Yountville may no longer be able to claim to have the most Michelin stars per capita now only with four. Michelin announced it’s 2014 Guide to the San Francisco Bay Area and one Yountville restaurant, Redd, no longer retained it’s one star rating. Two years ago, Yountville had six stars with Redd and e’toile at Domaine Chandon both having 0ne. The Yountville restaurants who received this coveted prize, The French Laundry with three stars and Bouchon one star both of Thomas Keller fame.
Besides The French Laundry, The Restaurant at Meadowood kept it’s three stars, a rating that designates a restaurant with “exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey.” These are the only three stars restaurants in Northern California. Thus they remain part of the elite of the international culinary world. According to Michelin, “just over 100 restaurants worldwide currently hold this prized distinction.”
The other Napa County restaurants to receive one star include Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford, La Toque in Napa, Solbar in Calistoga, and Terra in St. Helena. 29 restaurants earned one star in the Bay Area and seven earned two stars. San Francisco has five: Atalier, Benu, Saison, Coi and Quince plus Baumé in Palo Alto and Manresa in Los Gatos. Michelin defines a two-star restaurant as having “excellent cuisine, worth a detour.”
Michelin also announced the restaurants in its Bib Gourmand category which combine exceptional quality with value. Again, there was no change locally from last year’s guide. The local restaurants earning a Bib: Bistro Jeanty and Redd Wood in Yountville, C Casa and Oenotri in Napa, and Cook in St. Helena.
No matter where you eat in Yountville, reservations are a must. And yes The French Laundry is as hard to get one there as always and so is my favorite bar sit at Bouchon. cheers and bon apetit.
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