The Michelin Guide Bib Gourmands Are Out!

One week before the release of its highly anticipated star rankings, the guide put out its annual list of value restaurants, with newcomers like Dyafa and Nyum Bai.

Kuy teav cha, at Nyum Bai in Fruitvale. (Peter Lawrence Kane)

Next Tuesday, the Michelin Guide will release its annual list of one-, two-, and three-star restaurants, a ranking that can make or break careers. But in the meantime, the guide has put out its list of Bib Gourmand restaurants, a lower-tier — but arguably more useful — roster of restaurants that are prized for their value. Specifically, they’re places that “serve high-quality food while making it possible to order two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less (tax and gratuity not included).”

For the 13th edition, the greater Bay Area and Wine Country have a combined 68 Bib Gourmand restaurants, eight of which appear for the first time. Given the tendency of major media to lionize San Francisco, Yountville, and St. Helena at the expense of suburbs and outlying areas, the Bib Gourmand list does a comprehensive job evaluating the region in full. (This makes a certain amount of sense, as the entire Michelin Guide project is part of a tire company, and the idea is to help people eat well while they’re on the road.) But it also moves away from the European-and-Japanese bias that so afflicts the star system.

Plenty of San Francisco classics are represented — Delfina, Starbelly, Cotogna — but among the newcomers, it’s Oakland the got most of the love. Reem Assil and David Patterson’s Lebanese-Arab powerhouse Dyafa and Nite Yun’s Cambodian dynamo Nyum Bai are probably the two most high-profile additions, although it’s great to see Sonoma’s El Molino Central get the recognition it’s due as well. Michelin uses a needlessly cumbersome system to classify places by region, and sometimes the “Sub Area” is just flat-out wrong. (Hong Kong Lounge II is not in the Marina.) But once again, it’s a thorough, well-rounded list.

2019 MICHELIN Guide San Francisco Bib Gourmands

ESTABLISHMENT
AREA
SUB AREA
CITY
NEW
A16
San Francisco
Marina
San Francisco
 
Anchor Oyster Bar
San Francisco
Castro
San Francisco
 
Backyard
Wine Country
Sonoma County
Forestville
 
Bistro Aix
San Francisco
Marina
San Francisco
 
Bravas
Wine Country
Sonoma County
Healdsburg
 
Bywater (The)
South Bay
 
Los Gatos
 
Chalkboard
Wine Country
Sonoma County
Healdsburg
 
Chapeau!
San Francisco
Richmond & Sunset
San Francisco
 
China Village
East Bay
 
Albany
 
Ciccio
Wine Country
Napa Valley
Yountville
NEW
Comal
East Bay
 
Berkeley
 
Cook St. Helena
Wine Country
Napa Valley
St. Helena
 
Coqueta
San Francisco
Financial District
San Francisco
 
Corso
East Bay
 
Berkeley
 
Cotogna
San Francisco
North Beach
San Francisco
 
Delfina
San Francisco
Mission
San Francisco
 
Del Popolo
San Francisco
Financial District
San Francisco
 
Diavola
Wine Country
Sonoma County
Geyserville
 
Dosa
San Francisco
Marina
San Francisco
 
Dyafa
East Bay
 
Oakland
NEW
El Molino Central
Wine Country
 
Sonoma
NEW
Farmhouse Kitchen Thai
San Francisco
Mission
San Francisco
 
Farmstead
Wine Country
Napa Valley
St. Helena
 
Glen Ellen Star
Wine Country
Sonoma County
Glen Ellen
 
Grace’s Table
Wine Country
Napa Valley
Napa
 
Gran Electrica
Wine Country
Napa Valley
Napa
NEW
Great China
East Bay
 
Berkeley
 
Hong Kong Lounge II
San Francisco
Marina
San Francisco
 
Insalata’s
Marin
 
San Anselmo
 
Ippuku
East Bay
 
Berkeley
 
Izakaya Rintaro
San Francisco
Mission
San Francisco
 
Kokkari Estiatorio
San Francisco
North Beach
San Francisco
 
Lai Hong Lounge
San Francisco
North Beach
San Francisco
 
Luna Mexican Kitchen
South Bay
 
San Jose
NEW
Millennium
East Bay
 
Oakland
 
M.Y. China
San Francisco
SoMa
San Francisco
 
Nopalito
San Francisco
 
Castro
 
Nyum Bai
East Bay
 
Oakland
NEW
Oenotri
Wine Country
Napa Valley
Napa
 
Okane
San Francisco
SoMa
San Francisco
 
Orchard City Kitchen
South Bay
 
Campbell
 
Pausa
Peninsula
 
San Mateo
 
Playa
Marin
 
Mill Valley
 
Poggio
Marin
 
Sausalito
 
Ramen Gaijin
Wine Country
Sonoma County
Sebastopol
 
Redd Wood
Wine Country
Napa Valley
Yountville
 
Risibisi
Wine Country
Sonoma County
Petaluma
 
Royal Feast
Peninsula
 
Millbrae
 
SHED Café
Wine Country
Sonoma County
Healdsburg
 
Sichuan Home
San Francisco
Richmond & Sunset
San Francisco
 
1601 Bar & Kitchen
San Francisco
SoMa
San Francisco
 
Soba Ichi
East Bay
 
Oakland
NEW
Sociale
San Francisco
Marina
San Francisco
 
Starbelly
San Francisco
Castro
San Francisco
 
Sushi Ran
Marin
 
Sausalito
 
Teni East Kitchen
East Bay
 
Oakland
NEW
Thai House
East Bay
 
Danville
 
Trestle
San Francisco
Financial District
San Francisco
 
Tsubasa
San Francisco
Civic Center
San Francisco
 
Two Birds/One Stone
Wine Country
Napa Valley
St. Helena
 
Vesta
Peninsula
 
Redwood City
 
Village Sake
Marin
 
Fairfax
 
Wonderful
Peninsula
 
Millbrae
 
Wood Tavern
East Bay
 
Oakland
 
Yank Sing
San Francisco
SoMa
San Francisco
 
Yuzuki
San Francisco
Mission
San Francisco
 
Z & Y
San Francisco
Nob Hill
San Francisco
 
Zero Zero
San Francisco
SoMa
San Francisco
 
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