252 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: (415) 625-5460
Michael Mina Restaurant
Cuisines: Fine Dining, American, Family Style, Seafood, Bar & Grills
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11/24/2009Provided by Citysearch -
One of the two best dining experiences I've had in my life (so far!). The other was The French Laundry years ago. My partner and I just ate here with two other couples. Not cheap! But entirely worth it. I just bought a $750 gift certificate to this restaurant as a gift to friends of ours. Enjoy!
10/14/2009Provided by Citysearch -
It broke my heart when I saw the old Compass Rose bar closed and boarded up in the lobby of the St. Francis Hotel. It was on of California's great bars. Then Michael Mina opened in the space and all is forgiven. The room and setting spell class and the food is tops. It's a hot spot for pre-theater, but I don't like to dine against a clock or a curtain time. So, I go later and take my time. For a full report on this and other great California restaurants, go to www.atLarrys
11/05/2008Provided by Citysearch -
My boyfriend and I went to Michael Mina the last night we were in San Francisco. We were staying at the St. Francis, so we figured we had to try it. The meal cost us over $450 and was not up to par. The desert was the only good thing I really remember. Go only for the chocolate chip cookies. The next morning I felt horribley sick from it. Would not recommend going.
08/26/2008Provided by Citysearch -
This is one of the best dining experiences I have ever had. My husband and I splurged on our trip to San Francisco this past June. I was feeling silly about spending that kind of money on a dinner, but it was soooo worth it! I thought I had tasted a great cut of beef before. Then I ate at this restaurant and realized what I had been missing. Really the whole experience was pretty superb. Service was very attentive. Almost too attentive! I get a little nervous when my server asks me if everything is to my liking too much. It is a very playful dining experience because of the three different preparations of each dish. The scallops were especially divine! It definitely feels a little stuffy there, but I guess that was to be expected. We were the youngest couple in the room and I think we got a few stares because my husband was dressed pretty casually. Although the bar crowd is more lay back than the dining room. You will pay a hefty price for your meal at Michael Mina's, but I can safely say to you that you should not hesitate. If you only get the chance to splurge a handful of times in your life on great food, this should be one of them!
02/17/2008Provided by Citysearch -
this is my first time to dine at MM and i can say it is definitely not the last for a special occasion at least (pricey but worth it), a bit surprised that it is actually at a hotel lobby but that did not overshadowed how impressed i am with the service, the ambiance was nothing but romantic, and the food, food was just spectacular. the complimentary appetizer was just to die for, the oyster just melts in your mouth, (best tasting oyster i've ever had). love the idea of each course prepared in three different preparations, which gives you different flavors, very tasty!!! love the duck breast i ordered and the lamb my boyfriend ordered are both tender, just perfect! and to top it, the dessert was just delicious!!! yum!!! you can't go wrong with a chocolate, and yes, you can't go wrong with Michael Mina! overall, this whole experience was topnotch! it was a wonderful night...
12/30/2007Provided by Citysearch -
My wife and I ate our Christmas Eve dinner at Michael Mina?s restaurant in the St Francis Hotel this year. We made this choice because the restaurant had garnered three Michelin stars.
Given all this our expectations were high, too high as it turned out. The dishes were excellent in their imaginative combinations as well as in preparation and in presentation.
Of ambience the less said the better, the place is a little like eating in a boiler factory. The room is much noisier than it was as a cocktail lounge. On top of all this sound someone in management thought it good to play recorded music.
The poor service put us off even more than the noise. The dinner was to be presented in three courses. We waited and waited for that second course. Our waiter assured us that our food would be forthcoming soon; he was mistaken.
My wife and I rarely take dessert and because we wanted to try as many of Mina?s dishes as possible we asked if we might each eat one of his classic dishes in place of the sweet. The waiter said that there would be no problem. When we examined the bill later we found a charde of $30 for ?Open Food.? Now, I will grant that $30 is not a large part of a $500 tab but we were curious. We went back to the restaurant on the day after Christmas, presented the bill and asked for a clarification. Not even management, knew what it was all about. We agreed to stop back later that evening for an an explanation. e. We were charged the $30 because we did not eat desert. I can understand that what we substituted might have been more expensive than the sweet but I would have thought it appropriate to have had this charge explained to us when we asked the waiter if we might make the substitution.
This, then, is what Michelin thinks is three star dining. I wonder if this experience tells us as much about Michelin?s ability to judge American, or at least San Francisco, restaurants as it has told us about Michael Mina.
11/26/2007Provided by Citysearch -
My wife and I arrived late on a Friday night for their last seating. We were quite impressed right from the beginning. We liked the choices of the ?by the glass? wine list. We also ordered a great Pinot Noir from the bottle list. The dinning menu was really well balanced; we wished that we could have a bit of everything. We each chose the three course menu. What we really found interesting about the food was not only the wonderful flavors but the balance and chemistry between the courses. We loved the little hints of different flavor combinations that really complimented one another quite nicely.
Our server was always one step ahead of our needs and desires. I would highly recommend that you fine yourself there one evening to really appreciate what this phenomenal restaurant has to offer!
Please tell them that your were recommended by Edward Skupien of Frank Family Vineyards.
11/17/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Yum! My friend took me out for dinner here a few months ago and we were absolutely blown away with the food. We loved the bite sized tastes (roughly 7-9 different heavenly concoctions with each course). The only drawback was the noise from the lobby area as Mina's is located in the Westin St. Francis hotel. Other than that, it was wonderful.
09/21/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Yeah, pricey but SO creative! Enjoyed it quite a bit more than Gary Danko. I don't get some of these reviews (reviewers!)? What do you expect price-wise for a restaurant of this caliber? Why be sore about what it's worth? & including the overhearing of ""treating of their staff""!!! Who cares grape(numb)nuts? It's obviously how and why the service is this good stupid! I just can't say enough what a ""well oiled machine"" the staff is! ""Small portions of everything""... yeah three small portions fixed three ways with an accompanyment each, times three or four courses!!! (What are ya, a PIG senator?) EVERYTHING was perfectly presented and timed perfectly. The decor is so stunningly elegant. Not all crowded-up with tables. Just enough ambient sound with lovely piano at just perfect level. Hip yet classic. The wine list is about the most excellent in the Bay Area. Definately ""Best Fine Dining"" in the State!
08/29/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I used to have a job that required hob nobbing with business partners wherever we wanted to eat. I would come to Michael Mina ALOT. The food is so good here that talking business wasnt nearly as painful! I could just glaze over and nod every once in a while. What I really was doing was concentrating on the taste of the foie gras or scallops in my mouth. If it wasnt so pricey I would still come here once a week.
07/11/2007Provided by Citysearch -
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.
07/03/2007Provided by Citysearch -
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!
05/03/2007Provided by Citysearch -
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.
04/08/2007Provided by Citysearch -
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.
02/26/2007Provided by Citysearch -
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!
11/29/2006Provided by Citysearch -
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.
11/26/2006Provided by Citysearch -
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!!!!
11/20/2006Provided by Citysearch -
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.
11/06/2006Provided by Citysearch -
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.
11/01/2006Provided by Citysearch -
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.