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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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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (35)
Neighborhood Gem (34)
Romantic (31)
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Good for a Date (31)
Special Occasion (30)
Creative Cuisine (28)
Good for Anniversaries (27)
Bar Seating (21)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Cozy (18)
Notable Wine List (14)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Casual (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Good for Groups (11)
Authentic (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Fun (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Business Meals (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Happy Hour (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tapas (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

Unfortunately this was one of the worst dining experiences that I have had. The food was tasteless and not prepared as we requested. What a waste of $150 for two people

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 2 days ago

Let me start with a disclaimer. I am from Pittsburgh where fine dining is always on point. Food and service is excellent every time. I bragged to my friend from Toronto about Michael's from my visit several years ago. I had three friends with me. We were sat thirty minutes late. When I had a discussion with the owner about the wait in order to give her personal feedback (instead of online and far too late about it) she said I was condescending and loud (as I learn from her my voice carries...guarantee I never raised my voice). I was trying to tell her to be up front on how she could have made things right...which she eventually said I was going to give you free desserts. We didn't want them.I returned to the table and my friends ask why I was talking to my "friend" so long as they all witnessed it. I didn't want compensation. I ask just to make my friend from Toronto feel special. He ordered steak medium rare and got medium well. I tried to have another conversation and she was not only not open to listening to me she had her chef/husband (understand he would come to her defense which is respectable) and another friend verbally attack me outside the restaurant and would not listen to anything I would say...stating that I was yelling. I was not. Friends beside the conversation did not hear anything I said...as I "yelled" at her. I never felt more disrespected at a restaurant. Food for two out of four was good; cold or overcooked for two. The server did his best, however, at this point his mood was flat the remainder of the evening.This restaurant is the greatest fall from grace I have ever experienced. And honestly the owner doesn't care about what you have to say. She only cared about her reputation as should would sit with me inside her restaurant to have that conversation. Well...to be blunt....it was terrible for fine dining. Now...it doesn't matter ...none us will ever go back. You may catch her on a good night, but that's a gamble you will have to take.

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 (Key West)·Dined 3 days ago

Drinks were slow coming and being ordered.
Lots of waiting starting out. Evening got better as night emptied out customers. Food was good.
Expensive for the service. Has lost ambiance. Lights bright music more the helps taste. I will keep going back because of the many good times there.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

I was impressed the hostess remembered me from prior visits and accommodated my seating preference which I had requested when making the reservationvation. The food was excellent and innovative. Strangely the large and small portions of fish looked identical except for the size of the plate

All the food was exceptional including the deserts. The ambiance is exceptional at all outdoor seating and the noise level in the rear outdoor room is at whisper level. All in all MichEls is my favorite Key West restaurant

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Naples)·Dined 4 days ago

We had both the Mahi Mahi and the Veal Chop. Both were outstanding. It started with Great ambience, but slowly became where we could not talk quietly together. The family next to us had an unruly child that was screaming almost the whole time.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 6 days ago

Ordered the Porterhouse steak. Steak was ice cold, overcooked. I asked for the manager and he came over and was not very friendly and his customer service skills were non existent. The restaurant was not busy and to serve food ice cold that cost $49.00 for a steak was unacceptable.
Will never go back due to the way the manager handled the situation.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We got the table we requested.... very nice! Love the addition of lite portions.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 9, 2018

It's a lovely place to dine but the food was seriously not good. An unappetizing pile on ones plate.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Beautiful venue, especially in the small real courtyard. Excellent service and great food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic
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·Dined on February 8, 2018

Very good food. Very good service. It was a lovely last night in Key West. We’ll be back next year.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Michaels has always been our go to spot. We stopped in for our anniversary and were expecting the same wonderful experience. Unfortunately, we had a lengthy wait for our food. One of the dinners was completely wrong and two of the steaks were well done instead of medium. Maybe it was just an off night but with so many other restaurants to try
We'll have to give a few others a go.

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 (Key West)·Dined on February 3, 2018

You guys had an off night- out of fresh fish at 8- no snapper in Key West? Meatloaf was dry- not up to your usual excellence

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·Dined on February 2, 2018

Every time is a great experience! Love the staff and food- local gem🥇

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options
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 (Key West)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great experience. Like the smaller plates. Great food and martinis!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2018

My favorite restaurant in Key West. I know I can always count on wonderful ambience; good service and great food

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 (Key West)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Great service for a group of eight- we had a private room. All of our entrees were very good. Be prepared for prices that are on the high side, even by Key West standards.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Key West)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Well, my girlfriends and I spend 10 days in Key West every year. Our last night we eat out. We had been gong to the same pace for years but found Michaels on Google, and tok on line The food was reasonable priced and really good. The cocktails were way to pricey for us. The service was excellent. Thank you.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Lovely serene patio. Outstanding food and service. Would recommend Michael's highly and when I come back to Key West, will dine here again.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Had not been here for a few years, but walking by in the morning we noticed that they had half portions of many of their entrees. Since we were leaving Key West the next morning, we knew we could not take any leftovers with us so the half portion option was appealing. Food was okay--nothing spectular, but nothing terrible. Seems like Michael's is just "tired" so to speak. Service, on the other hand was top notch. Waitress was Brittani I believe and since server's tips are dependent on how much food is ordered, I expected her to "push" us to order larger quantities of food then we wanted. Exactly the opposite. She was pleasant and even encourage us to order just soup and a half portion of an entree as we could only get last minute reservations for 5:30. For that alone I would consider going back on our next visit to Key West. However, I would say there are other options in Key West where I would opt to go.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Key West)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Always one of our favorite restaurants in Key West. Food always excellent, service top notch and everyone is so friendly and accommodating. Whether dining at the bar for small plates or in the main dining area, can't go wrong.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 25, 2018

The octopus appetizer was not very good. Too chewy and over cooked. My porterhouse steak was very good and cook as ordered. My wife had the mahi-mahi special that was excellent.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 24, 2018

The service was excellent and the food was delicious. The unique garden with fountain was a pleasant place to enjoy our meal. Our meals were exquisite and we all enjoyed them. Will definitely return.

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 (Miami)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Very pleasant atmosphere; nice service; interesting and appealing choices on the menu. I ordered a 14 oz Cajun-seasoned ribeye cooked medium and it was the toughest ribeye I can ever remember - didn't stop me from eating it all. But, that would keep me from going back.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Excellent restaurant- great food, prepared perfectly. Great service - experienced server. Great atmosphere- outdoor tables under veranda. Best restaurant in Key West!

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Visiting Key West for first time. While sitting in Sloppys with my bride I surfed the net for a fine dining restaurant. Found several but decided on Michaels.
Walked up from Duval and was greeted and welcomed by staff. I did not have a reservation. Sat outside. We had snapper and steak, cooked to perfection.
Staff were attentive and friendly.
A little pricey but I would still recommend Michaels to anybody visiting Key West!

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 21, 2018

The staff of the place we were staying suggested the restaurant as it was just around the corner, The restaurant had a very nice outdoor seating area, with a bar, we chose to sit inside, it was fairly quiet, and a nice atmosphere for a date or romantic dinner, Our server was very friendly and informative regarding the restaurant and menu suggestions. We actually didn't drink alcohol on this occasion..Rare for us, but Michaels was a Nice reprieve from the Craziness that is duval st. THe food did take a bit long to come to the table but was Very good and prepared as we requested. I would definitely recommend Michaels to anyone who wants a nice fairly quiet restaurant with good food in key west.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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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 (Key West)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We highly recommend this neighborhood GEM. It is walkable in "Old Town", authentic, and as always excellent. They even cater to the lighter eaters with half portions; you don't see that very often. There "specials" are always a real treat.

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 18, 2018

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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 17, 2018

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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 (Key West)·Dined on January 16, 2018

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 on January 16, 2018

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 on January 16, 2018

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

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 (Key West)·Dined on January 15, 2018

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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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 13, 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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 (Key West)·Dined on January 11, 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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 (Key West)·Dined on January 8, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 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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 (Key West)·Dined on January 6, 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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