Less than a year after it opened in downtown Napa, Kenzo has earned Napa's newest Michelin star.
Kenzo and Natsuko Tsujimoto, owners of Kenzo Estate winery in Napa, opened their restaurant in November 2016 with the intention of recreating an "authentic, elevated Japanese dining experience" in Napa.
"I have long dreamt of bringing true cuisine to Napa that reflects the traditional culture of my native Japan and is inspired by authentic techniques and premium ingredients from the region," Kenzo Tsujimoto said at the time. "I hope to transform your perception of Japanese cuisine."
Michelin, which had delayed the annual announcement of its list of San Francisco and Bay Area restaurants because of the wildfires, said on Wednesday that a total of 55 restaurants now have garnered the sought-after stars that rate dining experiences.
Solbar at the Solage resort in Calistoga, however, has lost its star.
The loss of Solbar's star, coincides with the departure of Brandon Sharp, the former executive chef who left Solbar in 2016 to move to North Carolina.
Napa Valley's French Laundry and Meadowood retained their three stars; only seven restaurants on the list have the three stars, and seven others have two stars. Forty-one restaurants have earned one star.
Kenzo joins La Toque, Bouchon, Auberge du Soleil, and Terra as the Michelin one-star restaurants in Napa Valley. As yet, no Napa Valley restaurant has two Michelin stars.
“America’s Wine Country has experienced an extraordinary tragedy and our decision to delay the 2018 selections was made with deepest concern for those affected,” said Claire Dorland-Clauzel, Michelin Group executive vice president.
Coi in San Francisco became "the country’s newest three-star restaurant," according to the announcement. Michelin’s highest ranking is given to a handful of restaurants around the world, and designating one “worth a special journey.”
Single Thread in Healdsberg and Californios in San Francisco, are also new to the list, each earning two stars. Other newcomers are InSitu, Kinjo and Rich Table in San Francisco, each with one star. Two stars designates, "worth a special journey" while one star is “very good in its category.”
The complete list can be found at michelinmedia.com.