Two local restaurants -- the Village Pub in Woodside, and Madera in Menlo Park -- have earned a star in the 2011 Michelin Guide.
Receiving a Michelin star is a particularly impressive feat for Madera: The restaurant is only one and a half years old.
The kitchen is headed by Executive Chef Peter Rudolph. Madera is part of the Rosewood Sand Hill luxury hotel, which opened last year on Sand Hill Road.
For the Pub, the Michelin honor is becoming a tradition; this is the third consecutive year the restaurant been awarded a star. Once again, chef Dmitry Elperin takes a bow.
The Michelin rating has become a time-honored assessment of restaurants around the world. The guide awards from one to three stars, with a third star rarely given out.
The guide's stars reflect restaurants' "exceptional culinary achievements, regardless of cuisine style," according to the Michelin website.