Letter from Michael Mina

Ever since I opened Aqua in San Francisco 20 years ago, my goal has been to create a memorable dining experience for every one of my guests. Today, 19 restaurants later, I know what I cherish most is not just cooking for my guests, but the relationships I have forged over the years. With this site, I want to build a relationship with you, fueled by our shared passion for food, wine and design. Whether you have visited one of my restaurants or are a first-time visitor, I’d love to hear from you. Please JOIN US now or let us make a RESERVATION for you. We'll be sure to keep you up to date on all of our exciting events.

In the meantime, take a moment to peruse the pages of this website. In it you will:

  • Be empowered and inspired to cook using my videos and recipes. Check out WHAT'S COOKING! for everything you need to get started.
  • Meet Rajat Parr, our Wine Director, who will bring you into his WORLD OF WINE, sharing tips from his travels around the world and creating amazing pairings for you.
  • Go behind the scenes of my kitchens and inside my restaurants to meet our exceptional chefs and service staff. See what really takes place BEYOND THE PLATE.
  • Get to know the real me. MY LIFE is often very fast-paced and demanding, but my family keeps me grounded.

My philosophy of cooking is my philosophy of life: create balance and harmony. 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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Michael Mina