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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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

The Lobster was rubbery, the Wagyu Beef was not very good (especially for the additional charge). Honestly, the best part of the meal was the honey cheese bread spread. All the dishes just seemed incomplete. Then we got the bill. We understood what we ordered but the bill was just a reminder of how poor of a value the overall experience was. Our waiter was nice. Word was not spread in the kitchen about my wife’s preference to not have dairy. Three dishes had to be sent back because they had dairy. One replacement dish was literally pasta and truffle slices and it was terrible. As I am writing this I’m getting irritated thinking about the $900 bill- and we don’t mind the bill, but paired with what we got was unacceptable. Thank god we skipped the wine pairing. We will not go back to his restaurants.

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San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I need to eat here more often. A friend and I had the lunch tasting menu. Every course was perfect. The food is amazing. The dining room is quiet with linen table clothes. Silverware is changed with every course. All the service I love. We were allowed to dine at our slow pace. Yes, it's expensive but every penny.

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Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, presentation and flavors! A great way to taste dishes that are unusual and elaborate.

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San Francisco
91 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

The food is presented ok but overly salty and so much emphasis on “spices”, just overpowering. The food is so salty and we end up drinking water all night long and couldn’t sleep.

The service so bad. They serve the dishes to wrong table and some waiters can’t even describe the dish and hard to understand their English and/or pronunciation. I think they are given a script and when you ask any question, they are completely lost. So superficial!!


Dinner for two l, about $850 out the door. Worst value for the money. Also, hardly any affordable wines available. Be careful with wines by glass. We were offered a dessert wine at the end and noticed it was $100 per 2 oz glass without our notice.

Few highlights: rabbit dolmeh was really good. Lobster was delicious ($45 extra on top the $200 prefixes menu). Cod fish was awful!! Desert was so bad and not edible!!

On a positive note, we got a note from restaurant GM and listened to our concerns ensuring he will take care of the issue and even offered to entertain us as again in the future. great gesture ensuring Michael Amina is a top notch place and any place can have an off night.

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EB
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place to experience SF’s! Strongly recommend.

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J
Stuttgart Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant. Good seating, not overbooked and excellent service. Quite expensive, especially the wine.

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Atlanta
32 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Not knowing the area I picked this restaurant as the first one on open table, in the area I was located and having an “American Cuisine” per my clients preference. I wish the restaurant had an option for just ordering an entree as I was not prepared for the fixed six course menu. I will not return to the restaurant due to their inability to be flexible. Food was pretty good but it’s a long commitment and large financial investment that wasn’t worth it for me.

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KJ
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 4

First time and last time guest. I have this pet peeve about waiters and upscale restaurants.....I loathe the upsell and/or the assumptive close! This was my first time to MM's and the venue was chosen by my guests. We had viewed the menu prior to the reservation and expected it to be an expensive meal.
We were seated and promptly greeted by a very experienced and enthusiastic waiter. We let him know we were first time guests and were presented with one menu. The waiter said our guests really enjoy the six course menu and there was even some upgrade opportunities on it. He left, we looked, and we're shocked at $195 per head. After a few minutes the waiter came by and asked if we had any questions. One of my guests asked if there were any other menus, and the waiter said sure, we had an "a la carte" menu I can get you. The "a la carte" inference was that it would even cost more. Fortunately, it was much less expensive and we all found entree's to order...and enjoyed.

The wine steward did a good job on selling a $260 bottle of Cab, that unfortunately needed to be decanted because it was not ready for drinking....despite being a highly recommended bottle by him.

The service throughout our experience was exceptional and the food was excellent, as it should be for the price.

Does MM really have to engage sleazy sales techniques to make its numbers? I would think giving guests the option at the onset and setting the expectations would have been a more appealing way to maximize revenue and return guests. I guess with 40+ locations the fundamental element of valuing the client is something that got lost along the way.

Good luck.

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NC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always! Thank you! Can’t wait to be back again!

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San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great as usual!! It was really a nice dinner!!

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SL
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dining experience! I have been impressed with all of Michael Mina's restaurants in terms of the food options and quality, but his flag ship restaurant is the best. You need to be prepared to spend a lot of money for dinner as the six course tasting menu is very expensive, but worth every penny for a special occasion!

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RS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We were completely disappointed with our meal. 3-6 dishes were over spiced. The octopus was over cooked. Tasted like rubber. The lamp was so salty you couldn’t eat it.

The person next to us sent it back and got a discount. I was too polite to ask but regret it

Overall given the cost ($750!) it was horrible.

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KH
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience and lovely restaurant for dinner with my team.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

This literally happens:
We were drinking our glass of wine slowly just to being asked by the waiter if we are taking our time because we didn't have enough money to pay for more :)

Transcribing literally:
"Yes I remember my college days when I used to drink slowly because I couldn't afford a lot of drinks..."

Yes we are young and were hoodies, but also are executives at a Fortune 500...

Just for the record the food was certainly not worth the price.

Never coming again.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and presentation were fantastic

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
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
11 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
15 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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d
Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always! The service is especially amazing.

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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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d
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
9 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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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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