Michael Mina’s story is one of two decades of influence, passion and achievement.  With the October 2010 opening of MICHAEL MINA, his eponymous signature restaurant in San Francisco, Michael is at the helm at the same location (formerly AQUA) and city where he first established his culinary reputation 20 years ago.  

With accolades including James Beard Foundation “Who’s Who of Food & Beverage” inductee in 2013, Bon Appétit Chef of the Year 2005, San Francisco Magazine Chef of the Year 2005, as well as the International Food and Beverage Forum’s Restaurateur of the Year 2005, Michael continues to dazzle the culinary world with bold dining concepts that have contributed to San Francisco’s reputation as a world-class epicurean destination and made him an integral part of the dining scene across the country. 

Michael’s culinary and business vision led to the founding of Mina Group, with partner Andre Agassi in 2002.  Under the auspices of Mina Group, he has opened over 30 operations including MICHAEL MINA, INTERNATIONAL SMOKE, PABU, THE RAMEN BAR, RN74, CAL MARE, BOURBON STEAK, STRIPSTEAK, PUB 1842, THE HANDLE BAR, BOURBON PUB, LOCALE MARKET, BARDOT BRASSERIE, MARGEAUX, and THE STREET: A MICHAEL MINA FOOD HALL.