When it comes to dining, California surely presents a wide and diverse range of top-notch options to pick out from. From open air places to small and dark private tables, California’s best restaurants are entitled time after time to be la crème de la crème. According to a ranking carried out by the Business Insider, if you are into fine dining, the Golden State is where you should consider moving to. The magazine combined six noteworthy lists compiled by food critics, experts and diners prior to publishing the definitive list – 16 of the top 50 restaurants all across the United States are found well around Napa Valley. See five of these eye-catching pieces of the finest architectural and gastronomical work.
1. Gary Danko – Located in San Francisco
This fine-dining restaurant goes by the name of the executive Chef. In his words, “you don’t just open a great restaurant – it’s a constant work in progress.” Seventeen years after its opening, Gary Darko continues to amaze its public with renewed menus season after season while making use of local ingredients by the techniques postulated long ago in France. The set out is spotless and customized to suit even the most demanding customer’s needs.
2. The French Laundry – Located in Yountville
The French Laundry takes a different perspective. Its history dates back to 1900 when it was built. During the 1920 it was used as a French steam laundry, the period from which it derives its current name. Apart from its historical significance, Thomas Keller changes the menus on a daily basis. His team is committed to creating French classics with the finest quality ingredients at their reach, along with a similarly intense focus on impeccable guest service.
3. Province – Located in Los Angeles
Province new and fresh outlook brought about controversy among its oldest customers. Turning from stark white and earth tones to dark blue and dusty rosy colors, the place renewed environment even tastes different. This major change was conceived by Tamara Kaye-Honey, who has come to be well-known for a distinctive “new vintage” style. At the same time, the restaurant does not cease to amaze with its sophisticated treatment over seafood and specially selected wines from all over the globe.
4. Benu – Located in San Francisco
Opened in August 2010, Benu is currently in charge of the Korean Chef Corey Lee. This restaurant has been awarded several times since its early opening with three Michelin stars, four stars from the San Francisco Chronicle and the AAA Five Diamond Award. So much was the praise received by this bold enterprise that they were encouraged to publish a book on Lee’s inspirations and past menus. Its structural design goes hand in hand with the latest Asian architecture yet preserving a genuine and classical American outlook.
5. Baumé – Located in Palo Alto
Having received its second Michelin star for the first time in 2011, Baumé maintains its emphasis on minimalism. It is equipped with only five tables and gets by with a very tight schedule. This is a dining where only modern interpretations of French classis are celebrated alongside either six or eight courses tasting menus. Its most important highlight goes as far as a gentle treatment over dark colors with a subtle touch of orange, which enhances the place’s natural ability to combine with its surrounding environment.