We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Michael's

$$$$
Neighborhood:
Santa Monica
Californian, Eclectic
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
1147 3rd St, Santa Monica, CA 90403 (Wilshire Blvd.)
(310) 451-0843
Website
Today
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 64 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 25
    Excellent
  • 14
    Very good
  • 12
    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
great food, service average

We were two couples visiting Santa Monica and decided to have dinner here to celebrate a birthday. When we sat down we noticed that two knives were dirty. This should not happen in that level of restaurant. When we got our appetizers we asked our waitress for salt and pepper. After waiting a few... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2015
mflyon
,
Wilmette, Illinois
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
Add Photo Write a Review

64 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Any
English first
Wilmette, Illinois
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We were two couples visiting Santa Monica and decided to have dinner here to celebrate a birthday. When we sat down we noticed that two knives were dirty. This should not happen in that level of restaurant. When we got our appetizers we asked our waitress for salt and pepper. After waiting a few minutes we had to ask the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

It's in the neighborhood, it's famous and having resisted coming in here for a long time, perhaps because of a perceived snobbery, we went for an occasion meal on a Saturday night. The restaurant is lovely, especially the patio. It's ambient and cosy and at least while we were there, quiet. A nice place for a romantic date. There is... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Rumson, New Jersey
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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!

Was this review helpful? Yes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Syracuse
Senior Contributor
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Malibu, California
Top Contributor
531 reviews 531 reviews
315 restaurant reviews
234 helpful votes 234 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Fairfax, Virginia
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, United Kingdom
Reviewer
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)

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Michael's also viewed

 

Been to Michael's? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

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: Doing business, Special occasions, 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

Questions? Get answers from Michael's staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
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.
Explore this neighborhood