Michael's On The Alley

4.3
671 reviews
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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

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Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Michael's on the Alley will be Open for Easter Brunch 10:30 - 3pm! The Victor Social Club will also be available for seating! We will be Closed for Dinner.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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RH
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Michaels never disappoints. Great food and great service.

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SS
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Decidedly mediocre food for a high price. It was a Tuesday evening so there was little atmosphere. Keep walking past the alley. There are much better choices around King Street.

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Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very fresh and tasty. Service was excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We used open table and got the best seat in the house. Food was fantastic and service was great. Will come here again next time I’m in Charleston.

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RH
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was amazing. This is a smaller restaurant which makes it nice.

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Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We took my twins there to celebrate their 21st and we were the only customers when we got there at 7pm!!! Took a while to get someone to seat us. Food was delicious but pricey for the portion sizes. $9 for very small desserts and no birthday discount offered.

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CT
London
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food in a beautiful, quiet setting.

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OT
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great service and ambiance. Food was only ok. But the overall experience was great!

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r
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Visit was more than expected. Arrived early, 5:30, we were first for the night . Little worried, but more people arrived shortly and was a nice crowd. Food was fantastic. One of the best fillets I've ever had. Wife's fish was really good. Service was excellent. Will return !

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PC
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the place

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great!

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DH
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was wonderful. I expected to see Sinatra and the boys come down the steps. The food was first rate and the service was outstanding (attentive, but not intrusive). A first rate place with character and class.

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TB
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding. Our waiter was incredibly nice and attentive without hovering. Would 100% recommend and will definitely be back.

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Charleston
26 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were early for our 7 p.m. reservation and hostess showed us to the adjoining bar where we had great cocktails. Hostess came back at 7 to escort us to our table. It was one of those horseshoe banquets for 6 or 8 and we we had it all to ourselves. Our waiter Thomas was polite, helpful and not intrusive. My wife's filet and my Wagyu skirt steak with frites were cooked to perfection. Frites fried in duck fat were to die for. Worth the price. Espresso was hot and a perfect brew. We'll be back.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great service! Great experience!

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TP
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and place

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P
Atlanta
53 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best steak I’ve had in years

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server was the best serve I’ve ever had! The food was amazing and the sides are truly shareable sides! So much food and even took food home!

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DB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

We dined at Michaels two years ago and it was phenomenal. We dined again this past Friday night and it was not good at all. It took almost 2 hours for us to get our meal and the food was very average for the price!!! Will not be back.

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K
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We had been waiting to try Michaels for a while. We went early so not many people there. Service was slow. Had a filet and thought it was a little charred. Thought it was expensive for what we got

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place. Not so fancy that we felt formal and stuffy but also upscale enough to know it was a special night.

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LC
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Michael's on the Alley is par-excellence insofar as ambiance. Sublime staff. Wonderful wine list, and excellent fare. Highly recommended.

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NK
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

They charge Halls and Oak prices, but come up short on service. For those prices I expect a higher level of service. Food was really good, but in the end it needs to be a great experience overall.

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B
Charleston
143 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It was Valentine's Day and I should have lowered my expectations due to the influx of customers most restaurants experience. Michael's Had a special that was not published until late making a reservation change more difficult. Neither my wife nor I found the special appetising and they were accommodating enough to take our order from the regular menu. I had the lamb. The sauce was good the meat was tough. My wife's salmon was good. We shared the flourless chocolate cake. If you order that share it. The dessert is very rich and we loved it. Our server was attentive and the best part of our evening.

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MF
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner here, service was impeccable and they went ABOVE & beyond.
Wow

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place for aged steaks!

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Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The service was horrible. It took the waitress over 15 minutes ti come to our table. Once she took our order, it was another 45 minutes before our food came out. The waitress kept disappearing to the bar area out. The food was cooked perfectly. The manager did come over and apologize, once they brought the food out. I doubt we would ever come back here again. It is not worth it

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DK
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

We went to Michael's on the Alley for a birthday dinner. We were a party of six. We are in our late 20s and it seems like our waiter decided we would not be good tippers. He checked on all his other tables periodically and would walk right past us. He told us our food would be out shortly and then it took an additional 30 minutes with no updates. We also told him it was our friends' bday and he did not bring us the birthday treat that he had served his other table when we first walked in. He also did not bring us bread like he did all of his other tables. We had very poor service from that waiter but the restaurant was awesome overall. They should be sure to train their staff not to be ageist.

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D
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

One small issue that was handled with outstanding service!

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ML
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Place was huge and only 2 tables occupied. No vibe in the place . Food was just ok. Service was amateurish and the price of the meal was over the top expensive

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b
Charleston
75 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great date night spot, but be prepared to spend a lot of money (like at any steak house), everything was a la carry.

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A
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not sure why this place doesn’t have a higher rating. The menu is great as was the food. Great atmosphere.

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g
Western NC
16 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Michael’s is the best steakhouse in Charleston. The chef KNOWS how to cook a good piece of beef.
The wine list is more than adequate as well.

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s
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My mother & I celebrate our birthdays every year during restaurant week. Atmosphere, service, were perfect. Tuna was great! Topped it off with coffe & dessert for a memerable evenings

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KM
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is absolutely outstanding and the service was impeccable. Took my dad out for his birthday and we'd never had a night like that. I will definitely be going again, it's so worth the price and drive!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great location and housed in a fascinating building. Food was good as was service.

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MM
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were absolutely incredible! The filet mignon was tender, seasoned and cooked perfectly. The restaurant ambiance is very classy, yet comfortable, and I felt pampered by the staff.

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GT
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went during restaurant week and were skeptical. We quit doing this “week” due to small portions and forced menu years ago, but decided to try again.
Michael’s was the restaurant to go to to change our minds!
Delicious she crab soup and the 8 oz filet was to die for!
Dessert was delicious, also.
Really enjoyed our expereience!
Will be back!

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TW
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends treated me to a birthday dinner Tuesday night. We all enjoyed the streak on the Restaurant Week menu which included she crab soup for two of us and Ceaser Salad for the other. We all got the white chocolate strawberry mousse dessert and mine came with a lite birthday candle! The servers were attentive and efficient with great smiles they shared freely. We all agreed the steaks were the best we had ever eaten and prepared as we had requested. We hope to make Michael’s on the Alley a place to visit again soon!! Helen Lukow-Williams

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Food was saltier than anything and although I asked for medium, steak was almost rare. However I liked the high ceilings and ambiance.

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