2018 Michelin Bib Gourmands Announced

But the venerable guide to meals-under-$40 really takes in the whole Bay Area, so chill.

The Michelin Guide released its list of the 2018 Bib Gourmand winners, restaurants, which it describes as places that serve “high quality food on their menus and make it possible to order two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less (tax and gratuity not included).”

In a somewhat odd aside, the press release noted of the anonymous panel of experts that, “These selections are very often the same restaurants that the Michelin food inspectors frequent when they are off the clock.” Since we don’t know who these judges are — or how many there are — it seems logical to assume that they’re throwing their local favorites a little love.

There are 67 restaurants in all, down eight from last year. That may be because the Bay Area isn’t the most value driven place to eat dinner, but as only a handful appear on the list for the first time — denoted below with an asterisk — you could also that it’s showing its age a little bit. I cannot conceive of a universe in which Yank Sing could be considered a bargain relative to other dim sum restaurants.

With that said, many perennial favorites are on here — Delfina, Dosa, Nopalito, Starbelly, Comal, Poggio — but Oakland seems grievously underrepresented. Lastly, we also took the liberty of correcting the geographical errors in the list, which erroneously assumed the Marina to cover approximately 40 percent of San Francisco. Enjoy!

San Francisco (29)
‘āina (Dogpatch)
1601 Bar & Kitchen
Anchor Oyster Bar
Bistro Aix 
Chapeau! (Richmond)
Coqueta (FiDi)
Cotogna (North Beach)
Del Popolo (Nob Hill)
Delfina (Mission)
Dosa (Fillmore/Mission)
Farmhouse Kitchen Thai (Mission)
Hong Kong Lounge II (Richmond)
Izakaya Rintaro (Mission)
Kappou Gomi (Richmond)
Kokkari Estiatorio (FiDi)
Lai Hong Lounge (Chinatown)
M.Y. China (SoMa)
Nopalito (Inner Sunset/Panhandle)
Okane (SoMa)
Sichuan Home (Richmond)
Sociale (Presidio Heights)
Starbelly (Castro)
Trestle (Jackson Square)
Tsubasa (Hayes Valley)
Yank Sing (SoMa)
Yuzuki (Mission)
Z&Y (Chinatown)
Zero Zero (SoMa)

Oakland (4)
Brown Sugar Kitchen*
Michael Bistro 
Wood Tavern 

East Bay (7)
China Village (Albany)
Comal (Berkeley)
Corso (Berkeley)
Great China (Berkeley)
Ippuku (Berkeley)
Tacos Sinaloa (Berkeley)
Thai House (Danville)

Napa (6)
Cook St. Helena (St. Helena)
Farmstead (St. Helena)
Grace’s Table (Napa)
Oenotri (Napa)
Redd Wood (Yountville)
Two Birds/One Stone (St. Helena)

Sonoma (9)
Backyard (Forestville)
Bravas (Healdsburg)
Chalkboard (Healdsburg)
Diavola (Geyserville)
Glen Ellen Star (Glen Ellen)
Monti’s Rotisserie (Santa Rosa)
Ramen Gaijin (Sebastopol)
Risibisi (Petaluma)
SHED Café (Healdsburg)

Peninsula/South Bay (5)
The Bywater (Los Gatos)
Orchard City Kitchen (Campbell)
Pausa (San Mateo)
Royal Feast* (Millbrae)
Vesta (Redwood City)

Marin (7)
Insalata’s (San Anselmo)
Playa* (Mill Valley)
Poggio (Sausalito)
Sir and Star (Olema)
Sushi Ran (Sausalito)
Village Sake (Fairfax)
Wonderful (Millbrae)

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