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Michael Mina, San Francisco

335 Powell St.
San Francisco , CA , United States
(415) 397-9222

The flagship restaurant of the eponymous chef (who runs nine other hotel restaurants around the country) has one of the most showstopping dining rooms in the city. Grecian columns, soaring ceilings, and enormous arched windows frame the linen-clad tables here, where the velvety chairs, carpets, and artwork all echo each other in tones of pearl and opalescent gray. Shoppers fresh from sprees at adjacent Union Square settle in for three-course dinners, where the choices revolve around a single central ingredient (Galapagos shrimp, for example, are prepared a la plancha—grilled, butter poached over basil-infused pasta, and in a crunchy tempura with red-pepper remoulade).

Tip: If you’re going for one of the seasonal tasting menus (which include a vegetarian option), spring for the $90 wine pairings by sommelier extraordinaire Rajat Parr.

Last updated 2012-02-22 00:57:50 UTC
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