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Michael's

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Santa Monica
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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
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 29
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 9
    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
Unexpected ambiance

We were in town and met friends for dinner. Reservations are probably advised especially on the weekend. We met at six and the crowd was light but by 7 pm it was packed. Staff was attentive and helpful. The garden seating was fun and tables far enough you could here everyone speaking at the table... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
IowaTravelFan
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Johnston, Iowa
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Johnston, Iowa
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76 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in town and met friends for dinner. Reservations are probably advised especially on the weekend. We met at six and the crowd was light but by 7 pm it was packed. Staff was attentive and helpful. The garden seating was fun and tables far enough you could here everyone speaking at the table. Food/drink prices were a little... More 

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Thank IowaTravelFan
Los Angeles, California
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90 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

Even after 36 years in business, Michael's -- and especially on-hand proprietor Michael McCarthy -- never fails to provide a wonderful meal in an exquisite setting. Particularly for dinner, the lit garden provides romance and beautiful surroundings. I like that the menu changes with the season and one could certainly breeze through several of the small plates in order to... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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94 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

Food and service was good, my cocktail was a little strong. Seems to attract many people and a real mix.

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Thank saskiacromwell
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

We choose this restaurant asit was lose by to thehotel where we stayed. The menu offered enough variety to suit us and most people I would expect. It has a nice graden area with plenty of tables and a terrace area with enough tables to handle a big crowd if the garden was full. We enjoyed our meals which consisted... More 

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Thank Michael D
chicago
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56 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

While visiting our son in Santa Monica, he took us here for dinner. We had reservations for the outdoor garden and were seated right away. It was not crowded. For appetizers we had the prosciutto with melon and the chicken waffle wings. The prosciutto was good, I didn't think I wanted to try the chicken wings as it didn't sound... More 

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Thank playamomma
Burbank, California
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696 reviews
420 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

Visited the restaurant during dineLA week. Great price with good quality food! Love the kind of outdoor seating area (with sun roof). Staffs are very professional and attentive.

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Thank ilovefoodcoma
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015 via mobile

We went here for a meal a few weeks ago and the sat outside in a lovely setting. Service was good and the food and drinks were both excellent. It was a nice touch that Michael himself came round the tables to say hi and introduce himself. Nothing bad to say will visit again next time we are in town.

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Thank Grant F
Needham, Massachusetts
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87 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Food is wonderful- setting is beautiful service is excellent- we learned that this was one of Whitey Bulger's (famed outlaw from Mass) favorite restaurants

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Thank Diane S
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 via mobile

As a family of 4 only 1 person was satisfied. Generally small expensive portions ( pizza size of a side plate). Chose a bottle of wine @ 45 dollars the "French" waiter continued to push two other bottles from 120 - 140 dollars & then tried to present a 90 dollar bottle as the correct one!

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Thank topnotchnosh
Port Credit
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We very much looked forward to Michael's as one of the five selections we made (such foodies!) as must to in California and we have to say meh...sorry Michael's ;( We expected it to be quite busy for a Saturday night, but it was slow, less than 20% occupied. Perhaps it's run a little past it's prime and in need... More 

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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: American, International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
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

Neighborhood Profile
Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers, roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier spins high above the water, while park revelers scream with delight riding the roller coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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