Michelin Bib Gourmand Gives Love to San Francisco Restaurants

Getting into Michelin’s Bib Gourmand list is quite a culinary feat—not quite the Michelin star, but close enough to be a coveted designation. It basically means the restaurant prepares exceptionally good food at moderate prices.

The Bib Gourmand dining establishments are evaluated by two anonymous Michelin food inspectors who order two courses and choose between a dessert or glass of wine—all for under $40. If the restaurant passes muster with the inspectors, then it goes on the Michelin Bib Gourmand list for that locale. Michelin says that its dining inspectors often go to these restaurants in their free time, as their favored dining out spots.

In toto, 67 restaurants in the greater Bay Area made the Bib grade.

In San Francisco, these seven fine eateries received the Bib Gourmand designation:

  • A16 in The Marina
  • Coqueta in the Financial District
  • Kokkari Estiatorio in North Beach
  • Sociale in Presidio Heights
  • Trestle in Jackson Square
  • 1601 Bar & Kitchen in SoMa