Del Mar's Addison Is Sole San Diego Restaurant To Receive A Michelin Star In Inaugural California Guidebook

June 3, 2019

French tire company and publisher of popular culinary guidebooks, Michelin has announced the inaugural selection of star recipients for the 2019 Michelin Guide California, and Addison Restaurant in Del Mar is the sole area recipient to receive a highly coveted Michelin Star.

In March of this year, Michelin announced a partnership with state tourism board Visit California that would result in an unprecedented expansion of the Michelin Guide (for the price of a reported $600,000), with the announcement of the release of the first statewide-focused Michelin Guide California 2019. The Michelin Red Guide is the oldest hotel and restaurant reference guide and awards establishments up to three Michelin stars for excellence.

In William Bradley's kitchen at Addison
Last week, Michelin released the inaugural selection of value-oriented Bib Gourmand establishments for California, which included eight San Diego restaurants. Introduced in 1997, the Michelin Bib Gourmand category highlights restaurants that serve high-quality meals which include two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less per person. Tonight at a live Star Revelation reception taking place in Huntington Beach, CA, Michelin announced its star-recipients for Michelin Guide California 2019, which will be released in print form for purchase this Thursday, June 6. One star indicates a very good restaurant in its category, while two stars means the restaurant has excellent cooking worth a detour. Top honors of three stars are given only to restaurants with exceptional cuisine "worth a special journey". Addison at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar was the sole San Diego restaurant to receive a Michelin Star, receiving one.

Addison's Australian Black Truffles with Chanterelles
Chef William Bradley opened Addison at what is now the Fairmont Grand Del Mar in 2006 and the restaurant was quickly regarded as the top spot for French fine dining in all of San Diego. Addison is pure opulence, offering a luxurious dining experience that reflects Bradley's meticulous approach to the craft of cooking with superlative, personalized service led by Maitre D’ Sean McGinness. The 80-seat dining room is a sophisticated setting for Bradley's ten-course tasting menu, which showcases and preserves the integrity of seasonal and world-class ingredients. Dishes such as Alaskan King Crab, Confit of Sturgeon, Pigeon Rôti and Vacherin D'été reveal the purity of his masterful style with elements of surprise interwoven throughout. A five-course menu is available with the option for a supplemental cheese course from Addison's custom, marble-topped cart. In addition to the elegant dining room, guests can join for craft cocktails and rare spirits in Le Salon, which boasts a stately bar, lounge and outdoor terrace with golf course views. Director of Wine & Beverage Rafael Sanchez works in conjunction with Bradley to curate Addison’s 12,000 bottle wine room and program. Named for Addison Mizner, a famed architect whose approach was inspired by the decorative arts of Spain, Portugal, Venice and Morocco, the restaurant's design showcases his influence. Iron and glass doorways trimmed with 22-karat gold welcome guests to a dramatic foyer with soaring ceilings that give way to interiors ensconced with warm-hued Venetian plaster walls, stone flooring, graceful arches and four limestone fireplaces.

Established in 1900 by the French tire company, the Michelin guide was started to increase the demand for cars and, thus, car tires. It has become a touted resource for upscale diners with restaurants around the globe vying for a coveted star rating, which usually results in drastically increased business and reputation. Michelin publishes 32 guides annually in more than 24 countries, including four cities featured in the United States - San Francisco, Chicago, New York, and Washington D.C. The San Francisco edition will be incorporated into the new California guide.

For more information on the Michelin Guide, including a full list of star recipients from all around California, visit