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.

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JJ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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

l
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved this place. My hub and I consider ourselves foodies, and Michael's Genuine Food and Drink delivered on every level! We started with a drink and appetizers at the bar, and loved our Saturday evening bartenders/servers so much, we decided to stay there for dinner instead of moving to a table in the dining room. Great choice of wines and cocktails are on the menu. . .we loved the Caponata Pizza (as good as any pizza we've had in Rome--if not better), the deviled eggs and marinated olives, and I even got my hub to eat (and enjoy!) falafel! Tilefish on the menu is exquisite, stone crab claws are amazing!

e
Miami
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It’s always a good time and good eats at Michael’s. The rigatoni, ceviche and tilefish curry were delicious. Our server Grover was attentive and very helpful.

MH
Miami
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food is always outstanding!!

L
Miami
36 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, DELICIOUS! In the mood for some comfort food, our table ordered two cheese burgers and a duck confit. They were very happy. We also ordered gem salads, beet salad (so good and complex), strawberry salad (seasonal local strawberries - the best!), cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. All were really satisfying and yummy. Couldn’t finish it all, but that didn’t stop us from ordering dessert. Great wine list, too. Service is always friendly and excellent.

a
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious. We've been to Michaels several times throughout the years and it is always great. It's becoming to the Design District what Joe's Stone Crab is to South Beach.

SE
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

All was good except that the restaurant is alittle under water and the waitress was disappearing but very nice but she needed more help not her fault

R
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Turkey was not fresh but just breast sliced and very dry

N
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service as per usual and great food! Always a good time

OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience1

Unimpressed. The food was delicious. The rest was not.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Extremely small portions of food smaller than your hand, not worth the value, brunch drinks weren’t really great either

F
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Especially loved the crudo. Its a busy place but a fun atmosphere and really good food. Our second time and still enjoyed it.

KA
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Loud music and the food is over priced for the portions served

P
Washington DC
132 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friend who lived in Miami highly recommended Michael's Genuine. We made a point of going and will go there every time we return to the Miami area. MG's "food & drink" with expert service make for a memorable experience.

JO
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Little Gem salad was great; french fries were great: duck confit was dry and salty but still eatable. I miss the consistency of quality that this restaurant used to provide.

G
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

What a terrible 3 hour dinner. We have eaten at this restaurant many times. The manager apologized, and offered complimentary desserts, but our guest couldn’t eat his food it was so terrible. Drinks took 1/2 hour to get them. So sad this restaurant was so lacking.

EJ
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drank!

EI
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always reliable and fun. A Miami staple great for social and business events.

R
London
97 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Bread and butter great. Octopus app delicious but spicy and large enough to share. Short ribs were good. Cobia was not very good-too much sauce, very spicy and way too many onions. Oysters were good.
Chocolate ice cream ( home made) was superb.
Waitress was very professional and nice. We wanted the chicken for 2 but it required a 55 minute wait. That was too long.
Would come back again and order other stuff because many people told me they love Michaels and we did like it.
The outside area is very nice - great music and just the perfect volume for conversation.

s
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Fish was not that good.
Other times were better

l
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Spotty service although we were seated right by the door. Too many times, for too long did we have to wait for water refills.

OT
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience2

Nothing like the pictures. None of the pictures dishes were available. Food very bad to be honest. And the service was the only reason I give 2 stars

FW
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the experience was enhanced as a result of our server, David.

OT
Montreal
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

One problem only. Waiters are continuously interrupting

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints. Always the best.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Cold food that was supposed to be hot

EE
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

We have been coming to Michaels since it opened years ago. Definitely gone downhill. Old brunch menu much better than current one. Service was very poor. Food was sub par. Will not take a chance coming back for dinner after this experience. Still like Amara - hopefully that has not gone downhill as well.

F
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great afternoon meal with our three younger children. Food was fantastic and the restaurant had a lively and legitimately family friendly atmosphere. We look forward to dining again!

DF
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Last time we dined service was poor, but thought we would give it another chance. We started off well with two great appetizers but then they forgot we were in the restaurant. Two of us has the pastrami sandwich. It came with cold hard toasted bread - thankfully the French fries were good. We did not complain and the wait staff didn’t even apologize. We done with this restaurant.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome and our waiter was spectacular

OT
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Overstated weight of fish by 2 pounds!! A 1.5 pound fish to serve three adults, and then charged us for 3.5 pounds. I grill fish every week at home and I’m very familiar with how much meat comes off of a 3.5 pound fish. We left the restaurant still hungry from tiny portioned side dishes, a pathetically presented tiny fish. It was really an awful experience from start to finish. I wouldn’t recommend this place to anyone, and certainly won’t be going back myself.

LF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good experience. Excellent food! The terrasse is very nice, good music, not too loud.

LC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We really enjoyed all of the food we ordered. Our waiter was exceptional, very friendly and checked on us often. I couldn't give five stars for service, however, but I don't believe it had anything to do with our waiter. The restaurant was "out of" the first few beverages my husband tried to order (on the menu that is said to change frequently), and the timing between drinks and each course was a little long. We weren't in a hurry, but we eat out enough to know good timing. Not every table was filled in the restaurant when we were there, so I'm not sure why - and the food was hot when it came out. All in all, however, we really enjoyed ourselves and would go back to Michael's Genuine Food & Drink.

DF
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Michael’s Genuine is one of our favorite food spots. Had an opportunity to dine for lunch this week and it did not disappoint. Best heirloom tomatoes I’ve ever had with fresh burrata cheese and the pork pizza with arugula was spot on. Highly recommend to anyone who enjoys fresh ingredients and well executed dishes.

H
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joe at the seafood bar makes this place awesome.

G
London
46 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal as usual. Have to eat here every trip back to Miami.

Thoughtful service

KF
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Michael’s is a Bew Years Eve tradition for our family for a reason. It is simply amazing. They have their regular menu which is awesome.

GB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! We sat outside on a beautiful evening. Especially liked kale pizza. Ceviche also great!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and nice staff