The Bay Area is known for being one of the foodie capitals of the world, just brimming with cuisine options from around the globe. Many Michelin-starred restaurants are right here in SoMa, some just a few steps away from 181 Fremont's front door.
If you live here at 181 Fremont, be sure to book your dining reservation through our Head Concierge David Mertens, who can secure priority seating for you and your guests, plus handle any other needs you may have for the perfect night out.
We've rounded up our top five Michelin-starred favorites:
This modern-American, three-star Michelin restaurant, led by Chef Laurent Gras, cultivates a fresh-fare menu focused around wood-fire cooking and seasonal ingredients sourced from fisherman, hunters, gatherers, ranchers and farmers. Each evening, the Saison team creates a dining experience for guests with a tailored menu and beverage pairing, so it's the luck of the draw which seasonal pairings you'll enjoy, but make no mistake, you'll never be disappointed. Our favorites from a recent dining experience were the Nova Scotia Lobster Tails, Hearth-Roasted Yams set over buttermilk and their famous Uni Toast.
In Situ, a sophisticated one-star Michelin restaurant, takes a note out of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's book, where it happens to be located, with its unique, frequently-rotating "gallery" of iconic dishes from top chefs around the world. Dubbed "America's Most Original New Restaurant" by The New York Times, Chef Corey Lee's most innovative project features dishes from chefs of all backgrounds, from Nathan Myhrvold of Modernist Cuisine's Caramelized Carrot Soup to Rodrigo Oliveira's famed Dadinhos de Tapioca out of his Brazilian restaurant, Mocotó.
Photo credit: In Situ at SFMOMA (@insitu_sfmoma)
In addition to sister restaurant In Situ, Chef Corey Lee, praised for his technical ability and refinement of dishes by Robb Report, is also the genius behind this minimalist, three-star, Asian-American restaurant. Plan to experience an extensive, three-hour tasting menu with a wine list of over 300 selections from France, California, Germany and Austria. Menu favorites include Lobster Coral Soup Dumplings, Veal Short Rib with Chrysanthemum Scallion Salad, or even thousand-year-old quail eggs.
"The techniques and presentations are modern, but there is an unexplainable bond to tradition that makes his food unique," said the San Francisco Chronicle about Chef Mourad Lahlou and his one-star concept, a contemporary interpretation of Moroccan foods housed in a stunning space. The Lamb (Thumbelina carrot, vadouvan, date, lentil, smoke), Branzino (wild mushroom, sweet potato, baharat, hazelnut) and Octopus (brussel sprouts, cauliflower, mustard, preserved lemon) are our personal favorites.
Unlike many of the other Michelin-recognized restaurants in San Francisco, one-star Luce – meaning "light" in Italian – is an escape to an intimate space and cuisine by Chef Daniel Cory. The contemporary, new-American restaurant, located inside the InterContinental San Francisco, boasts a 350-label wine list that has been recognized by Wine Spectator on more than one occasion. Their expansive wine selection serves to pair with any of their superb main courses, whether you choose the Pacific Bluenose Bass, the Duck Breast aged on the bone, or the California Arborio Rice Risotto with Black Winter Truffle.
Photo credit: Luce, courtesy of Nomtastic Foods (@nomtasticbayarea)