(Last UPDATED 8/15/2023) List of CA Michelin ranked restaurants – 2022 Edition, with an emphasis on those restaurants located in the Sacramento region. NEW: See “Updates” below.
On December 5, 2022 Michelin released this year’s star ranking, and a second Sacramento restaurant was added to the prestigious list – Localis. Localis joins The Kitchen, another highly regarded Sacramento restaurant. Both have been awarded One *.
Personally, I was gratified to learn of this honor as I have reservations at Localis in January, 2023, to celebrate a milestone birthday. A description and review of the “Chef’s Counter 12 Course Tasting Menu Experience” will be forthcoming early next year.
See related blog post: Localis – Chef’s Tasting Menu
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The four Sacramento area restaurants previously listed on the Michelin Bib Gourmand list have retained their standing. The four are: Canon, Frank Fat’s and Yue Huang (Sacramento) and Nixtaco (Roseville).
Click on the link for each restaurant below to see the Michelin description as to why the restaurant was listed.
CA Michelin Ranked Restaurants – Top Tier
Joining the Three *** list (by location) in 2022 is: San Diego: Addison
Retaining their standing on the Two ** list (by location) are: Elk: Harbor House; Hollywood: Providence; Los Angeles: n/naka; Hayato; Oakland: Commis; San Francisco: Birdsong; Acquerello; Californios; Saison; Lazy Bear; Santa Monica: Mélisse; West Hollywood: Sushi Ginza Onodera;,
New One *
Joining the One * list (by name) in 2022 are: 715, Los Angeles; Sushi Kaneyoshi, Los Angeles; Camphor, Los Angeles; Kato, Los Angeles; Gwen, Los Angeles; Manzke, Los Angeles; Hatchet Hall, Los Angeles; Citrin, Santa Monica; Localis, Sacramento; Caruso’s, Montecito; The Restaurant at JUSTIN, Paso Robles; Press, Saint Helena; Nisei, San Francisco; Ssal, San Francisco; Osito, San Francisco; San Ho Won, San Francisco; Cyrus, Geyserville.
One * Retained
Retaining their standing on the One* list (by location) are: Atherton: Selby’s; Beverly Hills: Nozawa Bar; Maude; Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura; Carlsbad: Jeune; et Jolie; Carmel-by-the-Sea: Aubergine; Costa Mesa: Knife Pleat; Hana re; Taco María; Encino: Pasta | Bar; Shin Sushi; Healdsburg: Barndiva; Hollywood: Kali; Los Alamos: Bell’s; Los Angeles: Morihiro,; Phenakite; Orsa & Winston; Q Sushi; Shibumi; Osteria Mozza; Montecito (Santa Barbara): Sushi by Scratch Restaurants; Mountain View: Chez TJ; Napa: Kenzo; Palo Alto: Protégé; Paso Robles: Six Test Kitchen; Redwood City: Sushi Shin; Rutherford: Auberge du Soleil; Sacramento: The Kitchen; San Anselmo: Madcap; San Francisco: Angler SF; The Shota; Mister Jiu’s; Sons & Daughters; O’ by Claude Le Tohic; Kin Khao; Omakase; Niku Steakhouse; Gary Danko; Le Comptoir at Bar Crenn; Marlena; Avery; The Progress; State Bird Provisions; Sorrel; Spruce; San Diego: Soichi; Sushi Tadokoro; San Jose: Adega; San Mateo: Sushi Yoshizumi; Wakuriya; Saratoga: Plumed Horse; Torrance: Sushi I-NABA; Woodside: The Village Pub;
Michelin Bib Gourmand Restaurants
Michelin also released its list of restaurants designated Bib Gourmand (i.e. offering best value for the money).
New Bib Gourmand
Joining the Bib Gourmand list (by name) in 2022 are: Ipoh Kopitiam, Alhambra; Ramen & Tsukemen TAO, Buena Park; Jo’s Modern Thai, Oakland; Good Good Culture Club, San Francisco; Hilda and Jesse, San Francisco; peasants FEAST, Solvang; All Day Baby, Los Angeles; Caboco, Los Angeles; Flavors from Afar, Los Angeles; Lalibela, Los Angeles; Moo’s Craft Barbecue, Los Angeles; Pijja Palace, Los Angeles; Pizzeria Bianco, Los Angeles; Saffy’s, Los Angeles; Chulita, Venice.
Bib Gourmand Retained
Retaining their standing on the Bib Gourmand list (by location) are: Alameda: Spinning Bones; Albany: China Village; Alhambra: Chengdu Taste; Jiang Nan Spring; Lunasia Dim Sum House; Sichuan Impression; Aptos: Mentone; Arcadia: LaoXi Noodle House; Bell Gardens: Rocio’s Mexican Kitchen; Berkeley: Comal; Great China; Ippuku; Beverly Hills: Kazan; Campbell: Orchard City Kitchen; Carmel-by-the-Sea: Yafa; Cerritos: Amor y Tacos; Corte Madera: Pig in a Pickle; El Cerrito: New Dumpling; El Monte: Burritos La Palma; Fairfax: Village Sake; Fullerton: Khan Saab Desi Craft Kitchen; Garden Grove: Phở 79; Glendale: Adana Restaurant; Glen Ellen: Glen Ellen Star; Hayward: Los Carnalitos; Healdsburg: Chalkboard; Hermosa Beach: Baran’s 2239; Inglewood: Coni’Seafood; Irvine: Hiro Nori Craft Ramen; Livermore: Range Life; Los Angeles: Animal; Badmaash; Bee Taqueria; Chifa; Dha Rae Oak; Father’s Office; Holbox; Jitlada; Jon & Vinny’s; Kismet; La Azteca; Langer’s; Maccheroni Republic; Meals by Genet; Pine & Crane; Pizzana; Pizzeria Mozza; Rossoblu; Son of a Gun; The Factory Kitchen; Tsubaki; WoodSpoon; Los Gatos: The Bywater; Manhattan Beach: Manhattan Beach Post; Mill Valley: Playa; Monrovia: Luscious Dumplings; Newport Beach: Fable & Spirit; Oakland: FOB Kitchen; Horn Barbecue; MAMA Oakland; Millennium; Soba Ichi; Tacos Oscar; Taquería El Paisa; Teni East Kitchen; Wood Tavern; Oceanside: Dija Mara; Orange: Gabbi’s Mexican Kitchen; Palo Alto: iTalico; Pasadena: Fishwives; Union; Petaluma: Stockhome; Pomona: Mariscos Jalisco; Rosemead: Longo Seafood; Sea Harbour; Roseville: Nixtaco; Sacramento: Canon; Frank Fat’s; Yue Huang; San Anselmo: Insalata’s; San Diego: Callie; Cesarina; Ciccia Osteria; Cucina Urbana; Kettner Exchange; LOLA 55; Morning Glory; Solare; San Francisco: 1601 Bar & Kitchen; A16; Anchor Oyster Bar; Del Popolo; Dumpling Home; Flores; Izakaya Rintaro; Nari; Nopalito; Okane; Outerlands; Sichuan Home; Sociale; Trestle; Yank Sing; Z & Y; San Gabriel: Mian; San Jose: Luna Mexican Kitchen; San Juan Capistrano: Heritage Barbecue; San Leandro: Top Hatters Kitchen; San Mateo: Pausa; Santa Barbara: Bettina; Corazon Cocina; Loquita; Mesa Verde; Sama Sama Kitchen; Santa Monica: Colapasta; Tūmbi; Sausalito: Sushi Ran; Sebastopol: Khom Loi; Ramen Gaijin; Sonoma: El Molino Central; FolkTable; Valley; Temple City: Dai Ho; Tustin: CHAAK Kitchen; Yountville: Ciccio; La Calenda;
To Sum Up
To sum up, I cannot help but wonder what it is like to be a Michelin restaurant reviewer. How about you?
(8/15/2023) Broken links deleted.
(7/19/2023) The Kitchen and Localis retained their Michelin One Star ranking in 2023. Additionally, Canon, Frank Fat’s and Yue Huang retained their 2023 Michelin Bib Gourmand status.
(4/10/2023) Broken links deleted.
(12/22/2022) The Sacramento Bee recently published a in-depth article about Chris Barnum-Dann, chef-owner of Localis.
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