2014 SF Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand Restaurants

Rich Table
Rich Table, a Bib Gourmand honoree, is pleasing Bay Area foodies with dishes such as this tagliatelle with beef, black shallots + kale.

In anticipation of this year’s Michelin Guide San Francisco stars, the 2014 San Francisco Bib Gourmand honorees have been named. Michelin’s Bib Gourmands honor restaurants that serve two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less (tax and gratuity not included). Most important, they are the restaurants that the Michelin inspectors frequent themselves. While the famous Michelin stars remain the most celebrated international distinction in the MICHELIN Guide, the Bib Gourmand is a highly desired honor among restaurateurs and one that is recognized by the many people who covet quality food at a reasonable price.

In the 2014 edition, 83 Bay Area restaurants, which include a diverse range of 22 cuisine types across the region, including San Francisco, East Bay, Wine Country, Marin, South Bay and the Peninsula, have been designated as Bib Gourmands, including:

Artisan Bistro
Bar Tartine
Bistro 29
Bistro Aix
Bistro Jeanty
Brick & Bottle
Crouching Tiger
Donato Enoteca
flour + water
Gajalee Indian
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Hakkasan Beverly Hills Opens: Your Table Awaits!

HKBH Restaurant ImageThe Hakkasan dining experience has arrived in one America’s toniest zip codes.  Hakkasan Beverly Hills recently opened its doors for lunch and dinner, delivering a unique combination of authentic Cantonese cuisine, impeccable service, and opulent ambience.

Michelin-starred chef Ho Chee Boon has created a menu featuring Hakkasan classics, such as roasted silver cod with Champagne and Chinese honey and crispy duck salad, as well as dishes conceived especially for this new location and its clientele. Hakkasan Beverly Hills will also offer a bespoke beverage menu, with an array of Asian-inspired cocktails, wine, and sakes. General Manager Albert Charbonneau notes, “We have a universal standard of excellence across Hakkasan locations, to ensure a premier consistent experience that Hakkasan guests seek. However, Hakkasan also caters to the guests and neighbors within that new location. For this reason, there will be unique approaches blended with signature elements.”

The 10,000 square foot space was conceptualized by renowned Parisian design firm Gilles & Boissier and features an intricate and sultry Shanghai Chinois-inspired aesthetic throughout, translated into contemporary design and infused with the chic style of Beverly Hills. Charbonneau says, “Beverly Hills reflects the glamour and elegance of the Hakkasan brand.” Continue Reading

On Our Plate: Fall Restaurant Weeks in Silicon Valley, Richmond, Long Island, Minneapolis, Montreal + Newport; Charlie Awards Voting, and More

Newport RW 2013Happenings on and around OpenTable…

* OpenTable is a proud supporter of Taste of the Nation Maryland. Peep some pics from this foodie fundraiser to help end childhood hunger.

* Attend the Red Bank Flavour Food + Wine Walk in New Jersey on October 20. Taste the best of Red Bank for just $35 per person.

* Help fight hunger in Boston. Purchase tickets to the Lovin’ Spoonfuls Ultimate Tailgate Party on November 10.

* Voting for the Charlie Awards is open. Find out how to vote for your Twin Cities’ food favorites and purchase tickets to the ceremony on November 17.

* Trending on recent OpenTable restaurant reviews? Farro.

* Seattle Restaurant Week starts tomorrow. Snap up three courses for $28, October 13-17 and 20-24.

* Silicon Valley Restaurant Week is almost upon us. Reserve now for special three course dinners, October 16-23.

* Richmond Restaurant Week arrives next week. Order up $25.13 three-course dinners, October 21-27.

* Long Island Restaurant Week begins November 3. Enjoy 3-course dinners for just $27.95 through November 10.

* Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Restaurant Week reservations are open. Book today for $10-$20 lunches and $30 dinners, October 20-25.

* Newport Restaurant Week comes to New England in November. Don’t miss $16 lunches and $30 dinners, November 1-10.

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Tweet of the Week: Restaurants Reach More Diners with Holiday + Seasonal Promotions

Believe it or not, the holiday season is almost here. We’ve got Thanksgiving in Canada on Monday. And, Thanksgiving comes to the states on November 28– as does Hannukah (a convergence being called Thanksgivukkah, according to The Wall Street Journal), followed by all of the fun of Christmas and New Year’s Eve. If you’re a planner like I am, you’re probably already giving a lot of thought to your holiday dining. At OpenTable, we try to make it easy for diners to find a terrific table for every holiday through special promotion pages. We urge our restaurant partners to share their information on their holiday and seasonal offerings early and often, just like the folks at The Russian House in Austin, Texas (aka @RussianHouseATX) have. Restaurants can easily and quickly join these free promotions and reach more holiday diners by visiting Restaurant Center.