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Miceli's - Universal

4.2
236 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem

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Enjoy Italian cuisine at Miceli's in Universal City. Family-owned, it offers guests traditional fare prepared using family recipes and a great atmosphere with singing staff. Miceli's is open for dinner and lunch. It serves up appetizers like chicken marinara, fried zucchini and steamed mussels. Guests can feast on spinach lasagna, veal milanese or sausage cacciatore as a main course. Its popular pizza with a choice of toppings, savory soups and fresh topped salads can also be found on the menu.

Miceli's was the winner of the Diner's Choice 2015 award by OpenTable and has been patronized by many famous celebrities, as well dignitaries, over the years. It hosts parties and events for various occasions. This Italian restaurant welcomes reservations and has valet parking, making it wonderful for date night.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Open for Lunch and Dinner daily
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Phone number
(323) 851-3344
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Lankershim/Ventura/Cahuenga West
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4.2based on all time ratings
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food
4.3
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on March 19, 2016

I've always loved Miceli's and go at least once a year. The food is consistently terrific, no matter what I order. I'm impressed with the remarkable musical talent of the wait staff who could easily be on the theater stage and enjoy their wide repertoire of songs. When you make a reservation, they get you seated on time. This last visit, however, it was terribly noisy. The microphones and speakers for the performers seemed to be turned on low volume because I could barely hear the music and vocalists. I've been there several times during busy Saturday and Friday nights and could always hear the music just fine. Perhaps there were unusually rowdy patrons that night. I've been there for lunch when there were no performers and the food is terrific even if you don't get the live musical show.

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2016

My family and I really enjoyed the ambiance and happy atmosphere at Miceli's-Universal. We celebrated my daughter's 20th bd party there. The waiters sang "Happy BD" to my daughter in both Italian and English. The food was also pretty good and the environment and service was great.

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3.0Dined on March 6, 2016

Miceli's, hasn't changed much over the years. The portions are large, the food is traditional old school Italian. It's good, not amazing if you like fresher, lighter fare. But if you want a big bowl of pasta and some Chianti, and singing and atmosphere - you'll be happy.

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4.0Dined on March 5, 2016

We were three friends getting together after not seeing each other for a few years. One of us had two children - an infant and a toddler. We went for an early lunch in the restaurant which was very quiet (at that time) and our server was very accommodating as well as entertaining the children. We had a great time and though we left a mess (the rambunctious toddler would not sit still), staff was more than happy to take care of us. It was good comfort food and we all enjoyed our entrees. Our waitperson really made our day by being very sweet to the children.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2016

Chicken parmigiana was delicious

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2016

We have been going to Miceli's on special occasions since I was a kid. The food is fantastic and the waiter's all sing. You cant help but have an amazing time.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2016

From the Hambergers to you, thanks for making our birthday celebration magical!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2016

Pizza was delicious!!!! Server was so sweet!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2016

Absolutely an amazing and unique dining experience.
I was more than satisfied with the service the food and the atmosphere. I will be returning to Miceli's over and over again because I know that I will be nothing short of satisfied with this restaurant and there unique entertainment.
I will be recommending Miceli's to all my friends and family .
Thank you to everyone on the Miceli's staff for making my Valentine's Day the most memorable I have ever had.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2016

We were seated right next to a birthday party of 15 girls and 2 boys! And when the did the cake it was right in front of our table, and when they left we had to deal with a 20 minute exodus! Oy Vay! Plus our server was mediocre. It was as though we were given to her last minute. She wasn't as attentive as I like my servers to be. And I tip VERY WELL when the service is stellar. And she didn't even serenade us and we were seated close to the band stand. Oh well. Next time we're going for the lovers balcony. In my opinion that's the only way I will be satisfied.

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5.0Dined on February 12, 2016

Joe is the perfect host. Is our go to place, perfect!

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2016

The singing waiters are fabulous! If for some reason you dont like the food, the waiters are worth the visit. You cant beat the price with entertainment.

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4.0Dined on January 25, 2016

This place has such a great feel to it. The decor made me feel like I was in a movie set. The staff sings to you! They're all singers, every single one! It was so beautiful to hear them sing. It may be awkward for some people - being sang to is not for everyone. However, I enjoyed it and it normally makes me feel uncomfortable. Keep that in mind.
The food is delicious, fresh, and very filling! If you're a group of two, stay with one pizza! We ordered two and barely made a dent.

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2016

A fantastically fun place. The waiters and waitresses are such good singers, the may be next years grammy winners

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2016

Our waitress was friendly and ready to sing when we asked if she sang as well. The food came out hot and fresh. Salad dressing was homemade and delicious(Italian dressing)

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2.0Dined on January 14, 2016

stopped in for dinner on a weekend. they have singing waiters which can get kind of loud with a drummer and piano player. I tried the spaghetti & meatballs - meatballs were mushy and bland even though our waiter gave them an enthusiastic recommendation. my wife had a chicken milanese which was okay. Waiter was friendly which helped. wanted to like the place more. oh well...

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5.0Dined on January 3, 2016

Food was delicious, good atmosphere good place for hangouts

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5.0Dined on January 2, 2016

What a wonderful place! And the entertainment from the waiters and waitresses, what a gem! We had such a great time and the food was amazing. Thank you Miceli's!

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5.0Dined on January 2, 2016

This is a feel good place. One of our favs to bring visitors to.
The food's good, but it's the whole experience. Our waitress took our order, then went up to the piano, and belted out a Broadway showstopper!
The whole staff was real friendly, except for the piano player. He played well, but seemed to be in a grouchy mood. Whatever, we'll be back. There's no place like it.

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5.0Dined on January 1, 2016

The service was ok. The waitress didn't really interact with use as much as the last time we were there. I love the food. It's amazing and love the atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2015

Waiters and Waitresses sing and also serve the food. The kids love going for their birthdays and special occasions.

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2015

Been going to Miceli's for years and it stil tops our "Where do we want to meet up with..." list. A good late-night spot to split a ceaser salad after a show and a fun place to get together with friends. The place is loud, like a good party, particularly on the weekends and each of the waiting staff takes turns singing at the piano-everything from pops to opera to Broadway (our waiter had recently finished a gig singing in Turendot). But the singing adds to the ambiance, and the service-cashier, host/hostess, bartender and waiting staff-is always super friendly. A good price range of wines with some very good budget-priced wines (could use a couple of micro-brews for us beer lovers). The food is consistantly good, with the usual Italian cuisine staples-lasagna, manacotti, paramagian, piccata, etc.

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4.0Dined on December 8, 2015

A nice romantic Italian restaurant near Universal City with very good food. If you want pizza, their Pizza House 4 toppings of your choice is a sure pleaser. What sets this restaurant apart from just another Italian restaurant with good food are the singing food servers with the accompaniment of a versatile pianist. The food tastes that much better with the musical appetizers.

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5.0Dined on December 6, 2015

Fun and great food. What more can you ask for? Singing.....they have that too!

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5.0Dined on December 5, 2015

Delicious Italian food, friendly servers, and a great atmosphere. We had a reservation and still had to wait 20 minutes, but it was worth it.

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5.0Dined on November 29, 2015

Great food and nice entertainment. The waiters and waitresses perform as well as serve.. Reasonably priced and family friendly. Outstanding Italian dishes... and you can create your own meal...

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3.0Dined on November 27, 2015

Great show, worth coming to see the waitstaff perform

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1.0Dined on November 15, 2015

Worst food ever. Fried and sauce tasted like catsup

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5.0Dined on November 15, 2015

What a fun place to eat! The waiters and waitresses sing songs from musicals and everyone is very friendly. You don't feel rushed but are served in a timely manner!

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5.0Dined on November 3, 2015

Attention to detail and friendly service from Charlotte added to the enjoyment of quality food items.

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5.0Dined on October 31, 2015

This was my 2nd time there. I brought my son and girlfriend, who had not been. Loved the music and the atmosphere and the pizza. We were thrilled to have a celebrity sitting in the booth next to us.

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4.0Dined on October 29, 2015

Extremely tasty and delicious food - waiter staff was extremely friendly and funny the restaurant had a fantastic fun atmosphere. When the piano is playing really hard to talk to your party if you are at the tables around it do be aware of that

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5.0Dined on October 24, 2015

This restaurant never disappoints. The veal is excellent, the portions are plenty and the singers just make you join in. So much fun !!!

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4.0Dined on October 21, 2015

Wished there was a good amount of live music but unfortunately, we only heard a couple of singing acts and an instrumental solo. We weren't seated right away but once we were, our server was excellent and made sure throughout our dinner everything was ok. They sang a nice Happy birthday song to my mom and we were quite pleased about that. I just hope on our next visit, there will be more music since that was the reason we made reservations in the first place. Last May when we came for my step dad's birthday dinner, there was a considerable amount of songs and we enjoyed that very much. I was quite disappointed with the music this last visit.

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4.0Dined on October 17, 2015

Even with a reservation we have to wait. They never have a table ready at your reservation time.

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3.0Dined on October 17, 2015

Too, too loud for us. Lots of singing by waitresses and waiters but way too loud into the mic! Couldn't begin to have a conversation so we left after a short while. Don't go there for a romantic Italian dinner; it's not to be had there. BUT if you want a boisterous place with a community feel, go for it!---

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5.0Dined on October 16, 2015

We came here with a church group to celebrate a visiting Pastor/wife from Seattle. The Pastor said the food was the best since he was in Chicago! He will be returning when he comes back to Los Angeles. We loved the Opera singers, magnificent! I plan on returning for our next family gathering, thank you! Was an outstanding evening.

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5.0Dined on October 10, 2015

Can't ever go wrong with this place. If you love Italian, you must dine here.

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5.0Dined on October 10, 2015

Valentines Table was great and the service was awesome!

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1.0Dined on October 3, 2015

Total was about $140 so I left $20 cash tips at the table.
Cashier was followed to the parking lot before I leave and asked me anything wrong with service. He should be prudent before asked me about tip. I went with my VIPs and it was very unpleasant experience.

They should check table carefully before make mistakes.

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