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