Michael's on Simcoe
Michael's on Simcoe

Michael's on Simcoe

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.michaelsonsimcoe.com/
  • Phone: (416) 260-5100
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00 pm - Close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Derek Von Raesfeld
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: RESTAURANT, BAR AND LOUNGE CAPACITIES

    Seated Lunch/Dinner

    Dining Room: 90 guests
    Bar and Lounge: 40 guests
    Semi-Private section in the Lounge: 16 guests
    Dining Room, Bar and Lounge: 140 guests

    Stand Up Reception

    Dining Room: 150
    Bar and Lounge: 150
    Semi-Private section in the Lounge: 50
    Dining Room, Bar and Lounge: 250
  • Private Party Contact: events@michaelsonsimcoe.com 4162605100x
  • Entertainment: Live DJ

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Adelaide
  • Public Transit: King st streetcar #504
    Stop at Simcoe st and walk north one block

    Yonge / University subway line
    One block west of St.Andrew station
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking at the door
    Public parking lot (behind building)
    Street parking
A word from Michael's on Simcoe
Michael’s on Simcoe playfully combines the best of contemporary cuisine, featuring USDA prime steak, fresh seafood and authentic homemade pastas. Classic cocktails are re-invented to tantalize your taste buds and our extensive wine list will tempt even those with the most discerning taste. Conveniently located in the heart of the Financial and Entertainment districts, Michael’s on Simcoe brings new life to one of the most energetic districts in downtown Toronto. This restaurant breaks down the barriers of a traditional steakhouse by challenging the overly masculine ambience that has long been the trademark of its genre.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
Michael's on Simcoe reviews from OpenTable diners
60 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (39)romantic (33)fit for foodies (29)notable wine list (26)good for groups (22)hot spot (20)neighborhood gem (9)vibrant bar scene (6)late-night find (5)great for lunch (4)kid-friendly (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Great Birthday Celebration at Michael's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    love the ambiance of this place – like an elegant dining room setting for a special occasion. The Staff made our evening very enjoyable right from the the moment we stepped into the restaurant to the time we left. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The Chateaubriaund for two was amazing and the Kale lettuce salad was to die for. My son whose birthday we were celebrating had the 16oz Rib Eye and is still raving about it. The extra touch in presenting the Birthday Deserts was a nice surprise. Our Waiter was very knowledge, service between the dishes was well-timed and outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Carson
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    For a steak that will melt in your mouth, Michaels is the place to be. Excellent wine list and servers are extremely thorough. All staff were very friendly and accommodating. We would definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nath
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    The service was terrible. The waiter ran away while before I even finished giving my order. The food was not that special. When i asked for a suggestion for wines the waiter automatically pointed to the most expensive one, seriously? For 145$ I expected delicious steak but instead got a bland piece of meat with no flavouring other than the meats own natural flavour. Jacobs offers much more than this place. Would not recommend at this price.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Disappointing.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    My friends and I visited Michael's on Simcoe this past Saturday to celebrate my 25th birthday, and although the evening began quite well, we left this establishment feeling overwhelmed with disappointment and awe. Our server was quite lovely and attentive during the duration of our dinner; however, upon the delivery of our bill, over $300.00 of additional charges had incurred- none of which we were made aware of, or had agreed to. We were charged for water we had not ordered, over $50.00 to cut my birthday cake, and a 20% gratuity fee (which is very reasonable for large parties, but information I would have liked to know prior to the bill arriving). After calling the restaurant to inquire about a potential resolution, I was told that it was my responsibility to observe our waitress during the dinner service and that the regular clientele was usually comfortable with such incurred costs at a fine-dining restaurant like theirs. At this point, there was no reason to defend myself or inform the host of my personal experiences at such restaurants after having been so poorly judged and labeled. She offered to refund 50% of the cake-cutting fee, which equated to 7% of the total additional fees I was charged with. I promptly declined this offer. In the future, I hope that no other customer is treated with such great disdain and blindsided with misguided fees. This is the first time I have ever felt inclined to write such a negative review about a restaurant, but in this situation, I feel a complaint is very much warranted.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good restaurant
    Avalon
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    This was our second time at Michael's on Simcoe. Love the menu...so many excellent choices. This time I ordered the carpaccio and it came as rolls stuffed with arugula. I much prefer the traditional way of serving carpaccio. Excellent halibut (daily special). Last time I shared the Porterhouse with my daughter and ti was very good. Service is the best!! Its our favourite in the downtown area of Toronto.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a hidden gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    This was the third time I've been to Michael's - it's a bit off the beaten path and would go un-noticed if you weren't looking for it, however, the food is excellent. All three times I've eaten at Michael's, it's been very quiet - only one or two couples in the restaurant - the wait staff are very friendly and knowledgeable, if not a bit too attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Down Hill
    BrynnerVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The setting is open, white, spare, bright and loud. Server seemed slow and bored. Steak at 50$+ was way under cooked and so laced with membranes and gristle that a fork could not penetrate the side; also, it was served room temperature. Signature onion rings were dripping grease. Lamb was over cooked, served cool, and tasteless. There is a reason the other steak houses of Toronto were booked days ahead, and reservations available here on the day of dining. If you are looking for a great steak, look elsewhere.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Food!!! Every time!!!
    KJSteamboatVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    This is still one of the BEST restaurants in the city!!! The Staff, Food and Ambience are outstanding! I took 4 friends for dinner who had not been to Michael's before, and they LOVED everything we ate, and drank!!! Wine list is impressive! Wait staff are so friendly, knowledgeable, and service minded! I will go back very soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • outstanding food and service!
    Brett
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    As always, the dry aged beef is the best I have ever had. Cooked to perfection. The butter tart with cinnamon ice cream is over the top. Top that off with a great recommendation on the wine, and those little touch service elements made a great evening. Well done Michael's on Simcoe!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu great, but fails to deliver.
    GMS33306
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Steak was good but certainly not great. Sides were fine. 3 of us split the approx. 52oz dry aged USDA prime porterhouse for approx. $150 with a couple of sides and felt hungry after. There are better steak places in Toronto and of course, worse places. Service was better than average.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellence on Simcoe
    luv2dine
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Service and food were excellent...thanks so much. I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice but very expensive
    slalom
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Overall, this was a great meal, well prepared, presented in excellent surroundings. For the quality of food and service, we found the prices extremely rich. Specialty martinees, while good, were overpriced at $21 each. Sauces for the rather bland chateaubriande ($112) for two were added to the bill at $12 additional. We didn't believe the quality of the meal or the experience justified the high cost - ($600 for 4).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Keg has better steak
    Porkins4lifeVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Was surprised, as this was my second time at Michaels on Simcoe, to find that the quality of their Wellington raised local meats are sub par at best. Veiny, over-seasoned and too fatty, their 8 oz. striploin was seriously not worth the $36 price tag. I've had better steaks at the Keg. Not to mention they were out of several wines which I had attempted to order. Service was very good and the restaurant itself is beautiful and well kept. Think i'l go to Jacobs next time.....
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A wonderful experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Thoroughly enjoyed the dinner, service and wine. Even when the vintage ordered was out of stock, a recommendation was given which surpassed our expectations of the original. The unique method of preparing brussels sprouts was absolutely delicious. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Birthday
    Strawberric
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Mouth Watering Food + Lovely Service + Lounging Music = An amazing birthday. Thank you so much Michael's On Simcoe for an unforgettable birthday dinner with my close five friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not worth the price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    everything on the menu was overpriced starting with the $19 cocktails. the burrata salad was bland and lacked seasoning. My steak was tough and the onion rings have far too much batter on them leaving the onion inside tough as it was not properly cooked. Overall this restaurant did not live up to the hype
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We went for a birthday dinner and it is a lovely restaurant, I enjoyed the music too although a little surprising. We had excellent steaks although a little pricey. Shrimp cocktail was excellent as were the onion rings. Very nice wine list had a Moscato from Australia.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simply Outstanding - Oct 4, 2014
    Gman
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Michael's is a fantastic in all aspects. Best steak of all times, delicious drinks, excellent atmosphere. This was our first time and it certainly hits the top of our list going forward. Jenezza, who took care of us all night, was exceptional, funny, accommodating, knowledgeable, informative and just a great young women. Michael, who dropped by the table many times throughout the evening, made us feel welcome as newcomers. Jude, who was in charge of the music that evening, had every song he was requested to play and many more. The sounds satisfied the variable age crowd that were there for the evening and everyone enjoyed it. I felt like I was at a friends place with a variety of company at all ages and we all just had a great time.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good experience
    Roadrunner
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Overall good experience. Staff very attentive and know their stuff. Food was very good. Everyone at our table had a good experience. Prices are high for the value. Nothing to prevent us from coming back, but for these prices we have had 5 star performances elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Styles1
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    First time there. Can honestly say service (Kelly) was as good as I have ever experienced. Everything timed perfectly and the advice and food choices were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Time Visiting
    KunajeSelvam
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Took my girlfriend here for a romantic dinner. I was very impressed by the service. The staff was attentive and professional. We had the filet and we absolutely loved it! Dessert was great as well. Would definitely re-visit. The only issue was traffic. There is a lot of congestion in the area so we had to take a detour. Michael's did have valet service for $15 (not including tip) which was convenient at the time. I'd recommend taking the GO-train and then subway from Union to Osgoode station.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Absolutely wonderful. From the moment we got there and interacted with the security guard to the moment we left everything was impectable. The server was very attentive and knowledgeable. The food was amazing, drinks were delicious. The overall experience was terrific and look very forward to my next chance to go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hendo
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The service was impeccable. The waiter explained everything asked of him (ex. Regarding the menu/food) very elaborately and sufficiently. The service provided was incomparable to any other restaurant I've been to. The food was also really good, met my expectations. The environment I felt was great, more so for a romantic dinner or special occasion. Overall, great experience!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OUTSTANDING
    trish
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Michael's on Simcoe is a five star plus dining experience! Michael's attention to detail, hospitality, wine list, menu is meticulous. It was one of the finest dining experiences we have had in Toronto! Aside from the outstanding food and service, the ambience can't be beat! I highly recommend this restaurant to all who appreciate the finest!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food, Amazing Service
    LorysaVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My boyfriend and I are regulars here as the food and service are both phenomenal. The second ever time we came, the staff remembered both us our and preference for flat water/white wine/etc. As we've continued to come back, the service gets better each time! The kitchen staff are absolutely amazing and produce some of the best food in Toronto (in my opinion). Of all of the amazing restaurants in Toronto for us to choose from, we keep coming back to Michael's because it is simply the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • cin
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Went for special occasion. .beautiful napa wine..the gnocchi was outstanding...the mac and cheese was decadent. ..steak was delicious...fish was slightly overcooked but was flavourful. Great service..I would highly recommend it and will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Jerry2033VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We had to push our reservation back an hour due to late flights, and they could not have been more hospitable. The food was awesome, and the staff was great. When ever i go to Toronto, i will be back. The bar was very upscale, and the service was prompt. I had a group of a dozen and everyone asked how i found such a great restaurant. A real find
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    As usual the excellent food at Michael's was matched by great service. We have been there a few times and the waiter recognized us and even more remarkable remembered what we had ordered the last time ??!!?? Great evening, would highly recommend and suggest that first time patrons not be influence by the fact that the location is in a basement. Once there the décor and staff will make you feel as if you are dining on the top floor of a building.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding food
    Maleks1
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    A must try. This place is a hidden gem. The food is amazing
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant evening w/ v good food
    nick
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Gracious pleasant ambiance; accommodated our Open Table request (re seating away from fridge meat display, advance notice about one vegetarian); nice wine & drinks choices; lobster gnocchi & veg risotto both excellent, recommended; all the staff are v professional. Beef choices extensive (and expensive although beef prices are up now), seems to be their specialty - but we were v satisfied with the Italian options. Winning resto when you'd like to be taken care of in a courteous manner indicating that your patronage and experience were valued.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ecellent food & service experience!
    Jenn
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I’m always nervous finding the right restaurant when my colleagues come to Toronto as they are foodies with very high standards, but Michael’s exceeded all of our expectations! There were seven of us for dinner and three have different food allergies (always a tricky situation). Our primary waiter was Kelly and he ensured that every detail was taken care of for our dining experience. The food and wine was excellent and everyone enjoyed the evening. I highly recommend Michael’s!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Michael's on Simcoe!
    ormond17
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Michael's continues to offer the same impeccable food and service as experienced during earlier visits. Nothing appears to have changed except we found it an even better dining experience than previously! My husband had lamb which he claimed to be the best lamb he has ever had in a restaurant setting. I had the halibut which was fresh, creamy and unbelievably flavourful. My daughter loved the rib steak and her side of macaroni and cheese. One member of our party had the strawberry risotto which we all tasted and loved. The steaks were, as usual, excellent and the service attentive and knowledgeable. We had an assortment of desserts, each and every one of them beautifully presented and exceptional in taste. Lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional Food and service
    Gwen
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Exceptional fine dining and outstanding service. I would highly recommend Michael's for everday meal or a special occassion. We celebrated a birthday and the staff made sure to remember the little touches.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 128 reviews are from the Michael's on Simcoe reviews archive.
  • Exceeded Expectations
    JDM53
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    This has to be one of the finest restaurants in Toronto. The food was beyond reproach but the service was even better. I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • letsgrabdinner
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We went to Michael's for a b'day dinner. It was great and we enjoyed our evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Restaurant
    AfroGirl
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    My 3 friends and I had dinner here on a Tuesday night and we absolutely loved it. My corn risotto was lovely and I ordered a perfectly done rib-eye steak and was extremely happy with it. My friends also had steaks and we all felt they were the best steaks we've had in a long time. Great desert menu and wine list. Awesome service, our waiter Kelly could not have been more attentive without being intrusive. The surroundings were lovely and the bathrooms are a treat. I leave you to discover why yourself. All around excellent dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • rubber
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Loved the Ambience, The bar was really cool.Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food
    lookingforrealfood
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food was very good. But the portion size was a bit too small even for a small portion lover. The waiter I found cold and not friendly enough. No small talk, no attempt to sell the daily specials. We were seated in the back corner which I found from a decorating perspective to be extremely boring.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant surprise
    fitfoodie
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Did lunch at Michael's for summerlicious with a couple co-workers, and we were all pleasantly surprised. Incredibly attentive service, great food, and a very calm ambiance. The dining room was the perfect temperature, nice modern decor, and comfortable chairs. Not sure what the pricing is like on the regular menu, but the summerlicious menu was great value. Would definitely recommend this restaurant.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Summerlicious
    LiciousFan
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Two of us went for lunch (first time @ this restaurant) as the menu selection/descriptions appealed to us, but we were disappointed. Appetizers: Tomato sauce for the Calamari was acidic/harsh & the pasta lacking in interesting flavours, although the fennel sausage was tasty. Mains & Dessers: Burger & Orata were okay, but nothing special, as were the Fruit Crumble & Cheese Cake. The breads served prior to the appetizers, as well as the bun for the burger had great texture & were delicious - kudos to the kitchen for the breads if baked inhouse.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet