Lunch on patio was restful
Lunch on patio was restful and new menu enjoyable.
3/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
Always reliable for good and
Always reliable for good and innovative food and lovely service.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
I love the casual elegance
I love the casual elegance along with with the comfort of dining outdoors on a beautiful patio. The Mediterranean Loup de Mer was amazing, I would return and have it again. I loved the Persimmon and Cavalo Nero Salad to start, it is so unique and flavorful. We had an amazing white wine that everyone at the table really enjoyed. Service was excellent and everyone was very friendly. Overall it was a perfect dining experience!
4/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
We sometimes forget what a fantastic restaurant this is. I cook a lot at home, and we do not go out that much. When we do the meal is just average....but...Michaels has always proved to be such a fantastic restaurant. They filet their own fish, butcher their meat and use local produce. What a gem. The high standards they set for themselves, and we have come to expect, is always maintained.
4/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great for business meetings:
Great for business meetings: they never interrupt and never hurry you along.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a great party
How does Michael's still do it after all these years? A new menu, great wait staff and the man himself! Restauranteur par excellence!
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Taken back after the check came
We were a little overwhelmed by the number of different servers that came to our table during our dining. We would have preferred only one that we could have a report with. Takes away the personalsation that you establish with one server. After paying our check, one of the servers came over to tell us that the other couple had an outstanding bar check that hadn't been included in the check that we had just paid. The other couple was confused as they didn't have any drinks before we had arrived. The server was very insistant. Even if they had an outstanding bill that wasn't included, once we paid it made us uncomfortable with the situation. Our last rememberance of the restaurant is left us with a bad taste.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Mother's Day Brunch was
The Mother's Day Brunch was great. Food was excellent but for the best service you have to be in Johnny D's section who makes the whole dinning experience better.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Michael's is BACK!
It didn't go away, but the new menu, new decor, and new LOWER prices (yes, you read that correctly) make this restaurant the best thing on the Westside. We had small plates and I recommend the halibut tacos, the kale salad, and the truffle French fries. All excellent!
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Revamped menu offers a little
Revamped menu offers a little bit of everything, and the food is good. Quite a nice change from the overly French food of before. New pricing structure is much more reasonable and the patio is still the prettiest place in town.
6/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not content with merely remaking California cuisine and developing more world-class chefs than any other restaurateur on the planet, Michael McCarty has remade his own flagship restaurant for a new decade. The completely redone menu trades "haute" for "hip" without missing a beat. The quality is topflight, the invention fresh, the takes original. (Best fish taco in town. The sliders understand the importance of Russian dressing.) Longtime fans needn't fret; their faves are still there (Perfect wild salmon, great New York steak, massive pork chop.) The superb wine list obtains, on an iPad no less. And as ever, the prettiest patio in town. Slug it: McCarty can still throw a party.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Interesting and tasty menu,
Interesting and tasty menu, knowledgable and attentive waiter. Will be back.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a treat - try to eat
Always a treat - try to eat there at least once with every visit to the area.
6/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great dining expeeriencce
It was our 45 Wedding Anniversary. The menu and view of wine was very approachable, service was professional and not overbearing. The evening was a success and we were very comfortable.
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful anniversary at Michael's. Thank you for the great food and great service!
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food very moderate prices.
Great food very moderate prices. The sculptures in the patio form a beautiful backdrop.
7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely Place to Dine and Talk!
What a great pleasure to go to a L.A. restaurant where one can actually enjoy a conversation. Here you will not be surrounded by customers using their electronic equipment. Rather, this well-dressed crowd is talking and enjoying the food. Michael's offers a beautiful and quite serene environment, the prettiest patio in Los Angeles. The food is delicious and interesting. You can order an array of small plates, pastas, pizzas, salads. Plus regular entrees if you wish. Overall, a fine experience.
7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Different but great
I always heard Michael's was so high end but it was affordable and the menu seemed almost too casual at first. But everything was perfectly done...there is nothing all that unique looking about the menu but it almost doesn't matter...they take simple broccoli and make it taste like the best thing you've ever eaten! The Poke was amazing too! And the short rib tacos were to die for! And I had the "French Revolver" cocktail...up there with the best!
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Visited twice during our stay
Went there on the first night the scallops on the menu caught our eye only to return again for yet another round of scallops they are out of this world amazing. Micheal the owner came out and talked with us he has been there for 35 years. We will definitely go back on our next visit perhaps this will be the only place we will be having dinner our server Ace was so cute and attentive I hope we can get her again.
7/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this out of the way location of the restaurant. It's lovely .
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
I liked the restaurant, but
I liked the restaurant, but they have stopped serving those great roles
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
So glad Michael's has become affordable for the middle class! Everything was SUPERB, from food to service. THANK YOU! Will be back soon. :)
7/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
What a great outdoor space
In addition to great food, Michael's has an awesome back patio where most of the tables are located. What a beautiful outdoor dining experience!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
The owner was present and
The owner was present and making sure everything ran well. I've been coming there for years but my first time since he did a bit of a remodel on the furnishings and a menu chance. It's a little less formal now, but the food is still first-rate. I'll be back.
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely evening in outdoor-indoor
Lovely evening in outdoor-indoor setting with top notch food and service--and they were generous with their corkage.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have never been disappointed
We have never been disappointed when eating at Michaels. There are some amazing dishes on the menu and the food is always delicious!
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Second time here. Wasted so
Second time here. Wasted so many years not having been. Friendly owner. Rare to see actual owner still coming around to tables. Servers were good but was a bit slow this night. Not too bad. Food was excellent and the atrium is one of the best rooms in LA.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were warmly greeted when we arrived, only to later find out that it was Michael himself who seated us. The setting is beautiful and the food was great. We shared the Cote du Boeuf and it was excellent. Tried the oysters on the half shell (there were three varieties to chose from) which were great, as well as a taco appetizer. Kids had the sliders and risotto, both of which were excellent too. Our server Joey was awesome. Overall a great experience and we will definitely be back.
8/6/2013 5:00:00 PM
Get yourself back to Michael’s.
In the course of selecting a restaurant since the last time we were there a few years ago, we ruled out Michael’s on the point that we could get equally good food and ambiance elsewhere for less. Now we are so pleased that we returned. Not only is their patio the most beautiful and appealing in So. Calif., but their prices are now in line with the market and lower than some, but the quality is as good as before or better. The corn soup is about the best in L.A., especially for versions sans cream. In my “off the chart” category is their scallops with jalapeno butter and chocolate budino. The service, including attitude, is literally perfect. Open Table cut off the rest of my review and I am a bit fed up. - see it on Trip Advisor
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tuna Poke all the Way...
...with some lobster pot pie on the side! We love their new array of small plates. The house-made focaccia is delish. Festive place to eat and/or drink. The chef and bartender know what they're doing. Friendly owner. Cool srt on the walls. We'll be back!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nothing like the garden at Michaels
Michael's is always a treat. Like many Angelenos, we love the garden and host Michael McCarty's genial hospitality. That would be enough to keep us coming back but the new menu with lighter options, not to mention the amazing burger make this Santa Monica mainstay even more attractive. On this visit we had a wonder white corn soup, heirloom tomato and burrata salad and the wild Atlantic Salmon which all received an A rating and left us looking forward to our next visit.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
food was very good
I dont understand why this place isn't rated higher. I am glad we didn't pay attention to the bad reviews.
The location is prime, the ambience and service is great and best of all the food was so good.
We had swordfish, halibut, pizza and appetizers/etc. All were satisfyingly tasty goodness.
The staff were very nice and accommodating with our two little ones (toddler & pre-toddler).
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Michael's never disappoints!
Mr. McCarty was in the house, and is always so friendly and welcoming. A true host. The 3 of us loved our meals. We all requested alterations to the menu items we ordered, and they complied perfectly! Water glasses refilled without asking, superb service + superb food = we'll be back! Thank you so much to all! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Michael's. :) :) :)
9/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Michaels revised its menu
Michaels revised its menu and decor about a year ago and is now more casual. But still great food, service and a beautiful backyard garden.
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Took my wife for our anniversary. The staff was very kind and attentive, actually wishing us Happy Anniversary when we arrived. We got a great table and Joey, the server, was awesome! (Definitely ask for him. He knew the wine menu and food menu inside and out! Loved it!) My wife got the steak, medium, that was sooo tender and juicy. I got the scallops and they were delicious. Also, an "off menu" roasted peppers appetizer was amazing.
We'd wanted to go to Michael's for years, but with babies, etc., we'd never gotten to it. So glad we finally did. Can't wait to go back. Looks like they have a killer happy hour too!
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food, Great Service!
This was our third time eating at Michaels. The food was delicious- I love the Kamachi and my fiancé loves their Chicken Wings to start. I had the Loup de Mer and he had the NY- both cooked to perfection. The manager Mitch came by with some wonderful wine selections. His wine knowledge was sophisticated and added a nice touch. We love the outdoor seating. Definitely coming back!!! Thank You!
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Surprised Dellight
Michael's new menu is modern and epicurean. Our multi-generation adult group enjoyed the patio, although a tad bit noisy for the oldest ones, but energetic enough for the younger adults. Seemed not appropriate for children. Inside bar was active, and seemed like one could just pop in.Offerings included full-size entrees' as well as small bites, the latter for sharing or large enough for one person. I felt the Kale salad, very tasty, was a little tough as another had reported but the expert natural foodist at the table absolutely loved it. The lobster pot pie, with big chunks of main lobster, was the biggest hit for the rest of us. Finally, the mixologist offered special drinks for the evening and was right-on with quirky requests.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
SAT NIGHT AT MICHAELS
WE WERE EARLY, BT THEY FOUND US A PERFECT TABLE. THE FOOD WAS WONDERFUL, TURKEY POT PIE, CAULIFLOWER SUOP , BOULLIBAISSE, LOVELY. WAITER WAS SWEET AND HELPFUL ,AS WS EVERYONE. HAPPY AND BEAUTIFUL ATMOSPHERE. BUILDING IS INTERESTING, MID-CENTURY. I THINK IT MAY HAVE BEEN DONE BY CALIF ARCHITECT, MCCOY.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
New special octopus is extremely tender and really great!
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great spot to share with friends ..
Great choice of menu items ... full meals and small plates ... you get to choose ...
Very enjoyable format ... with good service and nice patio when the weather is good ...
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was very good (I had prok, my wife salmon... both absolutely recommendable). The ambiance even better --the back patio is perfect for a romantic dinner. What really deserves hats off is the waiter: super courteous and professional, his recommendations ended up being great. As por price, get ready to $35-ish per person, plus tip.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had long wanted to try Michael's. I was delighted that it pretty much met my expectations--superior food and ambience and pretty good service.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food...but the service??
The food & atmosphere was great as always & the service was great UNTIL...we paid and left a 25% tip. At that point we entered an alternate universe at Michael's - one that was very disappointing.
Our waitress GRABBED our payment from the table without a glance & without a thank you. Her energy had changed drastically & negatively & we wondered what happened to her. One of the other wait staff immediately after asked if we wanted anything else and I asked for more water and my friend asked for a refill on her decaff, and 15 minutes later, nothing had been served to us, so we assumed that meant they wanted us out, even though there were 4 empty tables - we counted!
This is no way to get return customers.
10/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
Still wonderful all these years!
I'd not been to Michael's in many years since moving to Ojai and far north of Los Angeles but chose to return when planning a dinner with friends who flew in from the east coast and were staying at a local, nearby Santa Monica hotel. I was greeted and treated like an old friend who had been missed. The ambience was still beautiful and natural - the service helpful and terrific - and the food excellent on all levels -- from salads, entrees and deserts. I was so pleased that I've promised myself to return again more often during my not infrequent trips back to LA from Ojai.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Micheal's is great
Love everything about Michael's , food and prices,
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
I love the new menu and the
I love the new menu and the chef is quite talented and adventurous.
Michael's has always been a favorite of mine and now it is affordable to a wider range of diners. The crowd at the bar for all -night happy hour is lively and fun.
I always love to dine in the lush romantic garden and it never disappoints.
It is always such a special touch that Michael comes around to each table to speak to his diners.
Consistently delicious , never disappoints.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Still a personal touch
After all these years the owner (Michael) still comes out to greet the patrons. The menu is limited but the food is excellent, and the service is warm and friendly. The covered patio is a lovely setting.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Michael's has morphed from a very high brow restaurant famous for its small portions and high prices into a place you can visit often and get a good choice of good food. I highly recommend it.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very cool, excellent ambiance
Quiet and may see some stars. Unique menu. Excellent service. Romantic. Ask for Jimmie Dee.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
A long standing Santa Monica gem
The food is Stiller seasonal and well executed. All the seafood was expertly prepared. The pizza we had as appetizer was thin crusted, with good mozzarella but not outstanding. Server iwas knowledgeable and helpful and the patio, with the tables not so close to each other, is still one of the nicest and it makes for a relaxed dinner with conversation easily flowing without shouting. The inside needs updating
12/11/2013 4:00:00 PM