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Restaurant Michael

4.7
1602 reviews
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$50 and over
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French
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Chef Michael Lachowicz presents his version of unpretentious fine French food in a casually elegant setting. Three-star rated by the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Magazine with TWO star prices. Restaurant Michael has private dining facilities for up to 100 guests. We can cater to many types of events be they business functions or any festive celebration.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Contemporary French, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Tue–Thu 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(847) 441-3100
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Michael Lachowicz
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Catering
Anything on the menu or anything from past menus is available
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Neighborhood
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Public transit
Metra - Indian Hill Station
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1602 People Are Saying
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4.7  based on recent ratings
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food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.4
value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Celebrated Birthday! Excellent in every respect!!

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Phyls (Miami)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Fantastic food and presentation. Michael is a most affable host, and an amazing chef. His entire staff incredibly well trained. It is well worth the cost, but should be for special occasions.

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ErnestoG 
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Exceptional service, very good food, low noise level, great place for a classy date. The cost is not high for the value.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Very nice atmosphere for that special occasion. The service was second to none. Meals not large but your palette is very pleased!

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catluver (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Both the food and the service were outstanding. The portion sizes are on the small side which makes for a good choice in either the 3 or 4 course prix fix menu. The ingredients were fresh and the fish was cooked to perfection.

The restaurant is quiet, which lends to a conversation friendly environment. The courses are well spaced to avoid being rushed or feeling full before the meal is over.

I would definitely recommend for a special occasion dining experience.

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RonS 
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

We have been and recommended Restaurant Micheal many times. The food and service are always outstanding and we always look forward to a fine meal and great evening.

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OpenTable Diner (Birmingham)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Absolutely ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Rrstaurant .Thank you,Michael.

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vipGoldie (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

My wife and I had been to Michael’s several times previously but not in recent months. It was my birthday and my wife apprised the restaurant but there was no acknowledgement whatsoever. More glaring was the mistake with my wife’s order. After we enjoyed the salmon tartare and a salad, our entrees arrived—rabbit for me, but the totally wrong entree for my wife (she had ordered the vegetarian special but was brought salmon). No apologies. By the time they brought the correct entree 20 minutes later, I was almost finished with mine. We then enjoyed a delicious dessert-chocolate soufflé with butterscotch gelato.

We loved the food as usual, but were quite upset at the way the staff handled or failed to handle the mistake. In addition, we were puzzled by the lack of an apology and the failure to recognize my birthday.

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vipEnjoyeating (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Wonderful restaurant, great food, professional but friendly service. Always a treat!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Chef Lachowicz and team never fail to deliver a memorable experience.

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DWD1207 (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent food & service. Great value for the quality of food. You likely haven’t had these dishes before. Chef “chats you up” now & again; if a foodie he’s an interesting guy with a personality. Would love to see more “30 & 40 somethings” in the place.

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vipmatte (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Everything top to bottom at this restaurant is excellent. The food is 5 star without being pretentious. Certainly curious about their higher end restaurant George Trois within the same building.

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lkng (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Restaurant Michael is my favorite restaurant. It's always perfect and is only of the only places in the suburbs to get venison or rabbit.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Another great meal at Restaurant Michael. The service and food are always top notch. The chef
just happened to at the host and he seated us himself. Were else does that happen? We had venison and Osso Buco as entrees and they could not have been prepared better. Thanks for another great dining experience.

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vipema65 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

This is a truly outstanding restaurant. I would highly recommend to anyone for a nice evening out or a special occasion. The food and service are outstanding and you will have a wonderful evening.

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vipeatout (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

We were there for our anniversary, great experience, great food and good service. We felt a little underaged, but highly recommend it.

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vipTHeTs (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

What can I say. Michael is simply the best. Food is always outstanding and service is the best you will find anywhere. Love the Sweetbreads and the Foie Gras preps are excellent. Chef Michael has gathered together the best staff of any restaurant I have ever been too. Can't recommend this restaurant any higher. If you love food you must go to Michael.

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KarenV (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Outstanding, creative and delicious food. Beautifully presented. Michael is a warm and welcoming host

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vipSarah (Naples)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

Unfortunately it was our first visit to Restaurant Michael! it was so good, service was very attentive and the food (Duck a l'orange and osso buco) was delicious. How had we never heard about it?! we will be back again. Also met the chef, Michael who was charming - welcoming, friendly. Enjoyed our evening very much.

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vipDC01 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

Went for a special dinner for my Mom's 75th birthday. All in all a great evening. There was a minor snafu at the beginning, in that I parked adjacent to the restaurant, but on entering was asked where I parked and then told to move my car. The adjacent spaces are apparently reserved for the more exclusive and co located Trois George's. It would be better if they would mark the spots accordingly. The booths where we were first seated are suitable for 2 persons only. We were reseated much more comfortably at a table. Food was amazing. The Loup de Mere and duck dishes highly recommended, and the deserts especially the Grand Marnier Creme Brûlée a masterpiece. I met Chef Michael on the way out, and he was very friendly and gracious

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vipmtborz (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

We went for the Christmas special menu. We were disappointed. We expected a festive atmosphere. There were not holiday decorations, the place was rather somber. We were seated in an “overflow area” not in the main dining room. It seems that they were short of staff and the staff were rather harried. The food was excellent, as usual, but the ambiance and service were rather disappointing.

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GREAT (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

It was great food excellent best Duck I have had in years

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vipMuffiemaya (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Michael never disappoints. The food is always excellent, and creative without being trendy. It is just really wonderful, classic, mostly french style cuisine. This is a great place.

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SCott11 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 10, 2017

We went at 6:30 on a Sunday evening and restaurant was full. Food was outstanding and ambience very good but service was slow even for a leisurely fine dinner. Brought our own wine and no corkage fee was a Sunday draw. Will go back but hope for faster service.

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Foodie (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on November 17, 2017

This was a dreadful evening in every respect other than the company of friends. Food was inexcusably slow and substandard. Service was non-existent: we even had to pour our own wine and wait 1:15 for bread. Apologies were entirely inadequate. Wine list was frightfully overpriced, as was the food for its quantity and quality.

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vipSandi (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on December 31, 2016

Highly recommend the restaurant EXCEPT on NEW YEARS EVE! 2nd seating people were subjected to a long standing for half and hour and more while early diners enjoyed their long, leisurely meal U disturbed. Didn't take our coats, check us in or acknowledge us in any way. Last holiday dinner we'll plan there!

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2016

Amazing!!! great food, great service and great price point...

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on December 29, 2016

I have eaten at this restaurant many times over many years. The food and service have been very good. The wine corkage policy, however, is constantly changed. The current $50. corkage policy (waived on Sundays) is both absurd and offensive. It will discourage me and I am sure other collectors from dining at Michael's in the future. There are many other fine dining establishments that are substantially more welcoming to individuals who appreciate great wine with their food and have substantial personal collections. It would be perfectly reasonable to allow only one bottle to be brought, to not allow in bottles that are on the restaurant's wine list, etc. But a $50 corkage is outrageous and unacceptable.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on December 24, 2016

Let be first start by saying that the food was overall good. WE arrived for our reservation and waited 50 minutes before we were seated. WE were not offered a drink and overall the restaurant felt hectic. When we were seated we again waited for a menu. I was pretty hungry as it was over an hour after our original reservation time booked. Everyone was very nice and apologetic but it took a while to get any bread and they gave us one small sized bread roll with an abundant amount of butter. The appetizers were good, I had the scallop and crab cake which both were good but not amazing. The entree's were spot on but the portions are small for the price. The dessert was also good. It was expensive. The price was no where to be seen but for three courses it was about $68 per person. It was my brithday and I indicated it on the reservation and on my follow up phone call but they didn't do anything special which was sort of a bummer. Overall it was good but pricey. Service tried their hardest and they were pleasant but the restaurant was too busy which took away from some of the relaxation of the evening; there were soo many people waiting that several parties left. I would not go back because I think its too much money for what you get.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2016

Thanks to the entire staff of Michael for giving up their Christmas Eve to provide a superb evening. As always, the finest restaurant on the north shore offered the very best of food and service. Despite being challenged by an extremely busy night, the staff remained pleasant and interactive. Thank you!
Note to Open Table diners - Michael is moving to Yelp for future reservations. Hopefully this is a decision that both provides a financial benefit while still filling seats in the restaurant.

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