"When you're born in Egypt you get 3 professions to choose from doctor, lawyer, or engineer –when I told my father I wanted to go to cooking school it was a little bit of a shock."
– Chef Michael Mina
Michelin award-winning chef Michael Mina’s eponymous restaurant features a new twist on Mina classics. The sleek atmosphere complements the contemporary cuisine featuring innovative seafood preparations, vegetarian and seasonal dishes from Mina’s cookbook. Executive Chef Benjamin Jenkins, an emerging talent in his own right, brilliantly brings Mina’s menu to life with a fusion of flavors. Enhance the dining experience with Master Sommelier recommended wine pairings from the extensive wine list featuring limited production American and European vineyard selections.
MICHAEL MINA a la carte
MICHAEL MINA Vegetarian Tasting Menu
MICHAEL MINA Tasting and Sommelier Pairing Menu
MICHAEL MINA Dessert Menu
MICHAEL MINA Sunset Menu
Creator / Managing Chef
Named Bon Appetit Chef of the Year 2005, San Francisco Magazine Chef of the Year 2005, as well as Restaurateur of the Year 2005 by the International Food and Beverage Forum, acclaimed chef Michael Mina continues to dazzle the culinary world with bold dining concepts that have contributed to San Francisco's reputation as a world-class epicurean destination. He has also been an integral part of the making of the now esteemed Las Vegas dining scene.
"I have been very fortunate to earn a living through my true passion," says Mina.
"Over a decade in the kitchen has taught me so much about myself, my style and how to share this excitement with my guests. Each new project shows me that there is absolutely nothing I would rather do."
The opening of his eponymous signature restaurant, MICHAEL MINA, in July 2004, marked the newest phase and ultimate expression in the career of the James Beard Award-winning chef. The restaurant is located in the legendary Westin St. Francis on Union Square in San Francisco, the city where Mina first established his culinary reputation over 12 years ago.
Mina's culinary and business vision led to the founding of his own company, Mina Group, with partner Andre Agassi, in 2002. Under the auspices of Mina Group, he has opened six concept restaurants: MICHAEL MINA in San Francisco, ARCADIA in San Jose, STONEHILL TAVERN in Dana Point, SEABLUE at MGM Grand in Las Vegas and SEABLUE in Atlantic City as well as STRIPSTEAK at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Mina also remains Managing Chef of MICHAEL MINA Bellagio (formerly Aqua Bellagio) and NOBHILL at MGM Grand, both in Las Vegas.
An accomplished chef for his 39 years, Mina has been involved in numerous creative enterprises. He conceptualized, built and opened CHARLES NOB HILL in San Francisco, earning it three-and-a-half stars, Pisces in Burlingame, a three-star restaurant and AQUA BELLAGIO in Las Vegas (now MICHAEL MINA Bellagio), a Mobile four-star winner. In 2001, Mina opened NOBHILL at MGM Grand in Las Vegas and AQUA at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort and Spa in Dana Point, CA.
At the start of his career, Mina was presented with an opportunity of a lifetime with then Executive Chef of the Bel Air Hotel in Los Angeles, George Morrone. The two were asked to develop a concept and create a menu for an upscale seafood restaurant in San Francisco – the city Mina had dreamed of calling home one day.
Welcomed to San Francisco by a major earthquake his second day in the city, the unfazed Mina went to work, under the direction of George Morrone, and dedicated himself to creating a complete dining experience – training the entire kitchen staff personally and refining the menu as the chef de cuisine. Aqua opened to rave reviews and national acclaim in 1991. Mina served as Aqua's executive chef from 1993 to 2002, where he was awarded Rising Star Chef of the Year in 1997 and Best California Chef in 2002 by the James Beard Foundation.
Born in Cairo, Egypt and raised in Ellensburg, Washington, Mina has had a love affair with the kitchen, creating memorable dining experiences for guests from a very early age. Mina's epicurean journey began in 1987 at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. During those 18 months of formal schooling, he spent his weekends sharpening his natural talents with hands-on experience in Charlie Palmer's kitchen at the upscale Aureole in New York City.
Despite a demanding schedule, being in the kitchen simply remains a labor of love for the celebrated chef. "I started in the kitchen when I was very young," explains Mina, "and I am still as intrigued with the process as I was when I was a 15-year-old Garde Manger in a small French restaurant in my hometown."
Mina has been featured in such national media as Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Gourmet, Food Arts, Cigar Aficionado, Newsweek, TIME, Robb Report, Travel & Leisure, Wine Spectator, and others and the Food Network's "After Midnight," Fine Living Network's "Opening Soon," Pat O'Brien's "The Insider," the CBS Early Show, the NBC Today Show and Fox's syndicated "Good Day Live." He has been a featured guest chef at the James Beard House numerous times, cooked for First Lady Laura Bush, and has been a guest speaker at C.I.A. in Hyde Park and at other culinary institutes in California.