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Meet Mike

Growing up in San Francisco as the son of a restaurateur, Mike developed a keen sense of culinary excellence at an early age. He learned what separates good restaurants from the truly great, and gained an appreciation for the value of hospitality – the art of making every guest feel like family.

Mike emerged from the Bay Area restaurant scene and added to his impressive skill set, building a track record of success that led him in 1994 to his current role as owner of The Elbow Room.

The consummate “people person,” Mike is a natural at ensuring every guest feels welcome and cared for – and he has shared that sensibility with the entire Elbow Room team. So you’re assured of experiencing the finest in personal, attentive service every time you dine with us.

Under Mike’s leadership, The Elbow Room has flourished and expanded with the addition of The Elbow Room Market and the elevation of our wine list which reflects his knowledge and passion for all things wine. As a result, The Elbow Room has consistently earned Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence each year since 1998.

Whether you enjoy a single glass with dinner in the restaurant or take home a case from The Elbow Room Market, you can be confident that it was hand-selected by Mike to enhance your Elbow Room experience.

Coming soon:

Our new Elbow Room Wine Clubs are nearing launch! Mike Shirinian is making the last few selections of premium wines to be offered at launch day, and fine-tuning the clubs to ensure they’re packed with membership benefits you won’t find in any other club.

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