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Explore the 2023 MICHELIN picks for California

The MICHELIN Guide has been reviewing fine-dining restaurants around the world for over a century and awarding the best-of-the-best with a ranking through the coveted MICHELIN Star system. And for more everyday eating, there’s the MICHELIN Bib Gourmands: a guide to great spots that won’t break the bank. Checkout this year’s selections:

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Updated July 19, 2023
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Addison Restaurant

Price: Very Expensive
Unspecified
Del Mar
4.8
1887 reviews
worth every penny and every calorie - bravo chef bradley and staff!

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Providence

Price: Very Expensive
Seafood
Hollywood
4.9
4092 reviews
We celebrated our son’s wedding at Providence and it was phenomenal. They recently renovated the restaurant and it is beautiful. We were seated in a separate room which was so thoughtful. The food was fabulous, amazing cocktails and super friendly and efficient staff. Amazing experience!

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Jeune et Jolie

Price: Very Expensive
Contemporary French
Carlsbad
4.9
3307 reviews
Always amazing!! Thank you all so much for another great dining experience! 🌸🥂

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Orsa & Winston

Price: Very Expensive
Japanese
Downtown
4.6
982 reviews
Although the food was exceptional, the price with an added 20% makes this a poor value. The place is small, and I understand prix fixe of $125 which is a bargain, but then you add wine or wine pairings, and you pay 20% on top of just serving wine which is an additional $16 per person and that adds up. And a gratuity on top of a service charge is not my idea of a good business model.

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Kali

Price: Expensive
Californian
Hollywood
4.8
1441 reviews
Very enjoyable. High quality food and presentation. We had the 5 course tasting menu.

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Osteria Mozza

Price: Very Expensive
Italian
Hollywood
4.8
6636 reviews
Absolutely love this place! This was my second time dining at Osteria Mozza. The first time was a few years ago and I've been dying to go back ever since! We arrived 15 mins early for our reservation, our table was still being prepared, so we stopped by the bar for a couple cocktails. Gabriel was our server and he took amazing care of us throughout our dining experience. He gave us a full menu tour and made excellent recommendations as well. We started with Nancy's Favorite Trio which includes the famous Fett'unta. I was a bit hesitant because I'm not a huge fan of anchovies, but surprisingly that one ended up being my favorite out of the trio. We also got the Grilled Octopus - potato, celery, green onion & lemon. Loved the char and consistency of the dish. After that we shared the Tagliatelle with oxtail ragù. The pasta was perfectly al dente and so fresh, and the oxtail was extremely tender. The final dishes were the Grilled Whole Branzino - calabrian chiles, grilled lemon, fennel & celery. And the Insalata Mista - with vegetables & herbs. Loved the seasonings and the crispiness of the fish, but I will say that it was over-salted for my liking. However, the lemon helped cut the saltiness for me. The salad was light and fresh, and the dressing had hints of dill pickle. Last but not least, we got the Rosemary Olive Oil Cakes (Monini olive oil gelato & rosemary brittle) for dessert. Super yummy! The combination of crispy on the outside and soft in the middle paired with the gelato was heavenly! Definitely recommend this dessert if you're having trouble deciding. From the food, to the service, to the ambiance, a extremely delightful evening and I will be returning for sure!


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Kenzo Napa

Price: Very Expensive
Japanese
Napa
4.7
377 reviews
Chef Kai did an amazing job with the dishes and presentation. Adrian's service and attention to detail was outstanding.

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The Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil

Price: Very Expensive
French
Rutherford
4.8
4421 reviews
We chose Auberge du Soleil for our New Year day Brunch. We were so lucky because the weather was beautiful on New Year day which was perfect for outdoor setting. This is our second time to this restaurant. We were very impressed the first time so we wanted to come back. The Brunch is fixed 3 courses menu including sparkling wine, Mimosa. Auberge du Soleil Rose. It also comes with complimentary bread and muffin which is very good. We had Shrimp salad, Gnocchi, Tuna, Omelet. For desserts, we had Apple tart and trio fruit sorbets. My favorite part was the dessert. They were so delicious. My husband loved Shrimp salad and Tuna. Tuna cooked perfect. The day was sunshine so we had great view. After meal, we also asked to have self walking tour at their sculpture garden. It was good to have some walk after Brunch and was interesting to see different sculptures if you do not mind to walk some stairs. The service was excellent. All people we contacted were very warm and friendly. I forgot my camera and got back immediately. The hotel front desk was happy to get us a key for garden tour. They have valet service on site for parking. Overall, we had a perfect day on the first day of 2023!


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Chez TJ

Price: Very Expensive
Contemporary French
Mountain View
4.5
1453 reviews
From the moment we walked in, we were treated to expert service and dined on extraordinary food paired with perfect wines. A lovely touch at the meal’s end to provide a complete list of the chef’s creations and wines selected. A joy to again dine there.


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The Plumed Horse

Price: Very Expensive
Californian
Saratoga
4.8
2404 reviews
One of the best fine dining locations in the Valley, with great food and exemplary service. Special shout-outs for the parmesan & pepper soufflé, and for the pretzel buns with dijon butter!


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Selby's

Price: Expensive
Continental
Menlo Park
4.7
711 reviews
Very good food but very expensive

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O' by Claude Le Tohic

Price: Very Expensive
Contemporary French
Downtown / Union Square
4.8
330 reviews
Delicious tasting menu artistically presented with great sophistication and creation, served by outstanding personnel.

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Niku Steakhouse

Price: Very Expensive
Steakhouse
SOMA
4.6
484 reviews
Always a good choice. Very expensive but amazing food and great for special occasions.

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The Village Pub

Price: Expensive
American
Woodside
4.8
3643 reviews
Had a great outdoor brunch on their lovely heated patio on New Years Day. Great food and ambience.

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The Progress

Price: Very Expensive
Contemporary American
Western Addition
4.9
2065 reviews
Food and wine experience is A+. Staff is always friendly and attentive.

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State Bird Provisions

Price: Very Expensive
Californian
Western Addition
4.7
2718 reviews
Amazing is an understatement. Will be back as many times as possible.

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Barndiva

Price: Very Expensive
Contemporary American
Healdsburg
4.3
3401 reviews
My wife and I really enjoyed our dining experience. -Service and food were both excellent

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Spinning Bones

Price: Moderate
American
Alameda
4.6
217 reviews
3rd weekend in a row! Love this place. Tried the Double Dutch (chicken and ribs), slaw, Chicken Licken, and cauliflower. Would order them all again!

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Comal

Price: Expensive
Mexican
Berkeley
4.6
188 reviews
Excellent food and service. Probably our favorite restaurant in the East Bay.

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Yafa

Price: Moderate
Mediterranean
Carmel
4.0
442 reviews
Excellent food and service. Good selection of wines, coffee and desserts. We had a great time and we enjoyed a variety of items from the menu. Everything was first rate.

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Chalkboard

Price: Expensive
Bistro
Healdsburg
3.9
1694 reviews
Sarah was a great waitress, host. Give her a raise. Food was okay.

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Baran’s 2239

Price: Expensive
American
Hermosa Beach
5.0
1159 reviews
All the dishes were so delicious and staff was great.

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Manhattan Beach Post

Price: Expensive
American
Manhattan Beach
4.7
4160 reviews
We had a great time celebrating my birthday! Food was great as always, and service was excellent! Thank you chef for staying open on New Year’s Day. It has become a tradition for me and my family to celebrate my birthday at MBPost!!


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Wood Tavern

Price: Expensive
Gastro Pub
Oakland
4.7
2611 reviews
Light dinner pasta good and hamachi crudo fine. Chablis fine and beer very good

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Insalata's

Price: Expensive
Mediterranean
San Anselmo
4.7
3656 reviews
I have been a customer since it opened. It never fails to impress. Great place where the food and service are always excellent.

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A16 - San Francisco

Price: Expensive
Italian
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
4.6
4763 reviews
Fantastic food and service

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Okane

Price: Moderate
Japanese
SOMA
4.5
377 reviews
Parking was SUPER easy since there is a clean, safe, secure garage attached to the restaurant so little worry of break ins while dining. Maybe the best sushi and rolls in the Bay Area, definitely best in SF. Hot appetizers were good but nothing extraordinary. Very reasonable $$ for the quality of food and service. Will go more routinely even for takeout bc parking is so easy/convenient.

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Trestle

Price: Expensive
American
Financial District / Embarcadero
4.8
2363 reviews
Favorite restaurant in San Francisco hands down period.

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Yank Sing - Rincon Center

Price: Expensive
Dim Sum
Financial District / Embarcadero
4.6
3029 reviews
Never disappoints. Look forward to dining room opening again. Atrium not nearly as enjoyable . Food as good as it ever was. Service excellent too.


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Z & Y Restaurant

Price: Moderate
Chinese
Chinatown
4.8
275 reviews
We were a party of 10 and everyone was very friendly and welcoming and the food was the best Chinese food I had ever had. Very fresh

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Top Hatters Kitchen & Bar

Price: Expensive
Global, International
San Leandro
4.8
433 reviews
As always, I had a great experience at Top Hatters. Marco, the bartender, provides excellent service and makes truly tasty cocktails. I brought a newcomer with me and he really enjoyed the food and the vibe as well. Looking forward to returning again in the future.

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Pausa Bar & Cookery

Price: Moderate
Italian
San Mateo
4.6
1628 reviews
The salumi board was excellent. Pizzas were good but not outstanding. We loved the flavors but they should have been crispy & not as doughy/floppy. The flounder & the agnoletti pasta was excellent. Maybe a bit more attention to the cooking times would benefit this food. Very noisy.

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Sushi Ran

Price: Expensive
Sushi
Sausalito
4.7
2082 reviews
Always great to be back at Sushi Ran, the best Japanese restaurant in the Bay Area. The service was warm and welcoming and the food delicious.

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Khan Saab Desi Craft Kitchen

Price: Moderate
Indian
Fullerton
4.6
310 reviews
A very nice restaurant to try out some famous desi dishes with a twist. However, there are not many vegetarian options. As a vegetarian I recommend Paneer Tikka, Paneer Kadhai (upon request, in the menu as Chicken Kadhai) and Dal Bukhara. The Dal Bukhara was very authentic and the Paneer Kadhai was just different and lovely. The service at the restaurant is amazing (kudos to Hadi), very polite, sweet, accommodating and quick. Do try the Chai Cutting to tie the bow on the amazing meal that you will have here.

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All Day Baby

Price: Moderate
American
Silver Lake
4.8
212 reviews
My partner and I produce an event at All Day Baby, and their support, compassion and love for this event and for the queer and trans community is palpable. The food and drinks are really just so delicious . Jorge is an incredible bartender and has really done great things with their cocktail program and is just such a conscientious, caring and generous human being. Pratnya leads the team with such grace and dedication, and Lauren, Kelly, Jamie, Bastian and Robert and their other team members are all dedicated, considerate, and go above and beyond genuinely to produce a loving environment .


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Badmaash Downtown LA

Price: Expensive
Indian
Downtown
4.5
1288 reviews
If you enjoy Indian food, you have to check this place out! Great meal! Reasonably priced!

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Pizzeria Bianco - LA

Price: Very Expensive
Italian
Little Tokyo
4.7
271 reviews
Overall great experience… phone communication was very lacking when attempting to call.. also waited 10 mins for a server to recognize that we are sitting on a table and needed initial service

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Pizzeria Mozza

Price: Expensive
Pizzeria
Hollywood
4.7
6359 reviews
Food and service were great. The server was very knowledgeable and everything came out of the kitchen perfectly timed. The ambience was a bit dark so it was a bit difficult to see the food. It’s very noisy there. They could use some sound soak tiles. However, through the dark atmosphere we saw a gorgeous arrangement made up of what appeared to be dried foliage. The restroom was very tidy. They have an excellent Prosecco by the glass. In all, an excellent restaurant that just needs to turn the lights up a little and lower the clanky noise. Chicken liver crostini was delicious and the pizzas and salads, too.

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Rossoblu

Price: Expensive
Italian
Downtown
4.6
1851 reviews
We came here for an anniversary dinner and everyone was so nice and accommodating! The ambiance was so romantic and the pasta was delicious. Definitely recommend.


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Saffy's

Price: Expensive
Middle Eastern
East Hollywood
4.8
685 reviews
Delicious delicious. Dishes looked lovely but could not believe how great the flavors were. Can’t wait to go back.

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The Factory Kitchen - Los Angeles

Price: Expensive
Italian
Downtown
4.7
3385 reviews
Group of 7. Wonderful time. Food was excellent. Duck, lamb, Osso Bucco all delicious Limited wine list. All Italian.


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Canon

Price: Expensive
American
Sacramento
4.7
1775 reviews
Delicious food, not too stuffy for a Michelin-star restaurant, and very reasonable price for the experience (~$200 to feed 2 with 2 appetizers and 4 small plates, plus a bottle of wine, and tip). Parking is a bit of a pain, so plan for that. We are vegetarians (non-vegans) and shared the following dishes: tots, bread, radicchio wedge salad, sunchokes, summer squash, and pole beans. The sunchokes, squash, and pole beans were particularly great; the tots and radicchio salad we were slightly less thrilled about (but still ate up!). Sommelier service was excellent. Didn't sample the cocktails or dessert, but might return to try! Playlist on the patio was impeccable for Gen X indie music fans.


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Frank Fat's

Price: Expensive
Chinese
Sacramento
4.8
1820 reviews
This is a Sacramento well established favorite. Food is always excellent, service tops. It is a bit noisy. Reservations recommended as it is popular. Had not been back in a while and it has not lost a bit of its edge.

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Cesarina

Price: Moderate
Italian
Ocean Beach
4.9
4360 reviews
Do yourself a favor and visit this lovely restaurant in Point Loma. The staff truly cares about your experience. The food is absolutely amazing. Highly recommend!

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CUCINA urbana

Price: Moderate
Italian
Banker's Hill
4.7
6638 reviews
Enjoyable experience, as always. Everyone working there is fantastically friendly! Enjoyed the drinks and pasta very much.


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Solare Ristorante Lounge

Price: Moderate
Italian
Point Loma
4.5
2156 reviews
Delicious pear/gorgonzola salad and generous Duroc tomahawk pork chop, cooked perfectly. Enough to share! Server Paola and hostess Shona are the best! Already made another reservation with friends…


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Auro

Price: Very Expensive
American
Calistoga
4.9
67 reviews
An amazing experience. Both the food and wine live up to their newly awarded Michelin star! Service is on point as well!


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Bansang

Price: Expensive
Contemporary Korean
Western Addition
4.6
140 reviews
One of the best food experience in SF so far - really delicious food, nice service and a beautiful area. We'll return for sure!

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Heritage

Price: Very Expensive
Californian
Long Beach
4.8
390 reviews
An incredible, perfect meal! We loved it. Every course was amazing!

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Hana Re Sushi

Price: Very Expensive
Japanese
Costa Mesa
5.0
1 review
A perfect meal. Ten courses of sheer delight. All thoughtful and extremely tasty. Great timing between dishes. Never felt rushed. One server, one chef; no frills. And an Incredible sake/wine/drinks list with something for everyone.

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