Michael John's Restaurant (MJ's)

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254 Reviews
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Steakhouse
Established in 2006, Michael John’s or MJ’s as it is known by its local following, is an fine dining Top 10 Sarasota/Manatee French-American Steakhouse restaurant that serves beer, wine, cocktails and hearty food. One of Bradenton’s best restaurants, Michael John prepares house aged Iowa, USDA Prime cuts of beef and incredibly fresh local seafood. At Michael John’s it’s about food— and company—and the enjoyment of both. Bon Appétit Michael John’s is a place where the genuine care and comfort of our guests is our highest mission. We pledge to provide the finest personal service for our guests who will always enjoy a warm, relaxed, yet refined ambiance.
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OT
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server Lizzy did a fantastic job, the food was great and the atmosphere was fantastic

MK
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every aspect was outstanding. Drinks and service by Maddy in the bar was a great way to start the evening. All four people in our party thought their meals were delicious.

NB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Everybody enjoyed the night.

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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CM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was spectacular. Drink choices disappointing. No bloody Mary's. Bartender even said it is often requested. So why not offer it? Thanks.

J
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Michael Johns has become our most favorite place to eat. We visit here at least 2-3 times per month and we have NEVER had a bad meal or poor service. The staff is always friendly, personable and professional. The food is tasty and consistent. The seating is quiet and cozy but bigger communal tables are also available. I highly recommend MJ's for any event...business, date-night or just a quick soup and salad!

R
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food in a pleasing atmosphere. House salad and beef tips were great.

PM
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and great food. Didn’t care for sitting next to the front door.

OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time there. We loved it!

L
Tampa
23 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was wonderful with very attentive servers and fun to be with them! The Food was outstanding my husband had the steak special and I had the Veal Piccata!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, been here several times. It nerdy disappoints. Upscale restaurant in Bradenton.

J
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not our first time at MJ’s. Always enjoy the food and service. Scallops piccata was outstanding! As was my wife’s crab stuffed flounder. Crab cake appetizer started things off on a good note. Optional creamed spinach was excellent as well. We’ll be back!

s
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

4 of 5 meals were great. Just avoid the Ribeye. Server was nice very pleasant but stretched too thin. There are several rooms and we would not see her for long periods of time so we assumed she was waiting on tables in the other room. Definitely worth a try perhaps not on an in season weekend.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

OT
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Smiles from the moment we walked in Spectacular service from Jennifer and Christine. We most definitely will return

TD
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is great place for a special night out as the food has never disappointed us. Nice atmosphere.

TM
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Michael Johns the wait staff is always very attentive and the food is delicious as I friend said it’s a hidden gem

j
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never had a bad meal. The food is fantastic and cooked just perfectly. Must have the dirty Caesar salad, just to die for. Good value for everyday meal or celebrating a special occasion. The steaks are fantastic and so is everything on the menu

n
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! A bit expensive but worth it! Love the location since we live less than a couple miles away..

L
Tampa
24 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything was great!! Always enjoy going there! At least you can talk without a lot of noise around you!

c
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food! Never a bad meal here!

SR
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Yes, the food was very good; and while the server was friendly, it felt like maybe you must have been short staffed by a couple of people.

LY
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience4

I heard so much about MJ’s

JH
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall1food2service4ambience5

To begin, I ordered a wedge salad which I assumed would be the traditional wedge with blue cheese and bacon bits. What I got were two bars of lettuce, tough on both ends and covered in an unrecognizable dressing. For entrees, my wife and I ordered different fish selections. One was cod with a piccata sauce. It appeared to be deep fried and covered with something resembling piccata. Not sure what but not good. The other was flounder stuffed with crab. It was better than the cod but not such that we wanted finish either or take them home. While the wine, bread and dessert (pineapple upside down cake with ice cream) were excellent, the entrees and one salad were very disappointing and certainly did not justify the overall expense of the meals.

S
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of eight had a lovely evening at MJ's. Food was great, ambiance was very nice, but more importantly, our waitress, Maddie, could not have been more accommodating and lovely. Thank you for a very nice dinner out with friends.... :)

JS
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My palate is still smiling though it has been two days since we had dinner there. Highly recommended.

BW
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing cuisine! We were greeted warmly and felt welcomed throughout stay. Food amazing and wait staff on mark. Most certainly will return.

c
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a pleasure to eat here! Fabulous food! Wonderful staff

KD
Tampa
23 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Great meal, fair service. Staff could work on being a little more pleasant. A little pricey, deserves more courteous servers.

TM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our 36th wedding anniversary and could think of no place better to enjoy our night! Service was impeccable, food was outstanding as always. Thank to all the staff for making it a great night.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience3

It was my first time here and I brought my Mom. It’s very close to where I live and has great reviews. What a disappointment. The amuse-bouche was fantastic, and what I hoped to be a precursor to the rest of the meal. The French onion soup was way too sweet. The steaks were not seasoned at all. Nor were the mashed potatoes. I’ve never paid so much to leave so hungry and disappointed. I hope it was just an off night but don’t really want to chance it by going back.

AV
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience was a success!!
Service
Food
Ambiance
All perfect.

GD
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Michael John's is our absolute favorite place to dine. The food is outstanding and the staff is very professional and courteous.

m
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints! Every chance we get we take friends that have not been to this hidden gem.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Fantastic food and Wien!

DM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. We love this place....and it's so close!

SR
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Michael John's Restaurant is a fine dining experience. From the moment you enter and are greeted, to the moment you walk out the door, Michael John's is without a doubt, a superb dining event.

WH
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service. Love this restaurant. Highly recommend.

RO
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food south of Tampa

MC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

The food was very good. When I made my reservation I stated that it was our anniversary. Although the restaurant wasn't busy, they seated us at a table in the bar; the least desirable place to eat especially on your anniversary.