Michael's - Santa Monica
Michael's - Santa Monica

Michael's - Santa Monica

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.michaelssantamonica.com/
  • Phone: (310) 451-0843
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday 6:00pm - 10:00pm
    Happy Hour / Bar: Monday - Saturday 5pm to Close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Michael Stern
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Wilshire Blvd. and California
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking offered daily. Public lot next door.
A word from Michael's - Santa Monica
Come enjoy our NEW exciting, sharable and accessibly priced chef-driven menu! Michael's Santa Monica has maintained the standard for 'California Cuisine' with our newly renovated art filled indoor/outdoor garden dining, bar and private party spaces. Our new menu is composed from the finest ingredients from the Santa Monica Farmer's Market and products responsibly sourced from the best sustainable producers. Enjoy one of our "Farm-to-table" cocktails, craft beers or a a bottle from our award winning wine list.
"A true locavore experience"
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Michael's - Santa Monica reviews from OpenTable diners
51 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (40)neighborhood gem (29)romantic (25)special occasion (25)fit for foodies (25)good for groups (16)notable wine list (14)great for brunch (7)great for lunch (7)hot spot (7)late-night find (5)scenic view (5)vibrant bar scene (3)Show More
  • Food ok, drinks terrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Stick to basic tried and true drinks....the "mixoligist" is terrible. Worst Cosmo ever....super super sweet and then "re" do was super super sour. Tasted nothing like a Cosmo. Tried a couple of the specialty drinks and they were awful. Wine, beer, booze and mix would be my suggestion. Food...I just couldn't get too excited about anything on the menu. Had the burger, which was good. My dining partner had the sliders, of the three sliders two of the mini bun were hard because they were over toasted. Veggie flat bread pizza needs garlic and some olive oil, the crust was delicious, but what was on top was boring.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The new Michael's--casual and nice!
    RobJon
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    We had not been here in years. We remember the formality and precision of the old Michael's. The redo seems to work. The frisée salad and small plate scallops were excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Michael's is Amazing
    luvwestsidedining
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Michael's Restaurant is an amazing place with an emphasis on fresh, farm to table food. The outdoor patio is absolutely beautiful. The prices are a little high, but worth it for a nice night out. The staff is amazing: the perfect blend of laid back without being unprofessional. I love this place and will go back time and time again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • BillVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Delicious dining in a handsome venue especially the patio with friendly and knowledgeable staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • classic
    AllisonBVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Great food and service. Waiters have real passion for the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for anniversaries
    jeromebeers
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    My wife and I had our anniversary dinner here, and we couldn't have been happier. The food was perfect, and they had a great wine selection. Michael's is very romantic, with an almost old-Hollywood feel to the patio. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, 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.
  • Fabulous
    Vangie
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My friends took me to dinner for my 65th birthday celebration and we all had a fabulous time. The food, service and atmosphere were beyond compare and we all agreed this would be a repeat performance for our group and a must go referral to family and friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome Experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The owner comes out and greets you, such class and elegance. This place is definitely for individuals who still value respect and sophistication. Also, the food is to die for! Yes, pricey but it's a neighborhood gem of prestige and outstanding ambiance. Well worth it! I have already recommend this restaurant to a few friends and family. Our experience: We ordered the 32oz. steak special with oysters and Shisito peppers to start. Our friend had the chicken. We all thoroughly enjoyed our delicious meals. Our waitress was very friendly and looked like Kate Hudson. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect outdoor setting
    RobfromLondonVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The garden at Michaels is one of the best locations in Santa Monica for great, affordable dining
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MixhWL;A
    LarryBVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Great food, fabulous attentive service by David and a most beautiful patio. The only complaint is that $5 for three ok French rolls is tacky. When one orders muscles it is great to have bread for the sauce.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fifth visit was disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We like MICHAEL'S, but on Friday evening things went great we had a bad table, every table was too close, lots of groups, waiters bumping our guest's chair as they passed (did not appear to realise they were bumping her chair), brought the wrong wine by the maître de, waited nearly 45 mins for starters, food was nice however not the market driven food we gave enjoyed previously. Not sure we will return - certainly not in a hurry.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still great
    ChesterVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We had another lovely dinner at Michaels this week in which we did a small plates style meal. Everything from the charred corn soup to the duck tacos, hamachi appetizer, sliders and mushroom pizza was perfect and it was fun to try so many of the dishes that mark the change from the spot's white table cloth days to the fresher, more casual present incarnation. Michael's is always on our short list and we will be back
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Outdoor Dining and Ambience
    Luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Summer time is perfect for a visit to Michaels to enjoy their patio. The garden experience allows you to hear your dining partner without the clatter of most restaurants in this day and age. They have a varied menu that offers items that are reasonably priced for a prestige restaurant such a Hamburger sandwich ($18), Tacos ($12) and pizza from $12 to $14. Three persons in our group of six enjoyed the hamburgers. One person ordered the Pork Chop which was excellent. Salmon and Sea Bass are $27. Our dinners averaged $100 per couple, but the experience was worth it. Lots of sides & appetizers ranging in price from $5 to $18. Service was good. Michael was on hand to great the guests. A special occasion treat.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just WOW!!
    Meeeishh
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I knew I was in for a good experience, but I had no idea it was going to be one of the BEST dining experiences ever!! I'm a frequent diner of top restaurants all around, so I feel confident in saying this restaurant was very on point! Beautiful ambiance, great staff--full of personality, food was amazing, cocktails were delicious and creative, and the wine list was one of the best I've seen! The GM let me try a new wine he had added, and the owner, Michael himself, even came by! Just what a charm. I want more restaurants to be like this!! Go here and you'll be happy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Michaels is Awesome
    Plasiter67
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Go - you won't be disappointed. Michaels is simply fantastic in every way. Great food/service/ambiance. Awesome. Period.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AB FAB!!
    cathieloloVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We really ordered well. Fish tacos, vegetable pizza, citrus salad, corn soup. All EXCELLENT! Thanks, Michael's. :)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First time I've been disappointed
    cathieloloVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Menu's cropped 2 items I **ADORED** - the wonderful vegan Risotto that could be transformed into a vegetarian or non-vegetarian dish. SORELY missed. The other item is the amazing green salad with walnuts and goat (?) cheese, that I always ordered. Now, for what we did order. The Roasted Mushroom Taco was so-so. The Corn Chipotle Aioli, Cotija Cheese was so-so. The Heirloom Tomato and Burrata was so-so. The Charred Broccolini Feta, Lemon was INEDIBLE. Neither of us could cut it with a knife, or chew it. Exchanged it for corn soup. I'm going again on 8/2 and will order differently. I'm SURE it will be much better this time. Don't know what was up with the chef 2 nights ago - not a pretty picture; definitely not up to par.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 34 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 634 reviews are from the Michael's - Santa Monica reviews archive.
  • Try Michael's Again!
    RonInSantaMonicaVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Although it is only 3 blocks from where we live we have not been to Michael's for years after seeing all the poor reviews. On the suggestion of a friend we tried again and the new chef has turned it around. Service was great and when we asked too many detailed questions the chef came out and explained everything in detail. He now changes the menu regularly, we will be back to see what's new. Only strange thing was that the Dine LA menu was actually more expensive in some cases than ordering the same items a la carte - I have seen this at other places, Dine LA is something of a fraud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Back again...
    meklee
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I hosted a private party here 25 years ago so have a sentimental attachment to this beautiful space. I am impressed with its longevity as we all know that the restaurant business can be fickle. Praises to Michael for being adaptive to change. What used to be a pricey special occasion place is now affordable with a fun and varied menu while remaining special.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Michael's
    topangaVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We always love to dine here...Michael always has time for his diners; friendly, helpful staff and the food and setting are lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First timers
    Leona
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This was a lovely experience. It was the first time we have gone to this restaurant. Our waiter was friendly, knew the menu well and did come to check back several times to see if we needed anything. The plates were pretty to see and wonderful to eat. Sitting outside on such a beautiful night was typical of southern California.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nouvelle Michael's
    06annie
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Michael reinvented itself with small plates options (there are some traditional dishes too). Everything we tried was delicious, the service was great, the garden ever so pleasant and...you can even hear yourself talk. Definitely on the top of the list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't Go!
    AlanT
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    My wife and I decided to go back to Michael's since we had not been in over a year. We had friends in from out of town. Don't know what's going on. The food has gone down hill. We ordered the salmon starter had to send it back it smelled off. Service was slow and inept. Even the wine guy was bad. There are so many good restaurants around don't go to Michaels.
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  • Not Good
    Terrible
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    While waiting for the table we could not get a drink at the Bar - Barman ignored us- stood there for 20 minutes.Did not get served . Starters took 1 hour to be served after waiting 45 minutes for the order to be taken.Main course was burnt and fish was off. Had to send the meal back . Terrible Terrible place.
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  • Another Great Meal at Michael's
    DateNightDining
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We have been to Michael's about 10 times over the last 7 years. We have never had anything but a terrific experience. The fun starts in the small but very nice bar area. Let their bartender mix something up for you, and then grab a couple of items from the happy hour menu. The drinks are strong and terrific. Michael changed the style of the menu a year or two ago, and it now features more small plates. The result seems to be a younger and somewhat more vibrant crowd.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Michael's was excellent in all respects. Chef visited our table. We'll return. Prices reasonable for the quality of the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful Patio
    BigBuyer
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    My girlfriend and I stopped in for late night dining. The patio was very inviting. The service and food was good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Michael's doesn't disappoint
    BellaVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    definitely a great experience. Loved the outdoor dining and the service and food was up to par. Would definitely like to go back often (even though it is not in my neighborhood). Worth the drive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Happiest of Birthdays
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We had dinner here for my husband's birthday. The food, service and ambience were outstanding. The wait staff as well as Michael himself went out of their way to make this birthday event extra special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful, delicious evening
    pierpartier
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Michael's is a classic that keeps reinventing itself. With the arrival of new executive chef Dustin Taylor, it promises to transform itself yet again. Dustin has already introduced little touches like saffron in the salmon tartar (worked beautifully), but is working on more of his own signature dishes that will appear in the next few months. Meanwhile, on the 23rd anniversary of our first date (!) we shared everything. For us, it's the most fun. The food is very bistro-esque. Gazpacho. Mussels Basquaise. Dutch white asparagus in bacon beurre blanc with an egg yolk. Aged New York steak with crispy frites. Cheese plate and a little Orange Creamsicle Panna Cotta for dessert. All exquisitely prepared and presented.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    This place is a gem. Make sure you check out the new menu and all the wonderful choices!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Was very disappointed
    curlygirlinsm
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    My husband and I were celebrating our 12 year anniversary. I checked the menu before to make sure there were vegan options for my husband, and there were about 4 or 5 options for dinner. I made the reservation at least 3 weeks in advance, and when I received a phone call from Michael's on Friday to confirm our reservation, the hostess acknowledge our anniversary and told me they would make it special. We were seated at a table near a lot of foot traffic outside on the patio. Not a great table. There were only 2 options for vegan food. Two. My husband was not impressed. I had the Jidori chicken and fries. Too salty. Couldn't even finish. Nothing special happened for dessert. No acknowledgement of our anniversary. Very disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Way over priced
    MrMaxeroo
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    On Mother's day you can expect it to be busy, which it was. Service was slow and sporadic. Not being a fan of fixed menus, I thought the selection was adequate for our group. However, $55 per plate was way over priced. You would think for that price you might get at least glass of mimosa or champaign, not. You had to pony up an additional $13 for that. My wife had a salad entrée and my son a salmon fillet, which they seemed to like. I had the Eggs Benedict, at least I think that's what I thought I ordered. Two small muffin halves, ham and over cooked poached eggs with a dab of hollandaise sauce. Pathetic. No way was this meal worth $208. Never again at any price.
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  • The wait staff was not on it!
    JacksMom
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Perhaps they had other help working because it was a holiday but the food order was wrong, drinks didn't come. Almost everything that should have happened didn't....
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Michael's Reinvented
    JacarandaBlue
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Michael's remains fresh and refreshed through the years. New menu with small plates added is full of wonderful surprises. Service has always had a unique informal formality which is very comfortable as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    bethebel
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Went on Thursday, loved it, took pur friends there friday. The patio is GREAT, and they have heaters if it's chilly out. We had the pizza and risotto, both were delicious. And the heirloom tomato and burrata salad was too. The chocolate cremeux was the best! Very attentive staff. Overall terrific experience. Will return when next in Santa Monica.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not as good as it once was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Michaels is no longer the Michaels that we all once loved. The food and the customers resemble a bad chain restaruant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • They tried to be good.
    Wanted2like
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    took my wife to michaels for our anniversary. I notified them in advance & they gave us a nice table in the patio- a great outdoor patio setting. Our server was very nice. However these are the only positives I can say about Michaels. Most bothersome was that the meals were brought to the table by people who could barely speak English and they tossed our food on the table and left without making sure they got the order right-they didn't. We ordered the margarita pizza, which was basically uncooked dough, with medium warm tomato paste & a small blob of cheese in the middle of each piece. Also had the mushroom risotto which was watery & had little taste.ichaels has been great in the past but it felt like michael hasn't been paying attention
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Santa Monica Weekend
    chefbobcatVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    This past weekend, Friday, May 2 thru Sunday May 4, my wife and I enjoyed a fantastic weekend in Santa Monica. Friday night we had a memorable dining experience at Michael's. Prior to dinner we enjoyed cocktails at the cozy bar in the front of the restaurant. It was a pleasure to watch Jeff the Bartender mix and pour cocktails of many different varieties that are specialties of Michael's. Just as enjoyable, was our dinner. This restaurant has a menu that should appeal to all different tastes. If you like duck, steak, chicken, vegetarian, etc., you will find excellent choices to satisfy your palate. Also, the service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not a good experience
    EmilyVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Arrived at 7:30. Took too long to get our drinks. Never saw a morsel of food for one hour. Most of the food was served cold. The excuse was a "new chef". Come on, this restaurant has been in business for years. Show some professionalism! They comped some items on the check to compensate us, however, You can't comp an unpleasant birthday celebration.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate