SF’s Cheapest Michelin Star Restaurants, Ranked

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San Francisco nightlife is back, and that means the return of Date Nights for all of us fully vaccinated hotties. If you want to buy your date a fabulous full-on Michelin Star dinner but you’re on a COVID-challenged budget, we’ve calculated the 5 cheapest Michelin Star-awarded San Francisco restaurants and the average price of their entrées, or main courses.

Note: For this analysis, we only considered main-dish entrée prices. Appetizer and cocktail prices are not factored into these averages, and who knows how many of those you’d put away. Plus you have the gratuity to add. But based on our numbers, is very confident that these are your most affordable Michelin Star dining options in San Francisco.

Image: Lesley Y. via Yelp

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The razzle-dazzle lighting display and exquisite Moroccan cuisine of the Financial District luxury spot Mourad makes it look like a place where you definitely cannot afford to eat. But their Couscous, Branzino, Scallop and Lamb entrée dishes average $38.75 a pop, and there’s also a family-style dining option where a group of up to five can get off even cheaper. (One Michelin Star)

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You don’t have to be that rich to dine on caviar at Hayes Valley’s fancy barn-resembling  Rich Table, where the caviar is $38 and served with Brazilian cheese bread and chive sour cream. But their main course dishes currently average a little less than that at $35.25, though be aware the menu does change seasonally. (One Michelin Star)

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California’s “State Bird” is in fact quail, and the damned things are delicious either fried or smoked at Western Addition’s State Bird Provisions. The quail dishes are among their main courses called “Commandables” which average $27.42 a plate, with the vegetarian entrées  currently averaging just $22, though the menu does change regularly.  (One Michelin Star)

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If you are hoping to wine, dine, and have sex with a vegetarian or pescatarian on your date night, Valencia Street’s Al’s Place has amazing vegetarian dinners that average less than $20 a plate, with meaty things like trout, duck, and pork belly served as sides. (One Michelin Star)

Image: Kin Khao via Yelp


Kin Khao is unfortunately best known for that time a fake-ass ghost kitchen tried to impersonate them, but the Thai-California spot deserves to be known as the single most affordable Michelin-starred restaurant in San Francisco. Their main dishes average just $17.16, and their iteration on the incredibly trendy Crispy Chicken Sandwich is probably the single best in town.

Kin Khao’s Union Square location is currently on “COVID hiatus,” but the Dogpatch location of Kin Khao is doing outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery. (One Michelin Star)

Reservations are recommended at all of these restaurants (they have a fucking Michelin star!), though Kin Khao does not take reservations.

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