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 vibrant 3-course express lunch menu is offered Monday to Friday for $49 per person alongside the à la carte menu, and the 5-course dinner tasting menu is offered at $165 per person, inviting 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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Celebrate that special one with a Valentine's Day Dinner at Michael Mina. Our Chefs will prepare a six-course dinner, guaranteed to delight the senses ($235). Our Master Sommelier, Jeremy Shanker will be at your service to complete your meal with perfect pairings ($185). Make your reservation now.

Friday, February 14, 2020

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food5service4ambience3

Birthday

Yhe menu is only prefix

No options

Small portions

Overpriced at $165 per person before beverages

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Great dining experience and great service just a little noisy and annoying with a nearby rowdy and obnoxious table which didn’t do the restaurant any favours.

C
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent Food, Tremendous wait Staff. Excellent sommeiller. Very Pricey

TH
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Just too expensive great fantastic food if your budget is big enjoy

RN
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in San Francisco.
Fair enough it is quite a pricey endeavor but then it is an amazing experience as well.
Whenever I leave Michael Mina’s restaurant, I am happy, uplifted and think about the wonderful experience for days

F
San Francisco
107 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

As usual Michael Mina improved since the last time I was there for the first week of the middle eastern menu, it is now fine tuned to perfection. Service is very simple and attentive. The only major inconvenient is the noise level: when the restaurant is full, forget it to have a conversation with you nearest neighbor... unacceptable for a one star Michelin. I use to come here very regularely but had to change my habit due to the noise level...

KS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I was very disappointed in the value of the food here. While the entrée that I had was good it was probably the smallest piece of fish I’ve ever had it was almost laughable. The desserts were very average and in fact I did not like the lemon tart at all. It had a horrible aftertaste. Came here for a business lunch, but definitely would not recommend if you are hungry. I most likely would not return.

TG
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mastery at its best! A an excellent executed dinner that if I count two amuse-bouche, and two sweet teasers after the desert is actually closer to a 9 course dinner (going by other restaurant's measurements). An excellent value (price/performance ratio) where this hyper critical gourmet has zero negative remarks, because every single dish served was flawless!! And of course the flavor profile that is middle eastern / northern Africa inspired, lends to the extraordinary culinary experience.

And of course I can only recommend to go with the wine pairing, because these well composed courses deserve the correct wine pairing, and the sommelier did very well with the combinations.

With this great experience it is hard to even pick a favorite dish, although my wife was enamored by the lobster course, which was realllllly good but I don't want to say that anything else was not equally good :).

After more than 6 experience at Michael Mina's Bourbon steakhouse (forget anybody else claiming they are a steakhouse in Silicon Valley) I am coming to the conclusion that Michael Mina is a name to look up anywhere to see if there is one of his restaurants.

AS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A truly memorable night with an amazing tasting menu, beautiful wine pairings and impeccable service. We were tempted to stay for the second seating and do it all over again!

DZ
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Michael Mina should make customers aware that the menu is a 5 course dinner only
No all-a-cart menu options are available

However, the food and ambiance and service is in the exceptional category

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent, warm service. Great prefix menu for Christmas Eve. Favorite of all the restaurants we’ve attend on Christmas Eve in SF so far. Try the Lobster Pot Pie!

T
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve menu was delicious and they gave us a complimentary amuse bousche as a great. Was great

M
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great experience to celebrate the year with a work colleague. The fixed menu with entree option was a great way to go.

Y
San Francisco
115 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every way. Food, service, presentation, ambiance... one of my favorite places to eat in San Francisco!

SH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience3

I thought it was overpriced and the food was mediocre. Disappointed.

DA
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A very enjoyable holiday dinner celebration. Beautiful presentation.

t
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We contacted the restaurant ahead of time as we were limited on time with theatre tickets. The staff did an outstanding job of serving us promptly and were very aware of our needs! Food was excellent, paired with a sommelier recommended champagne that was fabulous! Assistant GM Seth Johnson personally checked with us to ensure we were happy with everything. We were!

BF
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a great experience. We were celebrating our anniversary and everyone there made our experience really special and memorable starting with a card wishing us at our table. Will definitely go back..was wanting to visit for years and just so happened that I got perfect lunch reservations on our anniversary..

F
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing White Truffle Tasting menu. Great ambience and service. Would return again.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Bathroom was dirty, service was extremely slow, food was decent.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a delightful surprise! It’s certainly costly, but we were impressed with the extra, tasty dishes we were given and with the seasonings we received upon leaving. Also, they let us see the seasonings they used and explained why they were so special. The service was impeccable and gracious and the tastes were exquisite. We will be frequent customers.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Everything was delicious. great ambiance and service. Cocktails were impressive too

C
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner from prix fixe menu with superb wait staff. A little pricey with some unexpected add on that took away from an otherwise delightful dining with my wife and daughter.

S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

MM is a neighborhood restaurant for me, I’ve been many times. I generally enjoy their food and service. Their thanksgiving meal was an appalling ripoff. Simple, really, simple dishes. Up charges that were unavoidable. $75 for a sad little shaving of truffles on some sad butter noodles that, with the fixed price already cost $50. Scallops the size of belly button lint “Seasonal” sides that were truly inedible.; sweet potatoes were particularly gross. The cranberries could have come from a can. The wine pairing was the biggest ripoff. 4 half pours for $130. Not more than 10 oz poured. 3 out of the four pours are readily available from the wine merchant in the ferry building. No bottle retailed for more than $50. $1000 for dinner for two, no food, wine, or service anywhere near that quality. Good bye Michael Mina.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is really tasty. Amazing service. Ambiance is great.

JM
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was terrific. The restaurant is beautifully designed and the food was good. Expensive, but worth it for a special occasion.

SN
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, this is an experience and not just dinner. Everything was perfect. The food and wine were superlative.

AM
Miami
25 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Average experience in a city with so many options. Here my feeling is that you pay for the brand over the actual meal/experience.

s
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Unreal flavors triggering both childhood memories and new experiences. Food is over the top but so are prices. Save this for the most special occasions and you’ll score big. Can’t wait to go back.

c
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch tasting menu served family style is a really good value. I don;t recommend the dinner tasting meu..more expensive and nothing memorable.

Commendable low noise level (72 db) as measured by db meter iPhone download.

A
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Let me start by saying that we've been Michael Minna fans for years, and have had some of our favorite dining experiences with MM. But it's been a few years since we've been to the one on California St., and well, let's say it's clearly changed with the times. The impossible wealth and excess of SF times, that is.

First, it is a tasting menu only. We were surprised by this, and were not really in the space for a 5-course meal, but what the hell, we were there and it was getting too late to go somewhere else.

The courses were nice, service was lovely, and I love how MM is bringing in the Egyptian flavors. The one that comes to mind in particular was the amuse bouche...baby falafel-type bite that was incredible. But there were some pretty big misses. The king crab first course was not delivered, and only when we were served an alternative and asked the server were we informed that they were out of the king crab. Second course is octopus, veal or pasta. I don't eat octopus or veal so was offered a 'supplemental' pasta with truffles, which the menu indicates is an extra $35, but when the bill arrived it was $80. BIG miss. 3rd-4th-dessert was honestly not memorable.

Let's talk about the REALLY big change here. The wine list. We love wine and don't mind splurging. There was exactly 1 bottle under $200, and all other bottles were at least $300 and up to $8000. Nothing in the $150-$250 range. I know, we should have checked the website!! Now we want a glass of wine, and it's $65 - $85 a glass!

I only focus on the price because, as I mentioned above, MM really seems to have gone the way of ultra-excessive SF. The place was filled with expense account dinners and at least 2 tables with wealthy men and their escorts.

There were no gasps of WOW that one would expect from a meal of this magnitude. Nothing that would make we want to go back and drop the obscene amount of money we spent on a meal that was just very nice.

AC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Good for an expense account but not near good enough to justify the absurdly high prices. Food ranged for mediocre to good but a boozy lunch for 2 was $300

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

MM does not compare well to other white table restaurants. Sincere hospitality is not evident: The person taking our order focused on all the up charge menu items, which gives patrons the feeling of being cheap if we settle for the $165/person option. In comparison, French Laundry, Acquerello, Spruce servers engaged us in enjoyable conversation. I found aspects of the service pretentious: For example, showing a tray of spices that supposedly sets the food apart from the norm. Middle eastern spices are no longer exotic in the Bay Area. Service was lax: I had to pour my own water over the course of 2.5 hours not once, but twice. Food was meh: Octopus was well executed. I liked the cheese dessert. Sea bream broth was too salty though the calamari in the dish was perfectly cooked. Other dishes I found unremarkable. Lack of attention to detail: Women’s room was out of soap and badly needed touch up paint. Another example is the packaging of thank you comstable gifts. MM’s rattles around in a compostable container. The MM stickers had not adhered to the box. In comparison French Laundry and Acquerello’s goodies come beautifully packaged and in an appropriately sized bag.

The birthday card and birthday cake was a nice touch.

I think Michael Mina is compromising quality experience for quantity of restaurants. When I want to International Smoke, ceiling tiles were missing and “plantation” window slats were warped. Banquet seating sloped forward thus we’re not comfortable. Thus I won’t go there again though food at this restaurant was good.

OT
London
23 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The lunch price fixe was such a great way to enjoy !

C
San Francisco
100 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is for a very special occasion experience. The service, the details in bringing the food and explaining the courses made the experience more extraordinary. The food was so exquisite, flavors exploding in your mouth. The best meal we had in a long time. It is not only the meal but a memorable event!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience3

Anniversary

S
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Tasting Menu was outstanding as was the service. Cocktails before lunch were perfect !

OT
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Inventive, creative, delightful and unique. Very expensive.

MO
Philadelphia
56 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a fabulous dinner, we were greeted by a lovely hostess, then our server and the sommelier were outstanding professionals who explained and assisted us with our choices. We learned about the orange wine and we decided to get a bottle to try and it was a pleasant experience. Highly recommend this place

SB
Las Vegas
36 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The dinner with wine pairings are very overpriced.

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