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 2service 3ambience 1

Awful food, service, and ambiance. Has swiftly gone downhill in past year.

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Michael Mina is an excellent restaurant. Definitely worth the visit. The food was superb and the the staff was extremely accomodating to my guests. It was a delightful exprerience.

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DE
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I travel extensively worldwide, and have been doing so for more than 30 years, dining at most of the world’s best restaurants. Michael Mina was without question the most shockingly overpriced restaurant for what it delivers of any restaurant In which I have ever dined. The service was embarrassingly pretentious, the wine list outrageously overpriced, with a set menu and an a la carte menu both priced in the stratosphere relative to the best restaurants in London, Sydney, Paris, Brussels, New York, Tokyo, Beijing and everywhere in between. Appetizers $35-60 each, and entrees $50-$85 each. Desserts $35 each. Really??? Run, run as fast as you can away from this display of greed and excess.

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KK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

It feels very outdated as a dining experience. The food was inventive and good, but the value just wasn't there.

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EH
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sumptuous food and quiet, respectful service. Perfect for a business lunch.

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San Francisco
179 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the few top places that have a Tasting menu at lunch. Absolutely superb. The room is one of the most beautiful and service is straight from waiter heaven! Amazing quality in each dish. Fish super sucullent and beef rib eye too good for lunch!Two excellent glasses of wine recommended by the waiter were perfect.

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NB
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Beautiful dishes with Mina’s twists of Arab influence. Service was a little snooty, explaining to me what a wine is when I specifically requested it. I would go back but the over the top maître d stuff is a little long in the tooth.

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c
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Wasn’t prepared for 6 course meal given Egyptian flare and flavors. Spaghetti only memorable dish.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was truly an amazing dining experience from the minute we walked in the door. Impeccable service and knowledge from the servers and staff. Henry was a huge attribute to our evening with his attention to detail.

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BJ
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I used to love this restaurant. One of my favorites in San Francisco. They have completely changed their menu in early 2019 and the result is just not for me. I get it, but it's just not my thing. Not a single salad (or anything even close to it) on the menu for example. Food was ok, but not nearly as good as it was before. Sauces were not up their usual level of flavor. Main dishes were lacking a cohesive flavor and presentation was well below their usual standard. I understand what they are trying to do, but I think they fell short of their goal. I would not go back....

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EA
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to Michael Mina flag ship restaurants previously, but this was my first visit with the new Executive Chef Raj Dixit and his menu concept. AMAZING overall food and wine experience. We did the Chef's tasting menu. Flawless. Kudos to Anthony the Mixologist/ Bar Tender (who introduced me to a new pre-dinner Gin (Gunpowder Irish Gin) to Nathan our Server and the Service Staff and Fausto who worked with my friends on wine recommendations. The team deserved all 4 stars that was to awarded them on Michael Bauer's last review for the Chronicle. Cant wait to fly back up for another great meal... and the breads - more please!

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O
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Was looking forward to good food and elevated dining experience, but ultimately left disappointed. 1) server had on so much perfume that it was nauseating and overpowering. At a place like Mina I’d have expected attention to such a detail. 2) when we arrived at 5:15 for a 5:30 reservation, we sat at the bar to have a drink, but instead of a relaxed experience, all we could hear was someone in the back lecturing other servers VERY loudly about mezcal. Champagne is to wine, mezcal is to tequila. Got it. 3) the server kept telling me about the dish she thought was her favorite on the menu. I really don’t care, everyone has different tastes. 4) the upsell for the dishes with supplemental pricing was quite annoying. Caviar? Lobster? Truffle? Check. Overall Mina feels quite corporate and does not have the refinement, sophistication or refinement I expect at such lofty prices.

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SW
Sacramento
74 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the most innovative meals we've ever had. Really really expensive.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Absolutely nothing was memorable aside from the lamb chop Extremely Extremely overpriced for what it is!! We chose to add the wine pairing and Russian caviar and at 1300.00 for 2 ppl before tip I was very disappointed. Would not recommend or repeat.

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n
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and wine.
Fantastic evening

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I’ve ever had

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San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

I give this rating / review in the context of a Michelin star restaurant. I do believe that value should be one of the criteria even in fine dining. $1000 for a meal that has problems — and yes they always do — was a bit much, it would be a bit much even for a flawless experience.

One of two things really needs to be lowered there: prices, or expectations.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated a birthday and Michael Mina staff made it extra special with a card and dessert

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y
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, a wonderful experience. Food was great--- the menu featured a lot of middle eastern flavors and spices, and added a lot of positive twist to it. Service is always excellent.

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J
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The service was stellar, but the food did not live up to our expectations unfortunately. Not enough salt on many dishes and my lobster was tough and chewy.

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Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the time we entered the restaurant until we left our experience was fabulous. Service was impeccable and the food wonderful. Sure , the price was high but every bite was wonderful and the flavors were exciting. I would heartily recommend this restaurant.

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New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasting menu with unique flavors and combinations. A bit pretentious, not for the financial faint of heart. Wines by the glass? You can have a glass of Pascal Joliet Sancerre for 24 bucks, which I usually pay about 21-23 dollars for the full BOTTLE. I consider that to be excessive.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
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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L
San Francisco
40 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 5, 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
93 reviews
Dined on February 2, 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 30, 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 29, 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
33 reviews
Dined on January 28, 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 28, 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
10 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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g
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on January 26, 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 26, 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 24, 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 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience and lovely restaurant for dinner with my team.

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d
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 22, 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 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and presentation were fantastic

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g
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 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
14 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
18 reviews
Dined on January 13, 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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