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About Michaels Restaurant

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. "

532 Margaret Street
Key West, FL 33040
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Steak

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.

Thank you.

Cross Street:
Southard Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(305) 295-1300

Website:
http://www.michaelskeywest.com/

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!

Executive Chef:
Michael Wilson

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Michaels Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

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Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (29)
Neighborhood Gem (28)
Romantic (27)
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Special Occasion (25)
Good for a Date (23)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Bar Seating (21)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Cozy (18)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Casual (11)
Notable Wine List (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Worth the Drive (9)
Authentic (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Fun (7)
Business Meals (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Tapas (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined a day ago

Very disappointed. Expected a special meal based on others’ reviews. Very Small portions. Lackluster choices. Both our chicken and octopus were over cooked. Service was very good.

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·Dined 3 days ago

We were on vacation and had the opportunity to try various places in Key West and after looking at others we chose Michael's based on the web site and location. After our dining experience we decided we absolutely made the right decision! We will definitely return there when we are back in KW. The food and service were very good and the ambiance was very pleasant as well. Great selection!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

The entire dining experience was five star. One of the best restaurants I have dined at.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Key West)·Dined 5 days ago

We’ve been to Michaels many times over the years and a dinner there is always a wonderful experience. This time we took some old friends (from a town noted for excellent restaurants) and they were impressed. The new menu combines both reliable standards with some exciting new choices and provides a smaller portion option for most things which means both big eaters and light eaters can enjoy a meal at Michaels!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List
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 (Tampa)·Dined 5 days ago

Friends told us about Michaels and that they had small plates for a more reasonably priced dining experience. It's important to have a reservation and the restaurant was good about changing ours by a half hour even though OpenTable showed no availability for half an hour later. We saw two sets of diners turned away (and two accepted who hadn't booked in advanced, so you can TRY). The portions are small but the Mahi w/ Bananas was a creative and delicious offering and my husband LOVED his shrimp w/ sundried tomatoes over noodles.
Wine by the glass is expensive and my husband was dismayed that the waitress walked off with his last sip of the Chardonnay he hadn't yet finished. The service was okay; friendly enough, but a bit slow on both drinks and food.

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 5 days ago

We were greeted warmly and seated promptly. Our server was excellent. The food was delicious.

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 (Key West)·Dined 6 days ago

It was again a fabulous dining experience!! The service was impeccable. The food was delicious. The evening was amazing! Thanks again!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Bar Seating, Fun, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 14, 2018

When we went they were out of the first 3 wines we requested and the food was nothing special compared to other locations on the island.

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 14, 2018

I have had good experiences here in years past. This was an off night for Michaels. Steaks were not of the quality we expected and our server was consumed with some problematic tables of overserved patrons.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great neighborhood restaurant, walkable and food is fantastic! All food is cooked to order. if you want great food, great atmosphere this locals establishment should be on your list!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on January 9, 2018

Fabulous food & service
Menu has something for everyone
Michaels has it all !

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Michaels is a Key West neighbor gem. A good distance from Duval in the middle of a beautiful but quiet Old Town area. The food and service were top notch. They have a great outdoor bar and patiio.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 7, 2018

They say they had a bad night. I think the problems go deeper. I would not go back for another special occasion.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The restaurant was very cozy. Food was excellent and the service was great. We took our 2 boys ( 9 and 13) with us and they love the food as well. Great option if you want to escape Durval street.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Lovely place with great food. Some dishes come in light and full portions! Great atmosphere!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Cozy, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Casual, Romantic, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 4, 2018

Michaels is just a wonderful place to gather with many or a few. Special occasion or just to relax.
Never had a bad experience!
Kate Witucki

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation
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 (Key West)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Unusual but very good food. Always on our list when we visit Key West.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went there for New Year's Eve dining with the pre- fixed meal options at $75 a plate. So for Key West and New Year's it was fair priced , that is without drinks.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Key West)·Dined on January 1, 2018

First Class as ever! Great staff, great food, and great Martinis!

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great New year dinner
Great dinner and Very good service.
Its a meet restaurant so this is what they recomended. You get a good piece of meet with potatoes and broccoli. Nothing fancy but it was really good. For dessert our chooice was key lime pie. The wine recommendation was also very good. Nice atmosphere and setting

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We were there for an early New Year’s Eve dinner. There was a prix fixe menu which looked like interesting choices, too bad the food didn’t deliver. The appetizers weren’t bad, but the entrees were awful. I had the twin filets with grilled shrimp; my husband had a lobster pasta. The pasta was cold on top (clearly it had been sitting waiting for my entree). My filets came out rare (ordered medium) and we finally had to have the busboy take them back because our server was nowhere to be found. When the stakes came back, they had obviously been in the microwave because they could not have grilled them and replayed them as fast as they did. He meat was bland and tasteless.

No where did the price for the prix fixe menu appear, so I was really disappointed in the $200+ tab for a lousy dinner.

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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Perfectly prepared food. Attentive staff. Will definitely be back to dine again.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Normally do not write reviews. NYE dinner with family was sub par which was sad because reviews were very good. $75 per person for three course meal w/ iceberg lettuce salad option for App. & meatloaf for entree was disappointing. Felt like restaurant didn't spend any time to make dinner menu special and no wine/alcohol pairings. Filet & NY strip steak were way under cooked asked for medium received raw. Shrimp & lobster tail way over cooked which was unacceptable since the lobster cost an additional $17. Server left us after desert order and never saw her again, manager had to give us check. Very, very disappointed. One good thing: Was sat outside but I didn't dress appropriately for the cold weather, asked to move inside and the restaurant accommodated us almost immediately. Probably should have returned the steak, shrimp and lobster but the restaurant was so busy we felt bad doing that to the kitchen staff.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

What a great little place! First time eating there and we were very pleasantly surprised! Greeted by Vinny who couldn’t have been friendlier, our server was helpful with suggestions and attentive, the food was delicious. The only downside was we sat at a table near the bar and it felt like the patrons standing at the bar were on top of us but the food well made up for it! This will become one of our regular stops!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We were in Key West from Dec 1, 2017 thru Jan 1, 2018 and of the dozens of restaurants we dined in Michael's was the best. Justin our server was outstanding, the ambience was fantastic and the food was to die for. I had the filet and my spouse had the shrimp/pasta special. Both were excellent and we could not have been more pleased. Make sure you make a reservation because the outside fills up fast!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Casual, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 29, 2017

When you first approach from the street and see the jewel of the courtyard you are pleasantly surprised. The gardens and fountains make for a nice atmosphere. The bar area was nice but many of the wine selections were not available. We were sat inside and the ambiance was poor. Overall the food was very bland. Timing could have been improved upon as there was a long wait between courses. The carpaccio was good but the plate was a little wet. Salads were not impressive and not a good value. My husband’s meal came out prior to mine and he was nearly finished before mine came. I enjoyed the snapper special but is was dry and needed more sauce. My husband said his Mahi was also dry and needed more sauce. We ordered the volcano dessert and it was so over cooked it had the consistency of chocolate cake not a melting soufflé. Also you could tell it sat in the window for some time as the ice cream was almost completely melted, but the food runner served it anyway - not a lot of pride taken for menu standards. I got the impression that the staff had checked out and was no longer worried about service. We had an 8:30 seating that had us finishing around 10pm - which should not be offered if it is too late for the staff. I recommend training and requiring a dress code (cohesive with the rest of the staff) for the hostess as she is the first contact with guests. I hope this is helpful for improvement.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We were unimpressed -- read some good reviews, but didn't live up to the hype. 20+ minutes at our table before coming by for our drink order, then another 25 minutes until our first drinks arrived. Had to send two steaks back, and we're not very picky. Maybe it was just a bad night, but when I looked at more recent reviews, the restaurant seems to be trending in the wrong direction.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Arrived well before our reservations, they accommodated us in getting a table. Had dinner with my wife and daughter. My daughter had a steak, ordered med rare, arrived med well, she didn’t complain as she said it was tender and juicy. My wife ordered carb wontons, in which she received tuna nachos. After it was
Served a large time passed by and she decided to go ahead and eat it rather than wait. She said it was OK, told the waitress when she did come back, said she was sorry and brought out the carb wontons as she ordered. They were cold, as they were probably her original ordered that has sat in the window. Ordered the chocolate lava cake for dessert (told it was made to order and would take 20 min), it was warm, but was only chocolate cake with ice cream, no molten center. We were disappointed in the overall experience and will not be back.

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vip
 (Key West)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Excellent, as ever! Sat at the bar ... great service from friendly people.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

We received a gift card and knew we would be in Key West. Several friends told us Michael's is the place to go for food, versus view. We were seated without delay. Our service was outstanding and food was superb. We even splurged on a dessert which we infrequently do but decided to share as the Crème brûlée sounded amazing and it was. Wonderful experience, great table and impeccable service. Nice night out on the Key West town.

Tags: Romantic, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 19, 2017

The fondue was the best I've ever had!

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 (Key West)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Our dinner was excellent!

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Excellent meal as always....The Cajun Rib Eye was amazing....

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

We had an early dinner at Michaels. The service was excellent, way above average. They have smaller sized dishes, which suited us all just perfectly. The meals were wonderful. The desserts were delicious, too.

Tags: Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Key West)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Fabulous meal but a little pricey, which will limit how frequently we visit but we will be back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The restaurant had a good atmosphere but the food was a bit bland and my salmon portion for the main course special was literally one of the smallest portions I have ever seen anywhere. Cannot believe they would serve something like that especially for the price you are paying. Lots of better options in Key West....

Tags: Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Key West)·Dined on December 14, 2017

I suggest reservations. Friendly, helpful staff. Been many times and the food is always a 10! Last night I had small filet and hubby veal chop. Splendid! Lovely outdoor seating. Our waiter, Moses, was the best. Highly recommend.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Romantic, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 13, 2017

As always a must when we are in Key West!!! Thank you again Moses for great service.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Key West)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We were visiting key West. The staff was very helpful with dining suggestions. The service was excellent, and food was off the hook.

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 (Key West)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Always excellent, when in KW we try to visit Michael's....top notch!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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