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David Kinch's Manresa wins three Michelin stars in California

22 October 2015 by

Michelin has released its 2016 guide to San Francisco Bay Area & Wine Country and has promoted Manresa to three stars.

The new guide, which celebrates Michelin's 10th anniversary in Northern California, now includes a total of five three-star restaurants, including the French Laundry and the Restaurant at Meadowood in Napa Valley, and Benu and Saison in San Francisco.

Manresa, which is owned by chef David Kinch, is located in Los Gatos, about 60 miles south of San Francisco in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. It reopened at the beginning of this year following a six-month closure after a devastating fire, which ripped through and destroyed the entire back of house and resulted in extensive smoke and water damage to the dining room. Following the reopening Kinch and team implemented a number of improvements and changes, including the appointment of former Grace and Saison sous chef Mitch Lienhard as chef de cuisine. The food at Manresa is defined as contemporary California cuisine, fiercely seasonal and local, with Kinch and team sourcing the vast majority of produce from nearby Love Apple Farms.

Meanwhile Michelin also promoted two restaurants to two stars: Campton Place and Commis, bringing the total of two-star restaurants to seven. At Campton Place, chef Srijith Gopinathan serves a menu inspired by Indian and South Asian flavours, while chef James Syhabout's contemporary establishment Commis is the first two-star restaurant in the East Bay and was praised by Michelin for its ‘impressive flavours and technique'.

The guide includes a total of 38 one-star restaurants, with a wide range of establishments celebrating their first star. These include Mourad Lahlou's eponymous Moroccan eatery Mourad, Melissa Perello's Octavia, former pop-up The Lazy Bear and Kin Khao, a Thai Bib Gourmand that has been promoted to one star. Other newcomers include All-Spice, Al's Place, Aster, Californios, Commonwealth, Lord Stanley, Nico, Omakase, Rasa, Sushi Yoshizumi and Wako.

The full list of Michelin stars in San Francisco Bay Area & Wine Country

Three stars

Benu, San Francisco

The French Laundry, Wine Country

Manresa, South Bay

The Restaurant at Meadowood, Wine Country

Saison, San Francisco

Two stars

Acquerello, San Francisco

Atelier Crenn, San Francisco

Baumé, South Bay

Campton Place, San Francisco

Coi, San Francisco

Commis, East Bay

Quince, San Francisco

One star

All Spice, San Francisco

Al's Place, San Francisco

Ame, San Francisco

Aster, San Francisco

Auberge du Soleil, Wine Country

Aziza, San Francisco

Bouchon, Wine Country

Californios, San Francisco

Chez TJ, South Bay

Commonwealth, San Francisco

Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant, Wine Country

Gary Danko, San Francisco

Keiko à Nob Hill, San Francisco

Kin Khao, San Francisco

Kusakabe, San Francisco

La Toque, Wine Country

Lazy Bear, San Francisco

Lord Stanley, San Francisco

Luce, San Francisco

Madrona Manor, Wine Country

Michael Mina, San Francisco

Mourad, San Francisco

Nico, San Francisco

Octavia, San Francisco

Omakase, San Francisco

Plumed Horse, South Bay

Rasa, Peninsula

Solbar Wine, Napa Valley

Sons & Daughters, San Francisco

SPQR, San Francisco

Spruce, San Francisco

State Bird Provisions, San Francisco

Sushi Yoshizumi, Peninsula

Terra, Wine Country

Terrapin Creek, Wine Country

The Village Pub, Peninsula

Wako, San Francisco

Wakuriya, Peninsula

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