Earlier today the Zagat 2010 San Francisco Bay Area Restaurants guide was released.
As expected several local establishments were among the 1,300+ restaurants included in the guide that spans from Carmel to Lake Tahoe and nearly everywhere in-between, but how did some of the big names fare this time around?
For starters, last year’s #1 ranked restaurant for “Food” was Thomas Keller’s French Laundry. This year, French Laundry slipped to #3 in the “Food” category, behind Gary Danko and Cyrus. Keller’s flagship restaurant came in at #4 in the “Service” category and #3 in the “Popular” category. Another very solid overall showing.
Meanwhile, Auberge du Soleil secured a top five placement in the “Decor” category (how about that view from the terrace?), coming in at #4 just ahead of Pacific’s Edge, and out of some 70 restaurants included in the “Newcomer” category, Michael Chiarello’s Bottega earned top honors.
Here’s a quick breakdown of some of the other high-scoring local restaurants:
- St. Helena: Terra, Martini House, The Restaurant at Meadowood
- Yountville: Redd, Etoile, Keller’s Ad Hoc and Bouchon
- Napa: La Toque, Ubuntu
- Calistoga: JoLe