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.View Private Dining Details
Michael’s is both a fabulous restaurant and a neighborhood “joint”. The food is imaginative without being intimidating, the wine list accessible, but the overall feel is less restaurant than convivial home. Always friendly, never posh.
Fabulous food. Creative, fresh, seasonal. Brilliant chef and lively beautiful environment and great staff. Always a fun and delicious experience with great art on the walls and in the garden.
Terrible. Waiter rude owner rude. Will never go back
Our dinner was amazing! Perfect food - new tastes and combinations. We loved it all.
We moved to Santa Monica from Washington, DC in 2017. Michael's has become our favorite restaurant in Santa Monica for a truly enchanted evening. Three thumbs up all around!!
Michaels has changed the menu since we were there last, towards a more hip tasters-type menu, but we kind of miss the old one. Service is always excellent. We were disappointed to not be seated in the garden, we were in the raised area above it which is not as nice.
It took the wait staff a while to notice that we had been seated (plus I suppose we looked like tourists), but once they did the service was very good. Food was exceptional, although I'm not sure why it took 40 minutes to grill a couple of steaks (waiter warned us ahead of time). The bread was so amazing I asked for a box to take the uneaten slices home. You should sell your bread in the lobby - I would buy it regularly! Overall, a very pleasant dining experience.
Chef Miles Thompson's food is incredible. I would eat here every night if I could.
Michael's has a new young chef and a new small plates menu. There are many dishes
to choose from in all categories of food. The concept is to share with your dining
companions. The food was excellent. We sat in the garden, but there are many more
tables than in the past so quite noisy, but everyone seemed happy to be there.
i loved everything about this restaurant, the food is delicious, the atmosphere is great and the service fast and friendly. I strongly recommend to go to this restaurant to anyone, it is the place to go for a great meal.
Great restaurant. We’ve been going there for years
The menu is very limited. While it works ok for the apps and mains, the two desserts on offer were pretty terrible.
I love the setting and would go back if the menu got more attention.