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Michael's

1147 3rd St, Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 451-0843
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Ranked #257 of 563 restaurants in Santa Monica
Price range: $40 - $80
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
Fairfax, Virginia
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 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
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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Lodi, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

We had reservations and were seated immediately by an ultra-perky (annoying) hostess. In contrast the waiter was arrogant and aloof. It was evident they cater to their "regulars" and not new customers. The outdoor dining felt crowded even it was half empty on a Friday night. The minimal lighting made it almost impossible to read the " just average" menu.... More

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Charlottesville, VA
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Dined upstairs with a large group...service was very slow, food was very bad. Word came back that "there had been a fight in the kitchen." Whatever the cause, just hugely disappointed given the reputation and cost

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Los Angeles, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

In the course of selecting a restaurant since the last time we were there a few years ago, we ruled out Michael’s on the point that we could get equally good food and ambiance elsewhere for less. Now we are so pleased that we returned. Not only is their patio the most beautiful and appealing in So. Calif., but their... More

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