Michael's Cafe

4.5
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
It is constant attention to detail that sets Michael's apart from the rest. The Dellis family welcomes you. Our commiment to quality, service and atmosphere are key to the success of our restaurant. We pride ourselves on the fact that the majority of our menu is homemade, using only the finest and freshest ingredients.

Specials

Libations, Food, and Fun

Come join us for the best happy hour with small plates and drinks starting at just $2.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: May 6, 2019

Ends: May 7, 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 3:00PM-7:00PM

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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.5
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K
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would like to commend Jenna H for her quick and efficient service. Also a hearty commendation to Jeff, the manager for service far beyond the call of duty in trying to straighten out an issue with an Open Table cash voucher. The food was very good, but it would have been nice to have had a baked potato with the meal. For some inexplicable reason, Michael's won't put them back on the menu despite many other requests from patrons to do so. In the past, the baked potato was exceptional.

D
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The waitress was not really attentive. The menu has changed hard to decipher. Lots of items said market which made it difficult to decide having to wait for the waitress to show up to ask. Food was not worth the money spent. Won’t be coming back any time soon.

Y
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was disappointing this time. Value and taste were below par. Noise levels were high.

LW
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience4

The distraction from Michael's Cafe was the taste of the food. Reading reviews everyone talked about how good the food taste. I thought this would be a great place for lunch. My friends had been to Michael's Cafe before but, I had not. This is the first time I have gone to a 4 star and above restaurant and the food was not up to the rating. The food was lacking seasoning which cause me to never want order the meal again. I had the fried green tomatoes and fish and chips. Though the cod was nice and tender it lacked flavor. The friend green tomatoes was nicely friend and the tomato was tender, but again it lacked seasoning.

The service, location, atmosphere were great it was just the food.

TP
Baltimore
26 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic food and fun!

H
Baltimore
35 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The foos is always terrific. You never have to wait very long. The staff is friendly and very nice. That's why I continue to return to Michael's.

R
Baltimore
46 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We went to Michael’s for New Years Eve dinner. They had a special menu. I was disappointed that they didn’t have the regular menu as well. The food was OK but not as good as the regular menu. I think next time I will go somewhere else.

Michael's Cafe
Responded on January 3, 2020

Robert, we are sorry you did not enjoy our New Years Eve menu. Almost all items were items selected from our normal menu. If there was a particular menu you would like to see on next years menu we love all feedback! Thank you and we hope to see you again soon.

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MT
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The shrimp and grits was absolutely delicious. The portion was so generous, I couldn’t finish. Always great service and yummy drink options.

Michael's Cafe
Responded on January 3, 2020

Thank you for such wonderful feedback on the shrimp and grits! It is one of our favorite dishes on the menu! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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G
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was much improved over my last visit

Michael's Cafe
Responded on January 3, 2020

We are sorry to hear your previous experience was not up to par but we are very please you tried us again and enjoyed! We hope to see you again soon.

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MD
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another Great Meal at Michael's Cafe

Michael's Cafe never disappoints and this recent visit was no exception--our waitress Lydia showed perfect, intuitive timing (despite a very busy Christmas Eve dinner service) and was charmingly funny and engaging; the food was excellent in the lively, friendly venue; the manager was making the rounds and was interactive and truly interested in the patrons. We drive a bit of a distance to get to Michael's but it is always worth the trip, and we shall return!

Michael's Cafe
Responded on January 3, 2020

Thank you very much for taking the time to write such wonderful feedback. We are truly thankful for choosing us to celebrate your Christmas Eve dinner. Lydia will be thrilled when we relay this message to her. We hope you had a great holiday and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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R
Baltimore
47 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our crab cake dinners were delicious! We always enjoy Michael’s and look forward to eating there. When you request that your food be prepared a certain way, it is. Best local restaurant!

Michael's Cafe
Responded on January 3, 2020

Robert, thank you for taking the time to write such wonderful feedback. We hope to see you again soon!

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JC
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

This used to be our “go to” place. Not any more. Menu has changed for the worst. Who ever heard of a restaurant that doesn’t offer a baked potato ? Food is mediocre at best. We won’t be returning.

Michael's Cafe
Responded on January 3, 2020

Jim we are very sorry if you are not intrigued with our new menu items. We have kept all of our go to classics and added a few new seasonal items to ensure we are always bringing in the freshest ingredients. The research we have done in our area many restaurants do not have baked potatoes, that being said that doesnt mean it will never return but we wanted to bring in other starches and vegetables for the time being.

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l
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service with outstanding food. Our waitress was wonderful.

Michael's Cafe
Responded on January 3, 2020

Thank you very much for your wonderful review! We hope to see you again soon.

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MS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I would recommend Michael's, but with some reservations. Their food is well prepared, but quite expensive for what it is. I mean $23 for a single crabcake, that comes only with fries and coleslaw? There are very limited selections on the menu for "standard" sides......mashed potatoes, coleslaw, fries and cooked spinach.....not even a baked potato .

Good food, but way overpriced

Michael's Cafe
Responded on January 3, 2020

Mark, we are very sorry if we did not live up to our Michael's Cafe standards when you joined us. We pride ourselves on our crab cakes bringing in the best local jumbo lump crab meat which reflects the pricing. Many other restaurants use crab meat from other countries during the winter but we only like to bring in local meat to ensure you are getting the best product around. We will speak to our chef about a larger side choice selection. We hope to see you again soon.

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MF
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

I was a little disappointed.
Our waitress was very a nice young lady but she somewhat unfamiliar with the entrees.
I was unhappy with my Rock Fish - it was a little pricey for what seemed like a small-medium sized filet on a large pile of white rice. There was some decent lump crap meat pieces but, no other vegetables???

Michael's Cafe
Responded on January 3, 2020

Michael, thank you for taking the time to let us know about your experience. We would like to apologize for the lack in service the evening you joined us. We also would like to apologize if the Rockfish Nicholas was not up to our Michael's Cafe standards. It is one of our signature dishes that has been on our menu for years. We hope to see you again soon.

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SB
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

So this was an outing for my mom's 75th Birthday. The service was really poor. Our waitress name was Mary. She just did not make me or my mom feel welcome. The food was very underwhelming. Would not tell anyone to go there ever. Worst experience ever.

Michael's Cafe
Responded on January 3, 2020

Sammie, we are very sorry to hear about your experience with us. We never want our guests to leave unhappy due to food or service. If you would like to discuss this more in detail please contact me at emma@michaelscafe. c o m

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drink was good and service was great.

n
Baltimore
60 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lobster roll....full and delicious.
Great service from a young woman

Michael's Cafe
Responded on January 3, 2020

Nathan, thank you for taking the time to write such wonderful feedback! Our lobster roll is one of our favorite sandwiches! We hope to see you again soon!

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CJ
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I first had lunch in the bar a few months ago while house hunting. I had the split level soup and the lobster roll. The soup was stupendous and I have been craving it ever since. I ordered it for dinner and it did not disappoint! It was as good as I remember! I even took a pint to go! I ordered the Rockfish with lump crab meat, crispy leeks, and jasmine rice with a lemon buerre blanc sauce. It was delicious! I will definitely order it again. My husband started with the Caesar salad which was ok. He had the blackened salmon. The taste was delicious but the fish was rare when he ordered medium rare. They did make it right promptly. I like the informality of the bar and I would definitely eat there again.

Michael's Cafe
Responded on January 3, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your experience. We are thrilled you enjoyed everything but we do apologize about your husbands fish being undercooked. We love to hear the staff jumped into action to have the situation resolved. We hope you had a nice holiday and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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FF
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was excellent. Can't do better than this for seafood! Place was packed and noisy. Service was okay....a topping was forgotten and then forgotten again when it was pointed out to our waiter. Wish we lived closer to Michael's because we can't get seafood like that in our area!

Michael's Cafe
Responded on January 3, 2020

Thank you very much for taking the time to let us know about your experience. We are very sorry that service was lacking when you joined us but we are thrilled you enjoyed your dinner. We hope to see you again when you are back in the area!

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NB
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time with great friends to celebrate my birthday, coupled with good food and drinks. The Pork porterhouse was really good. The one thing I would do for the Lamb Meatball in the starter would be to put in a bit more of oregano and cumin. (I have friends who are Lebanese and Greek that make them all the time.) But I've never had a Maryland Mule that good in years. The Starters and Entrees were amazing. Many thanks to your chefs and their staff, and to the wait staff and hostess for a memorable evening. I haven't been to Michael's Cafe since 2015, I think, It's good to back. Thank you, Merry Christmas!

Michael's Cafe
Responded on January 3, 2020

Nicholas, thank you very much for taking the time to let us know about your wonderful experience. We are thrilled that our staff was able to make your dining experience enjoyable. We hope you had a lovely holiday and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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TP
Baltimore
26 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Leslie the hostess is the nicest most accommodating person. The food is always spot on delicious and the dirty martinis can’t be beat. I Love Michael’s

Michael's Cafe
Responded on January 3, 2020

Terri, thank you very much for the outstanding feedback! We will make sure Leslie see's your kind praise. We hope to see you again soon!

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MA
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our Christmas lunch at Michael's and everything was perfect from the wait staff to the food.

Michael's Cafe
Responded on January 3, 2020

Thank you Maryanne! We hope you had a lovely holiday! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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G
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I have to say how disappointed I was with my entree- short ribs. We began with the hot crab dip - which was quite good, a bit too cheesy but tasty. I had been looking forward to the short ribs all day long. They were fall off the bone tender, as you would expect. The only problem was that they really had no taste. Disappointed

Michael's Cafe
Responded on January 3, 2020

We are very sorry that our short ribs were not up to par when you joined us. We will speak to the chefs to ensure that they are cooking and seasoning them properly. Thank you for bringing this to our attention and we hope to see you again soon.

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GN
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came for breakfast. I had a Bloody Mary, half dozen Blue Point oysters, Steak, Eggs and Potatoes. The food was very tasty and reasonably priced.

Michael's Cafe
Responded on December 5, 2019

Gary, thank you for taking the time to let us know about your experience. We are thrilled you enjoyed your brunch! We hope to see you again soon.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service!

Michael's Cafe
Responded on December 5, 2019

Thank you very much! We hope to see you again soon.

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JI
Charleston
219 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best crab cakes anywhere. Place as become somewhat of a factory setting. Lost some ambience. Service was good. A little pricey.

JD
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tuna steak special with wasabi infused mashed potatoes was excellent. Perfectly cooked. Service was good too.

Michael's Cafe
Responded on December 5, 2019

Thank you very much for the wonderful feedback! We hope to see you again soon.

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IM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

The waiter was very attentive.
The food was mediocre.
I like my hot foods hot. The soup was great, the fries were cold. The waiter asked if I wanted more fries, but I declined.The seafood club was not good. It may have been because of the type of bread we chose.
We treated friends to dinner for their retirement and they consumed their meals. They did not indicate any issues.

Michael's Cafe
Responded on December 5, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your experience. We are very sorry that your fries were served cold. We are glad you and your guests were able to enjoy the rest of your evening with us. We hope to see you again soon.

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K
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience3

We have been patrons of Michael's Cafe for over 20 years and can't remember it falling so low relative to the food and value. One of us ordered the red snapper and when it arrived it barely resembled a piece of fish. ( had to send it back) and order the old standby delicious crab cake) which fortunately the current chef of the past 2 years has not had the opportunity to change and thus, ruin. We were served by a gal by the name of Lydia who was more than attentive and tried her best to make us happy. We continue, at this point, to try to be loyal, but can only be happy with the crab cake and lobster on Sunday nights. Other than that, unless there is a major change in the kitchen, we will be taking our patronage elsewhere.
P. S. We loved the baked potato of the past and miss it. It just seemed to go with almost every meal!

Michael's Cafe
Responded on November 24, 2019

Sandy, we are very sorry to hear that you had a bad experience at our restaurant. our very talented chef works extremely hard to ensure that we keep our amazing classics and incorporate new delicious dishes. As for your red snapper, we do serve all of our fish with the skin on, which we have done for years. As a restaurant that has been around for years we love to keep the classics but also have to grow with the culinary trends. We appreciate your years of patronizing our establishment.

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J
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat. Good food, excellent service.

Michael's Cafe
Responded on December 5, 2019

Jean, thank you very much for taking the time to let us know about your experience. We are thrilled you enjoyed everything. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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T
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

$53 is too much for steak and cake without a single side item...

OT
Baltimore
32 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Our go to order for a light dinner has always been the tuna tartare. Well, no more. Now it’s three slivers of tuna covered in mint leaves, and that’s it. We will find elsewhere for tuna.

Michael's Cafe
Responded on November 21, 2019

We are very sorry that you did not enjoy our new Tuna Crudo appetizer. We seasonally like to switch up a new items on our menu. In addition to having the Tuna Crudo appetizer we also offer Bigeye Tuna as an entree cooked to you preference with a choice of two sides.

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BW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice for a quick stop traveling between Baltimore and Pennsylvania.

N
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

$43.00 NY Strip steak was too tough and could not be eaten. Although it was compped it ruined the experience.

Michael's Cafe
Responded on November 8, 2019

We are very sorry to hear about your NY strip. We work very hard to ensure we are bringing in the best quality of prime steaks. We will speak to our chefs to ensure this does not happen again.

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s
London
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

My crab cake was not broiled long enough. Also. We were seated not in a good spot very close to lady room. And there were other table to put us

Michael's Cafe
Responded on November 8, 2019

Sharon, thank you for taking the time to let us know about your experience. We are extremely sorry that your crab cake was not cooked to your liking and that you were seated to closely to the restrooms. We will speak to our chef to ensure they are cooking our famous crab cakes fully so this does not happen again. Thank you for bringing this to our attention and we hope to see you again soon.

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HS
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a very nice birthday lunch with a dear friend

Michael's Cafe
Responded on November 8, 2019

Helen, thank you for your kind feedback! Thank you for celebrating with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant..... Look forward to dinner again.. Great food and atmosphere!

Michael's Cafe
Responded on November 8, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to write such wonderful feedback! We hope to see you again soon!

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G
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Thought the Filet and Crab Cake was too expensive - most nice restaurants priced $10 lower with demi-glaze on steak which did not exist. Menu was difficult - not explaining what some dishes actually were; i.e. Porterhouse would incline to think as steak and it was not. Cauiflower Steak - had no idea what it was - had to ask. Very noisy so for fine dining not acceptable - should be more relaxing. Will not return.

Michael's Cafe
Responded on November 8, 2019

Gary, we are sorry about the confusion on our menu. We use Market Price for of our prime steaks because we only bring in the best prime steaks which means there may be change in the pricing depending on the product we are bringing in. We are sorry for the confusion on the porterhouse- we do have it labeled as a pork porterhouse to help with the confusion from our guests. We apologize about the confusion and hope to see you again in the future.

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DS
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Haven't been to Michael's in quite some time. The new bar and dining area is very nice with a modern touch. Had a few TV's to catch some snipets of the game and the menu was very nice with great service from the waiter. Will def be going back.

Michael's Cafe
Responded on November 8, 2019

Dan, thank you for taking the time to write such wonderful feedback! We love our indoor patio for the more modern feel or our original bar for the more "old school" feel! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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