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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

    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: 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
  • "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
  • "This place is definetely made for the foodie. They have an array of interesting plates that are composed of ingredients you would never think would make a dish amazing. My only complaint about this restaurant is the front service. The greeter is usually not very friendly. Everytime I have gone to this restaurant the front service has been either rude, indifferent, or snobby which says nothing about the waiter staff or the food. The service is good and so is the food. A must if you visit Miami."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "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
  • "Definitely a neighborhood gem in the Design Distric! Would recommend this place to anyone. Great flavor, drinks & ambiance..."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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
  • "One of the best in Miami. Although for dinner is a must....highly recommended for lunch to avoid crowds!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Michaels has consistently been one of the best meals the city has to offer."
    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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Amazing place and amazing food. Go to this place often. Can't say enough good things."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "We heard so much about this restaurant and were surprised that it met most of the chatter. The wait staff was friendly and did a great job. Luckily, we were able to enjoy the outdoor ambience and that added to making this experience more romantic. I feel it was a bit overpriced. However, being where they are located, I guess that is the reasoning behind it. I feel the desserts were too small for $6, yet they were delicious. I'd go back, but only for the less expensive lunch menu. Marc was an excellent waiter. Every waiter helped each other out too which was nice to see. I like the energy too. It was fun."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Really like Michaels Genuine. Food is fresh and the desserts are great too."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "I've been to Michael's many times and they always have really great food and plan on being a returning customer as long as I live in Miami. This recent trip was no exception. The only moderately negative thing I would say is that there seems to have been a dip in server quality over the last few months. Maybe I've caught a stroke of bad luck with servers. This is also note to say the service was bad, just not the quality I've came to expect. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Came here with a group of four people for dinner. I'd only ever been for lunch and brunch. Everything we ate was delicious: hominy (such a tasty snack), tomato salad with beets, green beans, and hearts of palm, hangar steak (although I panicked when our server set it down and called it lamb), pork, short ribs, and salad. Sadly there was no sampling of the coconut cream pie (only thing sold out on the menu!). Our server seemed to be less than personable, but the rest of the staff were incredibly welcoming and accommodating. It's a bustling spot and great place to take out of town guests to show them all the awesome things in Miami besides what they know from Miami Vice. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Been going since the first week it opened ... and still am."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "And I must say it was not quite what I remembered. The service has always been iffy but that's not why we go. We go for the food. The first course was a 50/50 split at the table. Two plates were great, two were almost sent back. Second course was not a lot better. Is the staff getting sloppy? Is the menu tired? Not sure what is going on, but expect better."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Been a fan for some time now. In the past have even been there for dinner and returned for brunch in the morning. Staples on the menu are fantastic. It has been a few months since I have been there last, so I don't know what has been rotating on and off the menu, but it seems like more of the menu is fixed now and there are less seasonal or other items in rotation. Still a top notch dining experience, from the drinks to dessert everything is delicious. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "As always EXCELLENT. there is nothing on their menu that does not amazed us. Food is fresh, delicious and the best in town."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Needing to meet a colleague for lunch near I-95 somewhere between MIA airport and Miami beach, we selected this restaurant purely off of the map due to it's central location - How fortunate we were to have found such a gem! Michael's in in the design district, in a courtyard with both indoor and covered outdoor seating options. With eclectic and fresh food and drink choices (salads, sandwiches, seafood and burgers), there was plenty to choose from. Many of the food options appear to be locally sourced - Upon our visit, there were many peach-themed dishes and drinks. Prices were reasonable. Valet parking right in front was convenient. Overall, this was a terrific experience."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The service was on point and very informative and insightful. The food was very well prepared and presented. The octopus appetizer was delicious and cooked just right. Okra, yes okra was not slimy or fried to a crisp but tasty and just right."
    Dined on 5/27/2014