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.

Chef Michael's

81671 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, FL 33036
Update restaurant details
Ranked #2 of 79 restaurants in Islamorada
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $15 - $40
Cuisines: American, Caribbean, Seafood, Vegetarian
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
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.
Write a Review

457 reviews from our community

90% Recommend
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Bethesda, Maryland
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Finally got our act together to book a table on advance and were treating warmly as soon as we set foot on the steps. A lovely greeting and welcome as we were led to our table and then Shell our waitress took over. She was terrific - enthusiastic and knowledgeable as well as friendly and fun. She obviously loves her... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Sea food pasta, shrimp tempura and rock shrimp delicious!!!!!!!!!!! Good wine Friendly service Good location

Was this review helpful? Yes
Punta Gorda, Florida
Top Contributor
106 reviews 106 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

We loved Chef Michael's. Our appetizer, escargot was the typical preparation and very good. We shared the catch of the day, a hogfish. We had it prepared "ponchartrain", lightly blackened with crawfish and shrimp in a cream sauce. It could not have been better. The food, service and prices were all great. I also need to tell about how welcoming... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Pagosa Springs, Colorado
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

The food was amazing, although it was very loud with lots of large parties. Not sure if I would go back.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Boston MA
Top Contributor
109 reviews 109 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

The grilled fish was very nice. I don't think it's hard to do that well. The vegetable side dishes were absolutely boring and without any thought or creativity. I was annoyed hearing the servers (ours and others) saying constantly "and tonight chef is doing xyz, and chef likes to prepare the fish in abc way...". So pretentious. Chef Michael either... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Longwood, Florida
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

My son Emanuel works there and he insisted that I had dinner there, he was raving about the food, the atmosphere, the wines. A high-end establishment with a friendly open atmosphere, love and happiness oozes from everyone, Tatiana took me to the bar where animated conversation was happening between patrons and barman. They seem so happy to work there! David... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Detroit, Michigan
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

We ate there tonight. I ordered swordfish, my husband had famous hogfish, and my daughter ate striped sea bass. They all were very tasty and delicious. We advise you try conch fritters. We always order them in keys.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

We've been here a few times and it's the tastiest in Islamorada! I'm a local and have never been disappointed with this place. Chef Michael will make sure you leave happy :)

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Moorestown, New Jersey
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

This was my second visit to Chef Michael's. In my view, this is the best restaurant in Islamorada. We traveled from Marathon to eat there. The place was packed. We made a reservation, which I would recommend. They have a good wine selection and the prices are fair. They also sell beer. But you go to Chef Michael's for the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Miami, Florida
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014 via mobile

Hogfish is my favorite fish and chef Michael gets it fresh and gets it right! Fantastic selection of sauces and preparations, and other delicious local fish. The wait staff was very passionate about the place. Not cheap but worth it if you love fresh fish

Was this review helpful? Yes 2

Travelers who viewed Chef Michael's also viewed

Islamorada, Florida Keys
Islamorada, Florida Keys
Islamorada, Florida Keys
Islamorada, Florida Keys

Been to Chef Michael's? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Chef Michael's, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing