Estiatorio Ornos a Michael Mina Restaurant San Francisco

4.6
46 Reviews
$31 to $50
Greek
Escape to Greece! Estiatorio Ornos a Michael Mina Restaurant brings to life the celebratory spirit of the Greek Isles. Guests will feel transported to the eponymous Ornos Beach by the bright, airy, coastal aesthetic, the simplistic, flavorful Greek seafood dishes, and the warm yet relaxed Mediterranean-style of hospitality. A house playlist of Mykonos-inspired music beckons guests to sit and stay all evening, reveling in the array of sharable dishes, refreshing cocktails, intriguing wines, and a lively atmosphere.
Led by award-winning Chef Michael Mina in partnership with Girair “Jerry” Goumroian and Chef Nikolaos Georgousis, the 76-seat restaurant presents the evolution of the iconic 252 California Street flagship location.
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  • Cupid's Day

    $165.00 per person

    Feb 14, 2022 only

    Love is in the air! Come to celebrate Cupid's Day with us, Chef Daniela created a wonderful four courses prix-fixe menu $165. No regular menu will be available that night. Thank you, the Ornos team.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 46 people are saying
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vipKateA
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous new upscale, inventive Greek restaurant! We love all of Michael Mina's restaurants. Each one has unique flavor combinations, using superlative ingredients in pleasing and surprising dishes. We dined here on New Year's Eve and were thrilled with the 7-course tasting menu. Generous portions, awesome food and perfect wine pairings (knowledgeable and friendly Sommelier). Pretty expensive though, even from this type of restaurant. However, we still plan to return so we can sample the regular menu.

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MarkPope
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience5

Very expensive for such little and low value food. I would not go there again

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Wines are overpriced with few popular brands and almost nothing below $100. Drank a $20 Albariño which cost me $98!!!
I so much prefer a Michael Mina as before.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Service was subpar for this calibre of restaurant, servers were disorganized, soup wasn’t served at the same time (one person was forgotten), confusion over leftovers.- disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve

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vipZenMaster
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We had the tasting menu, Most of the appetizers were very good, with the exception of the tuna which was over seasoned and tasted more of dill than anything else. The most disappointing was the open-faced, filet of seabass which lacked flavor and was very dry. The Sole was very tasty as was the lamb chops.

Service was good and though we saw plenty of staff moving around, I had to flag a server down to get more wine several times.

Also, we felt rushed and asked for food service to be at a slower pace so we could enjoy the food served, wines, and the company at the table. The server reluctantly agreed after several of us asked. Disappointing that he reacted this way but I understand that they want to move as many people in and out but I would expect better from this class of restaurant.

Overall I thought it didn't meet the expectations of a Michael Mina restaurant or the price we paid. I couldn't help but make a. comparison to Kokkari or Evvia and felt that they did a better job in representing the greek flavors. Though I had a great evening overall, I doubt that I will visit again as I don't think it was good value.

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vipKathrynT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. Although the bill was a little pricey, the service was exceptional and made it worth the cost.

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vipLocal
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful. Among the best seafood dinners we have had.

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vipEEAA
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there for my husband and I. We are Greek, so know Greek food, and this was fabulous! We had the shrimp with ouzo and octopus to start and lobster and lavraki for dinner. Baklava and rice pudding for dessert were also fantastic. The sommelier was very knowledgeable and we had an outstanding wine. Can’t wait to return and bring our friends!! The food, ambiance and service were outstanding.

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vipPete8
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A fabulous experience, marred only by the constant flow of servers streaming by, five at a time all the time, in a very LOUD room. Nevertheless, we will return!

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mktgwiz1
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The Sea Bass filet was full of bones. At this price point this is unacceptable.

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vipKathleenB
San Antonio
14 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Can’t go wrong with a Michael Mina restaurant! Food was fantastic, as was service. I wasn’t crazy about the ambiance. Just a large, rather noisy room all in white with unusual chandeliers.

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vipNickO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Just wonderful! Had not been back there since the change over to the new menu and experience. Really loved the casual yet elegant feel, and the service was absolutely fantastic. Of course the food was wonderful too!

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vipChloe
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. Good food, great service, beautiful environment, would love to recommend to my friends.

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vipwatermoss
Central Coast
21 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at a the bar for dinner service was outstanding thanks to Anthony. We had the caviar it was so tasty and fresh.

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vipFoodie
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful!

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vipJerBear
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Mediocre compared to the former Michal Mina. A burst of noise greets you in entering. Friendly but sloppy reception and service compared to prices - with $50 entrees I did expect to be referred to as “you guys.”. Menu is disorganized and hard to navigate. Nothing sophisticated or creative about the Greek fare. Loud atmosphere. Food was good, but overall the experience was disappointing.

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skay
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed the tasting menu, with second tastes the next day, still delicious. Best Baklava ever,

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, food & ambiance!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great addition to the SF food scene and alternative to Kokkari - which you can never get a reservation.

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vipLeslieL
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal, comfortable and yet lively! Very attentive service without being intrusive. For seven people we ordered lots of appetizers and starters. All were delicious and would order again. For the main courses, our table ordered the filet of soul (excellent), the sea bream (very fresh), lamb chops, the mousaka (scrumptious), I was the birthday girl and ordered the filet mignon. It was the only main I would not recommend…a little over cooked. Loved the Valhalla dark chocolate dessert! The experience was such a treat! Will definitely go back and not wait for a special occasion to do so!

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Anne
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience4

We had the tasting menu and it was superb. The spreads, the grilled octopus, prawns in a divine tomato-based sauce, the Mediterranean Sea Bass, lamb chops, beets, baklava and rice pudding were highlights. Loved having the “seafood sommelier” walk us through all seafood options. The only entree that we didn’t love .was the sole. Every other dish was exceptional for all four members of my table. Even the special cocktails were wonderful.

Unfortunately, we did not have service matching the extraordinary food. We were not offered clean plates between the courses. We asked three times to see a dessert wine menu. Coffee was not offered with desserts. There was awkward timing of plates being cleared. These are pleasant service-oriented people who need more training and experience to match the exquisite menu. The front desk and bar were both very well staffed.

A personal note— I think the lighting is too bright. The decor is lovely and bright so perhaps the lighting is intended to accentuate the Mediterranean feel. But for me the lighting is too bright and illuminates the entire room so we see everyone every minute. I prefer lighting to focus my attention on my table and my party.

Overall, it is a wonderful dining experience. I highly recommend this terrific new addition to the restaurant scene in downtown San Francisco!

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vipGretchenJ
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Went for my bday with a friend. The new look on the old space is refreshing and bright . Service was great. Food is always a Michael Mina signature yumminess. One negative, the table for two had literal 4 inches between table so no intimate dinners at all hahahah till here and be able to share meals with your neighbors . We got lucky our neighbors where super nice . Also luckily everyone in the restaurant is vaccinated so social distancing not a problem .

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Booked for a party of 6. No mention made of time restrictions. Most restaurants allow 2 hours for parties over 6. We were rushed throughout the meal/staff asking if we were done. We ordered a la carte so there were many plates. Eliminate the fish som. Takes up too much time and creates confusion throughout the dining room. Food quality was excellent and general service was very good. Wine list was very expensive/corkage fee $50.
We did have a problem using InKind/house account for all Mina’s restaurants. Delayed our departure. No fault of the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You won’t find a better example of how to run a high end restaurant without being stuffy. Warm ambience, the finest trained staff, and the tastiest food. You will actually have fun while enjoying a wonderful assortment of Greek cuisine.

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vipJOSEPHA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Poor. The loud music was unnecessary as the din of the place was adequate. Had difficulty in conversation. Lamb chops were fatty. Moussaka was very rich. Waitstaff kept pushing drinks.

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vipLisa
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome. We had the Ornos Experience. My favorite dishes were the fish disk, grilled octopus and the pita bread with lots of dips. The venue is lively and the staff were very attentive. It was a wonderful experience.

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DeGuadalajara
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente atención y la comida súper!!!

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vipNHYTR
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Every dish was a tad too salty - except the salt crusted sea bream. The Spanakopita salad was especially so. The Astakos lobster pasta was overwhelmed by the tomato sauce so i couldn’t taste the freshness of the lobster. Service was very good and i loved the decor which was modern and bright.

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vipsearchingforbliss
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fresh & prepared beautifully.

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StevenT
Boise
13 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow just an incredible experience, I did the tasting menu, fantastic experience, sat at the bar, the bar tenders were awesome, got to try so many different items and flavors I felt like I would have the best experience going that direction with a wine pairing as well.. service was outstanding

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vipsimonian
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

First impression: Carts being pushed around. So many cart pushers …servers and guests trying to get out of the way, carts maneuvering around each other clumsily….maybe they should hire a choreographer. The “fish somm” roams about with the biggest cart, repeating his spiel over and over about each fish and its preparation, which, if you could hear him through his mask and over the music, might be mildly interesting, but makes no sense whatsoever in terms of making your dining experience better. Just put the info on the menu. The whole thing reminds me of the cringey Morton’s Steak House cling-wrapped meat displays from the 1980’s. Servers and staff are terrific but the whole concept does not work.

Further impressions: it’s a fairly formal dining room with pretty formal service and very high prices serving you extremely simple fresh fish preparations that require you to spit out fins and bones. I’d much rather eat this type of food in a rustic setting for a fraction of the price…and I am someone who is generally not price sensitive when it comes to dining out.

One further note: I booked a table weeks in advance noting it was for a special occasion. Our table was just outside the service station with high traffic backing up beside our table. The whole experience was dispiriting despite the best efforts of the truly professional staff. A failure of concept, I’d say, and a surprising one given Chef Mina’s years of experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Munich
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was here for my boyfriend’s birthday. It was an amazing experience. We loved everything! Definitely would go back.

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vipArlekin
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

I never write bad reviews but this restaurant was a complete joke.
Anything you can find at TJ for less than $10 was sold to you as fine dining at this place. Hummus, Tzatziki, naan or pita bread was there. Nothing was made from scratch. only because this is Michael Minna - thats what name does. Whoever provides a great review for this place and thinks it delicious and unique is very obvious never had a real shish-kebab or an authentic Mediterranean food which is so rich, and flavorful. This is probably "unique" for people who dont travel dont have middle eastern friends or just go after the name.
Very business or merchant approach to sell cheap product for a high price. I expected it to be more luxurious with high end Mediterranean dishes. Very disappointed :(

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Michael Mina never disappoints. Tasting menu was spectacular, as was the service.

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vipLinda
San Francisco
93 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious seafood focused Greek Michael Mina restaurant. His places are always great. Our server Jaumaelynne is so friendly and helped us with the complicated menu for the first time. She made it a special evening. I didn’t much like the pink booths (I guess it is coral colored) Aqua would be better

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DougA
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Fancy schmancy and expensive, but the food was good and the décor innovative and pleasant. It's hard to gauge at this price point. It was an interesting experience and no regrets about experiencing the haute end of dining, but I'll not go again.

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LizM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

While the ambiance and service were nice, the food was really lacking. The lamb was fatty and raw. The taramasalata tasted like salted mayonnaise. Everything else was at best meh. For a Michael Minna restaurant, it was a disappointing experience.

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vipkalah007
London
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! Mel is there now and the service was excellent. Delicious meal!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary!! We had a great time, staff so friendly! Food delicious

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Estiatorio Ornos a Michael Mina Restaurant San Francisco offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 417-3969.

Estiatorio Ornos a Michael Mina Restaurant San Francisco is rated 4.6 stars by 46 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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