Michael's Genuine Food & Drink
Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.michaelsgenuine.com/
  • Phone: 3055735550x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:

    Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm

    Brunch:
    Sunday 11:00 am - 2:30pm

    Dinner:
    Sunday: 5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Monday - Thursday: 5:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
    Friday: 5:30 p.m. - Midnight
    Saturday: 5:30 p.m. - Midnight

    Happy Hour:
    Monday - Friday: 4:30pm - 6:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Michael Schwartz
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: N.E. 1st Avenue & N.E. 2nd Avenue
  • Public Transit: Miami Dade Transit Bus Lines # 2, # 3,# 9, # 10, # 36, # 93, # 202, # 236.

    For detailed route information go to: http://www.miamidade.gov/transit/library/tm_for_web.pdf
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street Parking and Valet Parking available.
A word from Michael's Genuine Food & Drink
Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink is a showcase for the cuisine of Chef/Owner Michael Schwartz, with prices designed to encourage frequent dining. This unpretentious bistro seats 90 indoors and out, with another 14 seats at a handsome bar. Doubling as a casual neighborhood dining spot and a culinary destination, the bright, airy space in Miami’s evolving Design District showcases Schwartz’s trademark new American cuisine at prices designed to encourage frequent dining. Open daily for lunch and dinner, the menu is chock full of choices encouraging everything from a light bite to a multi-course feast. A quick glance at the menu and Michael's intentions for this restaurant are revealed. Notable is the frequency of the word homemade in the descriptions of dishes -- be it pasta, French fries or rabbit terrine. At the same time, Michael's takes advantage of the Chef’s decades-long relationships with winemakers to offer diners the opportunity to try a variety of wines at great value.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Michael's Genuine Food & Drink reviews from OpenTable diners
203 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (142)great for outdoor dining (116)neighborhood gem (83)hot spot (68)special occasion (58)great for lunch (57)great for brunch (40)good for groups (38)vibrant bar scene (36)notable wine list (27)romantic (25)late-night find (24)kid-friendly (12)scenic view (3)Show More
  • OH NO!
    LovetoeatoutVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We love going to Michael s because of the food, great service and atmosphere. Lian, our waiter, made the experience quiet uncomfortable. He was not attentive - Never pouring water, not asking me for a 2nd drink order, giving us the desert menu before our entrees arrived and charging us for the "complementary snack. Waited over 45 minutes for our appetizers after ordering and I assume that after he gave us the desert menu he put in our entree order. We would have called it a night by then but he said it would come out soon which it did not! He is on the job 3 months and if he stays he will kill any new business to Michael's. We will go back soon to kill our memory of that night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NvizbleVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This place would be so much better if it weren't in the over priced design district neighborhood it is in. Hard to get to with road work in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food and Ambience
    Cassy
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We have eaten here several times. It is convenient to our home. The food is very good and the restaurant is lively.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Michael's Genuine is a Must Do
    fscorch
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The menu has great diversity, and the food is perfectly prepared. Service is excellent as well - friendly and knowledgable. This place is great for sharing, if you like that, but also has plenty to offer those that prefer not to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MGFD- Ready to dine again!
    Greeneyze10VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Great food and service! The weather was amazing and that made our dining experience even better. Our server was busy but always there to answer a question! We had other servers take time to ask if we needed anything now that is the way all restaurants should train their staff or maybe it is the servers who know how to really take care of the customers! We had several small plates starting with the Pig Ears (too small of a portion) could have been seasoned more,too bland for my taste. The Polenta and grilled Octopus excellent. Our server Andres was on point about the Snapper for the three of us.....SUPERB! This Snapper was huge! Dessert by Hedy Goldsmith and Panther coffee was a great finish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sunlover1
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food at this restaurant is incredible. It's noticeable the difference fresh locally sourced produce makes. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. The only issue was that the restauarant was busy when we were there and it seemed there were not enough waiting staff to keep aa close eye on the tables being served. Price of food here is very reasonable given the quality of the food. Would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a little to foo foo
    neilVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Far too noisy, though I understand that is all the rage; food above average but portion size relative to cost not nearly a good value. Drink prices silly for a "neighborhood" restaurant: $14 for a glass of wine, puleeze.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best meal I've ever had in Miami.
    BadKittyVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    This place is amazing. Delicious food, top-notch service, delicious wine, variable portions perfect for tasting and sharing. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    food was good, service was lousy, no wifi available, had to ask 4 times for my bill, I did ask for spicy sauce twice, and even so it was not brought to the table,
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wineguy
    wineguyVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    always out of this world.... everything prepared to perfection. what is so nice is to see Michael greeting his guests! place looks great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • impressive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    You have an outstanding restaurant, almost unbelievable. Thank you for the experience. Hopefully we will make it back to Miami.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had its era
    radmiral
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    No longer the quality and service it used to be . Poor cleanliness , bad service. We couldn't sit inside because of the smell. I would not recommend it anymore.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Staff is friendly, the restaurant is charming and the food is fresh and excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not good
    305Chino
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I made reservations well in advance on open table. I put in the comment section of my reservation that I wanted them to write Happy Anniversary on whatever dessert my girlfriend got. Just to make sure I called the day of our reservation to tell them what I wanted written on the dessert. The hostess assured me that they had seen the note and that it would be done. We get there, eat dinner and everything is going great. My girlfriend orders dessert and the plate comes with no writing on it. I called ahead and wrote on my open table reservation that I wanted Happy Anniversary written on whatever dessert my girlfriend got. Michaels really sucks and I'm going to make sure I tell everybody I know to skip michaels and go to sugar cane.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sunday, not so funday :(
    JohnW
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    It's a wonderful place for exceptional food and wine. I have been to the restaurant previously for a truly 5 star experience. Food is very well prepared while the wine list is full the sommelier was a guide to success in picking a perfect pairing for the menu. Sunday seems to be the shift that the talent takes off. There were a couple of minor food misses, roasted cauliflower that was undercooked short of that nutty richness that could have been and grouper that had a fishy aroma. This alone would not have been an issue. The service was woefully lacking the usual polish that I had experienced before and the sommelier was not even in the building to help navigate the good parts of the wine offerings. Sunday is not the day to dine here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Michael's Still Trending...
    Sugartime4
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Michael's has interesting food combinations that are delicious! We ordered the razor clams, chicken liver pate, hummus,short ribs w/ pasta, pork shoulder, chicken gardeniere, garlic mashed potatoes and zucchini in anchovy butter. All delicious and garnished with the unusual. Most items can be served small plates or larger. The bar offers some specials but is reluctant (would or could not?) to prepare a regular cocktail or mixed drink that is NOT on their specialty menu for the night. Service is good and food prices are reasonable. Drinks $10 - $14 each! Still a trendy pick if your in the design district, but I wouldn't go out of my way just to eat at Michael's Genuine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good flavors
    FoodieWinnieVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Went there for lunch, were seated very fast, I like when restaurants respect reservations, Tuna tartare was very good, you can tell they were using very good fresh ingredients, pastrami sandwich had good flavor but small amount of beef and too much bread for the beef. Hummus is not so tasty and pita bread that comes with it was boring. 20% tip was already included when check arrived (we were six) I don't like when restaurants do that (but I understand 18% for large parties with an option for additional tip) service was good though. Music I didn't like, was a bit stressful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food and cocktails were very good and came out quickly. Only downside were: 1) the ambiance and of the side room we were seated in; not nearly as nice as the main room or outside. 2) the waiter forgot or honestly didn't hear us order an appetizer and dessert, which happens, but both times tried telling us we never ordered them...which everyone at the table heard ordered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mark
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Delicious food nut large plates are far from large. Portions smaller than expected
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just above average
    JenfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We weren't blown away - by the setting, the food or the service. It was fine - but there are much better spots in Miami.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MGF&D still the best!
    CiboLover2013VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This is probably, without a doubt, one of the best places around this areas. The food is absolutely delicious and the prices are reasonable for the quality of the food.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent!!!
    CrushedSnailVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Excellent use of seasonal and fresh local ingredients. Always wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • never disappoints!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    great overall experience except we were seated about 8 inches from the party next to us and it felt strange...also had to get up in the middle of the meal so the party sitting 8 inches from us could leave.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice-had dinner & lunch another day
    Illy
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Preferred lunch over dinner more options that I enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, As Always
    Foodie15
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Consistently good meals at Michael's Genuine. Service was excellent. It was an unusually quiet Sunday night on our last visit, but everyone was friendly and attentive. Love the butter lettuce salad. My friend loved her octopus app.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place for brunch in Wynwood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I am not big on brunch especially if it's the usual bacon and eggs thing. I travel around the world and the breakfast and brunches do all look the same. No matter if it's Singapore, HongKong, LA, NY or London: eggs any style, bacon/ mystery meat sausages/ ham, nasty sweet beans, fatty potatoes. 1,000 kCal / bite dish. This place is different: the chef put some effort in designing/ making little plates with selected ingredients. Not too many ingredients per dish to make it look like a barock expression of food. They plates are rich, but not exaggerated.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always stellar!
    foodsurfer
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Michael's Genuine is one of our all time favorite restaurants, and we eat out often. Whether we are in Miami or visiting a nearby city, we will make a quick dash to this terrific restaurant. While many food spots will get our attention for a while, they will eventually lose some of their luster. For us, Michael's always surprises with great food. It's nice enough when wanting to celebrate an occasion, but casual enough if you want to go often. It's proven to be exceptional dinner location for business, family or friends. Being in the Design District is an added bonus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No nos gustó
    Beatriz
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Esta es la cuarta vez que comemos en este lugar . La primera martes al medio día, excelente. La segunda y tercera sábado de noche excelente y la cuarta viernes noche Fatal muchísimo ruido la comida SÚPER SALADA ! Incomible. Sí hubiera sido en la primera vez no volvemos más ! Lo he recomendado a muchos amigos! Después de este día no lo recomiendo más!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great, and keeps getting better
    travelerhnlVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Michael's Genuine is the most reliable, low-key restaurant that I've been to in Miami. It's all about the food and service here. It has a casual, low-pressure vibe that is relaxing and friendly, and the food is delicious. Unlike Miami's trendiest restaurants, here you won't find a steady parade of high-heeled women stuffed into short dresses and their dates with v-shaped torsos and shirts open down to there. I've dropped five hundred dollars for dinner for two in this town (more than once -- shame on me), and you'll get out of Michael's for easily half that even with pre-dinner cocktails and a good bottle of wine. The waitstaff are knowledgeable, not at all formal or stiff or scripted. This place is the real thing, in fact "genuine."
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good
    ChanaG2000
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The food was delish! I had the fish which they deboned for me and a martini made with fresh peaches. I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YUM
    Sarah
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    the food was delicious. the waiter was very great and knowledgeable. everything was wonderful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, service and ambiance
    Bell
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    we went on Sunday for dinner, most surrounding businesses were closed. Michael's is very cozy and nicely decorated. Service was excellent. Food was very good, fresh and nicely presented. However, With the Farm to table concept you'd think there would be at least one vegetarian entree choice. When asked about this, the one offered as entree was not on menu, not entree size and very pricey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excelente
    Beatriz
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Menu sencillo , fresco y refinado!. Lo recomiendo para toda ocasión! Quede encantada!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable Meal
    foodlovinlizzy
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Two weeks later, and my husband and I are still talking about this meal! It's one for the memory books - favorites included the ceviche, burrata cheese with figs, short ribs, and sundae. Truly amazingly delicious and highly recommended. I'm returning to Miami for a girls' weekend, and I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Remains among the best
    Martin
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Michael's remains one of my favorite restaurants, the service was excellent and the sommelier was very good. He was accommodating even though his buttons were pushed a couple of times with weird comments. They need to be careful so as not to get sloppy with their staple dishes; the boneless short ribs were a bit dry and there was not enough kimchi on the porkbelly. That said, the pigs ears were outstanding (just had them the week before in Madrid and were not half as good as these) with the squeeze of lime (which I would have never thought of) was perfect and the black grouper was superb. They came up with a pudding/fruity dessert (cannot even tell what it was) that was worthless; acidic and mushy texture. DO NOT OVER ORDER OR OVEREAT
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Excellent
    trigeekVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I have frequently dined at Michael's Genuine for lunch with business colleagues. All of the meals have been excellent no matter what the menu selection is.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was very good.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The only issue was that they allowed a diner to have their non-stop barking dog dine within 3fwet of everyone else.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MaudeBenz68
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Overall a go to destination spot. Food was inspired. A near perfect meal. Pasta fell short not only served just warm, lacked richness and spice. Again, happy that was my only complaint. A winner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saving Miami
    FoodandServiceVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Best food experience we had on our trip to Miami. South Beach food was utterly disappointing and too pricey for the takeaway.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nodropshots
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Loved the small plates and appetizers. Perfect for sharing many different dishes and flavors among our group.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic