North County San Diego's Valle Restaurant Awarded Michelin Star

July 18, 2023

French tire company and publisher of popular culinary guidebooks, Michelin has announced the newest selection of star recipients for the 2023 Michelin Guide California, and North County San Diego's Valle restaurant has received its first star.

The 2023 Michelin Guide California streamed its ceremony tonight from Oakland, where six new California restaurants were given one Michelin star. Among them, Chef Robert Alcocer's Valle restaurant in Oceanside was awarded one Michelin star. San Diego's other restaurants maintained their stars, including one-star hotspots Soichi Sushi, Jeune et Jolie, and Sushi Tadokoro. Addison restaurant in Del Mar kept its highly-coveted three-star status, keeping it as the only restaurant with such accreditation in all of Southern California. 

For Michelin stars, 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" and are known globally as one of the highest honors a restaurant can receive in the culinary world.

Chef Roberto Alcocer was the executive chef at Malva restaurant in Mexico's Valle de Guadalupe since the open air eatery debuted on Mina Penélope winery in 2014. Prior to joining Malva, the Ensendada native with Oaxacan roots worked in some of the top kitchens around the globe, including The World's 50 Best Restaurants honorees Pujol in Mexico City and La Broche in Spain. In 2021, Alcocer relocated his family to Oceanside and joined the team at the Mission Pacific Hotel by Hyatt to open Valle restaurant, which offers menu centered around open-flame and charcoal cooking with sweeping views of the Oceanside Pier. 
Established in 1900 by the French tire company, the Michelin guide was started to inspire travel in order 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 more than 30 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 has been incorporated into the new California-exclusive guide, which launched in 2019 following an unprecedented payment by California's tourism authority.

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