These 20 Bay Area restaurants are among the best in the world, according to Forbes

On Tuesday, Forbes Travel Guide released its star award winners for 2022 which highlighted a slew of top Bay Area restaurants considered among the “most outstanding” businesses in the world.

In its 64th annual list that honored more than 250 restaurants worldwide, 20 fine-dining Bay Area restaurants were recognized in the esteemed guide for everything from their elegant cuisine to the beautiful ambiance of each space. Atelier Crenn, Benu and Saison were among the five-star winners in San Francisco.

“Remember that 1980s TV show ‘Fantasy Island’ where a man dressed in white granted visitors every wish? Saison is the culinary equivalent – ​​a personalized, luxurious hunter-gatherer fantasy dining experience in the SoMa district of San Francisco,” Forbes wrote of Saison.

The Saison restaurant in San Francisco was among the five-star winners of Forbes Travel Guide’s 2022 Star Awards.

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Beyond San Francisco, where other top destinations like Manresa in Los Gatos, Navio in Half Moon Bay as well as many others in Napa County and Sonoma, which featured Chef Thomas’ acclaimed The French Laundry Keller. Forbes also added restaurants that earned four stars and others that were in its “recommended” section. Of San Francisco’s Spruce restaurant, which was recommended, Forbes praised the moody decor and delicious bites, but added that its food and service can “suffer from inequities.”

Forbes’ list of winners comes the same week the James Beard Foundation announced its nominees for the media awards where Mister Jiu’s chef-owner Brandon Jew and co-author Tienlon Ho were shortlisted for their cookbook, ” Mister Jiu’s in Chinatown: Recipes and Stories from the Birthplace of Chinese-American Cuisine San Francisco author Kristina Cho and Oakland-based vegan chef and author Bryant Terry were also nominated for their cookbooks.

See the full list of Bay Area restaurants that landed in Forbes Travel Guide’s 2022 Star Award below. For a full list of national winners, see the Forbes Travel Guide 2022 list.


  • Crenn Workshop in San Francisco
  • Benu in San Francisco
  • Campton Place in San Francisco
  • CLOSED in Napa
  • Restaurant Farm Inn in Forestville
  • The French laundry in Napa
  • Gary Danko in San Francisco
  • Layla at MacArthur Place in Sonoma
  • Lucy Restaurant & Bar in Yountville
  • Madera in San Jose
  • Manresa to Los Gatos
  • Navio to Half Moon Bay
  • Parallel 37 in San Francisco
  • Quince in San Francisco
  • The Restaurant of the Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford
  • Meadowood restaurant in Saint Helena
  • Season in San Francisco
  • Single Thread Farms Restaurant in Healdsburg
  • Solbar in Calistoga
  • Spruce in San Francisco

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