Michelin honors 20 restaurants in East Bay with Bib Gourmand awards

Jake Weiss and Oscar Michel of Tacos Oscar, an Oakland restaurant added to Michelsen’s 2021 Guide to California as a place that serves “exceptionally good food at moderate prices.” Credit: Alix Wall

Michelin, the French restaurant guide company that also gets tires admired by certain Nosh readers, set up its menus last year when the pandemic disrupted restaurants around the world. The first new guide to California since 2019 fell today, and although it paid generous attention to East Bay venues, only one restaurant in the region was recognized with its highest honor, the Michelin star rating.

As in the 2019 guide, Oakland’s Commis is the only restaurant in the entire East Bay that has a star rating – it has two stars (out of a possible three) for chef / owner James Syhabouts $ 189 per person. Person, eight-course wine tasting menu on (per Michelin) “measured and well-thought-out dishes.” (Before you ask, Chez Panisse has not had a Michelin star since 2010.)

East Bay, however, cleaned up the guide’s Bib Gourmand honors, which the company characterizes as “an equally valued rating that recognizes friendly businesses that serve exceptionally good food at moderate prices.” Moderate, in this case, is defined as “A three-course meal with starter, main course and dessert” for under $ 40 per person. Person. Last week, Michelin announced it had added nine East Bay restaurants to this year’s Bib Gourmand list.

When added to the guide’s list of restaurants that retained their bibs from last year, it brings the East Bay bib list to a comfortable round of 20, an increase of six from the last outing. You can find the list of all this year’s Bib Gourmand selections in East Bay below. On the Michelin website you can find the comprehensive list of 2021 Bibs and the company’s full guide to restaurants in California in 2021.


Comal, 2020 Shattuck Ave. (between University and Addison), Berkeley

Great China, 2190 Bancroft Way (in Oxford), Berkeley

Ippuku, 2130 Center St. (between Oxford and Shattuck), Berkeley


Mother, 388 Grand Ave. (near Staten Avenue), Oakland

Millennium, 5912 College Ave. (near Chabot), Oakland

Nyum Bai, 3340 E. 12th St., Ste. 11 (between 33rd and 34th), Oakland

Soba Ichi 2311A Magnolia St. (at 24th St.), Oakland

Oscar tacos 420 40th St. (at Webster), Oakland

Taqueria El Paisa @ .com 4610 International Blvd. (near Bancroft Way), Oakland

Teni East Kitchen 4015 Broadway (at 40.), Oakland

Wood Tavern 6317 College Ave. (between Alcatraz and 63.), Oakland

FOB Kitchen 5179 Telegraph Ave. (at 51st), Oakland

Corner grill 2534 Mandela Pkwy. (on 26th Street), Oakland


China Village, 1335 Solano Ave. (by Ramona), Albany

Carnalitos 30200 Industrial Pkwy. SW, Hayward

New dumpling 10064 San Pablo Ave. (near Central Avenue), El Cerrito

Range Life 2160 Railroad Ave. (near N. Livermore Avenue), Livermore

Spinning Bones 1205 Park St. (near San Jose Avenue), Alameda

Thai house 254 Rose St. (between Front and Diablo), Danville

Top Hatters Kitchen 855 Macarthur Blvd. (between Fortuna and Diehl), San Leandro

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