Michael Mina – San Francisco

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Michelin-starred MICHAEL MINA, Michael’s flagship restaurant, represents the culmination of his core culinary philosophies, Middle Eastern heritage, lauded chronicles as a chef and restaurateur, and personal character.
Michael, in collaboration with Executive Chef Raj Dixit and the talented team behind the Michelin-starred restaurant, is proud to unveil the next chapter of MICHAEL MINA. Guests will be treated to the ultimate spice journey with a vibrant new menu that pays homage to Michael’s Middle Eastern heritage, showcasing a never-before-seen, supremely elevated take on cuisine from the region.
The 6-course tasting menu invites guests to explore a dynamic expression of Chef Michael Mina’s vast culinary influences while also providing options within each course for the guest to define their ultimate dining experience.
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Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Enjoy Valentine's Day at Michael Mina! The restaurant will be offering a 6 Course Prix Fixe Menu for $265 per person with a wine pairing option for $185. The regular dinner menu will not be offered this evening.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and presentation were fantastic

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

About 8 months ago, Michael Mina completely rehauled the menu at his namesake San Francisco location. It now focuses on his Middle Eastern and Egyptian roots. The food was certainly unique and had a ton of bold flavors and spices. It might not be for everyone, but I can certainly appreciate the creativity and tradition behind each dish. My favorites were the Crispy Veal Sweetbread, the Hand-Cut Tajarin, and the Yemenite-Style Beef Ribeye. Unfortunately, I felt like the desserts were somewhat of a letdown. Both the Milk Chocolate and the Aish el Saraya were just ok in my opinion. Service was perfect, and the ambiance couldn't be beat for a romantic dinner. Overall, I would say that Michael Mina is somewhat pricey for the unique and purposeful new menu. However, I would still recommend it as a very nice break from the usual new American fare in the city.

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CT
Cleveland
12 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very enjoyable meal with all 3 courses being visually appealing as well as extremely tasty. Disappointed not to have been able to experience a dinner decide due to work commitments but will definitely return when next in town and recommend to colleagues visiting SF.

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New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Nothing special. The restaurant is ridiculously expensive. The waiters stepped on my feet too many times to count, not even acknowledging it several times. My dinner partner asked to substitute something else for pasta in the price fixed menu. That was refused. Hey for $170, just say yes. And the lighting is too bright.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here every year for the last 4 years. The new menu is outstanding! World class experience with new flavor profiles really makes this a unique experience in the very crowded & excellent Bay Area food scene. My boyfriend mentioned how great the dinner was 3x over breakfast the next morning. Well done, Chef! Well done to you & your team.

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FS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Finally made it here for a special occasion. The service, food, cocktails and wine were stellar!

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Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique flavors on a different and higher scale than other good restaurants

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Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, presentation was immaculate! Highly recommend.

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SF
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

I must admit that we did not know that this restaurant only offered a tasting menu when we booked, but we thought that we would try it. It is very, very expensive and somewhere in between $350 and $400 a head with the normal (not premium) wine pairings. The food was very nice and well cooked with interesting spices and whilst expensive was Ok value for money. However, several of the courses were extra on top so if you add in the truffle dish or a small amount of wagyu you can almost double your food bill?? I thought the wine pairings were very poor for almost $200 one should expect something of very decent quality and a reasonable mouthful - given you are effectively paying between $30 and $40 for each course. If we had an inch in the glass we were lucky? Arinto from the Azores is quite an unusual wine, but it's not amazing and not an expensive wine either and one pairing was a beer?? A beer - and a very small portion of beer too. We would have been far better off ordering a couple of bottles of $300 wine and had a great time. We also went to Spruce during our trip and had an amazing meal at a very reasonable price in comparison. I would struggle to recommend it.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Trying a little too hard to create unusual dishes at the expense of food that tastes good.

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New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

With a new menu Mina is offering food andd spices from Egyt and the Middle East. Fantastic journey and tasting experience!
Loved it!!

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RM
San Francisco
68 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Overrated and overpriced. Cursory service. Strictly for tourists and suckers.

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SD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my niece here for her first 'fancy' dinner. Michael Mina did not disappoint. The Crudo was exceptional, the lamb melted in your mouth and the other dishes were some of the best we'd ever had anywhere. The sommelier was knowledgeable and considerate and helped us pick the perfect wine. The General Manager even stopped by several times to check on us and chat. It was a great experience.

I'm so glad the special dinner with my niece was done with such loving care. I will be back.

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FN
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I went to Michael Mina for our last dinner in San Francisco and wouldn’t have ended our trip any other way. The service was 5+ stars which made our dinner so much better. The wait staff was incredibly helpful, explaining our dishes. We enjoyed the wine that was recommended by our sommelier and haven’t had a better wine since. We will be back should we visit the city again.

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h
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We chose Michael Mina for New Year's Eve for the quality of the food, the ambiance and the live music. The music and surroundings were terrific, and the service was good. The food overall was very good : the caviar appetizer and wagyu beef were outstanding. It was a perfect venue for a special evening.

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CB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

The fixed menu was good, not great. The singers for NYE was not good and didn't match the sophistication of this restaurant.

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HH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We ate here on New Year's Eve. Service was impeccable. Still it's hard to stomach paying $1200 (including tip) for dinner for 2. Glad we did it, though!

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BW
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time at Michael Mini and first time going back to this location since Aqua closed. I was really to see that the interior had not changed. It's simple, elegant and very inviting. The 6 course tasting menu exceeded all my expectations! Each dish was visually beautiful and incredibly delicious. Service was impeccable and just the right amount of friendly. It all added up to a very, very special evening!

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

It's the second time I am eating at M Mina in SF, and the second time I find myself quite disappointed.

The food is simply not very creative nor refined, and a little bland despite the much flaunted spices (presented and served like rare and precious ingredients, a little theatrical). From the tasting menu, the lamb was the tastiest, the lobster was a fine mess, undercooked and swimming in a rich bland sauce, avoid! The raw scallops were good but so minimalist as to border non cooking, the pasta/meatballs were mediocre. The dessert is easy for forget.
The decor is subdued and a little bland as the food, although the quiet and space behind the tables is nice.
The wine list is very pricey but rich in gems.
I will not go again, and find the value poor, and the pleasure and stimulation left wanting.

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KC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good for special occasion but it is very expensive!

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i
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Menu selections are varied and interesting. Food was delicious. Great service.

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j
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

We had Christmas Eve dinner there and were very disappointed. It was dramatically overpriced and the food was simply not that good. I had just had the tasting menus at Campton Place and Parallel 37 at the Ritz Carlton and both were absolutely delicious so I had recent great restaurants for comparison. I will not be returning and I predict that this restaurant will fail unless the menu and prices change.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

We went for Christmas eve. We were very disappointed. 3 courses of good but not great for for > $ 235. We always eat at high end restaurants for Christmas eve but this wss a complete disappointment. Very over priced

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1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Christmas Eve dinner. Taste is always my first and foremost value. The Maine lobster pie was outrageously delicious, no wonde

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BL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

It was not as good was before. Food quality was average. Stake was cold. The service keep interrupting our conversation- no common sense. So sad. Used to be a great place and a special experience. Now we need to find a different restaurant for special occasion dinners

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my daughter’s 21st Birthday with this special dinner. We loved the spices used throughout the meal. Every bite was delicious!

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t
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Food (tasting menu) was excellent though portions could be slightly smaller and nothing would be lost. Wine pairings were mediocre AND pricey, and Somm did not seem that knowledgeable. Dining room was noisey. Service was terrible for the price point as staff were completely uncoordinated with each other (teamwork? What’s that?) and the service overall was perfunctory at best at an individual level.
For $600 each I expected A LOT more in terms of overall experience. I kept thinking, I’m a pretty good cook at home and with $50 worth of ingredients I could have eaten nearly as well AND spent some of the other $1150 on better wine.

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GS
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In a word, fabulous! The service was impeccable and the 3 hour dining experience was almost too much. Every one of the 6 courses was amazing and the wine pairing just put it all on another level. Highly recommend!

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KR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

We didn't enjoy our experience here as much as we had hoped. We went for a Friday Christmas lunch and it did not feel festive in the least. It is a quiet, serious, business-lunch like spot. Very stuffy feeling. Staff is very polite but so much so that the atmosphere feels stiff and dull. To top it off the food was just mediocre which was a shock. The food was on the bland side and far from memorable. Presentation was beautiful but the taste was nothing special. A disappointing experience overall.

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H
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 5

Didn't need to embarrassed by taking the fixed menu and replace it with the alacarte menu and everyone didn't need a fully loaded of white and red wine. I felt you guys were going to squeeze every dollar out of the reservation.

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MT
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You never disappoint! We always live coming and dining at Michael Mina. Thanks for making the dishes interesting constantly.

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C
San Francisco
109 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

We’ve been to many high end restaurants in NYC, San Francisco, and other cities. We have NEVER had a dinner as disappointing as this one. Food was tasteless. My bites of sea bass had some gristly things in the middle of the flaky fish. My husband had to saw thru the pieces of squab I was served-it was very tough and dry. Noise level was horrendous. Wait staff seemed like they were just tolerating us. Because it was so loud,we had to ask for descriptions to be repeated and it seemed they did not like being asked again to repeat a description. Where their Michelin star comes from is beyond my comprehension. We should have used our dining dollars to either take a round trip flight to Mexico for some delicious tacos al pastor or bought some amazing seats for a Warriors game-either would have been a comparable price and much more satisfying. We left feeling we had really been ripped off. We will never go to any restaurant associated with Michael Mina again. It was a birthday celebration gone really bad.

UPDATE: The General Manager of Michael Mina contacted me to address the issues we had with our dinner there. He was very concerned about what could have gone wrong that we were so disappointed and is working to rectify the situation.

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L
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The manager, Mr Giovanni Pugliese is ever kind, cordial and polite. My 2 guests were very happy and pleased, and they were impressed. They thanked me more than once for treating them lunch there.

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RL
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb Service and Staff!! Interesting Egyptian Cuisine!

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Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

An incredible meal with PERFECT service (and the best presentation I’ve ever seen) that is deserving of the second Michelin Star. However it isn’t quite on par with some other Michelin 2 star locales I’ve been to and is very expensive.

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Other than the snotty host, the meal was perfect and the ambiance was great.

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San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

This is the new Michael Mina. Its a 180 degree change in venue from the previous Michael Mina. The restaurant now touts itself to be a “Middle Eastern” restaurant. And it is exactly that. The level of the Middle Eastern music is unpleasantly loud and distracting. Service as always is perfect, thank you for that. The food is now heavy with Middle Eastern spices and flavors. If you like that style of food then you will absolutely appreciate the complexity and flavors of each Middle Eastern dish. We’ll miss the old Michael Mina along with SF Bourbon Steak. Best of luck.

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Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The current menu at Michael Mina isn't my preference. Unique, but not as good as I have had in the past. And, there were several items that were an extra charge on an already high priced menu. It was a bit unclear what you were getting until the bill came... I am a Mina fan, but this particular experience wasn't as expected for me and my family.

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WK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

4th time we went to MM. the first three times - I loved everything about it. The food, decor, service...the place was buzzing with energy. I still remember some of the dishes I had, even years ago
The new Middle East-inspired menu was not good. The inspiration is spices, but the flavors were not really developed. The spices tasted like they were rolled onto the food as an afterthought, not integrated into the dish. The lobster was a mess - two gooey and salty sauces without any contrast (missing the pot pie!). And the SALT- that was the overwhelming theme of the night. Everything was oversalted - and it was hard to taste much over the salt. The milk chocolate dessert - and I love sweet ant salty - was overwhelmingly salty.
Service wise there were some miscommunication issues that made the end of the meal a bit uncomfortable.
Overall a poor experience, especially for the cost. And - there was an eery quietness to the restaurant - the background music was very clear and audible - in fact the only memorable thing about the night. Not much talking from guest.
My first three experiences were amazing, but this fourth one was bad enough that I don’t think my wife and I will return.

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Sacramento
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thx giving dinner menu (pre-fix) was amazing.

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