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Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

130 NE 40th St, Miami, FL 33137
(305) 573-5550
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Ranked #24 of 3,576 restaurants in Miami
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Fort Myers, Florida
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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The design district in Miami is kind of an interesting place. If you're driving by you're not likely to realize you're in such a nice and unique environment as it has a much more neglected exterior look than what you might be expecting. Once you're within the streets that compose the design district its an entirely different sort of environment... More

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boston, MA
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37 reviews 37 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

A bit of a distance from S Beach [$20 cab fare] yet a very fine dining experience. Excellent flavors and an inventive menu. Worth the distance.

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Miami, Fl
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

My family & I visited MGFD for lunch. Ambiance was very nice , we sat outside. We ordered the Banh Mi & Short Rib sandwiches, both were excellent. The appetizers were very good especially the pig ears & the greens.........deviled eggs were ok. They have a good wine selection that is reasonable priced. Our server was very good & made... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Went to dinner at Michael's after reading about the restaurant via Andrew Zimmern (thanks AZ!). Service, food, atmosphere, price....all were outstanding. For startes we had the crispy pig ears: good, tasted like bacon, a little greasy; interesting. Couldn't resist trying them. Porbably would have been better if there were fewer in the order though (pretty fatty which made them seem... More

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Vienna, Austria
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We have been there already four times and always love to come back. on Sunday mornings Design District is stil relaxed and so is the atmosphere of this excellent restaurant.

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Rochester, NY
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176 reviews 176 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

This trendy place has an unusual menu--you choose by the size of the dish, small, medium and large. The prices are medium, large and excessive; this is overpriced for what you get. Especially egregious was the Cheese of the Week for $10, a small piece with four small rounds of raisin toast. The half-bottle of a nice house white (carafe)... More

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New York City, New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We had heard of this restaurant as interesting, with good food bur a little funky. It was in an area of the city that is being restaurant gentrified. Pigs ears with drinks were excellent. Pork Belly too and salad was good A nice bottle of wine-the noise was tolerable for 2 people and one could easily get a taxi home.

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Miami, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Michael's Genuine Food has been at the top of many Miami reviewers for its high quality - in fact, our previous visits have been wonderful. Last night we took out of town guests and were seated in the courtyard. Menu had many wonderfully-appealing choices. But... Service was spotty at best and several of the dishes were disappointing. We ordered a... More

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Ottawa, Canada
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We had such a great experience on our first evening, we decided to return to Michaels Genuine again on the following weekend after our cruise. The food, wine, service - all amazing and in such a cool district of Miami. Sommelier was super and it really had such good fun energy and buzz, but if you want quieter, ask for... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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112 reviews 112 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

I visited MGF following Trip Advisor's reviews, and it was a good decision. I went for sunday brunch with my wife and daughter, and had a great time. We ordered several plates, and shared them, and were happy with everything. Food is straightforward and bold, made from fine ingredients. The place is really nice, and service is very good. Oh,... More

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