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Chef Michael's

81671 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, FL 33036
305-664-0640
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Ranked #1 of 83 restaurants in Islamorada
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $40
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: A warm, inviting dining room with colorful local art adorning the walls. Small, sleek bar serving fine wine and beer. Tropical veranda seating for a lovely alfreso dinner or Sunday brunch.
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Redwood City, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

We loved the local hogfish and seafood selections for our meal and the fresh ingredients for appetizers and salads. Dessert options were delicious and we left feeling full and satisfied.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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116 reviews 116 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

On a recent vacation in Islamorada we were lucky enough to find Chef Michael's. Although we had many choices in the area, we decided to return for another dinner here. Most of our party of nine ordered the hogfish, prepared several different ways. Each dish was memorable. What a treat to find fresh vegetables as a side. The desserts? OMG!... More

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New Jersey
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72 reviews 72 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We made a reservation for Chef Michaels at 5 pm on a Saturday. We got there a bit early but the hostess met us outside and sat us at our table without making us wait. Our waitress was Shell and she was fantastic. She explained the menu in a lot of detail and very carefully, making note that since we... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Do not miss this intimate dining experience while in Islamorada. Knowledgable, efficient and friendly staff coupled with the best food you will eat. Incredibly delicious and if you think you cannot afford the price tag then go out and rob a bank, it's worth it!

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Palm Beach, FL
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80 reviews 80 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

We made reservations an arrived on time to a warm welcome from the hostess. She located us near the bar and a rather noisy table. I asked if we could relocate and she immediately took us to another table. We started with the most fantastic conch fritters I've ever had. They were filled with chunky conch, and beautifully seasoned, rich... More

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Butler, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This restaurant was excellent in all aspects! I really enjoyed our server, shell-I hope that is spelled correct. From the start she gave my 4 year old his "menu" and etcha-sketch with the menu on the back, which he loved. Then, she went over the menu and special selections with a very smooth knowledge! Finally, she had Chef Michael stop... More

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Linville, North Carolina
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014 via mobile

Outstanding meal and service tonight at Chef Michael's. We started with the Conch and black-eyed pea fritters and the lobster & shrimp with grit cake appetizers. Delicious! Then nut-crusted lionfish and whole flash fried yellowtail for our mains. Out of this world. The yellowtail was the hands- down winner. Finished off the vanilla crime brûlée. The service was knowledgeable, friendly... More

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South Florida
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48 reviews 48 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Will keep this short: have eaten many meals in the Keys, this is the finest restaurant, period. Keys dining is notoriously costly for modestly interesting food, Chef Michaels is top shelf in every way.

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Durham, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The ingredients at Chef Michael's are so fresh and the food is so flavorful, you are missing out if you do not have dinner at Chef Michael's. My husband had the hogfish blackened and I had the sea food pasta. Both portions were generous and flavorful.

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Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

My family wanted seafood and we were told this is the place to go. They tried the local hog fish with scallops and can't stop talking about this dish. Our waiter Mark was excellent and he talked to Chef Michael about creating a pasta dish to work with my seafood allergies. The pasta was in a light, creamy sauce with... More

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