Minas Brazilian Restaurant
Minas Brazilian Restaurant
  • Address:
    41 Franklin Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    Neighborhood:
    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
  • Cuisine:
    Brazilian
    Price: $30 and under

Minas Brazilian Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.minasbrazilianrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 4156268727x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: Tues - Fri 11:30am-3:00pm

    Happy Hour: Wed - Fri 5:30pm - 7:00pm

    Dinner: Tues - Sat 5:30pm-10:00pm

    Sunday Brunch: 11:30 noon - 4:00 pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Brazilian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Page Street
  • Public Transit: We are one block from the many MUNI lines on either Van Ness or Market Streets and a few blocks from the Civic Center BART station.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a parking garage across the street from the restaurant on the corner of Franklin and Oak. Street parking is generally not hard to find in the evening.
A word from Minas Brazilian Restaurant
A brilliant, authentic slice of Brazil is right here in San Francisco. The new Minas Brazilian Restaurant and Cachaçaria, located in Hayes Valley, is serving visually tempting and mouth wateringly delicious traditional fare in a beautifully appointed space that envelops diners in a stylish and comfortable ambiance straight out of the colonial towns of Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Minas’ full service bar, array of appetizers, seasonal menu and weekend cultural entertainment makes it an ideal venue to enjoy an international night out in the heart of the City. Our location is perfectly suited to those planning to attend the Theater, Symphony or Opera.

Presented in a warm upscale environment, a wide variety of cachaças are available, providing a rare opportunity to explore the breadth and width of Brazil’s unique signature spirit.


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Minas Brazilian Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
74 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (40)neighborhood gem (37)romantic (15)special occasion (13)good for groups (11)great for brunch (10)hot spot (9)great for lunch (7)late-night find (5)scenic view (4)kid-friendly (3)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Great Brazilian Food & World Series
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We came here to dinner before the opera on the night of a World Series game. It was perfect chioce, Minas has 2 large screen TVs where we could see the game easily from our table, but we could also talk easily as the restaurant is a nice, small restaurant and not a noisy sports bar. Staff was attentive and easily got us out before the opera started. The food was delicious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unusually good Brazilian food
    Jocarioca
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    New owners, new menu and a huge change for the better. I lived in Brazil for years and all of the "comfort food" dishes that I tried here were fresh, flavorful versions of my favorites. And the caipirinhas are fine! They serve staple Brazilian dishes, like feijoada and moquequa de peixe, and some unusual regional specialties like frango na Moranga, chicken stewed inside a whole round squash.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brazilian gem
    GrassfedLady
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We took our friends who were visiting from London to this restaurant and we very much enjoyed our dining experience. I'm on the paleo diet and had no problem finding a gluten and grain free alternative - and my fellow diners, who are all foodies, enjoyed their dinners too. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Only negative is the two big tv screens showing sports - if they removed those I'd given them 5 stars...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This was our first time having Brazilian food, so we didn’t know what to expect. Boy, were our taste buds in for a treat! The mussels were one of the single best bites we had while in SF, and the staff is amazing. I would make this a must-stop the next time you are dining out in SF. and make sure to make reservations - locals know what a hot spot Minas is!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This small intimate restaurant has the capacity to be intimate & cozy, but not until they remove the 2 televisions tuned to sporting events.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing and frustrating
    NickiVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My husband and I met for lunch with relatives, a family of four, which included two young boys, aged six and four. We, the two of us, had opera tickets; the others did not. We gave ourselves plenty of time: 2 1/2 hours. Our food came so late that I was only able to eat about a third of my meal. Our servers were nice to us but did NOT take care of our needs. For one thing, they brought the children's food last. That shows little understanding of customers' needs. The wait for all of us was incredibly LONG. When it finally came, the food was fairly good but certainly not exceptional. We'll not go back to Minas.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I had been to the restaurant before when it was under different ownership. Was interested to try after the change. Pleased to see it is still good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bruce
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    They are trying hard, but I found the food too salty.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    Cristina
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Great food and great customer service. I love the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • rbkfoodie
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    GREAT food! Hard to decide, everything on the menu looked so good, and everything that everyone had around me looked delicious. Will be hard to decide what to have when I go back. I had the Frutas del Mar - excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Owners
    SFCAVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I won't give a full review as the restaurant had new owners for only a month and it takes time to adjust. The food was good. I would recommend caution using the condiment on the table as it will change the flavor of the food significantly. Since I do not like live music (or any loud music) I left after the duo started playing music. I don't like amplified music. I don't think music is provided every day, so check if it is a concern. I look forward to going back to see the progress!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Deliciously Delighted
    ChezKP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Having past Minas numerous times, after seeing a recent play, decided to walk over. I was taken in with the intimate and sophisticated room, but then the service and food kicked in. Everything tasted Real, like fresh regional cuisine should yet often fails at. The Coxinahs were pipping hot and tender with potato and chicken, we ordered more. Roasted beets and heart of palm salads were dressed perfectly, with flavor standing out, not a cloying dressing. We ordered fish in coconut sauce with pepper, beer roasted chicken, ribs....everything came out perfectly and so delicious. Our staff was knowledgeable and friendly...have not had such a lovely meal in a long time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We enjoyed the experience
    WhymeVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    This was our first trip to Minas Brazilian. We enjoyed the food, which was generous, and the service was very good. Our one complaint is that the music was too loud. My wife and I could talk to each other, but had to raise our voices to overcome the loud music. Even so we would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • That's all the Brazilian I know!
    Freezonetrumpet
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Outstanding experience!+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good place for pre-concert
    SFOSteveVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food is quite good and the service friendly. We told our server that we had an 8pm concert, but at 7:25 the food had still not come. Within a few minutes, the food arrived: 2 dishes were room temperature, 2 were hot. Something awry between the kitchen and the server I suppose. The food was yummy and we made our concert with about 60 seconds to spare.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun atmosphere, good food
    MissDee
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I enjoyed this restaurant. The waiter was very friendly and attentive. Cocktails were very good. Had a nice amount of alcohol. I went with the waiter's suggestion and had a dish made with beef, pork, black beans, rice, and collard greens (sorry, I can't recall the Brazilian name for this dish). I was a little disappointed. The greens didn't have much flavor and the meat was overcooked and dried out. My friend that ordered the pork entree felt the same way. However, another friend had the salmon and another the shrimp and they were very happy with their dishes. We also had a side of the cheesy bread which was delicious. I would recommend this restaurant and i would go there again. But I will try the seafood dishes next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Minas
    desireeVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I would not recommend this restaurant. The service was terrible, and the food mediocre at best. The wine list is minimal and then the vintage on the menu was not what was brought. I ordered two appetizers, one of which was supposed to be served with my husband's main course. They brought both at once, and then, even once my husband had finished his appetizer, they did not bring his main course. The waiter said he was waiting for me to finish both my appetizers. By the time, they brought my husband's main course, it was overdone and he had to swallow it in order for us to make our curtain time. We won't be back.
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  • Minas Brazilian Needs improvement
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My wife and I had dinner at Minas. The main dishes were quite good. Salad was only passable. The room is colorful and attractive, but too noisey for conversation across the table. It took well into our main dish for our drinks to come - we were told the bartender dropped the pitcher of San Grias and they ran out of the draft beer I ordered so I was delivered something else. The server did comp us a dessert and it tasted very good. The table layout was very crowded so our server had to reach across our table several times to give things to the table behind us (their dessert, their bill, a fork, etc.). This place has promise, because the main dishes were very good and price reasonable, but they need to get more professional in ops.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Romantic Getaway
    Biglou
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The food here was AWESOME! Service was great, fast and Very Friendly! Place seen from the outside you would walk by. Take a step inside and you will be pleasantly supprised. Clean & Neat
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A lillte bit of Brazil in SF
    bvincesfVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food and drinks were amazing. Everything from the croquette apps to the stews and seafood knocked my socks off. On top of that the service was incredible and we were made to feel right at home. They pour a mean drink and the scene is vibrant to say the lest. We will become regulars for us. You totally wowed us and won us over.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • RobW
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Best waiters in the Business! Have been going there long before it was Minas, the food is good, but not as good as when it was the Previous Restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Drinks & great appetizers
    smeed
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Went early 5:30. Had spicy shrimp and spicy chicken which I recommend. Both delicious and served with bread to mop up the sauces. Also had a fresh mango margarita and a non alcoholic mixed fresh fruit drink- Both terrific. My roast pork was fork tender and was served with excellent greens and a beef chili. The salmon was fresh although the sauce served with it was a little too citric. Stay away from the house steak & garlic as it was tough and not well tenderized or marinated. Suggest you go for the slow cooked dishes and stews. The restaurant had an intimate feeling and good service throughout. Easy walk to the opera.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sweet little place
    scamperwillow
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    The food was very good - try the mussels! Also the fish melange served in a half pineapple. Service was very friendly, but their timing was pretty off - they need to work on that. Loved the house drink - can't remember the name - lots of limes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food & service
    DOJO
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great food, esp. The yucca fries. We had the fish & shrimp stews with excellent broth. The service was great and she was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food, good service
    momsterVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Very pleased with our last minute decision to eat here. The spread for the bread was really good and the flavors of the entrees were excellent. Only downside was that the meat in one dish was overcooked.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but food needs improvement
    Lapar
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This was our first time dining at Minas since its transformation from being Canto do Brasil. There was much to like including the white table clothes, nicer decor and attentive service. However, the quality of the food was uneven with a couple of dishes lacking sufficient sauces and seasoning and the two curry like stews having plenty of well flavored sauce but missing accompanying vegetables that would have provided more balance and diversity of flavor. The highlight of the meal was an intense coconut flan that we all agreed we would go back for.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Brazilian Spot
    Acme2
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I am Brazilian and love to eat out and experience new food new spots, unfortunately we don't have a lot Brazilian places to go in SF. Minas is a nice little place: Positive points : great small plates ( tapas style). Tried the yucca, beef w onions and fries, linguica , Rio Royal great drink and Music was very nice. love the art Negative : Not a lot wine to choose from Table was too small for the size of the plates that they served the meals we basically used 2 tables to have our dishes. Place was very bright Need one more server or a bartender that is for sure
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brasil!
    Jon1949
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Minas is a great place for us to try something new. My wife and I both enjoyed this place very much. The salads are big enough to split and that's what we did with their hearts of palm with quail eggs, red onions and tomatoes. I had a chicken stew called bobo de galhina, chicken in a yucca sauce with cashews, coconut milk and Brazilian spices. This was delicious and came with a creamy coconut rice and chard. My wife wasn't feeling as adventurous so she ordered charbroiled salmon with a passion fruit sauce. Both were wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service in need of adjustment
    brucepVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    On arrival at 5:30 we ordered drinks at once, having been briefed by earlier diners on service here. They were a long time coming despite our being virtually the only guests. We immediately ordered dinner knowing that we had a 7:30 curtain. Finally, at about 6:30 our food arrived. Since two of the entrees were salads and one a braised chicken dish, we could not understand the long wait. The bar with its huge TV screen on a sports channel began to fill with a rather boisterous crowd and the din became unpleasant. The food was tasty. Go, but not if you are uncomfortable with slow service.
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  • Bad experience
    LeahVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The waitress never brought our main dish or even stopped by to ask us about our meal. One waitress for an entire restaurant isn't enough
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New Owners Doing Well!
    Allen
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Service, food and entire experience was delightful. The space is quite loud, though - some soft surfaces would help. It was difficult to hear our companions across the table once the restaurant was half full.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Minas
    sfsteve930
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The food was good, the service was adequate. A somewhat small place. The doors were open, so if someone came by smoking you will get a strong whiff. Our drinks were done well.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • excellent
    euro749
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The food and drinks were fresh and very tasty. Would go back for sure
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Vic24hoz
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    It was awesome to be there. Very nice aura..love the food
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food Presentation!
    Carnation
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We loved having our dinners served in a pumpkin and then half a pineapple. The staff is excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brazilian Food
    Mike
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    My wife is Brazilian and I've spent a lot of time there. The food at Minas is great in a simple regional way. My guest who was an exchange student in Brazil at one time loved it. Danielle our server was sweet. She was from Curitiba in the Brazilian state of Paraná. My only complaint is that it bills itself as a Cachaceria....a place that specializes in the Brazilian spirit Cachaca. While the brand they featured was good, to be a Cachaceria means more options. Considering this is San Francisco...not a big deal but I hope they expand the options. Also, there were no Brazilian wines. Go there and enjoy yourself. Have some Mousse de Maracuja (Passionfruit Mousse) for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something a little different
    AlamedaDeb
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We especially liked this place because it was a different from our usual Americam or ethnic Asian restaurants. The food was very flavorful without being overwhelming. Loved the coconut snapper stew although everything else was also wonderful.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Great interesting food
    Rochelle
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We chose this restaurant because it was close to the Symphony Hall but the food was so good we would return. I had the chicken baked in a squash shell which I would highly recommend. Large portions, consider sharing entree if you are not big eaters. Salad was great also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, and unique
    BenthicVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We had a great dinner here before heading to the jazz center. Very good food, and a really nice server who helped us navigate the menu since we haven't had lots of Brazilian food. My only complaint was that they had like three TVs mounted on the walls. No one was there to watch baseball; it's just distracting.
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  • Perfect Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food was delicious. We were going to the Jazz Center for a concert and Minas was very handy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate