3 restaurants in Santa Monica deserve Michelin nicks as one of the best in California

SANTA MONICA, CA – The Michelin Guide California 2021 was released Tuesday, with one to three stars given to 90 restaurants considered the best in the state. Melissa in Santa Monica made the list with two stars. Pasjoli and Rustic Canyon in Santa Monica deserve a star.

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Melissa, an offering from Chef Josiah Citrin, is “an intimate 14-seat restaurant with Chef de Cuisine Ian Scaramuzza at the helm. Chefs and sommeliers guide guests on a culinary adventure where cuisine and food are one. Working with Californian farmers from San Diego to Napa Valley, Chef Josiah sources the most unique and finest ingredients available. The five canapés, nine course tasting menu showcases modern and classic techniques with flavors from around the world. “

Melissa is located at 1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica.


French bistro Pasjoli, which means “not pretty” in French, has become a new hotspot on Main Street, with both indoor and outdoor seating, along with its private back terrace perfect for family dinners.

The chic Parisian bistro was created by “award-winning head chef Dave Beran. The restaurant pays homage to French cuisine and takes advantage of the abundance of products available in Southern California. Rooted in classic French cuisine and inspired by the Parisian markets, Pasjoli reflects the thoughtful cooking style of Beran against. shows its creative accents in the bistro kitchen. ”

Pasjoli is located on 2732 Main Street in Santa Monica.

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Rustic Canyon is known for its incredible wine and seasonal offerings – and its roots in Santa Monica. It all started in 2006 with a series of outdoor dinners in the Santa Monica Mountains.

“We’re a Michelin-starred neighborhood restaurant where friends from near and far get together and celebrate the best things in life: great food, great wine and great people,” says the restaurant website.

Rustic Canyon offers an evolving menu of farmers market-inspired dishes made with the best of ingredients from local farmers, ranchers and fishermen with sustainable practices

“Chef Andy Doubrava and James Beard-nominated Chef / Owner Jeremy Fox bring their vision of seasonality, simplicity and quality to our cuisine,” the restaurant said. “All the dishes we prepare and serve on plates are in the back of our minds so that you can order for the table and try different dishes. Come with an open mind and an empty stomach, knowing that you are eating the highest quality food and get imagination. “

Rustic Canyon is located at 1119 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica.

Michelin stars are considered the highest culinary award for restaurants around the world, introduced almost a century ago. The original guide without stars has been published since 1900.

A three-star rating is reserved for restaurants with “exceptional cuisine that is worth a special trip”. Two stars are given to restaurants that “cook excellently and are worth a detour”. A single star offers “high quality cuisine that is worth a stop”.

Michelin stars are awarded by undercover food experts who dine anonymously in the restaurant several times and then discuss the award of the stars with other jurors. All jurors attach great importance to taste, quality of ingredients and cooking techniques.

A charming ambience and excellent service make a restaurant visit more pleasant, but according to fine dining lovers, they are not taken into account when awarding stars.

The treasure list is carefully examined. Bloomberg pointed out that Los Angeles gained more restaurants on the list while San Francisco lost a dozen restaurants.

A three-star restaurant, Restaurant at Meadowood in the Napa Valley, was destroyed by the glass fire in 2020.

Forbes pointed out the importance of these stars after restaurants struggled to stay afloat during the pandemic.

“Since the beginning of the global pandemic, the inspectors for every market in the US have been sensitive and have been in close contact with restaurants to inform them about openings and closings, new menu changes, etc. about the individual facilities and their circumstances,” the anonymous chief inspector from Michelin said of the This year’s judging process. “The pandemic has hit each and every one of us as former employees of the hotel and catering industry, to which we still belong. We approached this selection with the intent to show appreciation and appreciation for all the work that For most chefs, cooking is an art. When chefs can’t entertain their guests in their restaurants, they find another way to express their creativity. Restaurants are still opening and there are new places to be discovered Landscape is still interesting and dynamic. “

California is the only state that has its own Michelin guide. Last week Michelin released its Bib Gourmand list of the best affordable restaurants.

3 star Michelin restaurants

  • Atelier Crenn, San Francisco
  • Benu, San Francisco
  • The French Laundry, Yountville
  • Manresa, Los Gatos
  • Fifteen, San Francisco
  • Single thread, Healdsburg

2 star Michelin restaurants

  • Watercolor, San Francisco
  • Addison, San Diego
  • Birdsong, San Francisco
  • California, San Francisco
  • Campton Place, San Francisco
  • Coi, San Francisco
  • Commis, Oakland
  • Hafenhaus, Elk
  • Hayato, Los Angeles
  • Lazy Bear, San Francisco
  • Melissa, Santa Monica
  • N / naka, Los Angeles
  • Providence, Los Angeles
  • Season, San Francisco
  • Sushi Ginza Onodera, West Hollywood
  • Vespertine, Culver City

1 star Michelin restaurants

  • Adega, San Jose
  • Als Place, San Francisco
  • Angler SF, San Francisco
  • Auberge du Soleil, Rutherford
  • Eggplant, Carmel-By-The-Sea
  • Avery, San Francisco
  • Bar Crenn, San Francisco
  • Barndiva, Healdsburg
  • Bell’s, Los Alamos
  • Bistro Na’s, Temple City
  • Chez TJ, mountain view
  • CUT, Beverly Hills
  • Gary Danko, San Francisco
  • Gucci Osteria by Massimo Bottura, Beverly Hills
  • Hana Re, Costa Mesa
  • Young and pretty, Karlovy Vary
  • June, San Francisco
  • Kali, Los Angeles
  • Kato, Los Angeles
  • Kenzo, Napa
  • Kin Khao, San Francisco
  • The kitchen, Sacramento
  • Knife fold, Costa Mesa
  • La Toque, Napa
  • Le Comptoir, Los Angeles
  • Madcap, San Anselmo
  • Wood, Menlo Park
  • Marlena, San Francisco
  • Maude, Beverly Hills
  • Mr. Jius, San Francisco
  • Mori Sushi, Los Angeles
  • Morihiro, Los Angeles
  • Mourad, San Francisco
  • Niku Steakhouse, San Francisco
  • Nozawa Bar, Beverly Hills
  • O ‘by Claude le Tohic, San Francisco
  • Omakase, San Francisco
  • Orsa & Winston, Los Angeles
  • Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles
  • Pasjoli, Santa Monica
  • Pasta | Bar, Los Angeles
  • Phenakite, Los Angeles
  • Feathered horse, Saratoga
  • The progress, San Francisco
  • Protected, Palo Alto
  • Q Sushi, Los Angeles
  • Race, Burlingame
  • Rustic Canyon, Santa Monica
  • Selby’s, Redwood City
  • Shibumi, Los Angeles
  • Shin Sushi, Encino
  • The Shota, San Francisco
  • Six test kitchens, Paso Robles
  • Soichi, San Diego
  • Sons & Daughters, San Francisco
  • Sorrel, San Francisco
  • SPQR, San Francisco
  • Spruce, San Francisco
  • State Bird Regulations, San Francisco
  • Sushi | Bar Montecito, Santa Barbara
  • Sushi l-Naba, Manhattan Beach
  • Sushi Shin, Redwood City
  • Sushi Takodoro, San Diego
  • Sushi Yoshizumi, San Mateo
  • Taco Maria, Costa Mesa
  • The Village Pub, Woodside
  • Your San Francisco
  • Wakuriya, San Mateo

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