Michael's On The Alley

4.1
618 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steakhouse
Tucked away, off of Historic King Street, sits Michael’s on the Alley. Providing Charleston’s ultimate dining experience, we pride ourselves in serving only the highest quality cuts of steaks. Michael’s features USDA Prime Angus and Choice steaks that are wet or dry-aged to your specific desire. Our flavor means business, whether from land or sea we provide an authentic, classic dining experience for everyone. At Michael’s we do things the right way, serving up luscious steaks cooked to order with a side of that famous Charleston hospitality. Join us next door at Victor's Social Club Monday-Friday 4:30pm - 7:00pm for Happy Hour.
www.michaelsonthealley.com
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, Seafood, Vegetarian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(843) 203-3000
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Michael Greene
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Catering
Yes
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Cross street
Hutson St, Off of King or Meeting st.
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Parking details
There is a parking garage located right across the alley, and typically plenty of street parking.
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Public transit
Yes
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Special events & promotions
Yes
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Michael's On The Alley will be Open Christmas Eve 5pm-9pm

Monday, December 24, 2018

What 618 People Are Saying
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

I have been to Michael's in the past and had amazing experiences. Had Corporate folks in town and decided to share this restaurant with them. I saw the bad reviews and just assumed they were keyboard warriors being rude. What a huge mistake on my part. Service was lousy. Had to go find the waitress who was nowhere to be found. Ended up walking next door to Victor's and asking them to send someone over. Food took forever to come out and was mostly cold when it arrived. There were only 2 other tables occupied in the restaurant. Which made for a total of 11 patrons including my group. Very disappointed. Worst $600 ever wasted. Do NOT waste your time when there are so may other options in Downtown Charleston who saturate you with attention and want you to return.

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WK
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had dinner there with 2 other colleagues and was blown away by both the staff and food.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Interesting, unique menu. Good size portions, Wonderful flavors. Friendly, knowledgeable staff. Elegant atmosphere.

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were going to a show, the staff was very supportive of getting us out in time. Food was very good.

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PO
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

The wait staff had the appearance of being drunk or high on something. They spilled the wine and forgot half of our order and much more.

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j
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Overpriced- the food was mediocre at best, the bread and butter was excellent, the salad was very good but things went downhill from there. Server was pleasant enough but appeared inexperienced. The farm-raised salmon entree was an odd pairing with strawberries in the sauce. They do make a good Cosmopolitan- probably brought over from the bar next door.

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F
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Service and food were both very slow. The restaurant only had a couple tables, so I'm not sure why it took a very long time for drinks and food. The appetizers we had were really good, but the food was mediocre and not impressive at all.

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D
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Horrible and utterly forgettable experience. By far, the worst "dining" experience I had in Charleston. There was a large party upstairs which obviously had the undivided attention of the complete staff. There was no adult supervision so the staff that was not directly engaged in the large party was simply milling about. After being seated, we waited for waitstaff to take a drink order or even offer menus. We waited until our patience waned and we left. As we walked past the four members of staff who were not engaged, no one blinked an eye. No one said a word.

Investors in this business should take note; hire a manager who cares as much about the restaurant and guests as you do. There are lots of alternatives in Charleston. We found one that night.

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DG
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Prices were quite a bit higher than expected. Cocktails were $10.50. Side salads were $15. Server was pleasant but not very engaging and rushed us on multiple occasions taking plates and glasses away too quickly. Restaurant was 1/3 full so no need to “turn the table”. It is very beautiful setting and my wife’s steak was very good but overall experience was not worth the cost and will not warrant a return visit.

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W
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quiet. Great service. Excellent cuisine.

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BB
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We were only ones in restaurant. We waited long time for server to take drink order. Music was playing in bar area and different music in playing in our area. Terrible sounding with clash of musics. Food so so it’s not Halls but try and ask same prices

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c
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Michael’s looked like an authentic Chicago steak house. The ambiance was nice. The steak wasn’t memorable. We had a table of six and tried filets, ribeye and the tomahawk. The sides were nice portions but lacked flavor. Table side salad service was a neat concept. There are so many top notch restaurants in Charleston. This one was a good one, but there are so many others that are great.

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CD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved Michaels . It was quiet , the prime rib was amazing and the booths were shaped like a u so we could sit next to each other . Great service without always hanging out at our table . Highly recommend .

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GP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Service was poorly and the food was disappointing way over priced was shocked

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Celebrated our anniversary. Server was professional and helpful, but over tasked. She had all the tables in our section and was doing everything. Expected more server help from a place like this. Food was decent, but everything was very salty.

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CB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

It was just so so.. had a 9pm reservation. All the tables were open but they sat us at a table for 2 (super small). The chair was almost too high for the table. The server was too busy talking to other tables to make sure we were taken care of. Overall, the food was great but the service and seating was lacking.

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food.

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T
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place has become one of our favorite places to dine when we are in Charleston. We hosted our son and daughter in laws sit down rehearsal dinner upstairs in the restaurant and had a cocktail reception following the dinner for all of our guest upstairs in Chico's last March. Both places are great and the food and service is top notch! We especially like Michael's for the quiet ambience. It's a great place to take friends and have quality conversation without all the hustle bustle found in some Charleston venues.

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TL
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Salad wedge was not a wedge. For an upscale restaurant it was nothing special. Expected more from this type of restaurant.

There are better steak options in Charleston.

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SC
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Steak was outstanding. Dinner and drinks for our group of 6 was about $1200. Fair warning.

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J
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Located in the Alley with Charleston staples such as Coast Michael’s on the Alley was a last minute reservation surprise. It’s not the buzzing be seen at restaurant like most on King but reminiscent of a Chicago steakhouse or even a men’s hunting lounge. For a party of girls, at first we were skeptical but the fact that we could hear each other talk was a very welcomed bonus. Our waiter was great helping us select the perfect wine and also sharing that the portions were large so knowing us ladies sharing a few entrees would go a long way. The food was DELICIOUS! The bread was some of the best I’ve had and I’ve eaten at Michelin star restaurants. Our table of 5 girls shared the Greens and Chopped Salad, Brussels, Scallops, Salmon and Lobster Mac. The Salmon and Scallops were cooked perfectly and paired wonderfully with their respective sauces and purses. It was the perfect amount of food! In nutshell, don’t rule out Michaels to some of the more trendy places - the food and quiet atmosphere really were a lovely change of pace for our ladies weekend.

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S
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We will be back. This food was delicious and worth the value.

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g
Charleston
32 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The service and food were very good, but there may be some issues with the kitchen since our grilled octopus appetizer didn't arrive until after our entrees were served, and the duck that was ordered medium arrived very rare and had to be sent back to cook. The dining room is very attractive, but the lighting is very dim making it tough to read the menu. The commentary glass of champagne was a special touch.

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M
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

Very disappointed the fact that I had to write 50 characters to post this was way more effort than I would give this place! Never again

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L
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went last Saturday with some friends and had a wonderful time. We were able to have a great conversation because it wasn’t noisy. Thomas our waiter was one of the best waiters we have ever had. He was very attentive but not intrusive. A very personable young man, The food was phenomenal. Beet salad great. Caesars salad great. Steak selection awesome. Everyone always talks about Hall’s chophouse for steaks which they are one of the best but I think Michaels is the hidden gem and a whole lot easier to get a table. The only reason I didn’t give it all 5 stars was it was dark so the menu was hard to read.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very enjoyable evening. The steak was delicious!

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WM
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. Would definitely recommend for special occasion.

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Atmosphere was nice. Food a little overpriced for quality and service. Expected excellent steak, received average

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CM
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great wine selection. The food was superb and prepared perfectly. Staff was polite and helpful. Just the right amount of attention without bugging us.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My server Mark was superb! The food was even better! I had Foie Gras, Wagyu steak, oysters, charcuterie, She Crab... it was all amazing. I came with flip flop and an infant-expecting the restaurant to turn me away but they welcomed us. I had an maxing time with my family.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Tough over priced steak!

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IL
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service, the decor, the ambience, the food, the staff...everything was top notch and perfect. From the moment my husband and I walked in, we were given exactly the right amount of attention. The staff was personable, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable.

We shared a Cesar salad and a tomato crab bisque. The salad was vibrant and fresh, and the soup was loaded with crab. We both had the dry-aged bone-in cut steak with sides of asparagus and wild mushrooms, and it was all perfection. Afterwards, we couldn't resist dessert. Between the flourless chocolate torte and the carrot cake, the torte was my favorite. The chocolate was smooth and luscious. Even the coffee was spot on.

Thank you all for a perfect night. And a special shout out goes to Hillary and Mark for exceptional table service and for helping make our evening a happy one.

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Palm Springs
22 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

Grossly overpriced beyond reason; the wine list is a total rip off ; the filet was tasteless; perhaps these reasons are the cause of the place being nearly empty; the only plus is that it was quiet... I doubt that anybody ever goes twice

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F
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 1

The waitress was great. Ambience poor, you couldn’t see. People were using flashlights on their cell phone to read the menu. As far as the food, generous portions however the filet had to much butter on it. It ruin the flavor of the meat.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The restaurant was beautiful but extremely dark, so dark it was hard to see and almost felt kind of gloomy. Also it was not very crowded even on a Saturday night so that added a bit to the gloomy atmosphere. The food was very good but not outstanding, and overpriced. The cocktails were TINY, although the wine list was extensive. The highlight of the evening was definitely our server who was knowledgeable and attentive.

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e
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

this is our 3-4 visit the only complaint was the delmontico ribeye wasnt as well as i thought it should be it seemed too tough eventhough i asked for well i believe it was the cut it would be hard to pay that much for that steak again everything else was great
thanks

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JO
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The service was exceptional. The interior was beautiful and ambiance lovely. We were disappointed in the amount of fat on a very expensive steak and the baked potato was slightly undercooked. We enjoyed our visit but felt it was quite overpriced based on the quality of items we chose.

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SC
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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OT
Charleston
59 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Michaels with my wife, two sons and their wives (one local / one Chicago) to celebrate my birthday. Victors social club had great drinks, good service, wonderful atmosphere and a great electric violinist that played so loud no one could talk to each other (Mgr declines to turn it down)

After drinks went to Michaels which was exceptional from the initial managers greeting, service by Mark our waiter and ALL of our food. Seafood tower was a great appetizer, Malbec and Zindindels we’re delicious cioys and the dry aged 42 oz steak for two (and sides) were fantastic. Finished with scotch and desserts and it was a meal fit for a KING. WELL DONE MICHAELS !!!

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GW
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I would put this place high on Charleston best list.

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