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Michael's

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Santa Monica
Californian, Eclectic
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1147 3rd St, Santa Monica, CA 90403 (Wilshire Blvd.)
(310) 451-0843
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Doing business
Outdoor seating
Special occasions

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Visitor rating
  • 25
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Sorry to say AVERAGE

Michael is very nice, and the ambiance is good. The food was a disappointment. There was nothing special about the flavors. The food was served cold/lukewarm. My wife ordered a simple steak medium rare. It came out very rare and room temperature along with the accompaniments. Overall it was a... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 22, 2015
drdeger
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Cincinnati, OH
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Lunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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62 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Rumson, New Jersey
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Dining in a private outdoor garden with twinkling lights hanging above is very nice, and Michael's has all of this. Romantic yet family-friendly. Servers are up-beat and friendly. Menu was good- appealing to all in our party. Food was served hot. Fun night!

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Katonah, New York
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We have been going to Michael's in Santa Monica for years, and while for a short time it had stumbled, it's now "back" and humming. Michael's, along with Chez Panisse in San Francisco, is where California Cuisine started. The food is fresh and delicious--much comes from the local greenmarket--and portions are good for what they call "small plates." I forget... More 

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Cincinnati, OH
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Michael is very nice, and the ambiance is good. The food was a disappointment. There was nothing special about the flavors. The food was served cold/lukewarm. My wife ordered a simple steak medium rare. It came out very rare and room temperature along with the accompaniments. Overall it was a disappointment in an area full of great options to dine.... More 

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Syracuse
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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

We stopped here for drinks one evening. The wine was overpriced and not too good. We asked for seltzer and ended up paying $9 for a bottle of Pellegrino.

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Los Angeles, California
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Every time we come to Santa Monica we walk by this place on our way to the 3rd street promenade but have never gone in. From observing the people who go in, I assumed it would be stuffy & expensive. This time we decided to give it a try, what a nice surprise. From the outside you would never know... More 

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Malibu, California
Top Contributor
509 reviews 509 reviews
304 restaurant reviews
215 helpful votes 215 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Not sure why its till open...There's no reason to return for more nonexistent service and poor food. Good: Reservation and greeted presently and seated immediately Beautiful and relaxing space Bad: Sat a long long time before server stopped by to say he'd be back Finally ordered drinks from the water-server Finally asked bussed walking by for a menu Server finally... More 

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Fairfax, Virginia
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Went to Michael's for happy hour and ordered some appetizers as well. The food was tasty and the indoor garden atmosphere was pleasant, but these were Santa Monica prices, for sure. The owner's wife's artwork graces the walls. The lighting was dimmed for evening diners so I couldn't actually see everything I was eating, but I remember liking the fresh... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Dirty glasses Five waiters, one with an attitude Defensive general manager Eat here if you value style above substance (the decour is wonderful the food, haha come on)

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Should of left after waiter recommended the pork, which was sold out and then the water glasses were dirty and I mean dirty. Went to dine with 3 friends after good reviews on LA weekly. Service very slow. Waiters not professional for the type of establishment. Only ordered main courses, 2 were cold and the swordfish was raw. Tried to... More 

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Los Angeles, CA
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Michael's remains fresh and refreshed through the years. New menu with small plates added is full of wonderful surprises and can keep the costs down. Service has always had a unique informal formality which is very comfortable as well. Decor is gentle and lovely as always.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1147 3rd St, Santa Monica, CA 90403
    (Wilshire Blvd.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: (310) 451-0843

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 40 - 80
  • Cuisine: Californian, Eclectic

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Special occasions
Open Hours
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Santa Monica

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Santa Monica
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