Michelin has three different star categories:
- One Star - A very good restaurant in its category with cuisine prepared to a consistently high standard. A good place to stop on your journey.
- Two Stars - Excellent cuisine, skillfully and carefully crafted dishes of outstanding quality. Worth a detour.
- Three Stars - Exceptional cuisine with distinctive dishes and superlative ingredients. Worth a special journey.
I will also mention that there are some restaurants in the Michelin guide that do not get a star, but are considered "Michelin Recommended." Within this category San Jose scored a total of 10 restaurants:
- Vung Tau
- Back A Yard
- The Alameda
- Zona Rosa (NEW)
- North San Jose
- Smoking Pig BBQ
- South San Jose
- Bun Bo Hue An Nam
- Thien Long
- Willow Glen
- The Table (NEW)
Zona Rosa and The Table are two well-deserved additions. Unfortunately, there were some restaurants from 2014 that did not make the cut this year: SJ Omogari in Japantown, La Costa in East San Jose, LB Steak in Santana Row, and Pizza Antica which is also in Santana Row. If we don't get some stars, at the very least we'll hopefully get more Michelin Recommended or Bib Gourmand restaurant ratings in 2016. If you haven't been to the restaurants above, I can vouch that all 9 are well worth checking out.