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Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

130 NE 40th St, Miami, FL 33137
(305) 573-5550
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Ranked #27 of 3,621 restaurants in Miami
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $30 - $30
Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Sat 5:30 pm - 12:00 am
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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English first
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

All ingredients are local so the menu changes daily except for a few main stays. It's located in the art district so take in some of the street paintings before sitting down for an excellent meal. This place is just unreal. I've had just about everything on their menu and am never disappointed. The rice cake is a flavor journey,... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

You can't go wrong at this quiet, small American (only by name) restaurant, tucked in a nice courtyard on a shopping street in the heart of Miami's Design District. Very nice, casual (expecially on the outside) atmosphere with great jazz music. A little more sophisticated (in a good way) inside. Parking is a valet affair (which are ubiquitous). Pretty hard... More

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Miami, Florida
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123 reviews 123 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

Interesting location in a new and upcoming area of Miami. The food quality was very good. There were three of us and we were pretty hungry. But we still couldn't finish all our dishes. I started with Pork Belly. It was good, but the cut had more fat than meat. The accompanying Kimchi was excellent. My guest started with the... More

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Miami, Florida
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128 reviews 128 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I was a little nervous. I thought it might be a little pretentious. Fortunately, I was proved wrong. We started with crispy pig ears and homemade potato chips with homemade French onion dip. It was a great start. My main course was pork chops with cheese grits and my wife had a sweet & spicy pork belly. The pork chop... More

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Anderson, South Carolina
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119 reviews 119 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Meal was really good. So many good choices, it was hard to decide. Pig ears were great! Loved the fresh ingredients including the fresh peaches. The passion fruit dessert was good as well. Robin took really good care of us!

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Naples, Florida
19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We had a delicious lunch at Michael's Genuine on a recent trip to Miami. The homemade pastrami sandwich and shortrib panini were fantastic with the high quality primary ingredients shining through. The Kale salad was very good with the addition of free-range chicken. We dined in the outdoor courtyard, which was a lovely spot and provided for great people watching.

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Miami Beach, Florida
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142 reviews 142 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Michael's had been our favorite restaurant for years, we lived abroad for a couple of years and came back to discover the place is just better every day. The local flare, the different sizes of the dishes and the casual chic ambience, make it a spacial place. Whether you try the chargrilled octopus, the quinoa salad or the dessert pot... More

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Orlando, Florida, USA
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57 reviews 57 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We received a terrific warm welcome and our table was ready for our reservation of 6. Diana was a friendly and knowledgable server...she did an excellent job. The drink special was excellent as were our appetizers. My whole oven roasted fish was the best I ever had. Truly flavorful and delicate. they also deboned it which I have never had... More

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York, United Kingdom
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86 reviews 86 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Booked MGFD after reading about it on TA and having it conformed by Miami cab driver and staff at Four Seasons. Lived up to the reviews. Really interesting menu with lots of local produce, quirky dishes and super flavours. It's located in the uber-cool Design district so great for people and car watching too!

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Richmond, Virginia
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207 reviews 207 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
240 helpful votes 240 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We first ate here shortly after it opened, and it was fantastic then and still is. Set in a courtyard type setting its really a nice setting with valet parking, also a great place to eat lunch as its in the midst of the designer district( great window shopping) On this occasion we had dinner there. we both had the... More

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