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Michael Mina

252 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94111 (Downtown)
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Ranked #165 of 4,947 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $0 - $80
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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  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Calgary, Canada
2 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

My wife and I made a last minute reso here while in San Fran not really knowing what to expect. It was recommended and made by the concierge at Le Meridien. We arrived and were seated in the back corner. It was quiet and a bit romantic. The staff was very attentive but gave us our time to relax and... More

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

After our hotel concierge's recommendation and the many positive trip advisor reviews, we were very disappointed and upset over our experience at Michael Mina's in San Francisco. We arrived 1/2 hour early for cocktails at the bar, where we were treated very well and were thrilled with our choice in restaurants for the evening....very trendy, upscale atmosphere. Things went slightly... More

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Bonita Springs, Florida
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Ok, so not all was bad, however they took us 35 minutes past our reservation time on a Wednesday night! We ordered a wonderful $1,000 bottle of wine, and two hours later we walked out without ever getting our entrees. Kitchen must be really messed up! Food was good but not worth the price or the hassle! They were very... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

I have visited Michael Mina's restaurant for years, mostly in Vegas. Tried his flagship Restaurant in San Francisco and had the 9-Course tasting menu. Impeccable ingredients, an absolutely incredible meal (my top 3 in the world), a very knowledgeable Sommelier and fantastic wines. Expensive but great.

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Philadelphia, PA
Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

My wife and I appreciated the food a lot. It was well-made and creative. However, the environment, with a full house, was very loud. The tables were bare wood, albeit nice, in trying to achieve a casual air, but without table cloths one source of sound absorption is absent. I mentioned the loudness to a staff member and the response... More

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Seattle, Washington
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

I've been going here for some time. Nearly every time I'm in San Fran I tend to make it a point to go at least once while there. I never tire of it. Excellent service, food, atmosphere and just an incredible feeling of well being. Thanks for it always being a wonderful experience

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Los Angeles
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Location, venue, staff, food, everything is just great here except the parking! However, it's worth the price and the trouble! The reservation process was friendly and welcoming when we called for a last minute reservation. We were accommodated and we were accommodated perfectly. The service staff could not have been better nor could the quality, creativity or preparation of the... More

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Everything in this restaurant is amazing, however you need to pay for it. The service was perfect and the food was cooked perfectly. We had the Wagyu to start and it was cooked in front of us. For mains we had duck breast and lamb and they were both cooked to perfection. For dessert we had the tasting menu and... More

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New York City, New York
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72 reviews 72 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

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
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

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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