With the announcement of 2019 Michelin Guide, one thing became clear pretty quickly; San Francisco (or, to be exact, the Bay Area) is now the region with the most three-starred restaurants in the United States – eight.


While the Michelin Guide might not be on everyone’s radar, their sway is significant. Ratings help define a dining scene’s lucrative appeal and exclusivity; three stars are the most a restaurant can earn. Getting even one star is an amazing achievement. By comparison, New York City has five three-starred restaurants, while both Chicago and Washington D.C only have one three-starred restaurant each.

Who are the big San Francisco winners? The repeat three-star standouts are San Francisco’s Benu, Quince, and Saison, plus Yountville’s The French Laundry, the Los Gatos classic Manresa, and St. Helena’s The Restaurant at Meadowood .

The new additions earning three-stars are Healdsburg’s Single Thread Farm and Atelier Crenn; making chef Dominique Crenn the first female head chef of a three-starred restaurant in the United States.

As you can see in the video above, upon learning that they’d earned a third star, Crenn and the entire restaurant staff’s excitement could not be contained.