Michael's - Santa Monica

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$31 to $50
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Californian
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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Mike
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unfortunately, it was virtually empty. These are difficult times.

The food, service, and everything else was excellent.

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FranklinS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best wait staff in my whole life.
Excellent wine recomendation.
Fantastic new menu

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vipVikas
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been going to Michael’s for a few years now and we love it! Wonderful staff and food and drinks! It’s our go to for happy hours mostly but for dinner it’s an extra treat!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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vipMartyG
London
19 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect!!

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Veronica
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most beautiful restaurants in Los Angeles! The food was fantastic the red leaf salad first, oysters and the waygu beef. We loved it!

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vipLP2014
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely seating in peaceful back garden room. Tables are nicely far apart and noise is subdued. Waiter was knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. All the food we had was delicious, fresh and attractively presented. We intended to try different restaurants each night during our brief vacation in Santa Monica but are really tempted to go back to Michael's.

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JoshuaN
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was my first experience at Michael's and it was amazing. Every course we had was exquisite. The staff was very polite and offered great recommendations.

The food was unbelievable and we will definitely be back again to try more things on the menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food in a lovely garden setting. Very attentive wait staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, delicious food and knowledgeable staff. Loved it 😊

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

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vipLauraL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Really love this place and our waiter was amazing. It felt like the kitchen was not really prepared for the prix fixe menu on Valentine’s Day though. Wine pairings poured very early, time between courses was long and inconsistently timed. Our waiter apologized for the delay at one point and brought us more wine, which we appreciated, but typically, this place is better than that.

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vipMarkH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always fantastic. Service is great. You'll eat something there you've never had and their wine list is first rate. Always enjoy my dinner there.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Valentine’s Day set course menu. Wonderful staff. Amazing and unique dishes.

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vipRichardW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent delicious food, but our entree was served cold and needed to be returned to the kitchen... everything else was perfect

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vipintheflats
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Michael,s was very disappointing. Yes ,the patio is very beautiful. The food should been better. They made a BIG profit.

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FRANCOC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, wide array of unique flavors
Slightly on the pricey side

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vipElla
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

This was a birthday dinner with friends. On the positive side, the garden area is beautiful, romantic and stylish. But it won't be enough to get you there more than once. The food was poor; the sushi apps probably the pick of a bad bunch but the entrees had few redeeming dishes: lamb ribs were pure glazed fat, pasta was tasteless (and we had 3 of 5 on the menu). That brings me to the wine: Not only was every single bottle we picked out not in stock, but the sommelier could not have got our taste in wine more wrong. Having ordered Sancerre, he replaced it with one which was orange in color and bubbled in the glass. Undrinkable. Each bottle he recommended (between $70-$120) got progressively worse; smokey, buttery - nothing like we originally ordered. It became a running joke. Probably the most disappointing dining experience in a long time.

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MbT01
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely, my favorite restaurant in Los Angeles. Worth it every time!

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jcraiss
London
8 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Michael’s is back in form

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RandolphD
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great environment, one of my favs in Los Angeles

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Gourmande
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Michael’s is a wonderful spot. The food is more imaginative and exciting now. Excellent and friendly service!

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vipDeborahInLA
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Neither of us had been to Michael's in probably 20 years, prior to which our experiences had been mixed (as opposed to when it first opened, and the food was extraordinary). We decided to give it a try again during Restaurant Week and were delighted to find that the food was again extraordinary, the service was as always gracious and excellent, and the ambiance still spectacular (I'm referring to the outside garden patio; being over 35, I can't recommend the inside room, where the shiny walls reflect the voices of large groups of younger people). We checked the regular menu and the prices, especially for entrees (limited # of them the night we went). So . . . Michael's is back on our rotation!

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vipmbzr48
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Looks amazing, taste amazing, feels amazing!

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vipFoodlover
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Fried quail was excellent. I also enjoyed the salmon. The outdoor seating area is open and gorgeous . A romantic setting. Will be back again.

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vipSerena
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice ambience great food and service

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vipYana
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Compliments to the chef, great dineLA menu, lovely garden table! Thank you for a fun & delicious evening!

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Melja1990
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food , gorgeous ambiance, exceptional service.

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vipDavidL
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved our meal at Michael’s. We went for a special meal to celebrate several occasions. The happy hour on a Friday was in full swing, and we were seated with a view of the gorgeous patio but comfortably indoors on a chilly night. The service was impeccable. We were greeted by Michael, who graciously welcomes all of his guests whenever he is there - such a class act. The food was perfect - from the yellowtail crudo and buttermilk battered quail, to striped sea bass and wag you sirloin entrees, and our passion fruit soaked pavlova desert. Still the quintessential Santa Monica dining experience. We will be back soon for more.

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vipvelcro
Los Angeles
89 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hadn't been in years - is it possible it's better???

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jimxxx
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We went for dineLA. Really enjoy patio seating, complete with heat lamps. The yellowtail first course came with a delicous and unusual sauce. For the main course we chose the wagyu strip and the striped bass. Both were cooked properly but didn't find the sauce that interesting. The two desserts we selected were the pavlova and the dark chocolate ganache tart with persimmon filling. Of the two, we preferred the pavlova, a dessert we love and wish it were served more often. Service was excellent.

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vipMichaelP
Sydney / NSW
24 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Dinner wax excellent and can’t wait to return.

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vipJohnH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, lovely patio and attentive service. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very quiet beautiful patio. Solid California/new American fare and great cocktails. Super friendly staff.

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vipKate
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We tried the Dine LA menu which was excellent. All portion sizes were full size , the food delicious. The Roasted Squash and Persimmon Salad was the best salad ever! And, the Pavlova is a must!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience4

We didn’t get everything we ordered and the sommelier was rude and condescending. Very disappointed in this visit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience5

Great atmosphere, friendly staff. Disappointing food.

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cp1306
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had early reservation sat right away. Waiter was friendly and knowledgeable. Early on Michael the owner came over and gave us such friendly greeting I was half-wondering whether we had previously met!

The food was great especially the sliced Wagyu steak and rabbit sausage pasta. Excellent wine selection, I will be back to see my “buddy” Michael.

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minkminkinshield
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!!! Everything on the men is amazing! Love the pea tendrils salad, the whole deep fried fish, the pasta with 3 kinds of caviar, and the sun chokes are the bomb!!! Beyond that the service was impeccable and this might just be the most romantic restaurant in the whole city!

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LidaS
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I hadn't been to Michael's in thirty plus years, as I'd moved out of the area. My memory of the restaurant was that it was a stellar dining experience. Well, it is still a top notch dining experience from beginning to end. The wait staff is courteous, efficient and professional in every way. The French gentleman serving us was outstanding. He recommended the Tagliatelle for two with truffles (which coincidentally was what I'd planned to order) and it was one of the best, if not the VERY best I've had. Uppercase compliments to the talented chef. The oak lettuce salad - superb! Did I mention that I'm a picky eater who likes her food to be clean and high quality or I won't eat at all? We had the great pleasure of Michael coming to our table (as he did to others), which further explains the longevity of this premier dining establishment. I could write a book on how much my husband and I enjoyed celebrating his birthday at Michael's. Absolutely no complaints!

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