‘Inspectors’ Name Best Outdoor Dining Destinations

Those crazy Michelin inspectors are at it again.

With summer on the horizon, it’s about that time when the patios start opening up for good and the fog is your finest dining companion. According to Michelin Guide director Jean-Luc Naret, “With so many establishments offering outdoor patios, we wanted to make finding a destination that offers both exceptional cuisine, and a pleasurable patio to match, as convenient as possible.”

Only four restaurants in San Francisco proper made the cut: Americano, Foreign Cinema, Sociale and Zazie. It’s hard to argue with any of the picks, for the combination of a great outdoor area/vista and Michelin-quality food make for a surprisingly rare combination. What restaurants would you add to the short list? Zuni Cafe got the short end of the inspectors’ stick once again. Betelnut is a Chronicle-favorite, but “curbside” dining ain’t exactly Michelin style. You can’t beat the Pacific views at Beach Chalet, though the food leaves something to be desired. Our vote for the biggest snub has to go to The Terrace at the Ritz-Carlton; it’s got the al fresco courtyard with starry, posh Mediterranean fare that seduces diners of all shapes and sizes. Thoughts?

Michelin Recommends Top Bay Area Outdoor Dining Destinations for Summer [Michelin, via Gridskipper]

[Photo courtesy: Americano Official Site]


‘Inspectors’ Name Best Outdoor Dining Destinations