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About Michael's - Santa Monica
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.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Californian, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Monday 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Tuesday 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Wednesday 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Thursday 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Friday 5:30pm - 10:30pm
Saturday 5:30pm - 10:30pm
Between Wilshire Blvd. and California
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet parking offered daily. Public lot next door.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Michael's has 2 private dining spaces available for groups of 2-40+. The full restaurant is also available for larger parties. Please contact Director of Special Events, Laura Barner, for details. (310) 451-7470; firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael McCarty is one of the founders of California Cuisine-food inspired by the best ingredients, simply cooked and beautifully presented. Michael's prides itself on excellent service & customer satisfaction in a beautiful dining area.
Michael's - Santa Monica Ratings and Reviews
I had a reservation booked weeks in advance with friends visiting from out of town that were very excited to eat at Michaels. We arrived at the restaurant to find that it was closed due to unforeseen circumstances. We did not receive any advanced notice about the closure and were scrambling to find another restaurant last minute.
Michael’s was a horrible experience. I have never felt compelled to write a review before. That’s how bad this was. I made reservations here for our anniversary. Just from the reservation confirmation call the day before, I began to be concerned. On open table I mentioned it was our anniversary as well as mentioning it again to the cold blunt person on the phone call. Not once during our visit did anyone wish us happy anniversary or even ask us the reason for our visit, or how our evening was. We were offered our choice of water upon being seated, but it was a good 15 minutes before we were offered cocktails or menus. The staff was polite. We ordered 5 dishes to share. The bread was cold and flavorless. The squash was horrible. The pici tasted like chef boyardee except for the meatballs themselves. The Denver steak was fine, but way overpriced for the cut that was served. The hamachi collar was foul. The squash and the fish went back to the kitchen nearly untouched. The waitress was told the squash was bad, and she just said oh. We didn’t even bother giving feedback on the hamachi. Rather than stick around for a horrible dessert we decided to leave and see what we could find on the promenade. So unfortunately the best part of our anniversary was to stroll down an outdoor mall to eat dessert and coffee at a Cheesecake Factory. We got to pay $180 for this amazingly subpar dining experience. Parking was easy and convenient, especially for Santa Monica.
Be warned. This staple of Santa Monica elegance has grown into an expensive rip-off. Michael's is in the last throws of relevancy; past reputation being tarnished to dullness by poor kitchen quality control and cost-cutting menu short cuts. Something called Denver Steak is not steak, as we learned, but beef shoulder. Chewy and tasteless and ultimately uneatable - and over $40! The pork/veal ragu had a container's worth of salt cooked into it but took so long to come to the table we ate it all. Another 20 minutes before the next course arrived though the room was only half populated. The "famous" ambiance is now a dark (very dark) courtyard where, forget reading a menu, just seeing the food would be good. Maybe better it's in darkness. Maybe we were spared.
Fabulous creative food. Chef is a magician with vegetable creations. The broccoli dish was simply outstanding, a sense of surprise with every bite. Hamachi Collar with similarly delicious, creative and surprising. We would have enjoyed our food even more if we could have been able to see what we were eating. The lighting was so dim we could read the menu only with our smart phone flashlights and we could not see the food well enough to tell the wonderful ingredients apart...
Which is Michael's for a Saturday night dinner during a very short stay in Santa Monica. It was our one dinner out in La so we wanted to make sure we did something good but still local to where we were staying. I found Michaels on La Weekly's list of 99 must see restaurants in Los Angeles. It's a well-earned place, both for the legacy of its reputation dating back to the 1970s as well as it's entirely new life with a new creative chef. I don't think Michaels is getting anywhere near the attention it deserves at the moment. We had a fantastic meal that was thoroughly enjoyable in every way. I highly recommend it.
Very disappointed in Michael's. Used to be a very reliable Lovely dinner spot. These are the things that went wrong. 1. Rude hostess, would not seat us in the garden, insisted all garden tables were booked weeks in advance (we did have a reservation). Sat us at a tiny table in a walkway. We declined the table and asked to wait, after about 20 minutes we were shown to a garden table. From the minute we walked in until we left there were always 2-4 garden tables open. 2. We sat a very long time without a waiter, water, menus, or offer of a cocktail. We asked every passing by staff member for help. Someone did bring us water, someone else menus and someone else took our drink order. Eventually a waiter appeared. 3. Waiter was very inattentive, he offered us bread that was ice cold and tasteless, then we found out we were charged $7 for it. 4. We each ordered 2 items, we understood that plates are shared, but we specifically ordered two items, one each, to start and two items to share as seconds. They brought out my starter and main together and then 20 minutes later brought my husbands starter and main. We complained and basically we're told oh well, that's how they do it. 5. Food was not very good or even interesting. The only commendable dish was a chilled broccoli with a fried poached egg on top. The pasta was terrible, kind of a refried tortellini, very hard on the bottom. The pork ribs were tasteless and the chicken was only mediocre. Final complaint. We literally did not recognize any of the bourbons or scotches on the list and only one gin. People like brand names, not cheap small batch weird spirits. Off my list forever!! They are in dire need of a manager to make sure things go smoothly.
We came to Michael's to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. I was a bit disappointed that they didn't send us anything special in honor, however the food was amazing. Every thing we got was out of this world. The brocolli salad topped with fried egg yolk had the perfect pairing of flavors in which you would not expect would go together. The octopus was perfectly cooked. Then we had the ribs which were outstanding. The sauce was so delicious. The ambiance is wonderful. Loved it. Very very pricey but worth it.
Michaels was at one time such a great place. It is still a lovely setting, but sadly the food on the VERY limited menu was not up to par. The service while pleasant was minimal, leaving you waiting for long periods of time, only to be served very mediocre dishes. Michael came by the table, and was charming as always, but that couldn't make up for the lack luster food. As a side note, they now charge you for bread and butter. It was nice bread and butter....but seriously. We won't be back until this restaurant comes to its senses and brings the food once again to the level of the ambiance.
Despite marking the Open Table res as a "birthday event" and speaking to the host when I arrived, the birthday came and went without acknowledgement from the staff. Even after we sang Happy Birthday to the honoree. Oy.
Wonderful food but served in the total darkness in the garden. The flashlight feature on our phones revealed how beautiful the presentation was. Without our phones, who knew it was so attractively presented?
Food was outstanding and service started good but once our server had more tables, we were a complete after thought. I had to ask twice for my same empty water glass to be filled. We asked about deserts and he didn’t come back to take our desert order for 20 min so we just asked for the check instead. Would go back but probably would want a different server.
Tiny menu of "family style" dishes. No reason for this to be family style. Food was just fair and had very little choices to chose from> No Grey Goose is served there which is my vodka of choice. Service was just fair as well. The patio used to look better. No reason for me to return there.
The staff at Michaels was superb. From the hostess at check-in to the wait staff and manager who teed up an excellent wine selection for our experience our evening couldn’t have been more special. The ambiance in the restaurant was wonderfully romantic and the acoustics allowed for intimate conversation amongst the sounds of many other reveling diners. The food was off-the-charts delicious. Angela and I shared the broccoli (to die for), hamachi collar and branzino. The food was prepared perfectly and we paired our meal with a spectacular Barbera from Italy. In summary we dined like kings and queens and will always remember our spectacularly romantic date at Michael’s. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Exceptionally creative and delicious food, excellent service and garden ambience. Limited menu, expensive. Inexpensive public parking a block away. Would be good also for a group sharing meals.
Overall, excellent but for foodies, not beef-and-potatoes fans.
The patio dining is gorgeous - one of the best patio settings in LA. Romantic or festive - does not get much better. The food does not match the surroundings. The menu is not sufficiently varied and the flavors and dishes are uneven - nothing was wonderful and memorable and a couple items were poorly executed. I would only recommend it to someone who is really looking for a spectacular setting and some good wine with food being an aside or afterthought. For a couple, request table 39 - corner table looking out on the entire patio.
My daughter and I dined here on a Monday night, so the restaurant was quiet, although about half of the outdoor courtyard tables were full when we left. Extremely attentive staff; the owner introduced himself; all the food came out as described and was scrumptious. The Thai ribs were succulent and spiced well but not too hot. The orechiette with sausage was sublime. These are sharing plates mainly, but could be an entree for a light eater. But with such delectable choices, I would recommend sharing. The wine list is impressive, while a bit pricy for everyday dining. The prices per glass were a bit steep, so we opted for a bottle. I only drink wine, but the crafted cocktail choices were enticing. The outdoor courtyard was IDEAL, surrounded by lush greenery and an open air roof, that staff offered to close if the night became too cool. More of an escape from hectic LA; you forget you are in the City. Very enjoyable and would return.
The ambiance is absolutely beautiful, that's really the best thing on the menu. The specialty cocktails are delicious. The food is tasty but it matches the ambiance, relaxed and chill. We ordered 5 items and the best item was the potatoes because of the butter/parmesan/bonito flakes. I'm a big fan of Chef Miles and would love to taste his tasting menu if he had an opportunity to explore.
Fantastic experience. The outdoor patio area is magical. Great for special occasions or groups. Has private dining area upstairs that is amazing. So hard to find a spot that can accommodate a group of 10-20 and have a private area that is so beautiful. Love the changes to the interior and the new menu items.
Went to Michaels on the last night of our honeymoon. Food was fantastic and, as others have stated, the outdoor dining area is really lovely.
All of the waiting staff were really friendly and helpful....when they were there. The service was haphazard, with no one (or two) people responsible for each table - which meant that you either got asked the same question a number of times, or were ignored for long periods. We really felt rushed out the door at the end of our meal too, which was not great.
Overall would definitely recommend going (ambiance and food were great), but the service needs to improve.
Out of the 15 or so times I have been there, this was the only time I came away let down... undercooked food... service where they are grabbing plates out from under my nose when I have a fork in my hand... portions got smaller... Deserves another chance since it was brought back to life... But this visit was a let down...
We went to Michael's to celebrate our anniversary. The food and wine were both great. The ambiance was very romantic and enchanting with the jungle-like setting for the terrace and patio. Above all else what stood out was the friendly and attentive service. The wait staff - including the owner himself - went out of their way to make sure we had everything we wanted, gave enthusiastic menu recommendations and generally made us feel like we were regulars who had been coming to this restaurant for years. Well, I can guarantee now that we will be coming back to Michael's for years to come.
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