Michael's - Santa Monica
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Michael's is a Santa Monica dinner classic that's recently been brought up to date.
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.
What is with the server Brian (with an I) Everything he did was left handed.
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.
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!
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!
Love it here! The ambiance is amazing and the food is so delicious!
Wonderful service and outstanding food--plus the beautiful patio. A great experience.
We had a great time. The patio had a lovely ambiance. There could have been more bathrooms, but it's not a big deal!
Good place for foodies. Very consistent. Highly recommend.
Amazing food service and ambience
Incredible meal and fantastic service. The hamachi crudo was a favorite bite. Such terrific flavors and textures. Love the setting in the back.
Casey was great!!!!
For such a nice space and the prices charged, the food and service should be a bit better.
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.
Lovely atmosphere. Food quite tasty and rather novel. Wine options are superb, albeit pricey.
While the experience is a bit eclectic, we had a lot of fun trying many things on the menu!
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
Great as usual!
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.
As always, a beautiful restaurant with great service and Creative,excellent cuisine.
Nice place, delicious food but long wait between dishes.
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.
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.
Mediocre dishes overall. Had the worst Moscow Mule of my life
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thank you so much for sharing your review! We appreciate it.
Service was great. Food was great. Ambiance was great. The bartenders were excellent and can make any drink you can think of.
All was great as usual with Michael’s.
Bart! Thank you so much for your kind feedback!
Extraordinary -- great food, great ambiance, great service -- a longtime favorite that still delivers!
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
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!
Amazing birthday venue. Loved it. Ambience, music level, food, all excellent.
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.
Great Valentines Day dinner with an exceptional staff!
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!
Thank you for the lovely review! We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit and look forward to having you again! Cheers!
Beautiful Venue, great for a date or special event.
Beautiful space, excellent service & a solid variety of tapas style dishes
Thank you for the compliments to our space, service, and dishes. We look forward to having you join us again! Cheers!
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.