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San Francisco’s star-studded restaurant scene got a little brighter yesterday as no restaurant lost its two-star or three-star status in the 2017 Michelin Guide for San Francisco Bay Area & Wine Country, while one new restaurant was added to each category.

Quince made the leap from two stars to three, joining last year’s holdovers — Benu, The French Laundry, Manresa, The Restaurant at Meadowood and Saison — for a total of six (which is as many as New York). The Lazy Bear, moved up from one star, along with a few two-star holdovers including Acquerello, Atelier Crenn, Baume, Campton Place, Coi and Commis, for a total of six. Forty-seven restaurants earned the coveted one-star award, including seven newcomers.

In elevating Quince, located in the city’s North Beach neighborhood, Michael Ellis, international director of Michelin Guide, said, “We have closely watched Chef Michael Tusk for several years now. In his cuisine, every dish, even the simplest, is exceptional.” Michelin says there are only about 100 restaurants holding its top status worldwide. New two-star Lazy Bear is in the San Francisco Mission District.

According to the guide, three stars mean “exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey,” two stars signify “excellent cuisine, worth a detour,” while one stars denotes “a very good restaurant in its territory.” Michelin now publishes four guides in the United States. The newest, for Washington, D.C., announced its stars earlier this month, while the guide for Chicago will be published November 7 and the one for New York City will be issued November 17.

The guide is available for $18.99.

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Featured image courtesy of Quince.

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