
CHEZ TJ (NEW) - Mountain View - South of San Francisco
CYRUS - Healdsburg - Sonoma County
MANRESA - Los Gatos - South of San Francisco
MEADOWOOD, THE RESTAURANT(NEW) - St. Helena - Napa Valley
MICHAEL MINA - San Francisco - Financial District

ONE STAR (*) (by neighborhood)
ACQUERELLO - San Francisco - Nob Hill
AME (NEW) - San Francisco - SoMa
AUBERGE DU SOLEIL - Rutherford - Napa Valley
BISTRO JEANTY - Yountville - Napa Valley
BOUCHON - Yountville - Napa Valley
BOULEVARD - San Francisco - SoMa
CHEZ PANISSE - Berkeley - East of San Francisco
COI (NEW) - San Francisco - North Beach Area
CORTEZ (NEW) - San Francisco - Financial District
DINING ROOM AT THE RITZ - CARLTON - San Francisco - Nob Hill
FARMHOUSE INN & RESTAURANT - Forestville - Sonoma County
FIFTH FLOOR - San Francisco - SoMa
FLEUR DE LYS - San Francisco - Financial District
GARY DANKO - San Francisco - North Beach
K & L BISTRO - Sebastopol - Sonoma County
LA FOLIE - San Francisco - Nob Hill
LA TOQUE - Rutherford - Napa Valley
MADRONA MANOR (NEW) - Healdsburg - Sonoma County
MARTINI HOUSE (NEW) - St. Helena - Napa Valley
MASA'S - San Francisco - Nob Hill
ONE MARKET (NEW) - San Francisco - SoMa
QUINCE - San Francisco - Marina District
RANGE - San Francisco - Mission District
REDD (NEW) - Yountville - Napa Valley
RUBICON - San Francisco - Financial District
SUSHI - RAN - Sausalito - North of San Francisco
TERRA - St. Helena - Napa Valley

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    1. re: orezscu

      Note: the article says there are 6 new restaurants on the list with one star, but there are actually 7 (if anyone is keeping score at home).

      Ame
      Coi
      Cortez
      One Market
      Redd
      Madrona Manor
      Martini House

      1. re: Shane Greenwood

        also, Bushi-Tei and Dry Creek Kitchen fell off the star list. They were 1 star last year.

        1. re: Fig Newton

          Thank goodness. I enjoyed the there a year ago but a recent visit made me question their star. Bushi-Tei is definitely on my "downhill alert" radar.

    2. The guide also lists its reviewers favorite restaurants where you can eat two dishes and a glass of wine or a dessert for less than $40.

      A 16 - San Francisco - Marina District
      ANNALIEN - Napa - Napa Valley
      BAR TARTINE - San Francisco - Mission District
      BARBERSQ - Napa - Napa Valley
      BAY WOLF - Oakland - East of San Francisco
      BETELNUT PEJIU WU - San Francisco - Marina District
      CAFE GIBRALTAR - El Granada - South of San Francisco
      CELADON - Napa - Napa Valley
      CLEMENTINE - San Francisco - Richmond and Sunset
      COOK ST. HELENA - St. Helena - Napa Valley
      CUCINA PARADISO - Petaluma - Sonoma County
      DELFINA - San Francisco - Mission District
      GAYLORD - Sausalito - North of San Francisco
      HONG KONG FLOWER LOUNGE - Millbrae - South of San Francisco
      INSALATA'S - San Anselmo - North of San Francisco
      JUNNOON - Palo Alto - South of San Francisco
      KOKKARI ESTIATORIO - San Francisco - North Beach Area
      KOO - San Francisco - Richmond and Sunset
      LE CHARM - San Francisco - SoMa
      MAMACITA - San Francisco - Marina District
      MIREPOIX - Windsor - Sonoma County
      NAMU - San Francisco - Richmond and Sunset
      NOPA - San Francisco - Civic Center
      OLIVIA - Berkeley - East of San Francisco
      OSAKE - Santa Rosa - Sonoma County
      PERBACCO - San Francisco - Financial District
      POLENG - San Francisco - Civic Center
      PRES A VI - San Francisco - Marina District
      RIN'S THAI - Sonoma - Sonoma County
      RISIBISI - Petaluma - Sonoma County
      RNM - San Francisco - Civic Center
      SAUCE - San Francisco - Civic Center
      SCOTT HOWARD - San Francisco - North Beach Area
      SLANTED DOOR (THE) - San Francisco - Financial District
      SLOW CLUB - San Francisco - Mission District
      SOCIALE - San Francisco - Marina District
      SOUTH PARK CAFE - San Francisco - SoMa
      TABLESPOON - San Francisco - Nob Hill
      TAMARINDO - Oakland - East of San Francisco
      TOKYO GO GO - San Francisco - Mission District
      Tommaso's - San Francisco - North Beach Area
      TWO - San Francisco - SoMa
      2223 - San Francisco - Castro District
      Universal Cafe - San Francisco - Mission District
      Vanessa's Bistro - Berkeley - East of San Francisco
      Venticello - San Francisco - Nob Hill
      Willi's Seafood & Raw Bar - Healdsburg - Sonoma County
      Willi's Wine Bar - Santa Rosa - Sonoma County
      Yank Sing - San Francisco - SoMa
      Zuzu - Napa - Napa Valley

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      1. re: alis

        I wouldn't describe Poleng Lounge as being in the Civic Center.

        1. re: alis

          On that list, I believe that Olivia in Berkeley is no more...

        2. TWO STARS (**) (by neighborhood)
          AQUA - San Francisco - Financial District - dissagree
          MICHAEL MINA - San Francisco - Financial District - all evidence is to dissagree

          ONE STAR (*) (by neighborhood)
          ACQUERELLO - San Francisco - Nob Hill - agree
          AME (NEW) - San Francisco - SoMa - agree
          BOULEVARD - San Francisco - SoMa - agree
          DINING ROOM AT THE RITZ - CARLTON - San Francisco - Nob Hill - agree, maybe **
          FARMHOUSE INN & RESTAURANT - Forestville - Sonoma County - agree
          FLEUR DE LYS - San Francisco - Financial District - agree, was ** quality 2 years ago
          LA FOLIE - San Francisco - Nob Hill - agree
          MARTINI HOUSE (NEW) - St. Helena - Napa Valley - agree
          RANGE - San Francisco - Mission District - love it, but would put it on the list below instead

          I also agree with almost all the $40/person restaurants that I have been to (A16, Betelnut, Delfina, Mamacita, Mirepoix, Poleng, Slanted Door) my one strike would be Yank Sing.

          1. How does One Market garner one star?

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            1. re: baron45

              My thoughts exactly!

              One Market gets a star and Myth is completely absent.

              1. re: Scott M

                Yeah...

                I also don't know how Fringale and Aziza don't make the $40 list...

                1. re: whiner

                  The Michelin Guide is pretty well-known for being a little nonsensical and more than a little inscrutable.

                  I prefer the Zagat Guide for just that reason. While I think it does tend to overrate once-top restaurants that have fallen from their prime, the wisdom in numbers utilized by their open-voting system seems to result in far fewer puzzling rating discrepancies.

                  1. re: grishnackh

                    Actually, for some reason I tend to like Gayot's reviews...

                    1. re: whiner

                      I like Gayot as a helpful data point...they seem to be fairly internally consistent to me and that helps a lot.

                      1. re: ccbweb

                        Did anyone else notice that the French Laundry FELL OUT of Gayot's 2007 top 40??? http://www.gayot.com/restaurants/rest...

                        How is that possible when it scored equally or better than some of the other's, including it's "offspring" Per Se and CityZen?

                    2. re: grishnackh

                      As for Zagat, I can't take seriously any guide in which a chain restaurant like Applebee's gets high ratings. Michelin may be "inscrutable" to some, but if they give a restaurant a star, it will be, at least, a good meal

                      1. re: chazzerking

                        Where does Applebees get a high rating in Zagat? From what I can tell, they're only rated in Las Vegas, Nevada and they rate a 13 for food...which is one of the lowest food ratings I've seen on the site. They rate a 12 for decor and a 16 for service. Basically, Applebee's gets torn apart on Zagat. They're not infallible....but they seem to have nailed that one.

                        They did a separate from their ratings national chain survey in conjunction with the Today show. In that chains only rating, Applebee's scored a 16 for food. And that's only compared to other chains.

                        I also disagree with the idea that Michelin is always right...we had an absolutely awful meal at Bouchon, but it got a star this year. As with most ratings, though, I think that both Zagat and Michelin are right more than they're wrong.

                  2. re: Scott M

                    I think One Market deserves their star. I've always had great, straighforward well prepared food there and I think that must be what the Michelin reviewers saw. I enjoy Myth, too, but the food is like alot of hipster trendy places that get too complicated with their menus. Michelin is different in that the restaurants earn their star within their category, not overall. Someone on another post said that Zagat is like Yelp or Craigslist in bookform and I completely agree. I never use either as they tend to get their reviews from trendoids who have different expectations. Kudos to One Market.

                  3. The Michelin Guide - Zagots for the French and people who love Jerry Lewis.

                    As a reference you keep in your car, sure it's helpful but I'd never pay for it.

                    Any way, I've been to 4 of 6 of the 2-stars and they think Chez Panisse is only one star? And 5th Floor got one-star even with all the negative reviews in the past 2 years? No doubt these places are good but I suspect the French reviewers bought into service and surface before food.