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Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

130 NE 40th St, Miami, FL 33137
(305) 573-5550
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Ranked #30 of 3,615 restaurants in Miami
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: N.E. 1st Avenue & N.E. 2nd Avenue
Transit: Miami Dade Transit Bus Lines # 2, # 3,# 9, # 10, # 36, # 93, # 202, # 236. For detailed route information go to: http://www.miamidade.gov/transit/library/tm_for_web.pdf
Description: Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink is a showcase for the cuisine of Chef/Owner Michael Schwartz, with prices designed to encourage frequent dining. This unpretentious bistro seats 90 indoors and out, with another 14 seats at a handsome bar. Doubling as a casual neighborhood dining spot and a culinary destination, the bright, airy space in Miami’s evolving Design District showcases Schwartz’s trademark new American cuisine at prices designed to encourage frequent dining. Open daily for lunch and dinner, the menu is chock full of choices encouraging everything from a light bite to a multi-course feast. A quick glance at the menu and Michael's intentions for this restaurant are revealed. Notable is the frequency of the word homemade in the descriptions of dishes -- be it pasta, French fries or rabbit terrine. At the same time, Michael's takes advantage of the Chef’s decades-long relationships with winemakers to offer diners the opportunity to try a variety of wines at great value.
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86% Recommend
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English first
Tampa, FL
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Four of us feasted here with fresh oysters, octopus, grouper beef short ribs, and pork shoulder. Everything was incredibly delicious with little twists that set this restaurant apart from the others in our visit. Our guests loved the cocktails and the desserts were delicious. When I explained that as a diabetic I could not eat any of the desserts, the... More

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Port of Spain, Trinidad
17 reviews 17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Michael is very in touch with the local farmers .... His wood oven is amazing and he cooks everything in it ... He has a talent and passion like i have never before seen .... Michael is my favorite chef !!!! Food is amazing and every time i am in miami i go to the design district just to eat... More

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Miami, Florida
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This was our first visit to this restaurant and unfortunately we were not pleased. For starters our table was very small for a party of six, but we managed. Our food came out at different intervals so some of us were done with our meal before the rest of our party was served. Two of the entrees were served cold... More

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London, United Kingdom
20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Michael's Genuine Food & Drink is a casual, vibrant neighborhood bistro and bar in the heart of the Miami Design District, where friends gather to enjoy simply prepared dishes made fresh from local ingredients. Delicious food and good selection of vino. Highly recommended www.michaelsgenuine.com

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New York City, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This is definitely the best place I have been this year -food wise! There was not one dish that I could have improved upon! It was sublime and a complete culinary treat for the senses!

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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

If you go to Michael's and you do not eat the bucatini you are seriously missing out, also the house made cheese is to die for. Really awesome food.

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Lambertville, Michigan
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014 via mobile

We saw this restaurant on a couple of food network episodes and thought we'd better try it on our recent visit to Miami. The whole experience was fab! Our appetizer was a fresh Miami peach with creamy burrata cheese drizzled with olive oil, salt and pepper and basil-- omg, we could've eaten a dozen of them. I had the short... More

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Brooklyn, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Okay so this review is a little late but this place changed my life. Have you ever tried burrata? Well I tried it here for the first time- cream inside of fresh mozz?!?!?? With the most succulent tomatoes I've ever had. Heaven. Main course, pork belly. RIDICULOUS. dessert nearly killed me it was so delicious. Donuts with freshly made ricotta... More

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Montego Bay, Jamaica
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014 via mobile

My boyfriend trumped my selection to go to this 'namesake' restaurant for his birthday. We were not disappointed, great menu options -weird and tasty, extensive wine selection, quick and courteous service staff and experienced with surprise birthday desserts and sparkles....LOVED IT

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Hanover, Maryland
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32 reviews 32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

The food was great, with the highlights being the pork belly with kimchi, and the duck confit pizza. But the best thing about the entire experience was the service from Jason the bartender. On an evening where were came for a drink at the bar before dinner, we ended up staying at the bar for our meal because of Jason's... More

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