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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KD
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Extraordinarily expensive for what was provided. Quality of food was good. We asked for advice on a circa $100 bottle of wine and the server acted offended. When sommelier came over (15 mins later after second ask) he kept guiding us to $250 bottles that were typically 4.0-4.2 level on Vivino. Ended up with an $80 half bottle. Prix fixe menu was $165 but several items had $25 up charges per course. Vegetarian prix fixe for my wife was $135 for essentially vegetables on a skewer. Total bill for two with 1/2 bottle of wine over $500. If you care about value for money this is not a good option.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I attended Michael Mina to celebrate a major milestone in business for her. The meal was excellent and quite possibly the best lunch we’ve both had in San Francisco.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner experience.

OT
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible
Incredible
Incredible
Incredible

EG
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A sophisticated venue with excellent ingredients merged without much talent. Wagyu beef was excellent. Lobster tails overcooked and chewy. The morel in that course was dissonant and bitter. It detracted from the very good sauce. The caviar was nearly without taste. Overall portions a bit too large for the sum of the food. Hire a gifted sou chef please.

OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely Valentine’s Day dinner there. The service was phenomenal. The food was excellent. Even though it is a big restaurant it never was noisy or felt crowded.

B
San Francisco
116 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

As always, amazing food & amazing HIGH prices.

The pre-set, price fixed V-Day tasting menu dinner was ONLY ALLOWED and consisted of 6 very small but very yummy courses, about $100. more per person than their regular already expensive tasting menu on other days. It appears that most nicer restaurants do the same, gouge the customer as much as possible. Oh well, this is SF & America...

Oh by the way, is Mr. Mina even there on one of his busiest days?...NOPE. We asked. He starts restaurants, then disappears. Hopefully this one, his FIRST, will survive the worsening times! Jardiniere just closed, next comes La Folie in a few days, next I hear comes famous Boulevard ! Times are changing...fancy is out, casual is in.

B
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service!

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, food, service and ambience.

VS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

flavorless food. other than the first amuse and the bread are the best of the lot. Sommelier doesn’t seem to know too much about the wines or the regions., didn’t know how to uncork a wine bottle with us drinking powdered cork with wine . staff is not too knowledgeable about the food. when we asked how the lamb is cooked., ‘deliciously ‘ was the answer., my wife asked what mochi is when the guy who brought in food presented it and he said he will need to find out ! . this place changed a lot from the time we tried it first about 3 years back., and not for better. Palette cleanser following the main course would have been excellent if not for the fact they mixed mochi into this giving it a weird gummy texture., again mochi is good when used properly and not sure what mochi had to do with mediterranean.

v
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to Michael Mina's every year for our anniversary or a birthday. It's a wonderful restaurant and great balance of high class and approachable. They are also very accommodating with dietary restrictions, they handled pescetarian and vegan restrictions with no problems!

TB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The meal was not paced properly. Courses were being served before the prior course was finished. This happened twice during the meal even after providing feed after the first incident. Restaurant of this stature this is totally unacceptable. The lobster course, one of the miss timed courses, when served correctly came back tough. I question whether the lobster was held while waiting for us to finish the prior course. While the staff was very apologetic it should never have happened. We will not return.

ES
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and great food. A bit pricey even for SF.

S
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience

C
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch with my daughter. Delicious food, reasonable for the quality, grew experience.

S
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience5

My wife and I returned to Michael Mina due to the change back from the Middle Eastern menu period we did not enjoy. Every thing was very nice, but my lobster was tough and my steak was too chewy. We never had a bad meal at Bourbon Steak San Francisco or Bourbon Steak Orange County.

j
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The dining experience was excellent. And to top it all off, we met Chef Michael in person at our table and be able to have a conversation with him. It was a little bit loud during dinner. I would love to try this restaurant again in the future knowing what to expect next time around.

N
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
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
118 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.

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