MICHAEL MINA
MICHAEL MINA

MICHAEL MINA

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://michaelmina.net/restaurants/locations/mmsf.php
  • Phone: 4153979222x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30am – 2:00pm

    Dinner: Sunday 5:30pm – 9:30pm, Monday-Thursday 5:30pm to 10:00pm

    Friday, Saturday 5:30pm – 10:30pm


    Bar: Monday-Friday 11:30am to close

    Saturday, Sunday 5pm to close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Japanese, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Michael Mina, Ron Siegel
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: MICHAEL MINA is available for catering requests. Please contact Jin Park or Nancy Zammit at 415.625.5460.
  • Entertainment: The Playlist Generation has created a unique soundtrack for restaurant MICHAEL MINA featuring an eclectic blend of world music, foreign language cover versions of classic songs and tasteful, yet sensual, tracks.
  • Special Events: MICHAEL MINA can accommodate your party, large or small and can host special events for either lunch or dinner and is available to reserve in its entirety. One of our Event Manager's will assist in seamlessly planning your special event.

    MICHAEL MINA also offers a semi private area suitable for groups up to 35 guests as a seated function.

    Please contact Jin Park or Nancy Zammit at 415.625.5460.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Front and Battery
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet available beginning at 5:30pm nightly
A word from MICHAEL MINA
The recipient of a 2012 and 2013 Michelin Star, Three-and-A-Half Stars from The San Francisco Chronicle's Michael Bauer and the title of Esquire's Restaurant of the Year 2011, MICHAEL MINA San Francisco is the eponymous signature restaurant featuring Michael Mina’s sensibilities with Japanese ingredients and French influence.The restaurant opened in 2010 in the same location (formerly Aqua) and city where Mina first established his culinary reputation 20 years ago.

In the kitchen, Executive Chef Ron Siegel works side by side with Michael Mina to present an ever-changing a la carte menu featuring the finest ingredients the Bay Area has to offer. Japanese for "Dueling," the Ketto Tasting Menu presents guests with a one-of-a-kind, multi-course dining experience where each diner of a party recieves a different dish, often composed of the same main ingredient, but using vastly different flavors and cooking techniques.
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MICHAEL MINA reviews from OpenTable diners
202 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (135)fit for foodies (125)notable wine list (91)romantic (85)hot spot (37)good for groups (28)vibrant bar scene (22)neighborhood gem (19)great for lunch (18)late-night find (8)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • A Gem on The Weekend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This has to be the most fantastic experience that I've had in several years! The attention to detail from the wait staff and the multiple miscellaneous supportive staff makes this a non-rushed, well timed meal extravaganza!!! Will be coming back next month! Look out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fell short given the reputation
    RajoramaVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I'd heard about this place for years as it's often referred to as a top restaurant in SF, but based on my recent experience there I can't agree. There too many places where I've had a much better experience. The Asian influenced menu was interesting enough, but not that memorable although the food was prepared well. However, the service was disappointing for a place at this price-point....spilled items, a hair found in the food, over-zealous buss staff who kept trying to clean plates before we were both done, etc. with so many superior options in SF I'd be hard-pressed to come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday dinner that hit the mark
    RimzakVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Last minute we got a reservation and was just looking for a place with a good wine menu and elegant food and this was exactly it! The food was not only good it looked beautiful too. We didn't do the tasting menu but we did do 4 courses and it was the perfect amount of food! It was the perfect birthday dinner that we will come back and just have a typical Thursday night dinner there again. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food / service great, to noisy
    Lynn
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Food and service great, ambiance OK, noise level awful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Review
    AbcdVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Nice restaurant, excellent and very attentive service from everyone. Food was very good. Noise level was a bit high, but not overpowering. My wife and I really enjoyed the restaurant, in our opinion, its ranking Michelin ranking is deserved.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Denise
    Foodiesf
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Absolutely fantastic. From the moment we stepped in the restaurant, the exquisite staff gave us an unforgettable evening! The food was incomparable. A perfect evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Tastebuds are Amazed
    lcohenlvr
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I'd made our reservations online and placed a note that it would be my boyfriend's birthday, and if there was anything they could do to make it a little extra special, it'd be greatly appreciated. The hostess wished him a Happy Birthday at the door, there was a b-day card from the GM waiting on our table, every server gave their best wishes, and they brought out a small cake with a candle (but thankfully no cheesy, awful singing was involved). He was tickled. We ordered the 9 Course Ketto Menu. Absolutely amazing. Every bite had flavors that I'd never experienced before. I will definitely be recommending this restaurant to friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch time review
    LNB39VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    They serve very small portions so I left still hungry. But the food was very good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • anniversary dinne
    caroline
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    we went here for our 24th wedding anniversary. Quite a treat. the service was fantastic, especially our main waitress. very helpful w/choices. everything was delicious. a bit expensive so would keep for a special occasion. would go back for those special times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    Eric
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Amazing service, food and overall experience. We have been to his places in vegas and they Pale in comparison to the San Francisco restaurant. We would go back again and again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with my family
    RinoVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    From minute you walk in you are greeted warmly and attentively. Food was special! Presented very well! Each of the dishes ingredients were explained only to heighten your experience. Bryan Philon topped off the evening with his kindness. As far as hailing a trolley car for my family. Thanks Bryan!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highs and lows...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Celebrated a birthday with the Ketto tasting. Meal started off wonderfully, with an assortment of carefully thought out hors d'oeveres. Our first course came without requested wine pairings. The waiter never bothered to check on our courses and was a huge disappointment. My fish course was so dry that it was inedible. Restaurant's response to my not enjoying a odd tasting white wine pairing with quail was to bring two different wines for the rest of the night to the table. room temperature was uncomfortably cold for the first two hours. Place was much too noisy, driven by overhead music. All in all, a disappointment for the greater than $500 bill. Attention to detail USED to be important to Michael. Now it's about revenue.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Food was disappointing and service negligent. This is not a Michelin one star
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  • Mina has slipped dramatically!
    mb2kVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I'm a big fan of Michael Mina...but this recent visit was very disappointing. Good offering was very limited. The tastes I have come to expect we're not there...
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  • Exemplary service!
    michelin5star
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    You know one of those places where you feel like you should add up to 40-50% in gratuity if you could? The reality is that only once or twice in a five year span would you come across places like the ones above! These wont necessarily be the Michelin 3 stars, or the best in NYC/SF/HK that you end up dining at. However these will be the ones that have essentially the same attributes Michael Mina- SF has i.e. Amazing food Adorable hospitality Breathtaking service AND THE KIND OF POSITIVITY THAT MAKES THE MOST SPECIAL OCCASION EXTRA SPECIAL! PS- the lobster pot pie is unbelievably yummy!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We were just in town for a couple of nights and knew we had to check it out. We had the chef's ketto tasting menu with the wine pairing. Seriously, the best tasting we've ever had. We would definitely recommend it to everyone we know going to SF!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    One of my top 10 meals ever-easy. Perfect course progression and fabulous service
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, but much too noisy
    absolutepalateVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had an excellent dinner. Quality ingredients prepared perfectly and very good service. But, the environment of this restaurant was so noisy that it was difficult to hold a conversation, or even to hear yourself think. Beyond energetic. The suckling pig and duck dishes were superior.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty but noisy
    hanita
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Excellent food and service, but the music was to loud and inappropriate for the restaurant. The restaurant kept a high level on the service actions, but the information left to us was too unclear due to the high speed and the disturbing music.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Recommend for Cougars & Gold Digers
    Seriously
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We google maps and still couldn't find the dang restaurant. If it weren't for the neon lights next door we would had been late for our reservation. I made a bday reservation and we arrived on time and studied the menu and read reviews beforehand. When I arrived I instantly noticed it was loud, barely could hear the server. Our bread was burnt, the veggies were ok similar to HomeTown Buffet and my lamb; I've had better during Easter at my Nona's. I can tell from other patrons checking out my romp when I walked to/from the bathroom; they were even with their dates and still ck'd out my romp! Geez!!! I needed to order a martini to wash down the taste of my dates so-called "lobster soup" .. Look more like chicken&Stars.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service, great food
    Blondie2846VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Very pleased with my experience here. When we went, most customers were business dinners, but we were on vacation. The food was very good (just don't order the tuna tartare, the sesame oil is overpowering) and the service was attentive and spot on, particularly the sommelier. Would definitely recommend - it holds up to the one michelin star rating.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a bit disappointing
    dinner42
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We selected Mina for the Michelin star rating and had high expectation. service and ambience were great, but unfortunately the food fall way short in term of research for new tastes. a good meal that you could have in many other places spending a lot less
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  • Overpriced
    Vudu
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I can find the same quality of food (I had a steak and my husband had duck) at a restaurant that is half the price. Maybe I was there during a bad night? I'm not sure. They try to add values by giving us things we didn't ask for: finger foods and little desserts. Although, those little dishes are more special than the entrées we ordered. I did especially loved their spreads for the bread. The salad was also interesting. Perhaps because those starters set my expectation so high that it crashed hard when the entrées came out.
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  • Good but just not special
    kenp
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I am a foodie and eat at restaurants all over the world. I enjoyed the food here, service was excellent, but it just did not have that something special that would bring me back again. I think part of it was the environment, which is a little sterile. Dining room is a weird shape. There are no table clothes on tables and so it seemed like I was eating some of my own gourmet cooking at home. Presentation on dishes was very nice. My simple rule is that if it would be easy to replicate the dishes I'm having, then why come out to eat at this place. I could have made any of these relatively simply constructed dishes, even the deconstructed lobster pot pie.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the best of all time
    JohnInNaplesVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We visited Michael's flagship restaurant years ago and have been hitting his other establishments ever since. Our first experience was a tasting menu sitting at the bar. It was one of our more talked about meals. The meal this time, however, was for her birthday, so we sat at a table. We had the full tasting menu with paired wines. We had several dishes which now make up some of our "the best --- I've ever had" list. Those include the lobster, squab, sashimi, and panna cotta. Our server, Julie, guided us through some top notch wines and made it one of our favorite pairings as well. WE left MM with full smiles and happy bellies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first time to San Francisco
    LizBarry
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Our first trip to San Francisco and spent my birthday at Michael Mina's and we absolutely thrilled with food and the service we received. Our waitress was very knowledgeable of the menu and wine list. Will most definitely dine her again on my next trip to San Francisco and will dine at his restaurant my next trip to Vegas also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasting Menu- Ketto
    backyard2table
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The Ketto tasting menu was mediocre and not very impressive. The wine pairings could have been better, service more consistent and not confrontative with the diners and just a poor experience and value for the money paid. Very disappointed.
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  • Really expensive and really good
    snideguy
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The Ketto menu here was one of the 10 best meals I've eaten, and I've eaten at some very good places. Based on the couple next to us, and my previous experience at Alinea (in Chicago), I'd recommend adding the wine pairings to what will already be an alarmingly expensive evening - you risk distracting yourself from the food. Perhaps, if you have the means (lucky you), the wine pairings would be nice on a second visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pricey but worth it
    JMH50Cal
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Can't say enough about the Tuna Tartare! It's the main reason I go to Michael Mina.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Michelin two star worthy for sure!
    Michelindiner
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I've dined in several Michelin one, two and three star restaurants in NYC, Paris and Napa and service exceeded my expectations. The food was excellently prepared with a juxtaposition of flavors and textures. I will surely return the next time I am in San Francisco!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Michael Mina - inventive, stunning
    robertmarc60
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    It was just a fabulous evening. Flavors, presentation, freshness, attentiveness were all top echelon. Expensive, but worth it. Our entire group was absolutely bussing about it for days.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Taste bud delight
    Nickname2VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Food and presentation are so good. Ahi appetizer is always a favorite. Halibut was so yummy - absolutely perfect. Chamomile custard was good to the last drop - very delicate flavor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine Dining At Its Best
    FineDineSF
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Presentation of each dish and service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Andreas Guldin
    GreenwichEagle
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The food at Michael Mina is of excellent quality, the taste profile of the dishes is always balanced between the ingredients and stays with the core of the taste of each and every ingredient. The wine list is remarkable, especially wines from the old world - France and Italy, but also Germany and Austria - is far beyond what you usually see in comparable restaurants. Service is very engaged, but at peak times sometimes a little too busy to get all the nuances of a table. Overall, a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Service was a bit inattentive for three men in suits and were willing to spend much more money than we did but service left us not wanting to stay longer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Phenomenal Anniversary Dinner
    Phenomal
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We chose Michael Mina to celebrate our first anniversary - everything was absolutely perfect. Not only did we receive an anniversary card waiting for our intimate table for two right up front, but we observed not only were we, but every guest we observed, treated like royalty! Food and service could not be better. Will be making this a more frequent dining spot. THANK YOU for making our special day absolutely perfect!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    It's a hot spot with decent food and service but it's over-rated and over-priced. The 6 pieces of sashimi were minuscule and the hand-rubbed wasabi was sufficient for only one of the six...and not worth $36. If you're trying to impress a guest you'll only impress them with your wasting money!
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    hot spot
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  • Very Good, but service must improve
    SFNYTouristVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The food quality is high & creative but at petite portions, the ambience is excellent for power lunch discussion. Just wish that the attendants pay more attention to the the guests' table, rather than milling around aimlessly. Even though it is not crowded at all, it took some time for the drink ordered to arrive, and no one bothered to ask whether we'd like bread or not unless we felt something was missin, long rather the entre has arrived.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grand
    lalaVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Expensive, but well worth every penny spent. The food was beyond our expectations - tasty, creative, and beautifully served. Service was also excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    Joanna
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The food isn't that great, especially the main dish.
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