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1491 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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MUA is known for its open atmosphere, eclectic décor, art events and, of course, its delicious food. Ideal for large parties or intimate gatherings, the spacious dining room creates a relaxed, casual vibe for guests to enjoy their meals. The modern American menu features favorites like braised lamb cheeks, duck confit, beef bone marrow and - for the vegetarians - vegetable ragout, which includes couscous and kale pesto. A large selection of wines, cocktails and beers make MUA a great spot for an evening out with friends.

Art events at MUA include exhibits and performances by local artists, as well as social sketches, which allow guests to enjoy drinks as they exercise their own artistic abilities. Whether getting together for a social gathering or meeting with a business associate, MUA has the right atmosphere and an impressive menu for the occasion.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Contemporary American, American, Fusion / Eclectic
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(510) 238-1100
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Casual Dress
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Cross street
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Shelly (Denver)
5.0  Dined on April 18, 2016

MUA was a delightful surprise discovered through Open Table. It has a wonderfully artsy ambiance in a re-imagined industrial building! What a wonder and the food is equally surprising in taste, texture and creative presentation. Love the "small plates" that aren't really small, enough to share. So enjoyed the crab cakes, garlic crusted shrimp, artichokes with tarragon hollandaise, grilled mushroom veggies with balsamic glaze.... and do end with the bread pudding with raspberries or/and pineapple upside down delight! Definitely, a place to return but on a week night. I can tell it could be quite noisy on a weekend. And our waiter was absolutely fabulous, attentive, helpful, fun and honored our pace to dine and chat!

luvfood (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on April 17, 2016

Super fun spot to take friends. Sat upstairs for the first time. Food was great, service good but a little slow-perhaps because we were upstairs? Love the extensive cocktail list and your vegetarian dish. I'll be back!

vipMfer (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 17, 2016

Mac and cheese , grilled artichoke, Brussels sprouts and lamb tangine. These are musts. Cocktails are delicious and service is fast and friendly

moanabite (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 16, 2016

we've been to MUA 4 times and will continue to dine there. the food is consistently delish. the noise level is consistent as well! Our waiter wasn't an A+ dinner house waiter. In fact, he wasn't on the ball at all. No matter what we've ordered at MUA, we've never been disappointed

vipMendo (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on April 16, 2016

Had a great time at MUA. The place was packed bottom to top. They have three or four bars within the restaurant . They have an outdoor area in front which would have been nice since it was a glorious evening. Having reservations through OpenTable was great since there would have been a long wait otherwise. We sat upstairs in a section that overlooks the front of the restaurant and Lauren was our server. It gets loud but it's nice energy. Lauren was an excellent server and always had a smile . The food was delicious. The Brussels sprouts, smoked trout salad, quinoa salad, chicken wings, tomato soup with grilled cheese, was all good. Small plates are so nice since there's a good variety of flavors. And the drinks were very good with a nice selection of wines and beers. There's a list of mixed drinks as well.

vipplcc (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 15, 2016

Fantastic ambience and Food! 👍

vipWeezy (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 15, 2016

Excellent food an service!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on April 15, 2016

the ambiance was great, the food was great but when they cranked up the music in the kitchen below you couldn't even hear yourself think let alone what anyone else in the group was saying. Not sure why that music kept getting turned on or why it was turned on so loud!

Yumm (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on April 15, 2016

We were wanted to connect with our friends and it was just too loud. Our favorite food was the grilled romaine- super yummy. Service was good. Environment is creative and energetic. Wish there was a way to tamp the noise a bit as it was distracting.

Iris (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on April 15, 2016

I took my Assistant to Mua for her 30th birthday lunch. She loved everything about it. We ordered and shared fried calamari (perfect). We then shared an amazing salad with watercress, endive, smoked trout and oranges with a light dressing (yum). We then shared a half pound hamburger with avocado (again, perfect). She also had a non-alcoholic ginger/mint soda that she said a very good. We were too stuffed to get dessert so they brought her a liquor glass filled with jelly beans and a lit birthday candle. Very nice! All in all a fantastic time was had by all.