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Oct 19, 2009 09:47 AM

Michelin Guide to San Francisco, 2010

The list:

The French Laundry

The Restaurant at Meadowood

Auberge du Soleil
Chez Panisse
Chez TJ
The Dining Room at the Ritz Carlton
El Paseo (closed)
Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant
Fifth Floor
Fleur de Lys
Gary Danko
La Folie
La Toque
Madrona Manor
Michael Mina
Murray Circle
One Market
Plumed Horse
Trevese (closed)
The Village Pub

Changes: Michael Mina lost a star, and Aqua lost its two and Bistro Jeanty and Martini House each lost their only star; Aziza, Commis, Etoile, La Toque, Luce, Quince, Sante, Solbar, Terra and Ubuntu now each have a star.

Bauer's blog:
SF Eater:

Thoughts on the list?

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  1. Hurrah for Ubuntu if this gets more people there and keep it alive.

    Again ... One Market ... seriously. What is that about?

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    1. re: rworange

      That's exactly what my mom just said about One Market.

    2. Sorta surprising to see Fifth Floor on the list as well given the 3-4 chef changes and the recent redux. Also the Plumed Horse...yeah it's French but is that good? I guess both have enough French influences (service or food) to get a star.

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      1. re: ML8000

        Well, Michelin isn't just about the food. Service, environment, and wine list factor in too. The plumed horse has a deep list and ages wine itself, buys by the case rather than 1-2 trophy bottles, etc. They also have a new chef, but we haven't seen any reviews on the board.

        1. About time for Ubuntu, they definitely deserve it. Not sure how I feel about Martini House losing their star, kind of expected it, but still a bit surprised. Also, Terra already had a star, but the OP indicates that it's new.

          I wonder if SF will ever get a second three star restaurant.

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          1. re: Piperdown

            I think the only way a restaurant can get 3 stars is if it is a French place and adheres to the classic French service model, and of course serves great food.

            1. re: ML8000

              I honestly don't think any high end place in SF proper is consistent enough to merit 3 stars. Between my partner and I, we've had experiences at a dozen of the one stars that alone would preclude them from more stars. We had a 2-3 star experience at Fleur de Lys, but that doesn't seem to be the average experience of people who report back. I would have thought Quince would be a solid 2-star, but whatever.

              1. re: SteveG

                I think whatever is the operative word. I like Manresa much more the TFL, find the food much more inspiring and unique yet it only gets 2-stars which I take is the service model. As a Californian I actually find the full French service model a bit stuffy and it can get overbearing. As you said...whatever.

          2. Commis? I'm amazed the Michelin people deigned to go to Oakland, especially for a brand new restaurant. I guess they couldn't resist following the chef's reputation across the bay. I hope it helps them fill their tables!

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            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              I France you will find stared restaurants all over so it does not suprise me that they would come to Oakland to review a restaurant. Several Oakland restaurants got the Bib Gourmand rating.

              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                The food at Commis is of such high quality that it would deserve a star even if it were in Walnut Creek! :-)

                1. re: Paul H

                  How would it rate, god forbid, in Fresno?

                2. re: Ruth Lafler

                  The Commis star surprised and delighted me, delighted because I loved my visit to the restaurant, and shocked that Michelin made it to Oakland. Well, and it's only been open, what, three months, so I'm kind of amazed that Michelin managed to visit in time for the book. I don't make decisions about where to go based on Michelin, but it's clear that some people do, or will at least be more likely to go to starred places, so I'm happy that Commis got one.

                  1. re: JasmineG

                    Yeah the only thing that surprised me bout the Commis star, is that the restaurant is just so new, and I really didn't think they would have enough time to review, write-up and still make the publishing deadline. I've never eaten there, but a few friends that have, have raved about it.

                3. Here are the changes from the 2009 list, including changes in their "bib gourmand" list:

                  From the list of stars, the changes are:

                  * Bistro Jeanty
                  * Martini House
                  ** Aqua
                  ** Michael Mina

                  * Ame
                  * Aziza
                  * Commis
                  * El Paseo (closed)
                  * Etoile
                  * La Toque
                  * Luce
                  * Quince
                  * Sante
                  * Solbar
                  * Ubuntu

                  Not gone from the list, but gone from the earth:
                  * Trevese

                  The "Bib gourmand" list of restaurants that are "an inspector's favorite for good value." And the changes there are:

                  Espetus Churrascaria
                  South Park Cafe
                  Willi's Seafood & Raw Bar

                  Border (The)
                  Brown Sugar Kitchen
                  Crouching Tiger
                  Flour + Water
                  Henry’s Hunan
                  Kitchen (The)
                  Monti’s Rotisserie
                  Tavern at Lark Creek
                  The girl & the fig

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                  1. re: BernalKC

                    Well, though I don't use Michelin for ecs, I'm glad The girl and the fig is on there. There's been lots of people putting it down both on Chowhound and Yelp. IMO, it hasn't changed and is a nice option in Sonoma.

                    Colibri is both dropped and added?

                    These people seem to be Bradley Ogden groupies ... Thavern at Lark Creek?

                    Henry's Hunan ... really? I'm telling you if House of Nanking shows up I'm going to have to burn that guide in publc.

                    It is a little weird this year all the relatively new restaurants on that list.

                    1. re: BernalKC

                      It's particularly interesting that Michelin Guide is responsive to customer input. I sent them a couple of e-mails urging them to review Restaurant Chevalier in Lafayette. They originally replied that Lafayette is outside the area they cover (in prior years they included only the Oakland/Berkeley portion of the East Bay), but It turns out they did review it, since Chevalier is now on the Bib Gourmand list, and is the only restaurant east of the Caldecott Tunnel to be mentioned in the Guide.

                      1. re: BernalKC

                        KCBS Food and Wine Editor Narsai David talks to Jean-Luc Naret, Director of the Michelin Guide. Interesting stuff. Narsai is always good. Here's the podcast link: