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San Francisco Has Two New Three-Michelin-Starred Restaurants

Atelier Crenn and Single Thread earn Michelin’s highest honor

A dish at Atelier Crenn
Patricia Chang
Monica Burton is the deputy editor of

The San Francisco area just upped its three-Michelin-star count with two new three-star restaurants. Single Thread, the wine country tasting menu and inn, and chef Dominque Crenn’s Atelier Crenn both have the maximum number of stars in the 2019 dining guide from the French tire company.

Single Thread, in Healdsburg, California, opened in 2016 serving a Japanese and modernist tasting menu from chef Kyle Connaughton using produce from partner Katina Connaughton’s farm. It debuted on the list in 2017 with two Michelin stars, and has since earned recognition on the global fine-dining stage: In May, international restaurant-ranking organization the World’s 50 Best Restaurants gave Single Thread its “One to Watch” award.

Atelier Crenn, meanwhile, debuted on Michelin’s list with two stars in 2013 and stayed there, even as other 2013 two-star entries were elevated to three stars in the following years. Chef Crenn has garnered her own attention from the World’s 50 Best Restaurants — she was named the “World’s Best Female Chef” in 2016, and subsequently spoke out against the awards’ gender bias.

Atelier Crenn’s new Michelin-star status is especially significant — Crenn becomes the first female chef to helm a three-Michelin starred restaurant in the U.S. Worldwide, there are only a few three-Michelin star restaurants run by women: chef Elena Arzak’s Arzak; Anne -Sophie Pic’s Maison Pic; Dal Pescatore, run by Nadia Santini; Al Sorriso, with chef Luisa Marelli Valazza); and Sant Pau, with Carme Ruscadella in the head chef role.

In San Francisco, Atelier Crenn and Single Thread join six other restaurants with three Michelin stars. Check out the full list of San Francisco’s Michelin stars.

San Francisco Bay Area’s Michelin Stars Announced for 2019 [ESF]
Dominique Crenn Finally Earns Her Third Michelin Star [ESF]