About Michael's Cafe

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.

2119 York Road
Timonium, MD 21093
View Larger Map

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Seafood, American

Hours of Operation:
Open 10am Everyday

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(410) 252-2022

Website:
http://www.michaelscafe.com/

Entertainment:
EVERY WEDNESDAY 7PM AND EVERY FRIDAY 9PM

Catering:
PLEASE CALL

Parking Details:
PLEASE USE OUR VACANT LOT SOUTH SIDE OF RESTAURANT FOR ADDITIONAL PARKING

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Michael's Cafe Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.0

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (44)
Neighborhood Gem (41)
Bar Seating (35)
See All
Good for a Date (33)
Great for Lunch (32)
Good for Groups (30)
Special Occasion (30)
Business Meals (26)
Great for Outdoor Dining (26)
Good for Birthdays (25)
Good for Anniversaries (24)
Sunday Lunch (20)
Happy Hour (20)
Comfort Food (18)
Great for Brunch (17)
Vibrant Bar Scene (17)
Fun (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Hot Spot (12)
Cozy (11)
Creative Cuisine (11)
People Watching (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Late-night Find (8)
Romantic (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
Quick Bite (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Seasonal (6)
Great Beer (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Authentic (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Healthy (4)
Live Music (4)
Live Sports (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Tapas (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Sort by
S
1145 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined 4 days ago

I dine out fairly often for lunch and Michael’s is a frequent selection. The food, staff and general ambiance appeal to me and allows me to overcome some of the parking shortcomings. That being said, selecting different times to dine allows me to not have any parking inconvenience.

Tags: Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Comfort Food
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined 6 days ago

Thank you Michael's for fulfilling our request to be seated in the main dining room. With my wife needing to use crutches while recovering from foot surgery, it was nice to get out for a good meal and not have to navigate through a crowded dining room to get to a remote spot. The maitre d' had a table for us right at the entrance and had us seated immediately. Our waitress Melanie provided us with great service and was very knowledgeable about the menu.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, People Watching, Casual, Live Sports, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service4
value3

vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined 6 days ago

Good food and good, attentive service.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Cream of crab was loaded with nice lumps of crab. I had a burger which I was disappointed, should have stuck with my original plan to have crab cakes. It was tasteless. My daughter enjoyed her blt and my son in law liked his chicken and waffles. Wish there were better red wine choices by the glass.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service3
value3

 
·Dined on November 12, 2017

Seriously the best French toast I have ever had. Really good bloody mary too!

Tags: Great for Brunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Went for our anniversary, did not have a table in the dining area. Had to have dinner in the bar area. To noisy for a anniversary. But the food was excellent. Still would recommend for dinner.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service4
value4

vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Entrees tasted ok. Did not have available a number of things on menu. Server was very good and polite. Apologized for restaurant shortcomings.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience3
service4

vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 10, 2017

First time for dinner . Have enjoyed lunch several times prior. Delicious meal s. My husband raved about the Calamari. Excellent service --Emma was terrific.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Greensboro)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Sorry entrees Prime Rib was certainly not Prime Beef, not even Choice ,cut and tasted like Good.

Fish and Chips no way it was Cod ,it looked and tasted like Talipa. Drink prices were up their and Skimpy.

Service was good but the above items will tell us thats it for Michaels Cafe.

Tags: Happy Hour
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience1
service5
value1

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 9, 2017

It has been 10 years since I have been back to Michaels. It was always a special place to come and eat their crab cakes....and used to go there 6-7 times a year when I was working in Baltimore....was very dissapointed as there was more filling in the crab cakes than before and not as tasty...receipe must have changed or they are skimping to keep prices down. Shame....

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service4
value3

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Second time I have ordered N Y Strip medium rare and both times over cooked!! Chef should know how to do this properly! I didn't send it back but next time I will . Other meals in our group were very good.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Casual, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Fun, Business Meals, Great for Brunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service2
value4

vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Waitress very good.noise level terrible.
Meal good. You can't control rude, loud customers-too bad.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service5

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Passed by for years but never stopped in before. Restaurant was packed on a Saturday afternoon, but they are large enough to accommodate. Brunch menu's healthier options were all great. Acai Bowl and Banana Split yogurt fruit granola sunday. French toast was delicious. Eggs bene with filet/gruyere was a pass unfortunately- grey bland filet and under poached eggs with runny, still clear whites. English muffin texture was doughy, soggy and undertoasted. Otherwise, service was super friendly ( albeit, not terribly fast) and food was otherwise generally good with a few true bright spots. Anywhere with such a large menu usually struggles to do it ALL well, so you just have to order well. Original section is definitely dated, but I would love to come back and sit in the airy and light addition with friends for a drink. Cocktails looked promising!

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service4
value3

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 2, 2017

My least favorite experience there. It was below average at best. Very disappointing from my standpoint.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience3
service1
value1

 
·Dined on November 1, 2017

We enjoyed a great meal. One of our party members is vegan and they had nice options for him. Service was wonderful. Highly recommend!

Tags: Good for Groups
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
·Dined on November 1, 2017

My husband took me there for out 21st Wedding Anniversary and I would definitely recommend Michaels Café.
The food was great but our server Samantha was even better -- we enjoyed the attention and bright personality she provided not just to use but to other diners that were in our area.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Quick Bite, Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Fun
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service5
value4

vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Staff at Michael’s is outstanding, and the food is excellent. We are never disappointed.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Everything was absolutely delicious & you can’t complain about the bottomless mimosas for only $11.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on October 28, 2017

The food was very good. My steak was cooked a perfect medium and was delicious. The cream of crab soup was also full of lump crab and very tasty. This is our special occasion place as the prices are pretty high, but always excellent food, always.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service3
value3

vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Michael’s is a good place for a business lunch because the food is good and the servers are attentive.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 27, 2017

October 28 was a fun night at Michaels. We went for a birthday dinner and all the staff was dressed for Halloween. They looked great. Crab cakes were delicious, one of the best in town. Fun night! Staff was wonderful and attentive.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Brian was our server and he was very nice. Food was good and the booth seating was very comfortable.

Tags: Seasonal, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Three of us went to Michael’s Cafe on a Thursday afternoon and couldn’t believe how crowded it was - I was very glad I had made a reservation. Our server, Skyelar, couldn’t have been nicer or more professional. Two of us had chicken salad sandwiches and I had a shrimp salad wrap that was delicious. Each sandwich was accompanied by a pickle spear and home made potato chips smothered in seasoning. We also shared an order of fries that arrived very hot and not greasy. We’ve gone to Michael’s several times for dinner but this was the first time we’d been there for lunch but it definitely won’t be the last time.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Disabled Access, Great Beer, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Live Sports, Great for Lunch, Casual, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 24, 2017

As always Michael's is very dependable with good food and service. It is a great place for lunch and we always sit in the bar which is a bit busy and loud but more casual than the dining room. I have been going there for years and always enjoy it.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service3
value4

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Our waitress, Karen, was super. My sandwich was OK but it was partly my fault as I had read the description wrong and asked for some changes which did not turn out for the best.
So my food was just OK; my husband's sandwich very good. The fries again just OK
We split a piece of cheese cake which was absolutely excellent.
So mixed review for Michael's.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience3
service4
value2

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 19, 2017

The two people in our party who had steak were immensely pleased--as was the one who had rockfish. But the one who had oysters was disappointed and thought the were overcooked.

We got a nice the quiet table (booth as requested). We were celebrating four birthdays--and were delighted with the complimentary cheesecake desserts. Than you!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Richmond)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The food was excellent, but the service was horrible! Our waiter seemed to have too many tables. We asked for things several times before receiving them. It took a long time for him to take our order. Then we waited a long time for the food to arrive. We had two small children who were amazingly patient during the whole time.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service2
value4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We weren’t offered a chance to eat in the dining area only bar area. . Food was ok. Not great. Crab cake was good have had better.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service4
value3

 
·Dined on October 13, 2017

We went to see the band Barefoot Johnny's and we were pleasantly surprised by the whole experience. It made the hours drive to get there very worthwhile.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We had a very nice time. The food was great. Great service too. A bit pricey, but we chose entrees instead of sandwiches.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
·Dined on October 12, 2017

The menu offers something for everyone; we enjoy the crab cakes, the raw PEI oysters are "to die for" at really fair prices; rock fish is available, the steak offerings look inviting and most entrees are available with lump crabmeat. Prime rib specials on Thursday nights; hard top beat this place!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Excellent service-- good food --- quaint and casual -- nice place to go and relax and enjoy good food and good company

Tags: Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value3

vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Went for a special birthday brunch. We were in a side room that was small and hot and loud due to two other groups in there. The food was slow to arrive and not great. Poached eggs were hard boiled on several of our meals. The corned beef hash was sad, with a few meat shreds and undercooked brussel sprouts mixed into the standard breakfast potatoes. Four of us ordered it and it was all the same. At least there was a bottomless mimosa. So disappointed because we've had good meals there in the past. Might be a while before we go back for brunch.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service3
value3

vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The calamari was delicious and tender, although the sweet Thai sauce was vinegary. The stuffed shrimp was tough and the lobster roll was dry. Our server was great.

Tags: Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service5
value2

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 6, 2017

I thought the restaurant’s ambiance was very nice, along with the location. The restaurant is perfect for a casual evening out. I was prepared to have a great evening dinner because I was really impressed by the way the restaurant looks. It could’ve been just the waiter (name I forgot) that helped us this evening. The place was very busy but our service was very slow. I would’ve blamed it on how busy the place was but they appeared to have more than enough waiters and waitresses. I love Italian food and the food wasn’t that great for an Italian restaurant in my opinion.

Tags: Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience5
service1
value3

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Always a great and consistent spot. I'd recommend to anyone.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 5, 2017

We went to Michaels to celebrate Mom's 92nd birthday. Many of her friends have gone there and rave about it. We had been once for lunch and it was good. We were there early and there were few customers, but it filled quickly during the time we were there. The food was good, hot when served and attractive to look at. One of us has food allergies and our server knew what ingredients were in dishes, so nothing was a surprise. Our server, Mary, was very attentive. We had taken our own birthday cake and they presented it after we were through with our meals. It was a very nice place to go and we would recommend it for brunch on Sunday, lunch and dinner.

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Knowledgeable and friendly staff. Great beer selection. Very large space

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on October 2, 2017

Best spot in Baltimore area for crab cakes
I’ve tried many in the area

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We were there on a Sunday night at 6:00. Service was prompt- our server, while she forgot a salad for my mom, was great. It was my daughter's birthday and she brought the dessert out with a candle. I'm embarrassed that I do not remember her name, but she was very friendly and on-point.
Three people at our table had crab cakes; personally I thought they were great but for the kids there was a little seasoning in there that made it spicy. Adults would be fine with it. I had the mahi mahi special. While it's accompaniments were delicious, the fish was pretty bland.
I would say over-all, it's a nice place to celebrate a birthday or anniversary. Oh- ask for a booth! Our table was close to the center and it was a little difficult to hear each other and not as intimate.

Tags: Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service5
value3

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.