Jul 19, 2023 - Food and Drink

San Diego's Mexican eatery Valle earns Michelin star

The dining room of an upscale Mexican restaurant with coastal modern decor, wood furniture, marbled tables and plants.

The dining room of Valle, San Diego's first Mexican restaurant with a Michelin star. Photo courtesy of Valle

Valle, a contemporary Mexican restaurant in Oceanside, earned its first Michelin star Tuesday at a ceremony celebrating California restaurants in Oakland.

Why it matters: With six new additions, California is now home to the most Michelin-starred eateries in the country, with 87 on the guide.

Driving the news: Chef Roberto Alcocer offers high-quality cooking in an establishment that's  "worth a stop," the prestigious food guide says

  • Valle's menu pays homage to Baja cuisine and its name is a nod to Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico's wine country.
  • Alcocer moved to North County from Baja, Mexico in 2021 with a mission to earn a Michelin star, according to The Union-Tribune.

What they're saying: Alcocer "brings his refined, modern expression of Mexican cuisine stateside at this elegant space in the Mission Pacific Hotel, overlooking the scenic Oceanside Pier," the guide says.

  • "Dishes strike a winning balance between tradition and creativity."

Of note: Addison in Del Mar became San Diego's only 3-star restaurant last year and kept its spot in 2023.

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