Letter from Michael Mina

Ever since I opened up Aqua in San Francisco 20 years ago, my goal has always been to create a memorable dining experience for each one of my guests. Now in the very same space, I've been fortunate enough to recreate that culinary magic with the opening of MICHAEL MINA. However, now with the launch of 19 RESTAURANTS all over the country, I've also come to realize that what I cherish is not just cooking for my clients, but the relationships I have forged beyond the plate. With this site, I want to build more of a relationship with you, fueled by our shared passion of food, wine and design.

I want to empower and inspire you to cook with my cooking videos and recipes. Come see WHAT’S COOKING! Rajat Parr, our Wine Director, will bring you into his WORLD OF WINE, sharing his tips and trips around the world to create the most amazing pairings for you. I'd also like to take you behind the scenes of my kitchens and inside my restaurants to introduce you to the most exceptional chefs and service staff. Here's what really takes place BEYOND THE PLATE.

As all of you know, my family plays such a huge role in my life. Every morning, I wake my two boys up and make breakfast with them. Sammy and Anthony also love to cook! One day, they might be better than I.

On my daily drive into San Francisco, I drop the boys off at school and my day begins. MY LIFE is often very fast-paced and demanding, but my family keeps me grounded. With 19 restaurants, how could my life be anything but demanding? I never consider a moment of it to be work, though. I make a point of creating a totally memorable experience each time you visit one of my restaurants.

Whether you have visited any of my restaurants before, or if you’re a first-time visitor, I’d love to know. JOIN US now and tell me or let us make a RESERVATION for you and we'll also keep you up to date on all of our exciting events.

My philosophy on cooking is also my philosophy on life. It begins by creating the perfect balance of taste and that relationship to all the other elements in my restaurants. In the end, it is all about creating lasting relationships. I hope to meet and cook for you one day soon.

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