Michael's - Santa Monica

4.5
1356 reviews
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Michael's Santa Monica has maintained the standard for 'California Cuisine' with our newly renovated art filled indoor/outdoor garden dining, bar and private party spaces. Our seasonal menu is composed from the finest ingredients from the Santa Monica Farmer's Market and products responsibly sourced from the best sustainable producers.
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GD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

We came for Mother’s Day.
Ambiance and staff were outstanding.
The food was not very good.
I got a cob salad that had maybe 1/2 oz of chicken & bacon in it total- it was also under seasoned.
My brother asked for a well done - the omelette came out runny - he didn’t even eat it.
Again the staff was amazing as well as the atmosphere.
Unfortunately for those prices ... it’s not worth it.

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JC
Amsterdam
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

What is with the server Brian (with an I) Everything he did was left handed.

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BD
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & drinks. Love the menu. Always changing & never fails. The back outside patio is beautiful & warm. It’s our go to restaurant. A neighborhood jewel.

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MF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Michaels did not disappoint. After 40 years it has stood the test of time and come out the other side to become a hot spot again. 5 of us went for dinner and it was a really special night. Brian, our waiter, was endlessly patient and sweet with our 84 and 95 year old friends. The service was great, the atmosphere was amazing. Michael even came by and talked with us for a while.
We decided this is going to be our place from now on!

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T
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Michael’s is a California classic. Great food, great service, great atmosphere (love the bar and the back garden) and a great location. I do not get to Los Angeles often, but if I am on LA’s west side, I try to eat at Michaels’. Thanks for 25+ years of great food and fun!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it here! The ambiance is amazing and the food is so delicious!

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KS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and outstanding food--plus the beautiful patio. A great experience.

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RO
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. The patio had a lovely ambiance. There could have been more bathrooms, but it's not a big deal!

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HC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good place for foodies. Very consistent. Highly recommend.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food service and ambience

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NR
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible meal and fantastic service. The hamachi crudo was a favorite bite. Such terrific flavors and textures. Love the setting in the back.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Casey was great!!!!

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g
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

For such a nice space and the prices charged, the food and service should be a bit better.

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Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Totally unique and memorable evening. The food is inventively prepared and the main ingredients as fresh as can be! Speaking with Michael was the main memory. He was welcoming and oh so jovial. It was super to hear him converse in French with our visiting friends from France. Michael has something to say to everyone. Chatting with him was very meaningful to all of us. Merci.

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TH
Chicago
120 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere. Food quite tasty and rather novel. Wine options are superb, albeit pricey.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While the experience is a bit eclectic, we had a lot of fun trying many things on the menu!

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Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Michael's was an outstanding dinig experience, went with my mom and sat on the patio, great place for a date. Food was delicious, we shared everything so we could experience different options. The owner came by to greet everybody and that was a great touch. Will definetely go again

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Adelaide / SA
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual!

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w
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

It was a long time since I'd been to Michael's, and it was beautiful as I remembered. The artworks were just fabulous. I will have to say the food, while not bad, wasn't as wonderful, and it did not compare to some of the restaurants that have popped up in recent years. I'd like to see you up the ante a bit on interesting dishes that were once a hallmark of Michael's.

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BO
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, a beautiful restaurant with great service and Creative,excellent cuisine.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Nice place, delicious food but long wait between dishes.

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m
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting, all food excellent except for one serving of ragu in which meat was very fatty - but not true of the others. Noise level was very tolerable - in fact, not noisy at all except that we were seated near a music speaker and would have preferred it be turned down. Overall experience though was excellent and we will likely return. Short visit to our table by Michael was appreciated. Two of our party came early to bar and enjoyed the scene thoroughly.

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G
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing atmosphere with a huge, romantic indoor garden. Really unusual. Awesome staff, food and decor. Good pricing. The owner comes by every table and is a real character. We loved it.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Mediocre dishes overall. Had the worst Moscow Mule of my life

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Miami
13 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

The overall ambiance and nature decor, we were swept away. We brought my parent in laws from England to dine here. First day for happy hour, loved our server, then moved to the main dining room which we had a different server who was a bit less cordial and approachable. He seemed very aggressive in his tone. Other than that the night was lovely! We especially enjoyed the service by (nick) hopefully that was his name. He was the “acting” sommelier for the evening as the other one called out. To whomever this man was, he was delightful to my mother and made her feel comfortable. The entire table was thankful for him. The food was quite nice, we had the duck to end the evening and it was delicious. Fell right off the bone!!

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and hospitality. Just got into town, enjoying Santa Monica warm evening. Creative menu, varied palate of flavors. From Broccolini to pork shoulder Dumplings and the Hanger steak. All delicious! Hilarious wait staff and great food. I look forward to going back soon.

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K
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We were a bit disappointed as the menu was not the menu that was posted on open table which is why we booked the restaurant. Nothing in the menu in the restaurant had the items we were looking forward to having.

I pointed this out to our waiter. His explanation was. Wow we haven’t had those Iran’s for at Lewiston three years. Then came back and said their New York menu is listed on their los Angeles site.

This should really get fixed so others don’t go with the explanation. As we did for the menu items we wanted.

However, the good was good.

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FD
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

The service was terrible. The appetizers, once we got them after an hour, were delicious. As were three of the four entrees, the fourth was inedible. Unfortunately that one was for the gentleman who was celebrating his birthday. They did try and make it up to us by first, for the bad service, eith a round of wonderful Pinot. Then for the horrible entree they gave us a round of complimentary deserts.

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R
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

First time at this restaurant for a dinner with friends. Ambiance is wonderful. Wine list is fabulous but pricey. Food was good. Service was exceptional. Overall a great evening with friends.

Michael's - Santa Monica
Responded on February 26, 2019

Thank you so much for sharing your review! We appreciate it.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great. Food was great. Ambiance was great. The bartenders were excellent and can make any drink you can think of.

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BK
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All was great as usual with Michael’s.

Michael's - Santa Monica
Responded on February 19, 2019

Bart! Thank you so much for your kind feedback!

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S
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extraordinary -- great food, great ambiance, great service -- a longtime favorite that still delivers!

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RH
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Service was not good. Server did not know about the menu or the wine.
The menu was very hard to choose from. Very few selections.
We made a res 2 weeks ahead and when we got there, the hostess said there was an hour and half wait for the patio, which is where we wanted to sit. She said other people made reservations far ahead of that, which is ridiculous.
We will not be going back, which is a shame, because we have been going there for 30 years.
There was also another gentleman we spoke to in the parking area, who said he would not be going
back.

Michael's - Santa Monica
Responded on February 19, 2019

Hi Roberta. We noticed you weren't happy with your visit and we're very sorry as we make every attempt to deliver stellar service consistently. We would love to chat to discuss the issues you had further and to see if we can make it right. Please reach out to lex@michaelssantamonica if you'd like to talk about your visit. We appreciate your feedback!

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DG
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing birthday venue. Loved it. Ambience, music level, food, all excellent.

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GF
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The place has a great ambience and had the potential to be amazing but our server rushed us, they forgot about us for the 2nd wine pairing, the food was mediocre overall, and at the end they didn't even have a rose for us (every couple before us got one - Vday dinner). Not worth the price tag.

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WW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Valentines Day dinner with an exceptional staff!

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k
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a terrific night having dinner at Michael's. It is the most beautiful outdoor space I have been to in LA. The service was impeccable, as our waiter was super attentive, recommended delicious wines that paired well with our food, and the food came coursed out to enjoy each dish as it was intended. The food was unique, fresh, and crave worthy. One of the best things about the night, is that there was cool rock music playing in the bar that made the elegant space feel comfy & not stuffy whatsoever. I can't wait to go back!

Michael's - Santa Monica
Responded on February 14, 2019

Thank you for the lovely review! We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit and look forward to having you again! Cheers!

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G
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Beautiful Venue, great for a date or special event.

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OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful space, excellent service & a solid variety of tapas style dishes

Michael's - Santa Monica
Responded on February 6, 2019

Thank you for the compliments to our space, service, and dishes. We look forward to having you join us again! Cheers!

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F
Los Angeles
80 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was cooked & tasted perfectly. I wish the food portions are bigger esp the appetizers. The place is cozy & nice. The GM & waiter, AJ were amazing. It was a good dinner.

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