Michael's Cafe Middle River

4.3
74 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
It is constant attention to detail that sets Michael's apart from the rest. The Dellis family welcomes you. Our commiment to quality, service and atmosphere are key to the success of our restaurant. We pride ourselves on the fact that the majority of our menu is homemade, using only the finest and freshest ingredients.

Specials

Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Come join us for Easter, make your reservations today. Brunch starts 10:30 am with the last seating at 3pm. If you cant make brunch our dinner service will begin 5pm.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Very loud, very expensive.

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Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a party of 4 for lunch. This was our first visit to Michael's Cafe Middle River and we will surely return for future visits. We were glad we made reservations since even at lunchtime it was quite busy. We were greeted and seated immediately. Our server, Chandni was extremely personable, did an outstanding job and was able to answer all of our questions about different menu offerings. We each chose a different lunch item and each one was deliciously prepared and beautifully plated. While each item was so savory the two that got the most raves were The Pitbull (pit beef and smoked cheese kielbasa) and the Korean Rice Bowl with Miso Glazed Chicken. Please save room for dessert. The Nutella Bread Pudding with Pistachio Ice Cream was amazing. They also offer 5 different flavors of Ice Cream from a local creamery. We were so glad we gave Michael's Cafe a try, will definitely return time and time again.

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SB
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed an excellent meal for a large party! It was the day of my sister's birthday and they brought cheesecake for my other sister and Mom as well who also had birthdays the same week. Our server was kind, efficient and attentive. The filet mignon, crab cakes, rockfish, hanger steak, chicken noodle soup, and salmon were all delicious meals per everyone. We all look forward to coming back for my son's birthday next month!

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J
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Too expensive for the area. Fish not prepared as would be expected for a $30+ entree. Had to send the meal back.

Michael's Cafe Middle River
Responded on April 12, 2019

Jimmy, we are sorry to hear about your experience with us on Friday. There is no excuse for your dinner to have not been prepared the way that was requested. If you would like to discuss your experience more please feel free to email emma@michaelscafe. c o m Thank you for bringing this to our attention and we hope to see you again.

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DK
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at that location and it was great. We were celebrating a birthday and an anniversary. Everyone enjoyed the food and the staff was really nice. We will definitely be back.

Michael's Cafe Middle River
Responded on April 12, 2019

Thank you very much for celebrating with us! We are so pleased you had an outstanding time! We hope to see you again soon!

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ER
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there fot my daughter's birthday. It was 7 of us. We had a reservation and got seated right away. Server, David was great. Food was excellent.

Michael's Cafe Middle River
Responded on April 11, 2019

Elizabeth, thank you very much for celebrating with us! We are very pleased you had a great time and David took good care of you! We look forward to seeing you soon.

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NF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall a fantastic dining experience, couldn’t find much to complain about! Food was delicious, fresh, and definitely unique. The menu covers a lot of bases without being too large to look through, staple classics with some unique dishes sprinkled in. The bar menu was impressive as well. We had fried calamari to start, scallops and grits (huge scallops), cioppino, and a few raw oysters. I had the Aperol Spritz prosecco cocktail and my friend had the Mexican Mule - both delicious. It’s not the cheapest menu but you’re getting what you pay for with fresh ingredients and leaving feeling very full. The atmosphere in the new location in middle river is impressive, the stylish design with high ceilings and Baltimore themed artwork was so cool. Loved the big bar and the wall of windows that opens on nice evenings. I guess on late Friday nights they have a DJ there to liven the mood into a more nightlife feel, it got a little loud but by then we were done dining and the music was really good anyway. Will definitely go back!

Michael's Cafe Middle River
Responded on April 4, 2019

Nicole, thank you very much for your awesome feedback! We look forward to seeing you soon!

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TE
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was excellent and our server was very accommodating and attentive. Her recommendations were on target It was my birthday so a slice of cheesecake with a candle was provided. The manager also stopped by our table to inquire about our experience. It was a pricey evening so, be prepared for a little sticker shock when you see the menu. Fortunately, the food was superb. The ambiance seemed rather steril; not particularly warm and inviting. We will go back but not frequently given the cost.

Michael's Cafe Middle River
Responded on March 30, 2019

Tom, thank you very much for celebrating your birthday with us! We are thrilled you had an enjoyable dining experience with us! We look forward to see you soon.

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AS
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was outstanding, service was great and drinks amazing. The people sitting in the next booth were a little distracting being loud an obnoxious.

Michael's Cafe Middle River
Responded on March 29, 2019

Antony, thank you very much for your kind review! We are thrilled you enjoyed your meals and service provided! We are very sorry that you were sat next to guest that were taking away from your experience with us, next time please let us know and we will be happy to move you to a quieter area. Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your experience and we hope to see you soon!

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D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place!

Michael's Cafe Middle River
Responded on March 29, 2019

Thank you very much! We look forward to seeing you soon!

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SR
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Thought the food, portions were just mediocre when compared to the price. This means I thought it was too expensive for the quality of food. Disappointed. Loud atmosphere and not great for conversation.

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D
Baltimore
85 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sensational. Staff is amazing, food is superb, vibrant bar scene, drinks are unique and very tasty! Love this new place!

Michael's Cafe Middle River
Responded on March 29, 2019

Thank you very much for the outstanding review! We look forward to seeing you soon.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seated right away with reservation.
Crab dip was great!!

Michael's Cafe Middle River
Responded on March 29, 2019

We are very sorry to hear about your experience with us. We pride ourselves on having top notch food and service and we are very sorry that wasn't the circumstances that evening. We take all feedback very seriously and will make sure we talk to the chefs about this. All food should be going out together (correctly) in a timely manner. We hope to see you soon and again thank you for taking the time to let us know about this.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed this place. Delicious drink and food and very friendly staff. It was our anniversary and they treated us to a nice dessert. We'll definitely be back.

Michael's Cafe Middle River
Responded on March 29, 2019

Nicole, thank you for celebrating your anniversary with us! We are so pleased you had an outstanding time! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent, but the prices...uhg (bring your wallet).....I was not happy to find that the advertised "Happy Hour" prices were not extended to the dinning room, I wish I had known that prior to the check coming, because I would have sat at the bar. However, the food was excellent. We had the tuna tar tar and the grilled octopus for starters. Both were perfect. For dinner, the Cioppino was rich and full of seafood, it was really good. Also the burger was full of flavor and perfectly cooked. I think that you will enjoy the food and the "place" itself. Our server, Julian, could not have been better. He took great care of us. I will go again, but I will be sitting at the bar!

Michael's Cafe Middle River
Responded on March 29, 2019

Bailey, We are very happy you enjoyed all your food and the service on Thursday! We are very sorry about the miscommunication about our happy hour locations. We will make sure our staff is aware to bring this to our guests attention. We hope to see you soon.

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GB
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome dinning the steak was perfection
The shrimp salad great

Michael's Cafe Middle River
Responded on March 20, 2019

Gail, we are ecstatic to see this fantastic review. We pride ourselves on our prime meat and fresh seafood. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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CC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

They are always out of everything! Service is slow and it is way overpriced

Michael's Cafe Middle River
Responded on March 20, 2019

Colby, I am very sorry to hear about your experience at our new location. We appreciate you bringing this to our attention and we will make sure to talk to our staff to make sure everything comes out in a timely manner.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner was superb!

Michael's Cafe Middle River
Responded on March 20, 2019

Thank you very much! We appreciate you taking the time to review us. We hope to see you soon.

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L
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited several times... food has been amazing! Unique, creative, delicious!!! Crab cakes, steaks, seafood, salad, the "split level" soup (cream of Crab and MD Crab... Wow!!! Who woulda thought about putting those together??!!??) Every single thing has been great! Wonderful service too!! This is a welcome addition to the area - upscale food in a comfortable neighborhood place!! Perfect drinks too!!

Michael's Cafe Middle River
Responded on March 20, 2019

Lori, your review made us so happy to read!! We are thrilled you had such an outstanding time! We look forward to seeing you soon. Thank you again for taking the time to write such a generous review.

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HS
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Did not realize that for lunch was a brunch, wasn’t sure if we wanted to stay but the waitress pointed out other things on the menu so we decided to stay and eat. Overall we where very happy, food was fabulous and waitress was great. Looking forward to coming back.

Michael's Cafe Middle River
Responded on March 20, 2019

Heather, thank you very much for staying and trying us out! We are so thrilled that you loved everything and we look forward to seeing you soon.

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LC
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love this place! Best Old Fashioned I ever had.
They had a really great band playing also.

Michael's Cafe Middle River
Responded on March 20, 2019

Laureen, thank you very much for your great feedback! We love our old fashions as well! We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Baltimore
86 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Drinks were superb, vibrant bar scene, food was outstanding, service impeccable. It’s a fairly new place but they have their act together!!!! Went with friends this time but will be back soon with hubby!

Michael's Cafe Middle River
Responded on March 17, 2019

Thank you for the great review on our new location! We look forward to seeing you next time.

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CL
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This was our first visit at Michael's and we intend to go back very soon. The food was amazing! The selection could be a little more robust, but what they have was great.

Michael's Cafe Middle River
Responded on March 17, 2019

Courtney, thank you very much for your great feedback! We look forward to seeing you soon.

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LC
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Michael's Café in Middle River is just what we needed in the area. I was so excited to see them move in and am even more excited to return soon. Everything from the greeters, to our waiter, and the food was exceptional. We even got a chance to chat with the manager, Justin, which was our pleasure. I am looking forward to becoming a "regular" there. Thanks!

Michael's Cafe Middle River
Responded on March 17, 2019

Laureen, thank you for the rave review! We look forward to having you as a regular at our Middle River Location! We appreciate you taking the time to write this- hopefully we see you soon!

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DM
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Disappointed with the food. Cold crab cake not very taste. I have been to Michael's Cafe in Timonium and was a very pleased with everything. Was expecting the same at the White Marsh Cafe. Hope it was just a bad night and things get better.

Michael's Cafe Middle River
Responded on March 9, 2019

Denise, I am very sorry to hear about your experience at our new location. We strive to bring the guest the same great cuisine and service as you have had at our timonium location. Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback, we hope you join us again soon.

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O
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice new place with solid Michael's menu.
Still needs iron out a few of the new restaurant kinks.

Michael's Cafe Middle River
Responded on March 7, 2019

Jonnie, I am very sorry to hear about the fattiness on the short rib. I am going to forward this review over to our chefs to ensure that they are only serving proper cuts. Thank you for taking the time to lets us know about this. We hope to see you soon.

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a new restaurant, so I thought I would give it a try. Went on a slower evening and had no issues getting a table. The staff was very friendly. Ordered the shishito peppers, calamari, and cream of crab soup as starters, and everyone at the table enjoyed the peppers and calamari. For dinner, I ordered some type of Italian Sandwich, which was absolutely delicious. I will definitely be going back in the future!

Michael's Cafe Middle River
Responded on March 7, 2019

Thank you so much for your generous review! We look forward to seeing you soon.

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CL
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

My husband and I were there on Saturday night. I got the crab cake and while it was ok, it was nothing great. A little on the dry side and nothing up to par with most local crabcakes. The place was packed as it is new but I feel like they are still working out some kinks. The waiter was nice but definitely didn’t make any accommodations when asking to switch up things on the menu. He also didn’t ask us if we wanted desssert (and i love dessert, so that was sad)The manager did come over to check on us which was nice but I feel like it has more of a bar vibe than anything else. The interior is also quite nice but overall, I’m not sure I’d rush back. Good to grab a quick bite I guess.

Michael's Cafe Middle River
Responded on March 5, 2019

We are very sorry to hear about your experience with us. We are working really hard to straighten out any issues and we appreciate your honest feedback. We do hope you try us again so we can show you how top notch our food and service is. If you have any questions or would like to discuss any issues further please feel free to call us.

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M
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Overall, I liked it...but it was extremely loud (we were in the bar area) and the food was good, but very over priced. Not worth the money.

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IH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First, allow me to start with our waiter Myron...... he was phenomenal! He made our dining experience pleasurable and exciting. Our food was served hot and timely. All our entrees were delicious and seasoned well.

My only suggestion is : the steak entree, for the price, should be offered with more than one side item, perhaps a side salad as well. And the french fries that are paired with the juicy steak should be cut thicker, especially since that will be your only side dish.

We will certainly be returning to Michael's and we believe that this location will do great!

Michael's Cafe Middle River
Responded on March 17, 2019

Thank you for your great feedback! We will let Myron know that he really made it an outstanding evening for you. Thank you very much for dining with us and we look forward to seeing you soon!

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KR
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! Every dish was beautiful, came out looking and tasting delicious. Katie was a great waitress, we never needed to ask her for a refill or anything, she was on top of it the whole time. Managers greeted us at our table and asked how everything was, love that they take the time to be personable. Noise level was just a tad high to make conversation without having to really raise your voices. Other than that, it was a great dinner and will definitely be returning.

Michael's Cafe Middle River
Responded on March 5, 2019

Thank you so much Kim! We cant wait to see you soon!

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TD
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This was our first trip. Everything was great. Our server Myron was upbeat and personable. We’ll definitely be back.

Michael's Cafe Middle River
Responded on March 3, 2019

Tia, thank you very much for your kind works. We are so happy to hear Myron was able to make your experience even better! We look forward to seeing you soon.

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OT
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu is limited compared to the Timonium location but the food and service was still great! Loacation is perfect also. Will be back to try out their brunch soon.

Michael's Cafe Middle River
Responded on March 7, 2019

Thank you very much for taking the time to write this great review! We are very excited about our new location and look forward to serving you soon!

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DD
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed the main seating area where we were this time much better than the room. Brussel sprouts were amazing as was the crab cake. Our waitress, Rachel, was also super sweet and attentive.

Michael's Cafe Middle River
Responded on March 2, 2019

Dana, thank you for the great feedback! The brussels are one of our favorites as well! We look forward to seeing you soon!

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DB
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was searching for a restaurant in the area and someplace I had not gone before. I found this place on Google, invited some friends and we all were pleasantly surprised by the location, the ambiance and most of all the food was wonderful. We were treated so well, even got sung to for a BDAY moment. What a surprise! Will be back, no doubt. Thanks,

Michael's Cafe Middle River
Responded on February 28, 2019

Dee, thank you for celebrating your birthday with us! We look forward to seeing you soon!

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JS
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

First time at the Middle River location, food was OUTSTANDING, prices are a little high especially for the atmosphere, we would have liked to sit in a "dining room" but it appeared the only tables were really part of the bar (which is very nicely done) but spending $44 and $43 on an entree I don't want to have to be a part of the bar scene. The Filet and Crab Cakes were phenomenal. When we were leaving I asked if there was any more dining space and they showed us a room that was closed off because it was a Sunday night, I would've liked to have been seated in there.

Michael's Cafe Middle River
Responded on February 28, 2019

Joe, thank you for your feedback! I am glad you had an outstanding meal. I am sorry to hear about the noise levels. We are working hard to make sure noise levels are down so everyone can enjoy their conversation. We want to do anything to ensure a positive dining experience. When you reserve your table please request a quieter section and we will make sure you are in an area further from the bar. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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LD
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall very good. I wish they would turn down the music or do something to separate the dining area from the bar area. I was unable to have a conversation with the others at my table, which detracted from an otherwise enjoyable meal.

Michael's Cafe Middle River
Responded on February 28, 2019

Lee, thank you for your positive feedback on service and food! I am sorry about the noise complaint. We will work hard to make sure the levels are down to ensure a great dining experience for next time you visit. Thank you for bringing this to our attention and we look forward to seeing you soon.

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OT
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and service. The restaurant was clean and the beer was cold. Will definitely return.

Michael's Cafe Middle River
Responded on February 24, 2019

Thank you very much for your positive feedback! We look forward to seeing you soon.

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TD
Baltimore
26 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and the service was great.

Michael's Cafe Middle River
Responded on February 24, 2019

Thank you for your great feedback! Join us on Saturdays and Sundays for our new brunch service! We look forward to seeing you soon.

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TM
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 3

New location; I'm sure they need time to work out the kinks.

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