Michael's Cafe

4.5
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1618 Reviews
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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

What 1618 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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TP
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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

MA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

G
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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

GN
Baltimore
11 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
214 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
2 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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K
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

The quality of the food has declined in the past year or so. BRING BACK THOSE DELICIOUS BAKED POTOTAES,

Michael's Cafe
Responded on November 8, 2019

Sandy, we are very sorry that your meal was not up to our typical standards. We hope to see you again soon to show you we are the amazing restaurant that has been around for over 35 years.

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RG
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place! We live in Virginia but grew up in the Lutherville Timonium area. Any time we are here to visit it is a must to get a crab cake at Michael's. Some of the best we have ever had. Have never had a bad meal here. Had a family party in May and rented out the bar area. The service , ambiance and food were outstanding. Highly recommend Michael's Café!

Michael's Cafe
Responded on November 8, 2019

Robert, Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your experience with us. We are thrilled you enjoyed everything, especially our famous crab cakes! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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M
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, excellent crab cakes, and terrific service is exactly why I have been coming here for 35 years!

Michael's Cafe
Responded on October 10, 2019

Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a fantastic review! We are famous for our family secret crab cake recipe and we are so happy we didn't disappoint! We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Am very disappointed at your not putting prices on items like filets, as I was shocked at a $39 price on a tiny piece of tenderloin. Big turn-off! Unlike seafood, beef prices don’t vary appreciably.

Michael's Cafe
Responded on October 10, 2019

We are very sorry with the shock when the bill arrived at the table. We do have all of our Prime steaks labeled Market Price on our menu. We pride ourselves on bringing in the best product, so in this case our prime select steaks. The prices for these products do vary depending on what the farm is marketing them as when we order. We absolutely understand your frustration and we will speak to our server staff to ensure that our guests are made aware prior to ordering.

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J
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great crab Cakes!

Michael's Cafe
Responded on October 10, 2019

We LOVE our famous crab cakes! We hope to see you again soon.

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LS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We had the fried green tomatoes, the breading tasted like flour, and we had steamed clams and unfortunately 2 from our order were inedible. Drinks were way over priced. More than likely will not return.

Michael's Cafe
Responded on October 10, 2019

Lisa, we are very sorry you did not have an enjoyable experience with us. We will talk to our chefs to ensure that our clams and fried green tomato stack come out properly. We appreciate you bringing this to our attention and we hope you visit us again.

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OT
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable and delicious meal

Michael's Cafe
Responded on October 10, 2019

Thank you very much! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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n
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious. Very nice wait staff.

Michael's Cafe
Responded on October 10, 2019

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

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OT
Baltimore
31 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Rye bread was stale for the sandwich, server was pleasant but not attentive - no one to bring attention to the situation!

Michael's Cafe
Responded on October 2, 2019

We are very sorry to hear about your experience with us. We will talk to our chefs to ensure the bread does not go out stale again. Thank you for bringing this to our attention and we hope to see you again.

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TP
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, amazing staff, friendly atmosphere!

Michael's Cafe
Responded on October 2, 2019

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

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OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for brunch and it was fantastic as always

Michael's Cafe
Responded on October 2, 2019

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

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P
Baltimore
49 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good food as always. Server was great

Michael's Cafe
Responded on October 2, 2019

Phyl, thank you for your kind words! We hope to see you again soon!

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SJ
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The chicken francaise dish was tasty but should be more tender. Thinner noodles or flavored rice with herbs would accommodate the dish better. The rockfish was very good, cooked just right. Rice was passable but again adding herbs, pehaps thyme and parsley would would make the total diish cohesive.

Michael's Cafe
Responded on October 2, 2019

Sandra, thank you for taking the time to let us know about experience! We appreciate your feedback and will show our chef to ensure all dishes are top notch. Thank you again.

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r
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service as always! Our server was very friendly and helpful.

Michael's Cafe
Responded on October 2, 2019

Rick, thank you very much for taking the time to let us know about your experience! We are so thrilled to hear that service is consistently top notch when you dine! We hope to see you again soon.

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J
Baltimore
29 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and excellent server (Alan)

Michael's Cafe
Responded on October 2, 2019

John, thank you for taking the time to let us know about your experience! We hope to see you again soon.

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M
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was our second time here first time for brunch. Everything was good minus the breakfast potatoes. My wife said most of it was overdone to burned. Everything else was great. Our server John C. was great and friendly.

Michael's Cafe
Responded on September 16, 2019

Mike, thank you for taking the time to let us know about your experience. We will speak to the chef about our home fries. John will be very excited to hear your amazing feedback on his service! We hope to see you again soon.

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j
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Had the lobster roll and it was better than the ones I had in Maine. Highly recommend this restaurant!

Michael's Cafe
Responded on October 2, 2019

June, thank you very much for the amazing feedback! What a compliment! We hope to see you again soon.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience1

Dated, dark and dingy. The photos are of the ‘patio’ bar area, the rest of the restaurant is nothing like the photos. We went for dinner, it was very dark in the dining room, could barely see in front of me once it was dark outside. The chair seats were worn, the carpet was dingy (carpet in a dining room grosses me out honestly) and it was very loud. Disappointing food - my boyfriend got the pepperoni flatbread, it was under cooked and floppy. Our waiter was quick and helpful at first, but seemed to get frazzled as the restaurant got more busy. The wine selection read like the grocery store shelf, nothing I couldn’t buy around the corner. Overall did not meet the expectations I had when I booked the reservation, would not recommend to anyone expecting modern, clean decor or fine dining.

Michael's Cafe
Responded on September 16, 2019

We are very sorry you did not enjoy your experience with us. As a restaurant that has been around for over 35 years we would like to note our establishment has an array of decor that makes us a staple in the neighborhood. We have multiple different rooms that offer different levels of ambience. We do apologize that your meal was not up to par and service lacking. We will speak to our chefs and service staff to ensure that does not happen again.

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E
Baltimore
43 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I’ve not been to Michaels in several years. I was very glad that we chose to come here again. I was surprised what a good time we had. The food itself was Delicious. My octopus appetizer was then usually large portion and was Expertly prepared. My mother-in-law who considers herself a connoisseur of crabcakes found her crabcake to be delicious.

The enjoyment of our meal was increased by our excellent server Mary. She was extremely pleasant and efficient. Next time I visit will be in the near future. Also I will also make every effort to get a table that Mary serves at as she definitely increased the enjoyment of our meal.

Michael's Cafe
Responded on September 15, 2019

Eddie, thank you for taking the time to let us know about your experience. Mary has working with us for over 14 years and is an outstanding server! We are so happy she took great care of you! We are known for our seafood dishes, especially our crab cakes so we are so happy we did not disappoint! We hope to see you again soon.

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RR
Baltimore
55 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I visit Michael's quite often. What can I say, Michael's never disappoints.

Michael's Cafe
Responded on September 15, 2019

Rodney, thank you for your amazing review! We look forward to seeing you soon!

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s
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In my opinion, Michael's has the best crabcakes in Baltimoe! Service is always top notch and food always delicious! We love this place.

Michael's Cafe
Responded on September 15, 2019

Thank you very much for your outstanding feedback! We are thrilled you enjoyed our famous crab cakes! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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