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 The MICHELIN Guide San Francisco 2009 Gives 3 Stars to
One Restaurant, 6 Restaurants Receive 2 Stars

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 13, 2008 - Michelin today announced its selection for the third edition of the MICHELIN guide San Francisco, Bay Area and Wine Country. The MICHELIN guide contains more than 55 new establishments, and features 448 establishments in all -- a number that includes 383 restaurants representing 35 types of cuisine, and 65 area hotels.

Among the Michelin stars awarded this year:

  • The French Laundry remains the sole Michelin three-star selection
  • Coi joins the ranks of Michelin two-star restaurants
  • Murray Circle, Plumed Horse, Trevese and The Village Pub join the Michelin one-star selections

  ESTABLISHMENT                  CITY             NEIGHBORHOOD
  The French Laundry             Yountville       Napa Valley

TWO STARS (**) (by neighborhood)
  ESTABLISHMENT                  CITY             NEIGHBORHOOD
  Aqua                           San Francisco    Financial District
  Coi                            San Francisco    North Beach Area
  Cyrus                          Healdsburg       Sonoma County
  Manresa                        Los Gatos        South of San Francisco
  Meadowood, The Restaurant      St. Helena       Napa Valley
  Michael Mina                   San Francisco    Financial District

ONE STAR (*) (by neighborhood)
  ESTABLISHMENT                  CITY             NEIGHBORHOOD
  Acquerello                     San Francisco    Nob Hill
  Ame                            San Francisco    SoMa
  Auberge du Soleil              Rutherford       Napa Valley
  Bistro Jeanty                  Yountville       Napa Valley
  Bouchon                        Yountville       Napa Valley
  Boulevard                      San Francisco    SoMa
  Chez Panisse                   Berkeley         East of San Francisco
  Chez TJ                        Mountain View    South of San Francisco
  Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton (The)             San Francisco    Nob Hill
  Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant     Forestville      Sonoma County
  Fifth Floor                    San Francisco    SoMa
  Fleur de Lys                   San Francisco    Financial District
  Gary Danko                     San Francisco    North Beach
  La Folie                       San Francisco    Nob Hill
  Madrona Manor                  Healdsburg       Sonoma County
  Martini House                  St. Helena       Napa Valley
  Masa's                         San Francisco    Nob Hill
  Murray Circle (new)            Sausalito        North of San Francisco
  One Market                     San Francisco    SoMa
  Plumed Horse (new)             Saratoga         South of San Francisco
  Range                          San Francisco    Mission District
  Redd                           Yountville       Napa Valley
  Terra                          St. Helena       Napa Valley
  Trevese (new)                  Los Gatos        South of San Francisco
  Village Pub (The) (new)        Woodside         South of San Francisco

The Michelin Guide San Francisco, Bay Area and Wine Country 2009 features the Bib Gourmand category, which indicates Michelin inspectors' favorites for good value. This year's Bib Gourmands include 55 restaurants that serve a menu with two dishes and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less. The restaurants awarded this distinction can be identified by a red pictogram depicting the head of Bibendum(R), the Michelin Man.

The MICHELIN guide San Francisco, Bay Area and Wine Country 2009 also includes 56 restaurants serving a meal (two dishes and a glass of wine or dessert) for $25 or less. In the selection, these establishments are indicated by the coins pictogram.

As a result, almost a third of the MICHELIN guide San Francisco, Bay Area and Wine Country 2009 selection comprises highly affordable restaurants. While the MICHELIN guide is known around the world for its famous stars, these restaurants account for just ten percent of the selection. With more than 1.2 million copies sold in approximately 100 countries, the MICHELIN guide has always built its success on the diversity of its selection and especially on small establishments offering a high-quality dining experience at an affordable price, of which the best are included in the "Our inspectors' favorites for good value" category. Moreover, inclusion in the MICHELIN guide is, in itself, synonymous with quality, since only the best establishments in each comfort and price category are selected.

Also new for 2009, consumers will have the option to access the North American MICHELIN guide selections on their mobile phones through a licensing agreement with mobile content provider UBI UBI. The content for all four U.S. MICHELIN guides, which include New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas, will be available by subscription beginning in October 2008. For more information, please visit .

The MICHELIN guide San Francisco, Bay Area and Wine Country 2009 includes a total of 32 "starred" restaurants, of which one -- The French Laundry -- has received three stars, six two stars and 25 one star. To ensure a consistent selection, the same five criteria are used for awarding stars in all countries: product quality, preparation and flavors, the cuisine's personality, value for money and consistency.

  One star * means a very good restaurant in its category.
  Two stars ** mean excellent cooking, worth a detour.
  Three stars *** mean exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey.

The presentation of each hotel and restaurant in the MICHELIN guide San Francisco, Bay Area and Wine Country 2009 includes a description of the atmosphere, interior decoration, chef's background, etc. These descriptions are intended solely to provide readers with additional information about the establishment.

Present in North America since late 2005, the MICHELIN guide has four city editions: The MICHELIN guide New York City, now in its fourth edition, the third edition MICHELIN guide San Francisco, Bay Area & the Wine Country, and the second editions of the MICHELIN guide Los Angeles 2009 and the MICHELIN guide Las Vegas 2009, which will be announced on Oct. 20.

In Europe, the collection currently comprises 21 MICHELIN guides, including English-language versions of the Michelin Guide France and the MICHELIN guide Paris. The MICHELIN guide's Asian editions include the MICHELIN guide Tokyo, and the MICHELIN guide Hong Kong & Macao debuting in December 2008.

Thanks to a rigorous selection process that is applied independently and consistently around the world, the MICHELIN guide has become an international benchmark in gourmet dining. The selection is made by anonymous, professional inspectors who are Michelin employees and is based on the same working methods in all countries.

The MICHELIN guide San Francisco, Bay Area and Wine Country 2008 goes on sale Tues., Oct. 14 for $16.95. Langenscheidt Publishing Group, premier publisher of map, travel, and language brands, is the exclusive U.S. distributor of Michelin Maps and Guides. For more information, please visit .

For more than a century, MICHELIN guides have helped travelers enjoy better mobility by offering qualified restaurant and hotel recommendations throughout Europe. Now representing 22 countries and three continents, the collection of 26 MICHELIN guides includes more than 45,000 addresses. Its team of highly trained inspectors visits establishments anonymously, applying Michelin's international standards for quality across many categories. In North America, the company has introduced MICHELIN guides for New York City and San Francisco, Bay Area & Wine Country, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Michelin has also announced that it will introduce the MICHELIN guide to Hong Kong and Macao in December. For more information, visit .


Tate Hoxworth of Michelin North America

Also See: The MICHELIN Guide New York City 2009 Gives 3 Stars to Four Restaurants, 7 Restaurants Receive 2 Stars / October 2008
The 2008 Mobil Five-Stars Awarded to 41 Hotels and 17 Restaurants; Also 125 Hotels and 149 Restaurants Win Four-Star Award / January 2008
The 2007 Mobil Five-Stars Awarded to 37 Hotels and 16 Restaurants; Also 117 Hotels and 145 Restaurants Win Four-Star Award / November 2006


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