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

Michael's Genuine Food & Drink Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.michaelsgenuine.com
  • Phone: (305) 573-5550
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch:

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

    Sunday 11:00 am - 2:30pm

    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: Contemporary American, Global, International
  • 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), Private Room, 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Always enjoy the local and fresh food served here, especially the salads. Not so happy with the service. Slow and with a bit of an attitude."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "I visit Miami many times per year. Most restaurants are not abut the food, but about the vibe. I am glad to say that Michael's Genuine has the best food I have had in Miami...ever. Here is a place that understands it is the quality of the ingredients and the ability to make them shine by simple preparation! I recommend this place above all others in Miami."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "My husband and I hadn't been out on a date for ages (I blame the baby) and a friend recommended this place. Well talk about feeling like a regular (hot) adult again. It's a very cool, chic place and we sat outside for some good people watching. Our server was prompt and gave great recommendations. The pork belly and kimchi slaw was fantastic as was the chicken liver crostini (love me a good pâté). The drinks were great as well. I was a bit underwhelmed with the dessert we tried (something blueberry bread pudding) but I think there are some others I would have loved to try instead. All in all, a wonderful date night."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Simply put... fabulous food, personable service- close your eyes anything on the menu is terrific."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Unbelievable service. All the waitstaff worked together for seamless food delivery, drink refills, and other requests. Food was very good; meatball pizza excellent. Pork chop not as tender as I would have liked but the peach chutney was superb. Okra, mashed potatoes, and cauliflower with parsley sauce were all yummy. Duck rellette appetizer also decadent. Would highly recommend!!!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The food and service is so good, this is a must-visit restaurant whenever we're in Miami. The menu changes and the dishes are creative and delicious."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Pork belly pizza was great, although not surprisingly very greasy. The Ceviche app was not amazing and tiny! It needed more of a limey taste, seems like it wasn't left in the lime juice for long enough. We also had the pork belly app which was good but again the kimchi that it came with wasn't marinated in the vinegar for long enough, still the main part of that dish(pub belly) it was AMAZING."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We were six at the table and asked all diferent dishes. They were all outstanding. Very good food Just a little noisy inside."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Our dinner was very very good. The food and service was perfect. I only have one observation about the desserts were not as good as the rest of the meal. I can not say they were bad, but we expected more."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "The food and the service were excellent! We would definitely recommend Michael's Genuine to everyone! It's in the Design District, so you can shop or browse before or after dining."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "This has long been one of my favorite restaurants in Miami. However, this most recent experience was a true disappointment. Our server was somewhat attentive, but not overly so. The menu was not nearly as interesting as it has been in the past. Several dishes contained garlic, but garlic was not listed as an ingredient on the menu. The same was true for other dishes and onions. Why don't restaurants list all of the ingredients on their menu when describing a dish? Kale with lemon zest should taste like kale with lemon zest and not garlic."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The food was tremendous. Eclectic and executed very well. We'll be back with friends."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "our waiter Eddie was very knowledgable and explained all on menu for us. Food came out hot and was great we were not disappointed with anything. Would have liked it a bit quieter, but that is minor. We will be back to enjoy another meal."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "we had been there 2 times before and food was great. 2 hanger steaks this time- not good. meat was tuff and barely warm"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Food is delicious but portions are too small and way overpriced. Crowded and uncomfortable, noisy hot. Food was delivered in portions though ordered at the same time."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Definitely a neighborhood gem in the Design Distric! Would recommend this place to anyone. Great flavor, drinks & ambiance..."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We celebrated our 8th Wedding Anniversary at MGFD the short ribs were wonderful. My wife had the lamb it was delicious as well. We will definitely come back."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We arrived on time and was seated immediately and the food was impressive. I recommend highly the okra,chicken,French fries and the fish. Great desserts the service was amazing and great experience"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Food was very good. Two couple dining: the husbands got and finished their food before the wives got served. Awful!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "One of the best in Miami. Although for dinner is a must....highly recommended for lunch to avoid crowds!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "love this place. always amazing a winner. stratiatteli with peaches awesome. pizza delicious. beet new salad super different, and the coddle egg appetizer is my hubby favorite."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I had dined at Michael's twice before years ago, and was truly disappointed with the menu choices, and most importantly, with the quality of the food I ordered. I do not expect to return."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "This "farm to table" restaurant was recommended to us by a NYC woman who takes all her clients here and all her clients have loved it. I didn't think there could be a better endorsement especially bc I am a former NYC gal myself. Well, the food could not have been better. We ordered many different sized dishes and shared them tapas style. It was so amazing! We were both fighting to get the last bite. This is "the original" farm to table restaurant where it all started. Everything was incredibly fresh. The pairings of food (ie. fresh peaches, Barrata mozzarella, basil, infused olive oil and reduced balsalmic) was scentual and scinitillating! It left us wanting more and planning our next visit! The custard doughnut desert is unforgettable!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The food was creative and delicious. One of the best meals we've ever had. attentive friendly professional service. Accomodating in every way. Hip atmosphere. Amazing foood"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Good food, good staff, good ambience-a must place."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Great Food. Incredible service staff. Best in Miami."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Michaels has consistently been one of the best meals the city has to offer."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "My partner and I are massive foodies. When a friend recommended Michael's we prebooked 3 weeks ago from London. I'm pleased to say that we were not disappointed. We ordered the beef and veggie burgers and savoured every mouthful. We don't generally eat bread but the butter and grilled soaked brioche was delicious. For dessert we selected a new dish to the menu, the corn bread and butter pudding with lemon and blueberry compote. We ate this very slowly relishing every mouthful and the light texture this dessert offered. Overall an excellent lunch. Next time we are in Miami we will book dinner to compare the menu."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Everything was outstanding! The short rib pizza was finger licking good!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Small plate of shrimp consisted of 3 anemic shrimp made to look larger by leaving tail and head. Should have been under Teeny Tiny category. Pork chop was delicous, but, so fatty they took it off the bill. Long beans were sad looking. Great mashed potatoes and desert!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "It had been a while; I had forgotten how good this place was. We had a fantastic waitress, Janie (think her name was) she made some great suggestions for specialty drinks. We decided to share plates from the small and medium selections, which turned out great as we were able to savor many more great dishes. Would definitely come here again soon."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Very consistent excellent execution of food and service!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Michael's gave the best dining experience of our entire vacation, and that is saying something for foodies. The menu was creative, diverse, and everything was very good. Our favorite dish was the pork belly with kimchi, which was an amazing collaboration of flavors. It is a must-have. The fried pig ears were interesting, and we were glad we had them. We sat at the bar with the intent to have a drink or two at happy hour but the bartender, Jason, was so friendly, outgoing, and knowledgeable about both the food and drink options that we happily decided to stay at the bar for our entire meal. Whether a local or just visiting, Michael's is absolutely a must-try place in Miami."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "When visiting Miami this place is always on our list of restaurants to go to. Food is amazing! But save room for the Pot de Creme as this is one dessert not to be missed!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "The best restaurant in Miami. Priced fair, inventive cuisine, superb ingredients. No pretense. No tyranny of the tables. Simply fantastic!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We were very glad that we tried this place. They have some outstanding salads and items that you don't typically find. We tried some different stuff and were glad that we did. We will be back."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Amazing place and amazing food. Go to this place often. Can't say enough good things."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Had heard the chicken was outstanding, so naturally had to order it. What a mistake! It had more salt than anything I can ever remember eating. It was just awful. After we were seated, it took awhile for a wait person to appear. Finally, food was brought in stages by different people. Didn't see the wait person again (to complain, to ask for anything, nothing whatsoever). We were even brought our bill by the hostess! The truth is, I could go on and on, but it is just not worth my time."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The menu is set up for sharing. It is a little confusing- small, medium, large and XL plate. and there are also snacks. Besides the small plates, the waiter said that the other sizes were good for 2 to 3 people. We just ordered as we went along and that worked out well. It was fun grazing on different items. The food was tasty and the service was attentive. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This spot is fantastic for any occasions. The wood oven mahi and chicken are amazing!!! You can find just about anything on the menu that fits your liking! "
    Dined on 6/6/2014