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About Michael's Genuine Food & Drink
Since Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink first opened in the Miami Design District in spring of 2007, diners have come to embrace and crave its refreshing combination of laid-back atmosphere and seriously good food, a neighborhood bistro that is the ultimate showcase for the type of cuisine that chef/owner Michael Schwartz does best – homemade, unpretentious, delectable, with an emphasis on great local ingredients. The restaurant is open seven days a week and serves lunch, an afternoon menu, dinner and brunch. Our main dining room and courtyard seat 100, and The Bar Room, an additional 16, with 24 more seats at a welcoming bar where guests can enjoy our Afternoon Menu including raw bar from 3pm-5:30pm Monday through Saturday. Sunday Brunch is where our small plates shine on a weekly-changing menu of savory and sweet. Our restaurant is located in the vibrant Design District neighborhood, luxury fashion’s new playground in Miami.
Miami, FL 33137
Contemporary American, Global, International
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Monday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Sunday: 5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Monday - Thursday: 5:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Friday: 5:30 p.m. - Midnight
Saturday: 5:30 p.m. - Midnight
Sunday 11:00 am - 3:00pm
Monday - Friday: 4:30pm - 7:30pm
N.E. 1st Avenue & N.E. 2nd Avenue
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
For catering and private events, please contact Director of Special Events Lindsay Guidos at firstname.lastname@example.org
Street Parking and Valet Parking available.
Miami Dade Transit Bus Lines # 2, # 3,# 9, # 10, # 36, # 93, # 202, # 236.
For detailed route information go to: http://www.miamidade.gov/transit/library/tm_for_web.pdf
Michael Schwartz, Chef de Cuisine Niven Patel
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
To purchase tickets and inquire about special events, please visit The Genuine Kitchen blog at thegenuinekitchen.com and click "Upcoming Events".
Since the restaurant opened in 2007, diners have come to embrace and crave its refreshing combination of laid-back atmosphere and seriously good food, a neighborhood bistro that is the ultimate showcase for the type of cuisine that chef/owner Michael Schwartz does best – homemade.
Michael's Genuine Food & Drink Ratings and Reviews
We made a reservation at 8pm and we did not get our table until 8:45pm. That is inexcusable for a place like this. Because of the delay they gave us some free snacks and the waiter was extremely nice and the food was delicious as always. But we still sat for 45 minutes . Up to 15 minutes is understandable. More than that is bad management.
Great service, evenly paced. Not rushed. Food as usual was excellent. However eggplant appetizer was bland. A bit disappointing. The heirloom tomato with straticiatella was OUTSTANDING. I was astonished that one -1- large (not even x large or jumbo) stone crab was $28 - more expensive than Joe’s Stone Crab!
It really pains me to write this review. I have had some amazing dining experiences at MGFD and this one was totally out of sync with the previous ones. The food lacked the excitement of previous meals - it was just OK (the short rib lacked flavor and was slightly dry). The service was TERRIBLE. The waitress had to be reminded twice of things we ordered and that never arrived, she was rarely around - we ran out of water (bottled, which makes you wonder) for a long period of time until I flagged someone down. The noise level was unbearable - I'm usually not that squeamish about that but we couldn't carry on a conversation (why they would have music from the speakers in a totally jammed packed small restaurant is beyond me). It wasn't an enjoyable experience. To add insult to injury the bill comes with the now standard Miami insult of calculating tips at minimum 18 and up to 25%. Give me a break - you are definitely not worth any of that.
I think Michael Schwartz should stop opening new restaurants in every corner and focus on the ones he has.
The food was excellent, however the waitress was odd. There was almost a blank expression on her face every time she came to the table and when she dropped off the check at the end, she just laid it on the table and walked away? No words? If you don't get this waitress, you will enjoy a great restaurant that has great food.
I was there was 2 girlfriends and we had a great dinner. The staff was very accommodating of one persons allergies and dietary restrictions. I appreciate their flexibility. The lamb ribs were great. The deserts were great too. Thanks to Bobby and his team for a nice night.
Was seated right away- outside. Inside noisy. Had to pay for bread/butter $5. Although it was very good, should not have an extra charge. Tilefish ceviche was good but too many vegetable and not enough fish. Eggplant appetizer was excellent. Pasta dish was good as was swordfish- and the portion was a good size. Pistachio cake was the best. Good service. Overall a very good experience.
The food was very good, although not too many plant-based options - everything, even the salads, had meat and/or dairy. I find this a general weakness in Miami restaurants, but it usually takes Miami several years to catch up with what the more progressive food hot-spots around the country are doing. They did accommodate my request to hold certain items, and service was great, although a little slow at times because the place was packed, both inside and out.
The one thing that kind of ruined the experience was that we were sitting outside on the patio and towards the end of the meal they sat a smoker right next to us. I had no idea this was allowed. It was gross and awful, and all the people sitting around the smoker that were getting wafted by the second-hand cigarette smoke were visibly not happy, including a family trying to shield their kids from the smoke. We ended up skipping dessert so that we could get out of there and away from the smoke blowing in our faces as quickly as possible. The smoker was the only person on the very full patio that was smoking. A small smoking section might be a good idea so that other people's meals aren't ruined.
I'm bummed, especially since up to that moment we were really enjoying ourselves and our meal.
The happy hour at the bar was fun with good oysters and mignonette. The table menu seemed uninspired and the food was ‘good’, nothing amazing. Maybe it was a little overhyped by friends who said it was one of the best in the city, so we were prepared for more. I’d go back to the bar and have appetizers.
The food was great, it didn't dissapoint, we had the 3 pound snapper which was big enough for sharing as well as a couple of medium plates. Unfortunately the service wasn't as great as expected but the tasty food made up for it, would definetly try again and hopefully will have a better server.
I chose dinner @ Michael’s with my Israeli in laws because (a) the food is consistently good, (b) the service is terrific, and (c) we could sit outside. As usual, all expectations were perfect met with perfection. The food in Tel Aviv is amazing, so the relatives are used to high quality, and they “loved” Michael’s Genuine... as do I.
We waited 2 hours for a meal that never arrived, UNBELIEVABLE!!!
When we asked the waiter he said that he forgot to place the order because he was really busy..... then we had the manager over and apologized for the inconvenience and assured us that he was going to take care of everything and that we would have our food soon, after 40 minutes still we had nothing, and we decided to leave finally after 2 hours of waiting and begging for the food and then they said that everything was ready and that they could pack it.
No other word would describe our experience as TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE and TERRIBLE!!!!! What a waste of time.
As a local, Michael's Genuine has remained my constant "Go to" spot for many years. Although there are many new Miami spots opening on a daily basis, Michael's has them beat in many areas that are of importance. The instant diners are warmly welcomed into the space, a well trained symbiotic team is immediately set into motion. Once seated, top notch servers easily provide concise detailed cuisine offerings steering diners to select a gastronomically satisfying experience. Food delivery is smooth with on-the-mark timing. Remarkably, my memory wanes for an instance of a food deliverance sans utensils (as required for the humble act of eating) while the food remained the delivered correct temperature. Unfortunately the importance of this essential detail is lost on many South Florida eating establishments. (Note to OTHER restaurants: If I order soup, I may possibly need a soup spoon).
Additionally Michael's has perfectly developed another very important element that many restaurants seem to miss - Atmosphere. The level of lighting, music and overall ambiance works incredibly well both within the indoor and outdoor spaces. Illumination filtered through the red coloration pendants is warm and inviting, while the exterior tropical foliage creates a casual relaxed environment. Other restaurants should take note: MICHAEL'S DOES NOT HAVE GLARING LIGHT SOURCES BLINDING YOU WHILE YOU ATTEMPT TO ENJOY DINNER. Although this is clearly not the case at Michael's Genuine, ill planned lighting remains one of my personal pet peeves. I would recommend restaurateurs sit in every dining seat (during evening dining time) to have a better understanding of the customer's actual environmental experience.
Noting that I tend to dine out on a frequent basis testing new spots (7+ times weekly), Michael's is still at the top of my "List of the Best". Well done.
(P.S. Sadly, I do miss the Cypress Room experience).
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