Michael's Downtown

4.5
352 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
A Long Beach favorite since 2013, Michael’s Downtown transforms the freshest locally sourced ingredients into Italian-inspired dishes for our guests to enjoy. Our menu ranges from hand-made pasta and wood-fired pizza to wholesome salads and grain bowls. It’s the quality of our food, combined with the variety in our menu and our warm and casual atmosphere, that has made Michael’s Downtown the go-to spot for fresh and healthy Italian food.

Michaels Downtown is part of the Long Beach family of restaurants that include Michael's on Naples, Michael's Pizzeria, and Chianina Steakhouse.
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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, great food, great evening!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to The area

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for dinner. Food was delicious and the staff couldn’t have been nicer. Will definitely return v

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L
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, great service.sat at the bar and the chef was delightful

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LB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Michael's Downtown has amazing pasta and the service is excellent! It has become one our favorite restaurants and you should try it.

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CB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Executive chef and his staff are incredible and food is amazing.

Great place to go for all occasions

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing atmosphere with the hospitality and the food being everything and more than I expected. I will definitely go again.

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

Great food & great service !!! Definitely my fave Italian spot

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F
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Made a reservation but didn’t get a table. Had to sit at the bar. Why bother making a reservation?

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A
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

I booked a table inside, and they wanted to seat us outside or at the counter.
The pizza had no flavour at all, the quantity of its ingredients was minimal, it was as eating just bread.
The first pizza came burnt, but the restaurant offered to replace it immmediately.

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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

David is always a welcome. My server, Camille, was knowledgeable, attentive and very spirited in presence. Dinner was an extreme pleasure.

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JT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Authentic Italian food, their gluten free pizza dough is outstanding, they also have gluten-free pasta.

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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Was expecting the chicken parm to be amazing. It was bland and not much favor.

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LE
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely outdoor seating for our group of 7. Nice heaters & firepit table. Food & drinks are great for the price. Service was excellent. Fun outdoor patio!

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MR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Michael’s ambiance reminded me of a cafeteria/food court. It wasn’t very warm and welcoming. The servers seem understaffed and overwhelmed. We ordered from the dine LA menu and everything we got was good but not great.

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MC
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was terrific and the service was as well. I definitely will go back.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Nice service and excellent food quality and flavor. Portion sizes were just right for the Dine LA tasting menu.

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r
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jessie was an awesome server. He made sure everything was perfect.

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JK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious. Table slightly uncomfortable. Excellent service.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good experience. Food was great. Parking was ample. Enjoyed myself

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I Googled for restaurants close to the hotel my daughter was staying at while attending classes in So Cal. Michael's was one of the top contenders. I was so pleased we went there. They had a lovely Prix Fix menu, with choices of the appetizers, entree, and soup or salad. Absolutely marvelous tastes and flavors. Will be happy to return in the future.

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MM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great experience all around! The food was a wonderful surprise of quality, flavor, and presentation. We live close by, had never stopped there before, but will absolutely be back!

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V
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The chef prepares his menu with love and joy. I haven't had a bad meal at this place.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service. Food is good. Overall value is great.

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MF
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was good but not as good as Michael ‘s in Naples.

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FI
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Italian food in town. Hands down.

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OT
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good home made Italian Pizza garnish with fresh Ingredients.
I recommend this place to everyone like a real Italian Pizza

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Service was not great.
Ran out of Pinot Grigio.
Ran out of Gnocchi.
Didn’t want to substitute pasta instead of salad because everything is already “portioned.”

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G
San Francisco
64 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed everything. So much so we went back to their Naples restaurant the next day. All the pastas were fab and bread with their homemade spicy olive oil is to die for. Have some Nero d' Avola it's a good wine at a great price.

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Great service, but food is pricey.

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LL
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

This restaurant was not what I expected, but it turned out to be a nice place. The dining was more casual that we expected, but they were able to easily accommodate our large party of 11. The food was very tasty. I ordered Lasagna which was delicious and filling. Some of our party felt the plates did not offer enough food and were still hungry after dinner, specifically, the short ribs and the ravioli. The service was a bit slow and sketchy at first, but later it picked up and the wait staff was very accommodating. Overall, I enjoyed my visit and my dinner and I would go again. I do compliment the chef on having items on the menu that our vegan friends could eat.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! Great food!

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FE
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I don't know what more I can add to my review. Food and service was perfect

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V
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Michael's downtown is a gem. It's the best well kept secret in town. Or should I keep my mouth shut. I love the monthly special dinners. The chef is fabulous and the menu is very creative, fun and very good in terms of taste and presentation. The price point is also very good. Ignore my comment regarding price. Please don't change it. I love going back once a month.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The gluten free pasta was the best I have ever had!

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EM
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The pizza and dessert was amazing but the chicken parmigiana was just okey. The serviced was attentive but somewhat missed the mark. We dined at the restaurant many times when this was whist Michael’s Pizza and had better meals in the past. Maybe it’s the off night or the dish we picked was not their best. I suggest to stick with the amazing pizza and offer select pasta dishes.

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P
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality ingredients, good wine selection, wood burning pizza oven, and fresh produce all contribute to a flavorful meal. Service was very quick and attentive. A good value when you find daily specials and Happy Hour deals. Ask for a patio table if you like it cooler and more relaxed; it gets warm and loud indoors by the kitchen.

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LE
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints, always great food.

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VN
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Pizza Marinara so watery the dough is transparent. When I grabbed my slice of sausage pizza and it bent in half and the cheese and sausage fell off. My pasta dish was such a tiny amount smaller than my palm and cost
16 dollars wow. No meat. They post fresh pasta etc but it was just ok. On a Friday night it was dead. Will never return. Service was good doesn't make up for mediocre food though.

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Las Vegas
31 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Service was great, we enjoyed sitting outside. We ordered food mostly from the Happy Hour menu with a few entrees, and our bill seemed kind of high. Fun for an occasional splurge.

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