Michael's Downtown

4.6
365 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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JV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals and overall experience we have ever had! The food was out of this world, all handmade pastas and wood fired pizza. Our server was great and engaging. Thank you for making my daughters graduation dinner an evening my family will never forget!!!!!

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S
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always! Thank you for a wonderful dinner 🍷

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Graduation

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved it-we will go back!

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Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent

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B
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

David at Front Desk is so kind, hospitable and professional. We’ll be back!

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J
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Michael's Downtown never fails to offer delicious food and excellent service. It is our favorite " neighborhood restaurant," but also special occasion worthy.

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JL
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food and a really great, casual-chic vibe. Love this place and will definitely come back!

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L
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great homemade Italian dinner. We sat outside and with the heaters it was perfect. Food and service were great.

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C
Los Angeles
172 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

On a late Sunday afternoon, it was quiet and beautiful to sit outside at this lovely little restaurant. We so enjoyed the prosciutto, burrata and bruleed pear appetizer. We wanted to try the clam and shrimp with Calabrian chilis, but sadly, no clams were available. We opted for the delicious Lasagna Bolognese, which had a real authentic taste and feel to it (no ricotta, yay!). Also enjoyed the artichoke and fennel salad. Will come back for sure!

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CB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great place to be for any occasions! Great service and staff and of course delicious food!

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M
Los Angeles
66 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

I ordered the ravioli, and my friends had the eggplant and the pasta bolognese. The eggplant was not even warm and did not taste good. Leaving most of her food behind the server didn't ask if it was alright or anything. My other friend thought her dish was good. I thought my ravioli was under-cooked and was a little funky tasting. Not terrible-just not right. I hate to say it but my stomach hurt afterwards. Service was lousy and it turned into the longest lunch! I will not be returning.

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LB
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I liked it just ok. When you are dropping this kind of cash and looking for a more upscale and delicious dinner, just go to Michael's on Naples. The appetizers of steak tartare and charcuterie plate were superb. We were excited for the dishes yet to be served, only to be completely disappointed. The shrimp and clam diavolo was too salty, and I love my salt! The clams were cooked well although one did not open and was served to us. Not professional. The shrimp were overcooked: rubbery and dry. Shocked since we have never had seafood cooked in this manner ever at Michael's on Naples. The chicken parm was cut thin and pounded wide unevenly so one end of it was burnt and very dry. Like a chewy chicken cracker. There was hardly any cheese and even less sauce on most of the chicken. The house Chianti is very good. We will definitely be back for happy hour, tartare, charcuterie and to try the pizzas, but as for fine dining and a special night out, skip it. We have been to Michael's on Naples more times than I can count and they pay better attention to the quality of the food. I know this is a more casual place, but rubbery shrimp and dried out chicken are never ok.

Also the staff does not know the menu. Tartare says it comes with bread on the menu. Ours did not. The hostess made us feel stupid for asking for it. She said, "it doesn't come with bread, but if you want it... " Bread could be better and fresher too. Not the quality I was expecting from a Michael's restaurant.

One more observation, the music geared towards styles that the younger wait staff presumably like. It was blaring on the patio and getting louder. We had to ask them to turn it down. Looking around, this restaurant had older patrons due to the prices. I don't want to hear overly-loud autotune and singers that sing from a constricted throat, which seems to be the trend today, when I'm dropping close to $200. We'll be back to give it another chance, but we won't be spending the same amount.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, great food, great evening!

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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
3 reviews
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
2 reviews
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
20 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
4 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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B
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
3 reviews
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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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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