You hunger for short rib braised by a three-star Michelin chef that lets your knife goes untouched. A cabernet selected by one of the world’s 186 Certified Master Sommeliers that changes what risotto means to you, and absinthe expertly prepared to follow today’s selection of scallops.
The credentials of our roster of culinary talent go beyond expert training and esteemed awards. Take a bite, and you’ll know.
Born in Cairo, Egypt and raised in Ellensburg, Washington, Mina has had a love affair with the kitchen from a very early age. Mina’s epicurean journey began in 1987 at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) 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.
Early in his career, Mina was presented with the 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 he had dreamed of calling home one day. When AQUA opened in 1991, it was met with rave reviews and national acclaim.
Looking to expand his portfolio of restaurants, Mina founded his own company, Mina Group, with partner Andre Agassi in 2002. Under the auspices of Mina Group, he has since opened 18 concept restaurants and a lounge concept including MICHAEL MINA, CLOCK BAR, RN74, BOURBON STEAK, ARCADIA, STONEHILL TAVERN, SEABLUE, NOBHILL TAVERN, STRIPSTEAK and AMERICAN FISH.
Named Gayot Restaurateur of the Year 2011, Food Arts Silver Spoon Award winner May 2011, Bon Appétit 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, Mina continues to dazzle the culinary world with bold dining concepts that have contributed to Las Vegas’s reputation as a world-class epicurean destination and made him an integral part of the dining scene across the country.