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Top 25 Chefs in The Bay Area

Are you a hungry Bay Area native? Do you ever feel like there’s nothing good to eat in this side of California? Fret not, for good eateries indeed exist in the San Francisco Bay Area and surrounding turf.  The following presents a range of the most esteemed chefs in the Bay Area proper. Though by no means exhaustive, for those seeking to eat some of Northern California’s best should take care to check out some of these great picks:

 

Thomas Keller of French Laundry – Yountville, CA

3 Michelin stars, French cuisine with an American twist and fixed-priced menus

 

Christorpher Kostow of Restaurant at Meadowood – St. Helena, CA

3 Michelin stars, located in Napa Valley featuring fine contemporary California cuisine along with choice wines

 

Corey Lee of Benu – San Francisco, CA

3 Michelin stars, minimalist setting in the SoMa district of SF with American fusion and an exquisite tasting menu

 

Joshua Skenes of Saison – San Francisco, CA

3 Michelin stars, New American cuisine with a famous tasting menu

 

Alice Waters of Chez Panisse – Berkeley, CA

Frequently ranked as one of the top restaurants in the world, uses local organic ingredients for its signature dishes, inspired the Californian cuisine cooking style

 

David Kinch of Manresa – Los Gatos, CA

2 Michelin stars, New American cuisine with fresh tasting menus

 

Dominique Crenn of Atelier Crenn – San Francisco, CA

2 Michelin stars, innovative French cuisine in a minimalist setting

 

Suzette Gresham of Acquerello – San Francisco, CA

2 Michelin stars, fine Italian cuisine and wines in a chapel-turned-restaurant setting

 

Bruno Chemel of Baumé – Palo Alto, CA

2 Michelin stars, French fine dining with fixed-price menus

 

Daniel Patterson of Coi – San Francisco, CA

2 Michelin stars, experimental California-French tasting menus using local ingredients

 

Michael Tusk of Quince – San Francisco, CA

2 Michelin stars, French-Italian dishes using seasonal ingredients

 

Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani of Ame – San Francisco, CA

1 Michelin star, blend of France-Italian flavors with a Japanese edge, complimented by an extensive wine list

 

Nancy Oakes of Boulevard – San Francisco, CA

1 Michelin star, New American cuisine along with a lovely view of the bay

 

Jarad Gallagher of Chez TJ – Mountain View, CA

1 Michelin star, French cuisine with set meals in a Victorian setting

 

Steve Litke of Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant – Forestville, CA

1 Michelin star, New American cuisine with wonderful Sonoma and Napa wine

 

Gray Danko of Gary Danko – San Francisco, CA

1 Michelin star, elegant American cuisine with fixed-price menus

 

Roland Passot of La Folie – San Francisco, CA

1 Michelin star, French cuisine with fixed-price menu

 

Ken Frank of La Toque – Napa, CA

1 Michelin star, New French cuisine within the Westin Verasa hotel

 

Peter Rudolph of Madera – Menlo Park, CA

1 Michelin star, New American seasonal selections with a wonderful view

 

Jesse Mallgren of Madrona Manor – Healdsburg, CA

1 Michelin star, New American farm-to-table menu with views of Sonoma vineyards

 

Michael Mina of Michael Mina – San Francisco, CA

1 Michelin star, New American power-dining spot in SF’s Financial District

 

Peter Armellino of Plumed Horse – Saratoga, CA

1 Michelin star, California cuisine in a stylish and exquisite setting

 

Brandon Sharp of Solbar – Calistoga, CA

1 Michelin star, California eatery with wines at the Solage Resort

 

Matt McNamara and Teague Moriarty of Sons & Daughters – San Francisco, CA

1 Michelin star, New American eatery with tasting menu and wine pairings

 

Hiro Sone of Terra – St. Helena, CA

1 Michelin star, New American farm-to-table tasting menus in a chic farmhouse setting

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