252 California Street, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9411137.793509 -122.399552
Michael Mina is an award-winning chef and his flagship restaurant in the Financial District does not disappoint. The staff is informative, the decor masculine and minimal, and the food is sublime. Even the bread is amazing!
Love dining at the bar here. Fab cocktails and of course a killer wine list. Ask to order the grilled cheese amuse x 3 like my friend did for the tastiest grilled cheese sandwich bite ever. Cheese course and desserts rock.
Recommendation ONLY if you have the Benjamins – I felt like a judge from Iron Chef on FoodNetwork eatting here. The food was great, but the service was just beyond spectacular!! 5 stars on just service alone made the experience worth while. The presentation of the foods w/ plating & colors were awesome, as well as the food. Try the Lobster-Pot Pie...awesome! My boyfriend got the "3 Little Pigs"...he wasn't that crazy about it. Now w/ this experience comes a tab like no other though, but honestly expected. For a party of 4, be prepared for a tab of $5-6 BENJAMINS! That's w/o gratiuity & the service provided is WELL over 20% the moment you're escorted to your table. This was our first time eating like "this" so it was helpful for our waitress to explain the menu to us (visit their website & you'll know what I mean); even more of a reason why I felt like a judge on Iron Chef. More of a "try it once ONLY if you have the money" because you're NOT dinning to get a full tummy... you're dinning for the food presentation & service experience. Last FYI, they take only reservations...gotta plan a least a month ahead if you want to dine there to get on the list.
A Decadent Experience! – My boyfriend and I visited Michael Mina for our anniversary this past weekend. I had pretty high expectations, and Michael Mina met and exceeded them! For starters, the atmosphere could use a little work. The tone is of minimalism which is fine, but the restaurant does not feel as intimate as I think it should. But all that aside, the food here is incredible, artistic, creative and delicious!
We each got the 3 course meal which at $98 was worth every penny. My beef carpaccio & foie gras appetizer turned out to be an incredible Asian inspired experience. Thin slices of kobe beef were wrapped around enoki mushrooms which I was to dip in a rich boiling broth our waiter brought in a separate bowl over a flame. Rich foie gras complemented the dish and taste like heaven! Each piece of buttery foie gras melted in my mouth unearthing granules of sea salt which cut the richness perfectly. mmmmm!! My boyfriend's sashimi appetizer was so incredibly fresh and each of the 3 preparations were innovatively created and delicious.
For my entree, I had the sea bass which was just ok, I've had better but my no means was it bad, it was just average. My boyfriend had the lamb which came prepared 3 ways and each seemed to be better than the next!
Finally, I ordered the chocolate dessert which also had a trio of chocolate preparations. The chocolate mousse and napoleon preparations left something to be desired - i guess creativity and innovation. But the molten chocolate cake I had was beyond words. I couldn't speak while eating it or even afterwards for a few minutes. And believe me, I'm a talker! The rich high grade chocolate was silky, perfectly warm and delicate.
I can't wait to go back! The waiter (who was great by the way) mentioned that they tend to change the menu quit often. I'm so there!
Something short of wonderful – When a restaurant puts itself on a pedestal, it asks to be judged on a particularly rigorous scale. In the San Francisco dining constellation, Restaurant Michael Mina is on the top rung of the top step of the pedestal. For the price that it charges, it needs to be wonderful. I think it's something short of wonderful. It's not a question of execution, as much as it is a question of style. The food and presentation at RMM is too precious and too over the top for my taste. Every dish involves three to six variations on the core ingredient. Every option is breathlessly described with adjectives dug from deep inside of Roget's thesaurus. By the time my main course arrived (duck breast cooked the way the chef wanted it not the way I ordered it), I had completely lost interest in how my little bits of duck were "playing with wild cherries". The room is lovely, the service was attentive, the wine list was encyclopedic and the prices were stratospheric. Too too too much. In fairness though, my wife and her mom loved their meal and the experience.
more hooplah than hurrah... – We've dined at several of the high end bay area restaurants and were looking forward to adding Michael Mina to the list of special occasion venues. We were satisfied with our meal, but satisfaction is hardly enough given the prices and the hype. There is nothing wrong with MM: service was warm and friendly. We begain with some lovely amuse-bouches: creamy oyster with caviar, sea urchin flan, then went on with the 6-course tasting menu with matching flight of wine. Yet, of the endless procession of preciously-presented yet predictable dishes, only two were worthy of note: the scallop appetizer because of its velvety caviar, and the kobe beef (an honorable mention for the quail, which was overpowered by the poached chicken egg ). These dishes were solid, tasty, but had none of the inventive flourish or subtle delight that you might expect from a restaurant of this reputation. All in all, it was perfectly fine, but hardly gourmet, original or even interesting. Also, the enchantment wears off swiftly when you have to cross a hotel lobby to get to a restroom... For these prices, I'd recommend Gary Danko.
Way over rated!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! – The best thing here is their wine list, Great options! A little expensive though. Food is good but over rated. Service was great! But the management is very very mean to their staff! you could here them yelling from the kitchen. Apparently they don't like Mexicans. They should be sued!
great presentation of food, a bit hyped, pricey – We got the tasting menu and the presentation was beautiful but the food was not worth its value. Our dinner came out to abut $500 for two people and I had much better tasting food at "la foret" which would cost us about $400. We do love the presentation and service. Food is good, maybe even great but not spectacular and not worth $500 for two.
Euphoric – This is the best restaurant I've been so far in my life. Every time they brought the next course I had a microorgasm, no joke!!! Presentation is spectacular, taste is excellent, each plate is the combination of variety perfectly balance in the blast of taste. EXPENSIVE!!!! WORTH IT!!!!
Good Dining Experience – We were so excited to try Michael Mina after the 2006 Michelin ratings were announced. It was a good meal. The courses were creatively presented and we really appreciated having different variations of the main item for that course. I ordered the scallops appetizer. Very tasty preparations. My husband had the carpaccio appetizer -- excellent! The Kobe Beef Rib Roast was my second course. The steak variations were very tasy, almost melted in your mouth. The braised variations of the rib roast were a little overcooked and it was hard to tell that they prepared the three variations with different sauces. The three variations of the banana themed dessert was very good. Overall, food was good and presentation was very nice and unique. Service was pretty good, however, on two courses they mixed up our selections. I can see making the mistake once, but twice? Seemed like they were not paying attention to what we each ordered. Also, we were seated near the staircase which leads to the restaurant and also near a preparation area. It was a little bit distracting watching patrons coming and going and the waitstaff walking by our table all the time. But, overall the meal was good. Also, we were celebrating my husband's birthday. Very nice touch with the birthday card and the Happy Birthday greeting on his dessert plate. Our meal ended on a festive note.
Comparable to French Laundry – We went for my husband's birthday. There were very nice touches - such as a birthday card for him signed by the Chef. We had the tasting menu, which was quite good. I found the experience similar to French Laundry. I liked the sashimi and pompano fish dishes best, but the lamb was also superior.
The service was warm and attentive. Wine pairings with the tasting menu were great. I also liked the glass of champagne they served with the amuse.
The restaurant was bustling on a Saturday night and is certainly larger than other similarly fine dining restaurants, which made for a livelier experience.
Definitely worth a visit for a special occasion or whenever you can afford it.
Definitely World Class... – We dine here on a regular basis with good reason. The food and wine list are definitely world class, the best in SF and one of the finest in the country when they are on. The staff is professional and accommodating they make the experience even better. We have had the rare and hedonistic opportunity to dine at both French Laundry (lunch) and Michael Mina (dinner) in the same day and it just so happened that Michal Mina out classed the French Laundry (on that particular day). Dont get me wrong I love the French Laundry and go there fairly often as well; however, this particular day it wasnt as memorable.
At Minas we used to religiously get the tasting menu; however we have discovered that we can make up our own ;-) After the amuse buche (my favorite of the three is the hamachi) a few must have are the Tuna Tartare, Diver Scallops, Butter Poached Maine Lobster with a silky Thai sauce, Kobe Rib Roast and I would recommend getting one of their tableside classics, our last visit we had the Tagine of Veal. Of course do not forget the cheese plate for dessert.
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