Miceli's - Universal
Miceli's - Universal

Miceli's - Universal

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.micelisrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 3238513344
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open for Lunch and Dinner daily
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lankershim/Ventura/Cahuenga West
  • Parking: No
A word from Miceli's - Universal
Miceli's Italian Restaurant, family owned and operated since 1949, is located just down the hill from Universal City. A true destination restaurant. Perfect for all occasions from 1st birthdays to 50th anniversaries to a romantice evening for 2 on "the Valentine's Table". Singing servers and live piano will serenade you with standards, show tunes and opera on a nightly basis. Pizza, Pasta, Lasagna, Veal, Chicken, Wine and full bar. Free valet parking. Just tip the attendant.
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Miceli's - Universal reviews from OpenTable diners
47 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (25)special occasion (24)neighborhood gem (20)romantic (17)kid-friendly (15)fit for foodies (9)late-night find (7)hot spot (6)great for lunch (6)vibrant bar scene (5)notable wine list (4)great for brunch (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • fun and good food
    datenight
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Lots of fun - singing servers are really good. good for kids. ambiance is fun. food is pretty good. would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Service was excellent! Our server was lovely. Cheesy garlic bread was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love Miceli's Universal!
    VikingQueen
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Thank you for reserving our favorite booth as requested when I made the reservations and thank you for seating us right away. It's always a total joy to eat there, the happy atmosphere, the singing, the food, just everything makes it so much fun! You are my all time favorite restaurant! Love you guys!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pattydlove
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We have been visiting this restaurant for 25 years for special occasions. We love the food, excellent service, the music and atmosphere! Highly recommend this to all our family and friends!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An experience you won't forget
    cpugdance
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great entertainment. Waitress Jennifer was excellent, friendly, accommodating for my late arrivals, and sang "Let it go" beautifully. Food was delicious, and I would highly recommend going. Also note complimentary valet parking next door.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Singing and great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Great service and quintessential Italian food. A classic find
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great 1st Date Spot!
    luv2goout7
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The spotty entertainment makes this a great first date spot. You have time to think about what to say next because every 10 minutes the staff will get up and sing and entertain. This is perfect if you are suddenly at a loss for words! The staff also figures out who is on a first date and they are extra nice to new couples! We had fun!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Hadn't been there for a while. It never changes, you cant go wrong w/ this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Touristy but fun (and good food)
    Makeitcount
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    All servers take a turn at the mike, belting out standards like 'New York, New York'. The singing is wonderful but face it, you don't expect much from a restaurant-with-a-gimmick food-wise so we were pleasantly surprised at how good our meals were: Shrimp and Scallop Cacciatore (husband said 'very good'), Chicken Parmesan (daughter: 'great') and Linguini with Garlic and Olive Oil and Spinach (mine, and it was excellent). While the wait staff may aspire to be professional singers (and they so good, that is a real possibility), they were nevertheless top-notch servers: friendly, quick and helpful. Go celebrate a birthday at Miceli's and you'll hear a rendition of 'Happy Birthday' like no other. Kind of loud, kind of chaotic but we liked it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting
    Richard
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The singing waiters is lots of fun. It is always a very entertaining evening when we go. The food is old fashion Italian. It is good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wasn't bad... Wasn't good
    ChrisSt88
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    It was late and was not familiar with the area. Didn't want to go to universal so figured we would try this place. Food was good but not the best Italian I've ever had. If you don't want to go to the universal walk chain restaurants/ travel far from the hotels it's a good choice. But I feel like if I ventured a little further I would have found something better.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food great entertainment
    Luv2eatout
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Good food great entertainment. However, Sitting by the piano is not a good idea if you wish to talk with your guests. That seems kind of obvious, but when first seated it looks like a lovely spot. It's only when the entertainment starts and you've already ordered and finding a new table is a pain that you realize this.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jenks
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The food was amazing and the service was equal! The unique style of serving/singing was a stark contrast to the normal dining experience. The good quality was to match! Overall it was fantastic and we are already looking at coming back!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Took my dad there for his 70th birthday with a few family members before heading to the Hollywood Bowl for a concert. We all loved the food and the service and especially the singing staff! Great for a special occasion and for out of towners!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • #1 LA dining experience every time!
    Luv2travel
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Always a fantastic food experience. The servers sing to you and the other guests. If you can, get a table near the piano, first rate experience there. We will dine the next time we are in town again. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    bevreps
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    we brought friends for the first time & they loved it
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our GO TO
    Jestbareit
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We've had celebrations here as well as enjoyed bringing out-of-town guests to this unique & entertaining atmosphere. The food is always great and the menu generous. It's a must!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was a great dining experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    It was the first time for my family. We met another family there that had been there before. We absolutely enjoyed the food and the ambiance. I think we are going again next week.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good to visit again
    teachermom1954VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    It had been a REALLY LONG TIME since I had been here. Wanted some good Italian food after a long day at work. Music is always good but there were times it was WAY TOO LOUD. I had trouble hearing myself think. Food was good though. My daughter took the advice of the server and she was not disappointed at all. Will come back again for great food!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • beauzest
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    This was a wonderful experience. We had children with special needs and the restaurant went out of their way to accommodate us. Fantastic food and wonderful service!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    Andrew
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Sorry to say but this was the worst Italian restaurant I've ever been to. Something is so steeped in tradition served soggy frozen calamari? I literally threw up when I got home.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • GOOD TIMES
    Dartboy
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    If you want to have a fun time dining out, then go to Miceli's!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great fun
    MIke
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Singing waiters awesome. Food was good and our group had a great time. We will return and tell others about ourvexperience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FUN!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    A fun place for a special occasion whether it be a girls night out, birthday, bachelor party etc.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place to Eat, relax, & enjoy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Everyone I met and spoke to on the staff was very friendly. The food was delicious, timing was great, ambiance was fantastic. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone in the future!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 112 reviews are from the Miceli's - Universal reviews archive.
  • Perfect for Special Occasions
    phgjenn
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I had only been here once before years ago, but it left a lasting impression on me. I LOVED that the waiters and waitresses all have beautiful voices and sing throughout the night near the piano. The piano player was amazing, played as if it were effortless. I took my dad here for Father's Day and celebrated my birthday here this last Sunday. Note: apparently the singing mainly takes place during dinner shift, but we were lucky enough to have one of the dinner servers working the lunch shift! There are not very many restaurants that I would consider "fun," but this one knocks it out of the park. Love that it's family owned and run as well! Fun fun fun. Everyone enjoyed themselves!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Parking Challenge
    JonesDAVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We enjoyed the dining experience again. The food remains the best, the service and our waiter was on point. The entertainment makes the restaurant experience that much more enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Good Food
    Luv2Dine
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    I went there for dinner. Service was very good. They checked back with me often to see if there was anything I wanted or needed. The food was good and a decent size portions. I could not eat all my dinner. Took leftovers home. Waitresses and waiters sing songs during the evening as someone plays the piano. Was very surprised with the VERY GOOD and FREE entertainment while eating dinner. Will definitely return to this restaurant again to eat.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family-Favorite-Karaoke-Style
    FoodnWineMe
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    My boyfriend & I had driven passed Miceli's when we lived in Studio City but never made it in so when we saw an Amazon Local Deal for Miceli's we decided to finally try it. Our reservation was on a Sunday night & upon entering we were greeted by the roar of people talking loudly over a live piano & singing. The servers took turns singing & although they all had great voices, the volume could have been turned down a bit to allow for dinner conversation. There were so many families w/kids; it felt like we were at a Chuck E. Cheese. We had the chicken lasagna, meatballs in red sauce, minestrone soup & bottle of Miceli's private label chianti. The food & wine were OK but nothing stood out. Well, at least we know now & can stop wondering.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun place to eat
    Foodiecritic
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    If you love show tunes and good Italian food, this is the place to go. The waiters sing and service your food. It is lots of fun and entertaining.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Entertaining Dining at Miceli's
    Petunia
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner at Miceli's as the waiter was very accommodating and provided good service, he was also very talented as all the entertainers were. The Pizza and salad were delicious but the Pasta was OK. The ambiance was very reminiscent of an Italian restaurant in the theater district in New York. The piano player was also great. The bus boy was a bit cranky. It is kid friendly providing children the opportunity to hear Opera in the most wonderful way of introducing them to good music. We had the most delightful evening and look forward to returning soon.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would not say they are kid friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Listed as kid friendly, but really a bit too loud for kids, no kids menu and no paper, crayons or coloring page. This would be a great addition if they want to be considered kid friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It looks nice!
    Imnotpicky
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Ambiance is great, its trendy place to eat. Parking is terrible, but the place is easy to find. Prices were okay, although food was salty, so I was a little disappointed. Also, I don't know if was because a used a LivingSocial coupon, but when they brought me my check, they automatically added 18% to my total. Gratuity for food and service was not worth it. 10% kind of place.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Little Disappointed
    Skip
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Checked in a little before 8 pm reservation. Was told it would be a few minutes and went to bar. Sat for 1/2 hour was not called. Noticed that people that cam in after us were being seated. Checked with attendant found out they forgot about us as they asked if I had a reservation again. Waited another 15 minutes before being seated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Train your waitress
    Disappointed1
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We were very disappointed with our waitress. Although she sang beautifully , it appeared she was just going through the motions as a server. It was our first time at Micelli's and she did not explain if food came with soup or salad etc... She did not ask us if we wanted more drinks bread etc... We literally had to grab her in order to get service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hoped for better.
    DJ2432
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    For so many years, I had heard how great this restaurant was and I finally decided to try it but I was overall disappointed. Our waiter was nice but we hardly saw him and when we did, we had to call him over to our table for service which does not make for a good experience. Caesar salad he recommended was really good, but way too much dressing in it. We opted for the Miceli's specialty pizza with thin crust and the pizza dough seemed like cardboard. I couldn't believe it given this place is so reputable and has been there for years. I'm not sure I'd go back given this experience but if I did, I'd definitely order the Caesar salad with dressing on the side.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • awesome place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    great time with family and friends! atmosphere is great! upbeat lively place with great service!! the lighting is perfect, not to dark but not to light. prompt service. as soon as all my party arrived we were seated within minutes. our waiter was on it! the food is absolutely wonderfull!! highly recommend this place!! oh and all the waiters/servers sing awesome! i had the scallops and shrimp pasta...excellent! if you love garlic you must have their garlic bread!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and entertainment too
    rangodogVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Haven't been here in years. Food was good, not great, but it is so much fun. The wait staff burst into song to entertain everyone while dining. Can't find places as much fun as this one anywhere in L.A. Perfect for groups, family, out of town guests, or just for two that want a fun night on the town
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Toooo Italian
    HalpVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    The food is average, typical Italian fare. Nothing of real interest. Lasagna was served warm...coffee was delivered warm. It is a no returner.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Authentic Italian????
    liliseven
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    I guess I had too much expectations, and should had asked my server what Miceli's is known for; because it wasn't for there lasagna, which was over cooked and the ravioli was cold and drowning in sauce, the place was so charming, but the food fell short.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate