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Yelpifying Michael Bauer’s SF Chronicle Restaurant List

San Francisco’s resident restaurant critic has again released his list of favorite 100 restaurants in the Bay Area. Michael Bauer’s tastebuds have surely developed an acute sense for fine fare over the course of his lengthy career, and we wanted to see how his picks stacked up on Yelp.

Thanks to our community of millions of locals, we’ve got insights on everything from ambiance to popular dishes. Let’s take a look at SF Chronicle’s restaurant list in Yelp terms:

  • All of the Chronicle’s top restaurants have 3.5 to 4.5 star ratings on Yelp: 21.9% are 3.5 stars, 61.9% are 4 stars, and 16.2% are 4.5 stars
  • 72% are $$$ ($31-60) or $$$$ (Above $61) on Yelp
  • Of the 56 restaurants for which we have health scores from the SF Health Department, only 5 had health scores below 90 (90 and above is “good”)
  • The most common words (other than “the”, “I”, etc.) used in reviews of these restaurants on Yelp include “service,” “wine,” “delicious,” “experience,” “dessert,” and “course”

SFChron Restaurant Words

While Yelpers may not write reviews for a living, their analyses can be similarly quotable and astute. In fact, we thought it might be fun to challenge folks to tell the difference between a Yelp review and a Michael Bauer review! Tomorrow we’ll start quizzing people on our social media channels over the course of the next week. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to join in.

For now, check out Yelp’s take on Michael Bauer’s Top 100 Restaurants, and take note of the review highlights on Yelp. The chocolate budino tart at A16 and thousand year old quail egg at Benu are just a few of Yelpers’ favorites.

A16 – 3.5 stars, 1612 reviews, $$$, 92/100 health score

Acquerello – 4.5 stars, 767 reviews, $$$$, 100/100 health score

Ad Hoc – 4 stars, 2045 reviews, $$$

Akiko’s Restaurant – 4 stars, 1144 reviews, $$, 90/100

Al’s Place – 3.5 stars, 50 reviews, $$$

AQ Restaurant & Bar – 3.5 stars, 557 reviews, $$$, 90/100 health score

Atelier Crenn – 4.5 stars, 431 reviews, $$$$, 94/100 health score

Bar Agricole – 3.5 stars, 850 reviews, $$$, 92/100 health score

Benu – 4.5 stars – 636 reviews, $$$$, 100/100 health score

Bistro Don Giovanni – 4 stars, 661 reviews, $$$

Bocadillas – 4 stars, 934 stars, $$, 94/100 health score

Bottega – 4 stars, 1859 reviews, $$$

Bouchon – 4 stars, 1972 reviews, $$$

Boulevard – 4 stars, 2094 reviews, $$$$, 96/100 health score

Bravas – 4 stars, 300 reviews, $$

Bull Valley Roadhouse – 4 stars, 236 reviews, $$$

Camino – 3.5 stars, 778 reviews, $$$

The Cavalier – 4 stars, 483 reviews, $$$, 98/100 health score

Central Kitchen – 3.5 stars, 357 reviews, $$$

Chez Panisse/Chez Panisse Cafe – 4 stars, 1434 reviews, $$$$/4 stars, 737 reviews, $$$

Ciccio – 4.5 stars, 136 reviews, $$

Coi – 4 stars, 592 reviews, $$$$, 100/100 health score

Comal – 3.5 stars, 639 reviews, $$

The Commissary – 3.5 stars, 168 stars, $$$

Commonwealth – 4 stars, 784 reviews, $$$, 98/100 health score

Coqueta – 4 stars, 855 reviews, $$$

Cotogna – 4 stars, 830 reviews, $$$, 89/100 health score

Delfina – 4 stars, 1595 reviews, $$$, 96/100 health score

The Dock – 3.5 stars, 91 reviews, $$

Farmshop – 3.5 stars, 268 reviews, $$$

Flour + Water – 3.5 stars, 1708 reviews, $$$, 96/100 health score

Foreign Cinema – 4 stars, 3560 reviews, $$$, 100/100 health score

Frances – 4.5 stars, 1099 reviews, $$$, 100/100 health score

The French Laundry – 4.5 stars, 1762 reviews, $$$$

Gary Danko – 4.5 stars, 4121 reviews, $$$$, 88/100 health score

Gialina Pizzaria – 4 stars, 936 reviews, $$, 100/100 health score

Greens Restaurant – 4 stars, 1456 reviews, $$$

Hawker Fare – 3.5 stars, 647 reviews, $$

Hong Kong Lounge II – 3.5 reviews, 448 reviews, $$, 88/100 health score

Hopscotch – 4 stars, 670 reviews, $$

House of Prime Rib – 4 stars, 4660 reviews, $$$, 98/100 health score

ICHI Sushi + NI – 3.5 stars, 173 reviews, $$$, 96/100 health score

Ippuku – 4 stars, 811 reviews, $$$

Iyasare – 4 stars, 225 reviews, $$$

Kokkari Estiatorio – 4.5 stars, 3227 reviews, $$$, 96/100 health score

KUSAKABE – 4.5 stars, 204 reviews, $$$$, 100/100 health score

La Ciccia – 4.5 stars, 782 reviews, $$$, 100/100 health score

La Folie – 4.5 stars, 1204 reviews, $$$$, 92/100 health score

Lazy Bear –  4.5 stars, 141 reviews, $$$$

Liholiho Yacht Club – 4.5 stars, 208 reviews, $$$

Madrona Manor – 4 stars, 162 reviews, $$$$

Mamacita – 3.5 stars, 1090 reviews, $$, 96/100 health score

Manresa – 4 stars, 823 reviews, $$$$

Marlowe – 4 stars, 1443 reviews, $$, 100/100 health score

Maven – 4 stars, 419 reviews, $$, 92/100 health score

Molina Restaurant – 4 stars, 145 reviews, $$$

Monsieur Benjamin – 4 stars, 268 reviews, $$$, 94/100 health score

Mourad/Aziza – 4 stars, 104 reviews, $$$/4 stars, 1807 reviews, $$$, 92/100 health score

Nico – 4 stars, 117 reviews, $$$, 100/100 health score

Nido – 4 stars, 311 reviews, $$

Nojo – 3.5 stars, 378 reviews, $$, 90/100 health score

Nopa – 4 stars, 3955 reviews, $$$, 84/100 health score

Nopalito – 4 stars, 1337 reviews, $$, 98/100 health score

Oenotri – 4 stars, 502 reviews, $$$

OSO Sonoma – 3.5 stars, 63 reviews, $$

Pabu – 4 stars, 304 reviews, $$$, 90/100 health score

Park Tavern – 4 stars, 936 reviews, $$$, 88/100 health score

Perbacco/Barbacco – 4 stars, 1588 reviews, $$$/4 stars, 1135 reviews, $$, 91/100 health score

Piccino – 4 stars, 968 reviews, $$, 93/100 health score

Picco Restaurant – 4.5 stars, 407 reviews, $$$

Piperade – 4 stars, 683 reviews, $$$, 90/100 health score

Pizzaiolo/Boot & Shoe Service – 4 stars, 1162 reviews, $$/4 stars, 971 reviews, $$

Poggio – 3.5 stars, 654 reviews, $$$

PRESS – 4 stars, 265 reviews, $$$$

The Progress – 4 stars, 187 reviews, $$$$

Prospect – 4 stars, 1176 reviews, $$$, 92/100 health score

Quince – 4 stars, 1052 reviews, $$$$, 96/100 health score

Ramen Shop – 3.5 reviews, 713 reviews, $$

Range Restaurant – 4 stars, 1605 reviews, $$$, 91/100 health score

Redd – 4 stars, 1385 reviews, $$$

Redd Wood – 4 stars, 295 reviews, $$

The Restaurant at Meadowood – 4 stars, 1762 reviews, $$$$

Rich Table – 4 stars, 551 reviews, $$$, 96/100 health score

Saison – 4.5 stars, 169 reviews, $$$$, 92/100 health score

Santé Restaurant – 4 stars, 169 reviews, $$$$

Scopa Restaurant/Campo Fina – 4.5 stars, 500 reviews, $$/4 stars, 171 reviews, $$

Sir and Star at The Olema – 3.5 reviews, 138 reviews. $$$

The Slanted Door – 3.5 stars, 4058 reviews, $$$, 91/100 health score

SPQR – 4 stars, 1495 reviews, $$$, 98/100 health score

State Bird Provisions – 4.5 stars, 1273 reviews, $$$, 100/100 health score

Sushi Ran – 4 stars, 1029 reviews, $$$

Swan Oyster Depot – 4 stars, 1713 reviews, $$, 92/100 health score

Terra/Bar Terra – 4 stars, 178 reviews, $$$$/4 stars, 17 reviews, $$$

Tosca Cafe – 3.5 reviews, 217 reviews, $$$

Trick Dog – 4 stars, 425 reviews, $$, 100/100 health score

Trou Normand – 4 stars, 206 reviews, $$, 100/100 health score

Wayfare Tavern – 4 stars, 2681 reviews, $$$, 92/100 health score

Yank Sing – 3.5 stars, 1841 reviews, $$$, 98/100 health score

Zarzuela – 4 stars, 849 reviews, $$, 87/100 health score

Zuni Café – 4 stars, 2071 reviews, $$$, 92/100 health score