New chef and great energy!! The room is gorgeous and the garden unmatched in Santa Monica. Our meal was delicious and the wine ( a Malibu pinot) was superb. This is a true gem right in my back yard.
The service and food were fantastic. Michael was as friendly as always. The ambiance is special. Unusual menu that was delicious.
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.
Amazing food and great service. Very creative dishes and reasonable prices. Great cocktails try the fig cocktail.
Such a beautiful spot! My friend and I had some great food here celebrating New Years Eve! We even met Michael himself! Great service and great tasting food. A very romantic feel to the place. Absolutely loved it and recommend it !
A consistent treasure for culinary adventures. Have returned a few times and Michael's never disappoints. Plus the staff are wonderful!
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.
I came here to have a nice new year's dinner with my wife. The food was subpar. The fish was mushy and very fishy. The persimmon appetizer was just cut-up fruit on a plate for $14 with nothing else on it.
Wonderful evening at a beautiful garden setting with Michael the owner greeting everyone. Loved the unusual food and atmosphere. I will return
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