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Somni, a 10-seat chef’s table inside The Bazaar by José Andrés at the SLS Hotel Beverly Hills, earned two Michelin stars in the first California state guide.
Michelin’s first statewide guide awarded 34 California restaurants with new stars this week, bringing the Golden State’s total to 90.
With 76 starred restaurants in its current Michelin guide, New York City still holds the title of the U.S. city with the most Michelin stars. But now California is officially the state with the most Michelin stars in the nation.
At a live event in Huntington Beach, California, on Monday evening, the influential food guide awarded 34 restaurants with new stars in the 2019 Michelin Guide California—its first ever statewide guide—bringing California’s total to 90 starred-restaurants.
While Michelin has had a San Francisco Bay Area and Wine Country Guide since 2007, the new guide marks the first time restaurants in Sacramento, Monterey, Santa Barbara, San Diego, and Orange County areas were considered.
Most notably, the 2019 California Guide marks the return of Michelin-rated restaurants to Los Angeles, after the city’s guide folded amid the recession in 2009. Of the 27 restaurants that earned new one-star distinctions, 18 of them are located in Los Angeles, while six of the seven new two-star restaurants are based in Los Angeles, including Vespertine, Urasawa, Sushi Ginza Onodera, Somni, Providence, and n/naka.
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The San Francisco Bay Area and surrounding wine country—which is now folded into the statewide guide—still holds claim to all seven restaurants with three Michelin stars in California, including Atelier Crenn, Quince, and Benu in San Francisco, Manresa in Los Gatos, and French Laundry, SingleThread, and Restaurant at Meadowood in wine country. (After being awarded three stars in November 2018, San Francisco’s Saison was demoted back to two stars this week after the departure of chef and co-owner Joshua Skenes.)
The 2019 Michelin Guide California goes on sale in bookstores and online this Thursday, but for now here are all 34 restaurants that earned new stars in the 2019 Michelin Guide California:
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