April 23, 2024

California Gets 6 New Michelin Star Restaurants For 2023

Roll out the red carpets and get ready to celebrate the newly announced additions to Michelin-starred restaurants in California. Long considered the ultimate achievement for chefs, Michelin stars are the Oscars of the culinary world. Michelin awards stars to the best stars, and California celebrates adding 6 new starred restaurants to the list for 2023.

Michelin’s 2023 California Guide was announced this week after a ceremony in Oakland, listing the restaurants that deserve the stars, with the most important category ranked from one to three stars. There are 87 restaurants in California that have achieved MICHELIN-Star status, including 6 with three stars (Addison/San Diego, Atelier Crenn/SF, Benu/SF, The French Laundry/Yountville, Quince/San Francisco, and SingleThread/Healdsburg) .

California currently has 12 two-MICHELIN-Star restaurants (Acquerello/SF, Birdsong/SF, California/SF, Commis/Oakland, Harbor House/Elk, Hayato/LA, Lazy Bear/SF, Melisse/Santa Monica, n/ naka/LA, Providence/Hollywood, Saison/SF, Sushi Ginza Onodera/West Hollywood.)

Here are the new one-MICHELIN-Star restaurants, with inspector notes from each:

“Appropriately named after the sun-drenched depths of the sea, this vast, stark space is secluded from the world, offering a rare pescatarian tasting menu full of personality. Chef Peter Hemsley takes full advantage of the bounty of the California coast, sourcing exceptional seafood from small, sustainable suppliers and using techniques such as dry aging and fermentation to maximize effect.” (Also awarded a Michelin Green Star for Sustainability.)

“Enjoy the bucolic splendor of Napa’s northern reaches at the Four Seasons resort, the perfect setting for this au courant embodiment of classic Wine Country dining. With skills seen in some of the Bay Area’s most prominent kitchens, Chef Rogelio Garcia brings a distinct California perspective, using precise technique to highlight exceptional ingredients — most of which are sourced locally, including from on-site gardens.”

“If Chef Jonny and his wife, Monique Black (who oversees the service staff), feel like you’re being invited into their own home, then the second floor of this Craftsman-like residence is. Both have plenty of fine dining bona fides, but aim for a more approachable feel. The cooking draws on French bistro fare and showcases the bounty of the California coast, with seafood, such as spot-on sea bass and country fare, which really impresses.”

“Situated in a converted Craftsman in the historic Rose Park neighborhood, this delightful place is tucked away on the banks of Long Beach. Brother and sister duo Philip and Lauren Pretty run the kitchen and front of house, respectively, maintaining an experience that’s relaxed, but gets the details right. There is one multi-course tasting available (at a reasonable price) that highlights premium ingredients, including produce sourced from their nearby farm.” (Also awarded a Michelin Green Star for Sustainability.)

“This sleek retreat located within the Kabuki Hotel delivers a one-two punch with a dramatic setting and renowned cuisine. Chef Pim Techamuanvivit’s personality and laser-focused palate come through in dishes that use great California ingredients through a distinct, contemporary Thai lens. The dishes are family style, albeit slightly refined. Intensely aromatic curries achieve great complexity, as in brick-red bamboo curry with crispy fried eggs, served with flaky roti bread.”

“Celebrated chef Roberto Alcocer brings his refined modern interpretation of Mexican cuisine stateside at this elegant space in the Mission Pacific Hotel, overlooking the scenic Seaside Pier. Diners can choose from a four-course prix fixe, or leave things entirely in the hands of the kitchen for an eight-course tasting. Dishes strike a winning balance between tradition and creativity, as in ttela made with heirloom corn masa and hoja santa, stuffed with juicy chanterelle mushrooms and creamy goat cheese, and paired with a complex salsa de chiles morita – at once earthy and bright.”

Michelin presented a number of special awards including; Exceptional Cocktail Award to Austin Hennelly from KatoMichelin Sommelier Award to John Haffey of Aubergineand the Michelin Young Chef Award to Harrison Cheney son & daughters.

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