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Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

#45 of 3,704 Restaurants in Miami
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130 NE 40th St, Miami, FL 33137 (N.E. 1st Avenue & N.E. 2nd Avenue)
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
+1 305-573-5550
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Today
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink is a showcase for the cuisine of Chef/Owner...
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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    Very good
  • 64
    Average
  • 21
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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If you're visiting Miami and trying to sample the best food available, move Michael's Genuine to the top of the list. Seriously, don't leave town without sitting down for a meal at this place. It is the gold standard of Miami dining, as far as I'm concerned. It's an incredible meal, starting... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
Randy B
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New York City, New York
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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New York City, New York
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48 reviews 48 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

If you're visiting Miami and trying to sample the best food available, move Michael's Genuine to the top of the list. Seriously, don't leave town without sitting down for a meal at this place. It is the gold standard of Miami dining, as far as I'm concerned. It's an incredible meal, starting with the cocktails. The amarena cherry infused Manhattan... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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166 reviews 166 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We arived there with no reservation And the place was fully booked they offered to seat by the bar but when I told I was pregnant they got us a table right away what I think was very nice of them. It has a variety of tapas and sandwiches, everything we order with our waiter help was good! The place... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Very creative lovely healthy food with great service in the middle of the new Miami Design District. The desert platter with various pastries is a highlight!

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Portland, Maine, United States
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101 reviews 101 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We ate here a week ago and had a great time and a very good meal. Everybody loved their food. I had Barrelfish, which was new to me, and it was delicious, as was my salad. The place is very busy and bustling with activity. It looked to me like a lot of Miami natives were eating there. We had... More 

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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

We were greeted warmly by the hostess and shown to our table promptly water was brought immediately. After a bit our waitress took our drink order. The drinks took about 20 minutes. My husband had requested a vodka gimlet and was brought the wrong drink(vodka and lemon). Ten minutes later he had the correct one. Our seating was so tight... More 

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Coral Gables, Florida
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

If you're looking for a relaxed but smart spot for a meal with friends or business, you can't do better than Michael's Genuine. When we went last week, it was early, but filled up fast. We sat outside (might not be so pleasant in August) but the weather was ideal. We started with the tomato/basil pizza--perfect for two. Had another... More 

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12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Snowbird friends of ours took us to the Design District in Miami. It's a great place to walk about and spend time window shopping. They wanted to eat at Michaels so we went. The place was great. It had great ambiance, good food and some of the staff were quite friendly. It gets quite busy, so go a bit earlier... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

It's a very nice place for a sunny day. Great food and drinks (had The Michael's genuine beer). Only downside: I didn't have a reservation, so I had yo wait almost an hour for a table.

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Brasilia, DF
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Very good ambient in the heart of the design district. While they arrange a table for you, you can have a walk outside. The waiters are very friendly and the food is great. I think you should risk getting a diferent plate that you generally order on common places. Do that with out no fear and you will be happy.... More 

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Vermont
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34 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Design district location, dinner on a Tuesday night outside. Struggled with menu and what came out was quite mixed in quality. Apps were outstanding, mains all over the road, desserts outstanding. Service seemed slow and server dealing with a lot of tables or else inefficient not sure which. Appeals to people who want to linger over several drinks before dinner... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 130 NE 40th St, Miami, FL 33137
    (N.E. 1st Avenue & N.E. 2nd Avenue)
  • Public Transportation: 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
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Miami
  • Phone Number: +1 305-573-5550

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 12:00 am

Questions & Answers

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?