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Our residents speak over 125 languages and that diversity is strongly represented in our food scene. In Oakland kitchens and throughout our culinary community, chefs and restauranteurs come together as one to support, elevate and celebrate all that they bring to Oakland. Our multicultural talent gives The Town its true flavor.
Our food and drink scene is simply incredible! But don’t just take our word for it. Oakland is home to 25 MICHELIN Guide-rated restaurants, including Bombera, Parche, Lion Dance Cafe, Horn Barbecue, Commis, Jo's Modern Thai, Millennium, Taqueria El Paisa, MAMA Oakland, Mägo and more!
Several Oakland restaurants have earned these levels of MICHELIN ratings
Exceptional cuisine worth a special journey
Excellent food worth a detour
High-quality cooking worth a stop
Friendly establishments that serve good food at moderate prices
Simply serves good food
About the MICHELIN Guide
The iconic MICHELIN Guide showcases incredible dining experiences in culinary destinations. First created in 1900 as a guide for motorists exploring the French countryside, the guide has expanded to over 35 countries, awarding more than 3,275 of its prestigious stars to top restaurants around the globe.
How the MICHELIN Guide Selection Works
The MICHELIN Guide ratings are awarded by a group of expert inspectors, who are professional culinary critics trained in the MICHELIN Guide method. The inspectors are anonymous and behave like any other customer in the restaurant. They then use a consistent set of criteria to judge the quality of the establishment.
Restaurants may receive one, two or three MICHELIN Guide stars based on five criteria:
- Quality of ingredients
- Mastery of the cooking
- Harmony of the flavors
- Artistry of the Chef as reflected in the cuisine
- Consistency, both over time and across the entire menu
Beyond the star ratings, MICHELIN Guide also awards Bib Gourmand, Recommended and Green Star recognitions.