California is home to a plethora of amazing restaurants, but are any of them Michelin Star Restaurants?
The answer is yes. California is home to some of the most prestigious Michelin Star Restaurants in the world. In fact, there are currently seven restaurants in California that have been awarded one, two, or three stars from the prestigious Michelin Guide: Manresa in Los Gatos, Saison in San Francisco, Benu in San Francisco, SingleThread Farms in Healdsburg, The French Laundry and Terra in Yountville, and Atelier Crenn in San Francisco.
Manresa has been awarded three Michelin stars and is known for its innovative take on modern Californian cuisine. The restaurant features a prix fixe menu and a wine list that has earned praise from critics around the world. Manresa also won Best Restaurant at the 2018 James Beard Awards.
Saison has two Michelin stars and is known for its constantly evolving tasting menus that use fresh ingredients sourced from local farms. The restaurant offers seasonal dishes with an ever-changing selection of dishes based on what is available locally. Saison also recently won Best Restaurant at the 2019 James Beard Awards.
Benu has two Michelin stars and is known for its modern Chinese cuisine inspired by classic Cantonese recipes. The menu features creative interpretations of traditional dishes along with signature dishes like caviar-topped egg custard buns and Peking Duck with Shaoxing wine sauce.
SingleThread Farms has been awarded one Michelin star for their unique take on farm-to-table dining with a focus on sustainable ingredients. Their tasting menus are inspired by local ingredients sourced from their own farm as well as other nearby farms and feature seasonal flavors like quince sorbet or wood grilled shishito peppers with yuzu kosho salt.
The French Laundry and Terra have both been awarded three Michelin stars for their exquisite culinary creations. Both restaurants offer tasting menus that feature modern interpretations of traditional French dishes as well as more adventurous creations like foie gras torchon with smoked apple custard or roasted squab with chestnut puree and truffle sauce.
Atelier Crenn has been awarded two Michelin stars for its unique take on modern French cuisine with an emphasis on sustainable ingredients sourced from local farms and fisheries along the Northern California coast. Atelier Crenn’s menu features avant-garde creations like abalone served with artichoke cream or smoked eel served over sweet potato puree topped with caviar cream sauce.
Yes, there are several Michelin Star Restaurants located throughout California including Manresa, Saison, Benu, SingleThread Farms Restaurant & Inn, The French Laundry & Terra in Yountville, as well as Atelier Crenn in San Francisco.