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Michael's - Santa Monica, Santa Monica, CA
Michael's - Santa Monica, Santa Monica, CA
Michael's - Santa Monica, Santa Monica, CA
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Michael's - Santa Monica

4.3
4.3
1416 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
Michael's Santa Monica has maintained the standard for 'California Cuisine' with our newly renovated art filled indoor/outdoor garden dining, bar and private party spaces. Our seasonal menu is composed from the finest ingredients from the Santa Monica Farmer's Market and products responsibly sourced from the best sustainable producers.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (310) 451-0843
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    Michael McCarty is one of the founders of California Cuisine-food inspired by the best ingredients, simply cooked and beautifully presented. Michael's prides itself on excellent service & customer satisfaction in a beautiful dining area.
  • Private party contact
    Drexel J Heard II: (310) 451-7470
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Monica
  • Cross street
    Between Wilshire Blvd. and California
  • Parking details
    Valet parking offered daily. Public lot next door.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,416 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 2.2Value

NoiseModerate

1,416 Reviews
  1. Mike

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Unfortunately, it was virtually empty. These are difficult times. The food, service, and everything else was excellent.

    1 person found this helpful

  2. FranklinS

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best wait staff in my whole life. Excellent wine recomendation. Fantastic new menu

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  3. Vikas

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Have been going to Michael’s for a few years now and we love it! Wonderful staff and food and drinks! It’s our go to for happy hours mostly but for dinner it’s an extra treat!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food!

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  5. MartyG

    London

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely perfect!!

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  6. Veronica

    Los Angeles

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the most beautiful restaurants in Los Angeles! The food was fantastic the red leaf salad first, oysters and the waygu beef. We loved it!

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  7. LP2014

    New York City

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely seating in peaceful back garden room. Tables are nicely far apart and noise is subdued. Waiter was knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. All the food we had was delicious, fresh and attractively presented. We intended to try different restaurants each night during our brief vacation in Santa Monica but are really tempted to go back to Michael's.

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  8. JoshuaN

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my first experience at Michael's and it was amazing. Every course we had was exquisite. The staff was very polite and offered great recommendations. The food was unbelievable and we will definitely be back again to try more things on the menu.

    1 person found this helpful

  9. PoppaMike

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food in a lovely garden setting. Very attentive wait staff.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant, delicious food and knowledgeable staff. Loved it 😊

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Valentines

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  12. LauraL

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Really love this place and our waiter was amazing. It felt like the kitchen was not really prepared for the prix fixe menu on Valentine’s Day though. Wine pairings poured very early, time between courses was long and inconsistently timed. Our waiter apologized for the delay at one point and brought us more wine, which we appreciated, but typically, this place is better than that.

    1 person found this helpful

  13. MarkH

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is always fantastic. Service is great. You'll eat something there you've never had and their wine list is first rate. Always enjoy my dinner there.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Valentine’s Day set course menu. Wonderful staff. Amazing and unique dishes.

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  15. intheflats

    Los Angeles

    31 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Michael,s was very disappointing. Yes ,the patio is very beautiful. The food should been better. They made a BIG profit.

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  16. RichardW

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent delicious food, but our entree was served cold and needed to be returned to the kitchen... everything else was perfect

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  17. Ella

    Los Angeles

    56 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    This was a birthday dinner with friends. On the positive side, the garden area is beautiful, romantic and stylish. But it won't be enough to get you there more than once. The food was poor; the sushi apps probably the pick of a bad bunch but the entrees had few redeeming dishes: lamb ribs were pure glazed fat, pasta was tasteless (and we had 3 of 5 on the menu). That brings me to the wine: Not only was every single bottle we picked out not in stock, but the sommelier could not have got our taste in wine more wrong. Having ordered Sancerre, he replaced it with one which was orange in color and bubbled in the glass. Undrinkable. Each bottle he recommended (between $70-$120) got progressively worse; smokey, buttery - nothing like we originally ordered. It became a running joke. Probably the most disappointing dining experience in a long time.

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  18. FRANCOC

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, wide array of unique flavors Slightly on the pricey side

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  19. MbT01

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Definitely, my favorite restaurant in Los Angeles. Worth it every time!

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  20. jcraiss

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Michael’s is back in form

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  21. RandolphD

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, great environment, one of my favs in Los Angeles

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  22. DeborahInLA

    Los Angeles

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Neither of us had been to Michael's in probably 20 years, prior to which our experiences had been mixed (as opposed to when it first opened, and the food was extraordinary). We decided to give it a try again during Restaurant Week and were delighted to find that the food was again extraordinary, the service was as always gracious and excellent, and the ambiance still spectacular (I'm referring to the outside garden patio; being over 35, I can't recommend the inside room, where the shiny walls reflect the voices of large groups of younger people). We checked the regular menu and the prices, especially for entrees (limited # of them the night we went). So . . . Michael's is back on our rotation!

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  23. Gourmande

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Michael’s is a wonderful spot. The food is more imaginative and exciting now. Excellent and friendly service!

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  24. Mayer

    Los Angeles

    51 reviews

    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Looks amazing, taste amazing, feels amazing!

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  25. Foodlover

    Los Angeles

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Fried quail was excellent. I also enjoyed the salmon. The outdoor seating area is open and gorgeous . A romantic setting. Will be back again.

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  26. Serena

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice ambience great food and service

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  27. Yana

    Los Angeles

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Compliments to the chef, great dineLA menu, lovely garden table! Thank you for a fun & delicious evening!

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  28. Melja1990

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional food , gorgeous ambiance, exceptional service.

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  29. DavidL

    Los Angeles

    37 reviews

    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We absolutely loved our meal at Michael’s. We went for a special meal to celebrate several occasions. The happy hour on a Friday was in full swing, and we were seated with a view of the gorgeous patio but comfortably indoors on a chilly night. The service was impeccable. We were greeted by Michael, who graciously welcomes all of his guests whenever he is there - such a class act. The food was perfect - from the yellowtail crudo and buttermilk battered quail, to striped sea bass and wag you sirloin entrees, and our passion fruit soaked pavlova desert. Still the quintessential Santa Monica dining experience. We will be back soon for more.

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  30. velcro

    Los Angeles

    99 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    99 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hadn't been in years - is it possible it's better???

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  31. jimsm

    Los Angeles

    33 reviews

    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for dineLA. Really enjoy patio seating, complete with heat lamps. The yellowtail first course came with a delicous and unusual sauce. For the main course we chose the wagyu strip and the striped bass. Both were cooked properly but didn't find the sauce that interesting. The two desserts we selected were the pavlova and the dark chocolate ganache tart with persimmon filling. Of the two, we preferred the pavlova, a dessert we love and wish it were served more often. Service was excellent.

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  32. MPPL

    Los Angeles

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner wax excellent and can’t wait to return.

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  33. JohnH

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, lovely patio and attentive service. Highly recommend.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very quiet beautiful patio. Solid California/new American fare and great cocktails. Super friendly staff.

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  35. Kate

    Los Angeles

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We tried the Dine LA menu which was excellent. All portion sizes were full size , the food delicious. The Roasted Squash and Persimmon Salad was the best salad ever! And, the Pavlova is a must!

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  36. MatthewP

    Atlanta Metro

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We didn’t get everything we ordered and the sommelier was rude and condescending. Very disappointed in this visit.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere, friendly staff. Disappointing food.

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  38. cp1306

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Had early reservation sat right away. Waiter was friendly and knowledgeable. Early on Michael the owner came over and gave us such friendly greeting I was half-wondering whether we had previously met! The food was great especially the sliced Wagyu steak and rabbit sausage pasta. Excellent wine selection, I will be back to see my “buddy” Michael.

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  39. minkminkinshield

    Los Angeles

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place!!! Everything on the men is amazing! Love the pea tendrils salad, the whole deep fried fish, the pasta with 3 kinds of caviar, and the sun chokes are the bomb!!! Beyond that the service was impeccable and this might just be the most romantic restaurant in the whole city!

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  40. LidaS

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I hadn't been to Michael's in thirty plus years, as I'd moved out of the area. My memory of the restaurant was that it was a stellar dining experience. Well, it is still a top notch dining experience from beginning to end. The wait staff is courteous, efficient and professional in every way. The French gentleman serving us was outstanding. He recommended the Tagliatelle for two with truffles (which coincidentally was what I'd planned to order) and it was one of the best, if not the VERY best I've had. Uppercase compliments to the talented chef. The oak lettuce salad - superb! Did I mention that I'm a picky eater who likes her food to be clean and high quality or I won't eat at all? We had the great pleasure of Michael coming to our table (as he did to others), which further explains the longevity of this premier dining establishment. I could write a book on how much my husband and I enjoyed celebrating his birthday at Michael's. Absolutely no complaints!

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Michael's - Santa Monica is rated 4.3 stars by 1416 OpenTable diners.

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1147 3rd St., Santa Monica, CA 90403

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Between Wilshire Blvd. and California
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Monica
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Valet parking offered daily. Public lot next door.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (310) 451-0843
  • Private party facilities
    Michael McCarty is one of the founders of California Cuisine-food inspired by the best ingredients, simply cooked and beautifully presented. Michael's prides itself on excellent service & customer satisfaction in a beautiful dining area.
  • Private party contact
    Drexel J Heard II: (310) 451-7470
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