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Michael Mina

252 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94111 (Downtown)
415-397-9222
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Ranked #170 of 4,936 restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $0 - $80
Hours:
Sun 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Sat 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: Front and Battery
Transit: MUNI & BART: Powell Station
Description: Chef Michael Mina has returned to where it all began! Mina’s eponymous restaurant has reopened at 252 California Street and was named Restaurant of the Year 2011 by Esquire Magazine. With a brand new menu and a fresh concept, restaurant MICHAEL MINA provides casual, warm service with the educated flair of the West Coast. The restaurant’s cuisine features Michael Mina’s sensibilities with Japanese ingredients and French influence. The dinner menu is a la carte with the option to have the chef cook for your table. The wine list at restaurant MICHAEL MINA features an eclectic collection of small, boutique, American wineries as well as celebrated French and European vineyards.
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  • English first
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  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
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English first
New York City, New York
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73 reviews 73 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

I read some reviews that this restaurant had some of the best burgers in the city. However, when I got to the restautrant we were informed the Burger was only available in the bar across the hotel. The food was good but this is a full fledged steak house and it is very expensive.

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San Francisco, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

My wife took me to Michael Mina for my birthday dinner. We were immediately attracted to the tasting menu, particularly because each diner would get a different dish in each of the 9 courses. Each dish was a positive surprise, the standouts being: caviar, sashimi (toro and salmon), fowl (incredible chicken breast and quail), steak (5A5 wagyu and ribeye) and... More

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Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We all had the tasting menu with the wine pairings. It was one of the most incredible dinning experiences that I ever had. Now that we are all two steps past heaven, it will be hard to enter the real word. This restaurant has opened my eyes to a new culinary world. Thank you Michael Mina...

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Gilbert, Arizona
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Admittedly, this restaurant is not cheap and I would not spend the money on kids here, personally, but the service, organization, and creativity of the food were what you expect for a $50 filet. We had the tuna tartare for an appetizer, which was great; never thought my wife would like it, but she wanted more. The meat is cooked... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
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52 reviews 52 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

We happened on this restaurant with another couple and their 2 kids. All other restaurants on the street were packed; this one had a table available (6:30pm on a Saturday), so in we went. Luckily, the kids had eaten early; the starters start at $20 and obviously kids are not their usual clientele. We decided to stay (wines start at... More

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Kensington, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We love the lobster pie; a true delicate gorgeous dish. Place is very lovely and service is great. We also love his Las Vegas place at Bellagio.

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california
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42 reviews 42 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

No complaints about the quality of food and service here but this restaurant's noise level is so high from fellow diners trying to outdo each other in raising their conversational voices, I could not hear my friends at MY own table. When I could hear diners from neighboring tables more clearly than friends sitting at my own table, the noise... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

The food was incredible here, I had the Halibut on the menu. However, the drinks were very expensive, about $16 for a glass of wine.

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San Francisco, California
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224 reviews 224 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Finally found the opportunity to try out this restaurant and it didn't disappoint. You can either order a la carte or their set menu with wine pairing. I was a bit surprised that for a Friday night, the restaurant didn't have more people dining there. I ordered the abolone as a starter and the herb roasted lamb as my main... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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134 reviews 134 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This was absolutely one of the best dinners we've ever had while dining out. From the moment that we arrived they made us feel like they were the only people in the entire restaurant on a busy Friday night. The ambiance is beautiful. The service is impeccable without being intrusive. They are so on point that they anticipated what you... More

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