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Michael Mina

252 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94111 (Downtown)
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Ranked #169 of 4,929 restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $80
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
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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79% Recommend
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
4 reviews 4 reviews
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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210 reviews 210 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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Memphis, Tennessee
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132 reviews 132 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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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Bergen, Norway
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I had a lunch tasting menu here. They tried to make it very mystic, emphasising how much the chefs just played around all the time, finding inspiration in the air they breathed (by some strange coincidence many of the dishes were written in the menu, I later discovered). Anyway, the menu was really tasty: The tuna tartare was the best... More

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Paris, France
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111 reviews 111 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I came here for dinner on a Sunday evening and there were plenty of people dining. They have a long bar where you can sit, eat and drink. I went for a salad and a steak...straighforward but well done. They have a range of "fusion" and sushi dishes to chose from.

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Westbury, New York
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83 reviews 83 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Lovely setting, courteous service and some inventive drinks made this a very pleasant before-dinner interlude. Good for people-watching!

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Raleigh, North Carolina
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Wonderful food, selection on the menu and service is impeccable. The attn to detail to the food and service is just outstanding. It is pricey, but we did not feel cheated!

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Top Contributor
289 reviews 289 reviews
200 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

We had a reservation here one evening and walked from Union Sq, which took about 10 - 15 minutes. It is a very nice restaurant and offers a tasting menu, but we all opted to choose off the menu. The food was very good quality, but there were a lot of fish options, which are not my preference. I did... More

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Leigh, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

This restaurant is beautiful staff food wine - the waiters bring little appetisers between the courses which is a nice touch and the butter with honey is soooooo good - glad I wasn't paying though

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Atlanta, Georgia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

this meal was a real treat. its an expense account/special occasion restaurant. we were in town for the bay to breakers race and i grabbed my best foodie friend and had the evening of the trip! make no mistake, this is a foodie place, if anyone in your party is finicky, do not come here. that said, knowing what you're... More

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