So. The annual Bauer list-making extravaganza dropped this weekend, to the delight and/or fist-shaking of many. This year's edition has 21 newcomers, and since only two shuttered (Rubicon, Cafe Majestic), a good number (19, for you mathletes) had to be bumped off. The full list of those that got demoted are after the jump, and for the most part, not too surprising based on the past year's reviews. But first, let's congratulate the newbies:
Chez Papa Resto
House of Prime Rib Jack Falstaff Madrona Manor (Healdsburg), Marzano (Oakland) Meadowood (St. Helena) Moss Room Murray Circle (Sausalito) Nettie's Crab Shack Nopalito The Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton Sea Salt (Berkeley) Willi's Wine Bar (Santa Rosa)
Those that got left behind:
A Cote (Oakland) Bar Crudo Bistro Jeanty (Yountville) Bo's Barbecue (Walnut Creek) Cafe Majestic Cav Cucina (San Anselmo) Ducca Jai Yun Junnoon (Palo Alto) Laiola O Izakaya Oliveto (Oakland) Plumed Horse (Saratoga) Poleng Lounge Rubicon Shanghai 1930 Silks Slow Club Tartine Bakery Terzo
Some quick thoughts: the biggest names on the above list that haven't been re-reviewed in the last 12 months are probably Oliveto and Bar Crudo, with Tartine Bakery in the difficult non-restaurant category (though we will note that Oliveto's 3.5 stars are from 1996). Curiously, Gary Danko was left off the initial online list and is still missing from the cuisine list—simple oversight or the last restaurant in? Nopalito and Yoshi's are the only Mexican and Japanese entrants in the city proper, respectively, and somehow, Matterhorn is the restaurant that won't go away.