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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 - 10:00pm
Saturday 5:30pm - 10:00pm
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; email@example.com
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
A lovely garden surprise! First visit and not disappointed. Our shared dishes of sea bass and chicken were delicious - the chicken especially, a flavor standout! Friendly, helpful, accommodating staff - and the owner stopped at the table for a brief chat. Now we'd like to try the NYC Michael's!
This was a great place to dine. The owner came over as soon as sat down to introduce himself and chat. The servers were extremely attentive and the food is remarkably good. Highlight: my friend and I are both gluten free so instead of bread for the table we were provided with a huge salad! Will be eating here again.
We have been dining at Michael's in Santa Monica for over twenty years now, and though this gem of a restaurant has undergone several changes in management and food style, it has remained one of the finest dining experiences on the west side and continues only to improve, maintaining its reputation as an icon. By the way, yes, Michael still owns it and his touch remains obvious.
Perhaps there's a trick to eating here that we missed but, from the limited menu, we found it difficult to create a well-rounded meal and, while most of the dishes were creative and delicious, the overall experience was ultimately not satisfying. Each dish was served in a bowl but the combination of the bowls and candlelight made it impossible to see the food. Meanwhile the wait staff were pleasant, attentive and enthusiastically described the foods they seemed to enjoy serving.
I have been coming to Michael's on and off for decades. I'd last gone when it was revamped and a new chef was brought in, about two years ago. I'd enjoyed my meal a lot. I went this time, and was very disappointed, starting with the menu. First, and this was weird, we got a reservation last minute. I was surprised. But that's because the place was only half full on a Friday night.
I'm not sure I've seen a more limited menu at any fine Los Angeles restaurant I've been to in the past five or ten years. Two or three vegetable starters and then mostly meat dishes and two fish dishes. The starters were fine. One bean dish. One broccoli. Since I was with a group of non-meat eaters, we all had the black cod and it was incredibly fishy and unappetizing. None of us ate it. The server was extremely nice and helpful. He took some items off our bill. I won't be returning. P.s. shocked to hear that the chef won best up and coming chef.... Something's not clicking. Such a great space, nice ambiance. Wish the food matched it.
The menu is not very large, so we ordered everything, but did not have dessert because it was getting late. Everything was wonderful, although the hamachi collar was salty. Some of the dishes were enough to give the seven of us a good bite, so I wish the waiter would have told us that we didn't order 't have to order two of them.
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.
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