Michaels Restaurant

4.3
2621 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American

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About

One of the finest Key West restaurants is nestled among the charming tropical back streets of
Key West's Old Town District. Come discover a garden oasis where Chef Michael Wilson
and his wife Melanie offer a classic menu with an island twist. Their emphasis on
quality and service, coupled with casual island elegance, has established
Michaels Restaurant as a favorite of Key West locals
and visitors with discriminating dining palates.
If you're searching for Key West restaurants, search no further. Treat yourself to a delicious dining experience outdoors in a relaxing Key West garden atmosphere or indoors in one of our two dining rooms. Michaels Restaurant is in Old Town Key West,
near the corner of Southard Street- on Margaret Street.

"From the first chilled martini to the last sumptuous bite of the
warm chocolate volcano, Michaels will delight and satisfy. "
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Steak
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Hours of operation
Dinner Nightly: 5:30pm - 11:00pm



Requests for specific tables will be honored on a first come first serve basis. If a specific table is a necessity please feel free to call us at 305-295-1300 after 3:30pm.

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Phone number
(305) 295-1300
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Michael Wilson
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Catering
Michaels can cater any event from 20 to 200! You can expect our same attention to detail and excellence that you get when you dine with us! Let us make your special occasions out of this world!
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Cross street
Southard Street
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2621 People Are Saying
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DG
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Had wide range of food from steak to meatloaf to mani and all was delicious! Definitely recommend the Our Salad!

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Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night out with family

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Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I really enjoyed our experience at Michael's. The food was delicious and service was excellent. Cliff was our waiter. He was friendly, welcoming, knowledgeable, and attentive. We will definitely be back!

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Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

two birthdays

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Food and service was outstanding. It was extremely warm and uncomfortable inside the restaurant and I saw people leave because of this.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Can’t recommend Michael’s or understand how it is considered a “ good spot “ for dinner. Food was poor, ambience is outdated, and service was fair. Dinner for 3 came was over $200 without tip . Very
limited menu. Don’t mind paying for a good meal , we wanted to feel my money was well spent....Not happening at this place.

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Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have not been at Michael’s for quite sometime and was pleasantly surprised with the improvements to the menu, food, and service.
Still a little pricey but cannot complain.

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M
New England
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was very good, I had the grouper and my husband had the lamb chops. We sat outside and the outside area is a little run down.

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Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service!

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Miami
18 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

We visited Key West for our 20th Anniversary and had enjoyed Michael’s on a previous occasion. I checked “Anniversary” on the Open Table app but that was not acknowledged. Ordered a Caesar’s Salad but it was warm and soggy. I was upset afterwards that I didn’t send it back and actually paid for it and the rest of the meal as well. My filet was raw instead of medium rare and had to send it back. Vegetables were cold. The service was non-attentive and slow. I wasted 5,000 well earned Open Table Points on a $25 dining reward for a very mediocre meal. Very disappointed in the whole experience at Michael’s on what should have been a special night.

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Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I haven’t been going because the food has been disappointing but I tried it again to see if it had improved. The food was very disappointing again. I’m done, I’ll spend my money elsewhere.

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GD
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 25th Anniversary in Key West and we’re looking for a nice restaurant for dinner. Michaels did not disappoint! The service was impeccable, and the food was excellent. The best Key Lime Pie in Key West by our unofficial testing. Definitely would come back to Michaels the next time we come to Key West.

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MJ
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very attentive, good recommendations. Michal came & checked on us. Kind enough to allow a picture.
Worth the price.

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New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Michaels for my husbands birthday and we had a wonderful meal. The host and hostess made us feel immediately welcome and Isabella was an excellent waitress. We had the beet and goat cheese salad , steak frites, snapper and warm chocolate lava cake for dessert. Everything we had was excellent !

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Miami
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner at Michaels has always been an exceptional experience. We have been visiting for almost 20 years. The food and service keeps getting better. In addition to all of our routine favorites we tried carpaccio. This dish was totally out of our realm. Try this mouthwatering dish. It will also expand your pallet! Key Lime luscious with whip cream. Not overly sweetened. The best in Key West. Say hello to your tentative bartender Mike. Lovely fine dining. ENJOY!

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J
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

This was our second trip to Key West and returned to Michaels. Everything runs at a fairly slow pace but there's nothing to be in a hurry. Our waiter , Cliff, was very friendly and gave great suggestions. The house salad is the best salad I've ever had. My partner chose the smaller potion of
shrimp pappardelle which was excellent. I chose the small portion of macadamia crusted mahi mahi . It was way over cooked and dry and not as good as the first time I had it. Cliff graciously had the whole meal replaced and the manager was very apologetic. I was also given a very generous slice of Key lime pie to compensate. A fabulous dinner would be salad and the pie. The pie was delicious! Michaels is a nice quieter place with great food and friendly service. It is also nice that now most entrees are offered in half size portions.

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AR
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, intimate setting. Owner and staff very friendly. Enjoyable experience.

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TR
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great service. Quaint restaurant minus the craziness of Duval street. Veal chop is scrumptious and the meatloaf delicious. Appetizers are great too. Highly recommend.

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K
Key West
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was like sitting on the beach in Barbados with a local chef cooking up his best traditional recipes as we sat on an old bamboo chair with our toes in the sand.

The waiter was great too.

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JM
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was very accommodating and made us feel at home. The owner approached our party and asked how things are and checked back after dinner to make sure everything was as good as we expected. We recommend this restaurant to all who travels to Key West.

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Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the special. It was pan seared black grouper over mushrooms and artichoke hearts with roumalade sauce. Amazing! The grouper was the best I’ve ever had. Rob had the lite version of meatloaf. Quite tasty. Michael’s version of a wedge salad is topped with delicious house made buttermilk blue cheese dressing. Salad was cold and crisp. I had a reward for a free dessert for my birthday. We chose the carrot cake handmade by Melanie. Really yummy and moist. A terrific dinner.

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Boise
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food. Owner came to our table a couple times to make sure everything was perfect

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BW
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic restaurant in a beautiful setting. Always enjoy coming back here.

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SG
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Steak was perfect

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HE
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

For a restaurant that has received 5 star reviews I strongly disagree. Clearly the chief isn’t in the kitchen overseeing the food preparation but rather cleaning up tables.
Our friend specifically ordered a well done steak entree but after two attempts had to just give up and refuse his dinner. What doesn’t the kitchen understand about well done? The waitress was also a disappointment being more interested in taking a check to a table near by whom she said had a pregnant woman sitting at then correcting the kitchen’s grilling errors...
Don’t bother unless you want to pay top dollar for a mediocre dining experience. YOU CAN ONLY MAKE A FIRST IMPRESSION ONCE and Michaels is far off of a 5 star restaurant!

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DC
London
18 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We regularly visit this restaurant and always enjoy a high standard . The restaurant seems to offer better value than in the past. Their veal chop is awesome . Full of locals which is always a good sign.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Used to be one my favorite places in Key West. Now they struggle to cook a steak. Don’t go unless you are ok with being disappointed.

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Poconos
5 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Server needed training. One person on the group was gluten intolerant and the waiter couldn’t bother to have a piece of mahi mahi grilled as requested. Food was ok. Micheals isn’t fine dining like it used to be What a shame. Hoping Michaels gets back on its game.

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time in 5 days! We loved the food and the ambience! So relaxing. We sat outside both times and loved it!!

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M
Key West
16 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love going to Michael's. Food tastes amazing. Great atmosphere and the owners are awesome!

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GC
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

I have eaten at Michael's on several trips to KW. The service and ambiance have changed. I like the option of small plates. The service was lackluster at best. We were seated inside, when asked if we could be accommodated outside, I was told no, meanwhile several open tables outside remained opened during our entire meal.

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New England
8 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and ambience. Our server Rafe was delightful. Half portions were perfect for a later dinner.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Beautiful setting.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Michael's would have been our favorite restaurant in Key West. It was essentially perfect...until my wife's and my fish specials arrived. Mahi Mahi and shrimp, but it was so overcooked, it was like eating breadcrumbs. What a shame. If you can't cook things well, you shouldn't serve them. And for $300 (with tip and a modest bottle of prosecco) - note that we were with our two children as well - you'd hope that the food is cooked the right way.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We were greeted by chef and owner Michael at the entrance. Excellent service, excellent food, excellent dining experience.

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JO
New England
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visit Key West yearly and Michaels is on our GO TO list

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MB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Gone downhill since last visit, not sure why. Have been going there for last 6 years.

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LS
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The server was terribly embarrassed. What we ordered at first was out and she kept apologizing. I can't be mad at her. She was very nice, our 2nd choice on the menu was good, and listening to the lady at the table across the room talk about her surgeries was entertaining.

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I don’t usually write unflattering reviews but this one stands out and I would not return. Food was fair, coconut shrimp and wontons not bad, my husbands fish was drenched in an unpleasant tasting sauce, my “Our salad” was expensive for mostly a head of lettuce. It was hard to find the salami and shrimp that were supposed to be there. I should have known better with only an 80% approval rating.

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FM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

We were a bit disappointed after hearing so many great reviews about Michaels. The octopus appetizer was very chewy and did not appear fresh. Three of us had strip steaks and none were cooked as requested! There was a wedding rehearsal dinner happening which we thought took a lot of resources from the normal dining experience. Our waiter Wayne was awesome and apologized many times for the delay in getting our orders to our table. A complimentary glass of wine would have been in order but not offered.

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