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2022 California MICHELIN Stars: how many starred restaurants are there in this state?

California boasts more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other state in the United States, and the number has gone up even more this year.

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California boasts more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other state in the United States, and the number has gone up even more this year.

The Michelin Guide has just released its list of California restaurants which they have rated with stars, and there are 18 new restaurants that have joined the distinguished list.

Despite the large number of new additions, the total number of starred restaurants has only increased from 85 last year to 89 this year, as some places lost their ranking.

Michelin added Addison in San Diego to its highly exclusive list of three-star restaurants, which now totals seven. The restaurant, the first in Southern California to receive the honor, calls its type of food “California gastronomy”.

The guide gave two stars to a total of 12 restaurants, which is down from 14 last year. There was an increase in the number of single-star restaurants from 65 in 2021 to 70 in 2022.

California hosts the biggest number of Michelin-star restaurants among all US states, thanks to culinary destinations Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Michelin: Coveted and controversial

Initially conceived as a travel guide to help motorists plan their trips by providing useful information such as places to stay and where to eat, the Michelin ranking has become one of the most prestigious awards in the world of fine dining. The review process is cloaked in secrecy, with anonymous diners known as restaurant inspectors giving their assessment of the establishments.

Although Michelin stars are much-coveted, the award has had its share of controversy, including charges of bias and elitism, of pushing some restaurants out of business, and of putting chefs under extreme stress.

Here is the complete list of Michelin-star restaurants in California in 2022.

Three stars

  • Addison, San Diego
  • The French Laundry, Yountville
  • Manresa, Los Gatos
  • Quince, San Francisco
  • Benu, San Francisco
  • Atelier Crenn, San Francisco
  • Single Thread, Healdsburg

Two stars

  • Hayato, Los Angeles
  • Providence, Hollywood
  • Sushi Ginza Onodera, West Hollywood
  • n/naka, Los Angeles
  • Mélisse, Santa Monica
  • Commis, Oakland
  • Birdsong, San Francisco
  • Acquerello, San Francisco
  • Californios, San Francisco
  • Saison, San Francisco
  • Lazy Bear, San Francisco
  • Harbor House, Elk

One star

  • Jeune et Jolie, Carlsbad
  • Soichi, San Diego
  • Sushi Tadokoro, San Diego
  • Knife Pleat, Costa Mesa
  • Hana re, Costa Mesa
  • Taco María, Costa Mesa
  • Morihiro, Los Angeles
  • Phenakite, Los Angeles
  • 715, Los Angeles
  • Sushi Kaneyoshi, Los Angeles
  • Camphor, Los Angeles
  • Kato, Los Angeles
  • Orsa & Winston, Los Angeles
  • Q Sushi, Los Angeles
  • Shibumi, Los Angeles
  • Kali, Hollywood
  • Gwen, Los Angeles
  • Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles
  • Nozawa Bar, Beverly Hills
  • Maude, Beverly Hills
  • Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura, Beverly Hills
  • Manzke, Los Angeles
  • Pasta | Bar, Encino
  • Shin Sushi, Encino
  • Hatchet Hall, Los Angeles
  • Sushi I-NABA, Torrance
  • Citrin, Santa Monica
  • The Kitchen, Sacramento
  • Localis, Sacramento
  • Caruso’s, Montecito
  • Sushi by Scratch Restaurants: Montecito, Santa Barbara
  • Six Test Kitchen, Paso Robles
  • Bell’s, Los Alamos
  • The Restaurant at JUSTIN, Paso Robles
  • Kenzo, Napa
  • Adega, San Jose
  • Auberge du Soleil, Rutherford
  • Press, Saint Helena
  • Chez TJ, Mountain View
  • Plumed Horse, Saratoga
  • Protégé, Palo Alto
  • Selby’s, Atherton
  • Sushi Shin, Redwood City
  • Angler SF, San Francisco
  • The Shota, San Francisco
  • Mister Jiu’s, San Francisco
  • Sons & Daughters, San Francisco
  • O’ by Claude Le Tohic, San Francisco
  • Kin Khao, San Francisco
  • Omakase, San Francisco
  • Niku Steakhouse, San Francisco
  • Gary Danko, San Francisco
  • Nisei, San Francisco
  • Ssal, San Francisco
  • The Village Pub, Woodside
  • Osito, San Francisco
  • San Ho Won, San Francisco
  • Sushi Yoshizumi, San Mateo
  • Le Comptoir at Bar Crenn, San Francisco
  • Marlena, San Francisco
  • Avery, San Francisco
  • The Progress, San Francisco
  • State Bird Provisions,San Francisco
  • Sorrel, San Francisco
  • Spruce, San Francisco
  • Wakuriya, San Mateo
  • Madcap, San Anselmo
  • Cyrus, Geyserville
  • Barndiva, Healdsburg
  • Aubergine, Carmel-by-the-Sea
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