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Michael's on Main
Michael's on Main

Michael's on Main Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.michaelsonmain.net
  • Phone: (831) 479-9777
  • Hours of Operation: Bruch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Michael Clark
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Whether you are planning a wedding, corporate event, summer barbecue, graduation party, or intimate dinner, let our experience and knowledge make yours a truly successful and memorable event for you and your guests. We take great pride in the creation of delicious and beautifully presented menus. We utilize only the freshest of ingredients, taking advantage of the regions finest seafood, produce and specialty goods, and prepare them with imagination and flair. From elegant hors d'oeuvres, to elaborate dinners, our talented chefs will create a menu that is reflective of your style.
  • Private Party Facilities: There are several different spaces in the restaurant, each with their own individuality and decor, as well as a beautiful patio area that is heated and comfortable in all seasons, as well as the entire facility. We have private rooms that seat from 16 up to 250 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Special Events Coordinator (831) 479-9777
  • Entertainment: We have live music on Thursday, Friday, & Saturday nights. There's never a cover charge.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bay Ave
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Michael's on Main
We at Michael's on Main in Soquel offer cutting-edge comfort cuisine, with a comfortable fine dining experience. We are a green restaurant using local farmers for our produce, cheeses, & meats. We have a wonderful bar along with an extensive wine list from many local wineries. The ambiance at Michael's is warm with indoor & outdoor setting. We have a gazebo that overlooks the Soquel Creek, which is nice for weddings & parties. Fireplaces in the bar/lounge and another in one dining room. Our walls are decorated with new local artist work each month. Thursday through Sunday we have live music for your listening & dancing pleasure. So come and join us for some Pot Roast & Mashed Potatoes, or a Rack of Lamb with Sweet Potato Fries. It’s a wonderful dining experience you won’t want to miss.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "We went for dinner, originally requesting an outdoor table. When we arrived, the temperature had gone way down, so they got us inside, despite it being Friday night. The place was full, but not crowded. The bar music was slightly audible in the dining room, which was amazing for how much it was cranking over there. The view was gorgeous, out to a beautiful garden in the back. The food was great. We had a few things and shared them, all were done quite nicely. The runner brought our salads before our apps, which was the opposite of what our server had intended. No big deal to us, but he apologized 3 times, and brought us a second hot chocolate (with fresh whipped cream) to make up for it. We'll definitely be going back!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I had heard from a friend that they had a so so experience at michaels and I went back because I couldn't believe it...I had the Osso Buco and found it still to be the best I have ever eaten. It may take a few minutes longer, but worth it. Michael visited our table as he usually does. Great experience again."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Lamb excellent. Pasta rich. Burnt Caesar terrible. Polenta terrible. Wedge salads good but huge . Risotto good. Waitress wonderful. Oysters fabulous. Green vegetables way undercooked. All in all a good experience but would order a differently."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The owner and our server went above and beyond to ensure that our experience was awesome. Highly recommend it."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Great burgers/fries, sunny creekside deck, full bar and solid service make MOM an easy pick for lunch-n-gab with the girls or a comfort dinner when you're just not into cooking that night. I've brought family, out-of-towners and friends here and can always count on the menu having something they can enjoy whether they are vegan, veggie, non-gluten or whatever diet du jour happens to be wafting thru California. The kitchen can be a bit problematic but they are always game for subs and requests. The service is really competent; many folks who get into the waitstaff biz think it's an easy job (we all know what that looks like...sigh) but the MOM hires are hardworking and smart. Can't miss with Michael's on Main!!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Delicious meal. Salmon special with ginger sauce and herbed potato cake was divine. Loved the ahi appetizer. Noise level increased when live band started playing in the bar area, otherwise noise level in restaurant area was fine."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Three of us found a late lunch here on a Wednesday. We sat in the bar, looking out at two different, spacious patios: great views and quiet! Although I am sure that the noise level is higher when the restaurant is full, I really relish my food more when I can actually talk to my partners, so this quiet lunch was so perfect for us. We had lovely food: one of us had the 1/2 grilled panini and a side salad. The other two both had the home made ravioli Special which was excellent! We had good wine recommendations and enjoyed our selections. We also enjoyed the brussels sprouts as an appetizer. Although because it has such a large capacity, I fear Michael's would be too noisy for me for dinner, I will look forward to my next lunch there!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We were very happy with our experience. The food and service were excellent. I love that they have "small plates" that have some character to them! A couple of less-than-perfects: I wasn't thrilled, being seated by the kitchen door. But it wasn't distracting or noisy. What can you do? Every restaurant has one! They had a band playing in the bar that was pretty overpowering (read "loud") - on a Thursday? I love rock & roll as well as anybody, but it was hard to hear our guests across the table and it seemed out of place in such a nice dining room. Despite that, I'd go back anytime!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "This is a great place to eat outside, although there were few umbrellas. The food was perfect (I had the shrimp (prawns?) and grits. It was yummy. The service was also good! Live music was a special touch. (one singer)"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Brunch was alright--I was expecting more food and more of a selection. It wasn't a breakfast buffet. My breakfast burrito looked so small in that big plate they gave with 3 slices of melon, a a little container of salsa. I should have ordered more food. It was just okay. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "On a busy Sunday we did not have to wait for our table. The service was good and food delicious. The dining room looking out over Soquel Creek was very pleasant."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "The waiter was terrific, but the food was spotty in quality. Kids meals were very good as was the fresh fish entree. However, two of us ordered the spare ribs, which were heavily charred on one side, making them nearly impossible to eat. Further the sauce on the ribs was a heavy mustard sauce which did not compliment the meat or the sides presented with the meal. The swiss chard and mashed potatoes were fine. I suggest others try the fish or other entrees. Aside from our poorly executed entree, the dining experience was very enjoyable and the location relaxing."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We were disappointed. The food was expensive and unremarkable. On a bright note the waitress and bus person were delightful."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Bartender & Waiter erver where very atentive to my presents and service needs. Makes it a great place to go back again."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Food was good and had a nice long lunch with a friend."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "I couldn't have made a better choice for birthday dinner with friends -- made the best not only by chefs and servers but by other guests at nearby tables!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "We love the food and ambiance. But it seems the production in the kitchen needs work. The flow of the meal has consistently been off. The salad comes in a timely fashion and then the entree is 25 minutes later??"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Let's just say a woman with very refined taste at 82 was extremely pleased with our luncheon."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "The reason I went there was to see the Tsunami band. The food was really good, except the Lamb lollipops were really small but was really well done. But the band was great and they get better every time I hear them. I'll be going back every time they play. The place was packed to see and dance to them."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The food at Michael's was just mediocre. I would go in again just to grab a quick bite with friends, but it is not what we consider fine dining. The steaks that two at the table ordered were tough, and we had to ask for a couple of things that were left off our orders."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We enjoyed our brunch- excellent food was presented to everyone of our party of 6. We especially enjoyed the classic Eggs Benedict as well as the avocado & tomato Eggs Benedict. The breakfast bread basket was a hit, as well as the panini & salad and tuna melt. with crunchy seasoned fries. Everyone finished each delicious dish. The service was slow to begin with, but got a bit better. We missed the bottomless Mimosas that we used to have on Sunday, but the Proseco was a reasonable price. All in all, we will certainly be back!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "The Saturday evening we went the restaurant wasn't very busy at 7:30 but the service was really slow. Maybe they were shorthanded. The food was our biggest complaint. I ordered the prix fixe dinner which included the house salad and it was very good. The eggplant napoleon entrée should have been called eggplant pizza. It was three undercooked slices of eggplant covered with an herb tomato sauce and a little melted cheese. The dessert that was included was chocolate mousse, but it was more like chocolate-flavored whipped cream and it was served in a flimsy little red plastic bowl. My husband had the fried calamari appetizer which was under-seasoned and more chewy than crisp. Not going back."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We live close by and while we are not regulars we have been here before. The food was mediocre, my cod in miso was bland bland bland and watery. The strangest part was the service which had one person eating at a time except for the moment when we almost got three salads at once. The only problem being they belonged to another table. I am hoping this was just a bad night."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Had a great meal, very attentive waiters, and the ambiance was nice. The butternut squash ravioli is fantastic!"
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "Our experience was an example of a restaurant exploiting a holiday opportunity to overcharge patrons while serving a set menu of tasteless appetizers with equally poor entrees. The poor service added little incentive to put on a broken party hat and blow a horn while other customers collected their uneaten food in containers only to leave them behind."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "This was an accidental reservation that turned out to be a very nice surprise. I thought I was making a reservation at a completely different location and had never even been to Michaels. I will absolutely go back!! My wife had the special, which was salmon. My brother had paparadelle and I had the pork osso bucco. All this dishes were terrific and we will return for more of the same!! The service was exceptional too."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "We had lunch at Michaels on Main December 17. While I was disappointed they did not have their Dungeness Crab stack, everyone found something delicious. If you are interested in a specific dish, call ahead."
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "We've been to Michael's several times and always had a good experience. This time I asked for an extremely healthy entrée that wasn't on the menu. Adam, our server, and the chef were extremely accommodating and the entrée was superb. I was very impressed."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Michael's on Main is a new favorite restaurant of ours! The food is spectacular - yummy oysters, cooked-to-perfection lamp chops, melt-in-your-mouth short ribs!! The waitstaff is excellent, especially Adam! I can't say enough wonderful things about Michael's on Main. They have beautiful outdoor dining, a small but wonderful bar where live music is played many nights of the week, and three beautiful dining rooms. The food and waitstaff are hands-down better than some of the more popular restaurants in the Santa Cruz/Soquel/Aptos area."
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "Very nice plated holiday dinner Great menu choices for the non-traditional folks as well Our party of 9 was treated well A very comfortable dining experience Zero problems Zero Drama"
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "Michael's on Main was a great and helpful find, thanks once again to Open Table! We needed to find a table for 10…turned out to be 8 of us, but we got in and were pleased with the arrangements! The food was good comfort food, and the service was great! It was also the best way to have a seat with 10 people vs. fighting to get one that size anywhere nearer to the beach. Thanks Michael's on Main!"
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "We were there 5:30 Sunday night when there was hardly any people and our waitress was very slow for not being busy with other guests."
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "Picked MOM for our girl's weekend dinner out. Was very pleased with our meal and the atmosphere. We loved our waiter too! Will definatly go back soon and take my husband!"
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "The food was delicious with solid portions. Ambiance and service would have been rated higher but it was Restaurant Week and by luck of the draw we got a back room that the servers tended to visit less frequently than other parts of the restaurant. All in all, was excited to try this restaurant after hearing so much about it. Michael's lives up to its long-standing reputation."
    Dined on 10/4/2013
  • "Beautiful setting next to Soquel Creek. Wonderful food - locally sourced. (The salads are spectacular). Friendly, helpful serving staff. Inside can be noisy but the deck is sublime."
    Dined on 10/4/2013
  • "We were pleasantly surprised the food and service were both exceptional. We haven't been here for well over a year,but we will certainly be returning in the near future"
    Dined on 10/2/2013
  • "We usually go to Michael's for their happy hour on the deck. Because it was restaurant week, we had dinner. The sauce on the beef was too salty as was the bleu cheese mashed potatoes. Service was really off, too, with a long gap between dinner and dessert. There was no dairy free options for dessert besides getting a plain brownie instead of the brownie sundae."
    Dined on 10/2/2013
  • "I was in charge of leaving tip, and now i want to go back and tip more..such great service.. the food is always good, but sitting outside in the gazebo= we had reservations, and got there early for Saturday brunch..on a regular beautiful Santa cruz early afternoon.. AND IT WASN"T crowded (too bad for them - good for us) on 9/29 -- can't get any better,"
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "Whether you want a romantic dinner for two or a lively gathering for a group, this is the place to go. The food is wonderful and you can choose from indoor elegance to outdoor ambiance. Thanks for a great night out for the gals!"
    Dined on 9/7/2013
  • "Food was terrible! Steaks over cooked, sides cold and greasy. Would not go back!"
    Dined on 9/7/2013