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1147 3rd St, Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 451-0843
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Ranked #285 of 567 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Price range: $40 - $80
Hours:
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Cuisines: Eclectic, Californian
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Wilshire Blvd.
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English first
Syracuse
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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
37 reviews 37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
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267 reviews 267 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
158 helpful votes 158 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
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59 reviews 59 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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 via mobile

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 via mobile

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
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67 reviews 67 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 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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Santa Monica, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

I normally don't write negative reviews, but this is the 2nd time Michael's has disappointed me. I used to love the old Michael's. It was classy and one of the 5 best restaurants in Santa Monica. Not anymore. The New Michael's is more casual and informal. The menu is simple and not interesting. Michael's still has one of the finest... More

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Santa Monica, California
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101 reviews 101 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

This is a really great place to go! I enjoyed everything - food, wine, service, location, atmosphere.. Really.. Its a place not to miss! Since we were there in April and its still a bit chilly at night, their terrace is covered and heated, and is really beautiful!! You have the impression of eating in somewhere exotic! Its really nice.... More

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Los Angeles, California
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

Santa Monica has always been bereft of good restaurants but over the years you would often hear people say "but there's always Michaels" with a quiet affection. You could always count on well balanced and beautifully presented quality dishes that you didn't mind paying a high price for. Unfortunately with a change of menu design and the bad decision to... More

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