Michael Bauer


Bauer’s Bay Area Top 100 Restaurants 2014

We’re pleased to showcase this year’s San Francisco Chronicle Top 100 Restaurants in the Bay Area. Selected by esteemed restaurant critic Michael Bauer, the list represents the very best of the greater San Francisco area, from the city proper and Berkeley and Oakland to Mill Valley and wine country. There are 20 new additions to [...]

James Beard Awards 2012: Inside Michael Murphy’s Annual Rosé Bowl

We’re eagerly anticipating the 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards on Monday, May 7, 2012. To get the party started, Michael Murphy did just that. Once again, OpenTable had the great pleasure of sponsoring Mr. Murphy’s Annual Rosé Bowl at Jonathan Waxman’s Barbuto restaurant in Manhattan. A fete for San Francisco’s nominees, attendees included many bold-faced Bay Area names, [...]

On Our Plate This Week at OpenTable: Happenings and Hot Offers

What’s on our minds — and on OpenTable — this week… * Do you love your mother? Do you tolerate love your mother-in-law? Of course you do! So, book a primo table for Mother’s Day today to show up your siblings and in-laws win brownie points and bragging rights on May 8th. * And, if you [...]

Status Salads; Meaningless Restaurant Concepts; and Other Trends in Dining

* Some upscale Manhattan restaurants, including 21 Club, The Four Seasons, Fred’s at Barney’s, and Michael’s, serve upscale “status” salads at upscale prices. [NY Post] * Eater is calling for an end to certain restaurant concept trends, decrying them as meaningless. [Eater] * San Francisco Chronicle scribe Michael Bauer ponders whether non-restaurants are justified in [...]

Vancouver’s Divino Is Divine; Go Fish Ocean Club Is a Catch; and Other Reviews

Restaurants scoring positive reviews… * Balsan‘s steadfastly seasonal Chicago cuisine wins praise from Elaine Glusac. [The New York Times] * Daniel Boulud proves nothing succeeds like success, with a stellar review from Richard Vines for his London outpost of Bar Boulud. [Bloomberg] * Phil Vettel thinks that former underground restaurant Bonsoirée is too legit to [...]

What Waiters Hate: Restaurant Pros Turn the Tables on Diners

Because this is a diner-centric blog, we usually talk about the experience of going to restaurants from a patron’s perspective. Lately, though, some folks have been wondering what waiters think about the diners they serve. Over in the UK, Simon Usborne of The Independent gets a top waiter to spill the details on “waiter speak” [...]

Noisy Restaurants Prove Unappetizing for Some Diners

San Francisco Chronicle restaurant critic Michael Bauer understands that not every diner can (or wishes to) tolerate noisy restaurants. In his ratings, in fact, you’ll find a special category that addresses noise levels, such as this from his recent review of Ristobar: “Noise rating: BOMB; Too noisy for normal conversation (80+ decibels).” (He very much enjoyed [...]

Michael Bauer Defines Fine Dining; Colicchio Recommends It; and More

This week in dining trends… * A reader asks San Francisco Chronicle restaurant reviewer Michael Bauer talk about what “fine dining” means  — leading him to wonder if it means anything anymore. [SF Gate] * Tom Colicchio (Colicchio & Sons) is (shocker!) a fan of fine dining, and he debunks some myths about the experience [...]