Residents of Silicon Valley have plenty of activities available to them all year long, which is one of the reasons people relocate here. Buying a home in Silicon Valley – or living for years here – includes access to all the Bay Area has to offer. This includes great dining opportunities at hundreds of restaurants, cafes, diners and more. And when it comes to the finest of fine dining, Silicon Valley doesn’t disappoint.
In total there are seven Michelin-Starred restaurants here, each with its own unique approach to serving meals and experiences that have been recognized as some of the best in the country. Michelin (yes, that’s the tire maker and travel guide publisher) ranks restaurants and chefs around the world, and it’s considered quite an honor to receive a Michelin Star in the company’s guide book.
Restaurants in Silicon Valley include five restaurants that have earned a single star and two that have earned two stars. They are truly in the elite class, and anybody who loves outstanding food in excellent dining establishments should make sure to give each one a visit. Let’s look at these restaurants.
One-star restaurants in Silicon Valley
Highlights: All produce comes from Chez TJ’s own gardens, local markets or Heirloom Organics. Fish is purchased only from Japanese markets, where handling is given special care. Meats are from animals raised only in their natural habitats. Menu items include Broken Arrow Ranch Antelope, Russian Siberian Caviar, Spanish Octopus and Braised Lamb Neck.
Highlights: Situated in the Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel, Madera serves scrumptious American fare that reflects our natural flora and fauna, cooking traditions of our immigrants and the produce and livestock of our lands. Menu items include Local Halibut Crudo, Grilled Schmitz Ranch Lamb, Spiced Vegetable Panisse and Oak Grilled Beef Striploin.
Highlights: A full menu of specialties from appetizers to desserts as well as a tasting menu. Menu items include Select California Estate Osetra Caviar Tsar Nicoula, Black Pepper and Parmesan Souffle, Slow Cooked Local King Salmon and Devil’s Gulch Berkshire Pork.
Highlights: Since 2001, the pub has offered guests a relaxed and inviting dining experience and food selections created with the finest ingredients available. Open for brunch, lunch and dinner. Menu items include Carpaccio of Yellowtail with Tomato Confit, Almond Wood Grilled Wagyu Ribeye, Butter-Poached Lobster and Aged Muscovy Duck Breast.
Highlights: The name Wakuria is made up of two Japanese words – “Wa” or harmony, and “Kuria,” which means kitchen. They feature new Japanese cuisine that still maintains the authentic roots and culture of Japan. The best seafood, meat, poultry and vegetables are used to create nine special dishes. Menu items include Deviled Egg with Tasmanian Ocean Trout, Cold Somen Noodles with Deep-Fried Shrimp Cake, Black Cod with Vegetables and Gohan Mono, a dish with lobster, grapes and avocado over sushi rice.
Two-star restaurants in Silicon Valley
Highlights: Traditional French dishes served in a new, distinct way. Baume blends exceptional taste, thoughtfulness, character, health-consciousness and a little playfulness to give diners an experience they won’t soon forget. Baume’s menu is not currently available on its website.
Highlights: Manresa suffered a fire on July 7, 2014 and is closed until further notice. We wish them the best and hope this fine restaurant comes back better than ever.
Of course, this is hardly the extent of great dining opportunities in Silicon Valley. We just wanted to highlight several that have been internationally recognized as among the best.
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