Michael's Genuine Food & Drink - Miami

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Since Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink first opened in the Miami Design District in spring of 2007, diners have come to embrace and crave its refreshing combination of laid-back atmosphere and seriously good food, a neighborhood bistro that is the ultimate showcase for the type of cuisine that chef/owner Michael Schwartz does best – homemade, unpretentious, delectable, with an emphasis on great local ingredients. The restaurant is open seven days a week and serves lunch, an afternoon menu, dinner and brunch. Our main dining room and courtyard seat 100, and The Bar Room, an additional 16, with 24 more seats at a welcoming bar where guests can enjoy our Afternoon Menu including raw bar from 3pm-5:30pm Monday through Saturday. Sunday Brunch is where our small plates shine on a weekly-changing menu of savory and sweet. Our restaurant is located in the vibrant Design District neighborhood, luxury fashion’s new playground in Miami.

Please call for our corkage and cake policies and fees.
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Miami
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great time at Michael's Genuine. Excellent food, great service.

CM
Chicago
95 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice outdoor courtyard for lunch. Eclectic menu with lots of options.

LS
Louisville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and atmosphere are wonderful! Always consistent!

U
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We were disappointed by the salad and salad he steak au poivre. The past was fine

BR
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time dining a MGFD, and was as exceptional an experience as the first time. The wood roasted octopus was the best we’ve ever had, and the rest of our meal lived up to this special appetizer. Although completely full for lunch (we made reservations s week in advance) the wait staff was attentive and service was top notch. We will be back the nest time we visit Miami.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food intimate ambiance

CD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food is delicious and service very professional

MJ
Miami
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience4

I have been a patron since this restaurant opened. The service on our last visit was subpar. We waited an extremely long time before anyone acknowledged us after we were seated and served water. Not sure what was going on, but the restaurant did not appear very busy (6pm on a Wednesday). The food was excellent as usual, but the experience was marred by the poor service. The manager did comp our wine as an acknowledgement of the slow server response.

AP
Miami
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch! Nice ambiance. Friendly service

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

These people understood wine and the food was amazing. Incredibly impressed and texted my Cleveland friends they should try the other location!

m
Miami
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Busy and buzzing. A classic spot in the design district and always a solid choice.

VG
Philadelphia
100 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Found this place in Departures Miami city guide. Had the brussel sprouts and deviled eggs to start, both excellent. Pastrami sandwich and short rib panini were outstanding. Highly recommend.

CW
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It’s worth going just for the bread! And the deviled eggs and I could name a half dozen good things. GO!

OT
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Michael’s never disappoints. We have been eating there since it opened and we love it. Lunch, dinner, date, happy hour, it’s all good.

OT
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An INSTITUTION. This place was their before the area even got its name or definition. The ambience, food, service, etc... is always top tier. I'm from ATL and I go here (when in town) always.

G
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fabulous! The best Burger anywhere always!!!!!

P
Miami
227 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a winner! Great setting, service, amazing good.
Highly recommend.

m
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both my husband and I were so impressed with the food and service... especially the service. From the busboys to the waiters they all were so pleasant and knowledgeable; unusual for Miami.

m
Caribbean
19 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We’ve been going to Michael’s since it opened . It is the only restaurant that we visit repeatedly every time that we go to Miami. This time I have to say that some of the things we’ve been constantly ordering at every bunch were different, not bad but differently seasoned. The service and everything else was great.

JS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Food was good, but very expensive. Extremely expensive.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Valentine’s Day

MB
Miami
64 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I think they did a great job during valentines night, food was mostly good, just one dish felt like they dropped the whole black pepper bottle on it. BUT, this was one out of 5 dishes that we tried which they were great, also our waitress was super nice and attentive, she offered to get me another dish but being vegetarian didn’t had many options. I would have expected for the dish that I didn’t eat because it was overly done by black pepper was not going to be charge out of courtesy , but it wasn’t which is kind of a disappointment since it should be standard in any good restaurant.

s
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Terrible service Brought wrong order and never cane back

s
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

What happened last Sunday at this restaurant has been totally not acceptable: we arrived 10 minutes early than the booking time in order to have the table ready for our guests and we had.
We placed the order and we got the food after one hour and ten minutes, despite our complains.
Many excuses and nor professional service, at the end the bill was very high.
We won't go anymore in this place, very bad experience.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as usual

OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The food was incredible and the place was super cute !! Really liked it and was very content with my dining experience. The only problem I had was the service was bad, our waitress was the worst and super slow.

a
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This food was amazing!!!!

JL
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

It was not their best day, but it was still good.

F
New England
15 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious!! Esp. The pork belly and Kimchi!! Robin is the BEST!!

OT
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Very uncomfortable experience. Our waiter came back to our table 4 times to ask us to adjust his tip. The service was awful and we did not tip 18%.

OT
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent....
What more is there to say

OT
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Consistent. Conveniently located. Great food outstanding service. :-)

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING FOOD. WE LOVED THAT DISHES WEREN’T TOO BIG SO WE COULD TRY A FEW DIFFERENT PLATES. Shrimp toast delicious. Maple French toast to die for.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

It was my wife’s B-Day, I made reservations over a week in advance and was seated outside. Bummers

J
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A nice dining experience in the design district. Great waiter compensated for a kitchen snafu. Comped a couple of dishes and dessert. Food was very good, solid candidates, all.

MP
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service was too rushed and it felt like the waitress was just getting the job done. Very disappointing as I had especially sent a message on how special this reservation was.

C
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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PF
Miami
31 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Michael's is a great place to bring people from out of town - it is well run, has an appealing menu, and the service is usually quick. This day was no exception although two got the Tuna Bowl which was served composed and without any dressing. The dish did not seem finished and two of us reacted to it the same way.

L
Tampa
26 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

This was our second trip to Michaels’s Genuine. The first visit was many years ago before the Design District became the bustling luxury destination it is today. We were impressed with impeccable, unmatched, and fluid service with excellent food. Unfortunately, Michael’s Genuine has been resting on its laurels recently as our experience two nights ago was horrible. The braised leeks were absolutely amazing as a starter, along with passable though salty falafel and adequate deviled eggs. Really, try the leeks though. We then waited over 30 minutes for the entrees.... and were not happy. My pasta and my husband’s fries were lukewarm. His burger was good but not exceptional. The good news is that they did remove the pasta from the bill, and tried to help out with complimentary dessert but we had no further interest at that point. We live in West Palm Beach and are on vacation, staying in Midtown Miami and Michael’s Genuine is the first place we thought of when planning our Miami trip. I hope this was a fluke and that if we return our experience will be better.

JJ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The short ribs and chicken were very good. Did not love the Veggies - especially the Brussels sprouts. My dirty martini was good.