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Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

130 NE 40th St, Miami, FL 33137
+1 305-573-5550
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Ranked #28 of 3,675 Restaurants in Miami
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
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
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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Maroa, Illinois
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83 reviews 83 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

We tried to reserve on open table and they said no reservation until the next day at 10 pm. We decided to call them and they said they had a reservation available for 8 pm that night. We went and waited at the bar first. Our bartender was fantastic. Very knowledgable and personable. We had a couple of drinks, with... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

We had a very nice time at Michael's Genuine. We did not have a reservation for a Friday night but decided to walk in and wait... and wait we did. 1 hour & 45mins and a $200 bar tab later we got a table. The food was worth the wait though. small, medium and large plates. We ordered probably 6... More 

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Miami, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We've seen it before -- enterprising young chef goes from cooking brilliantly at a solid, neighborhood restaurant to overseeing a minor restaurant empire and inevitably he never shows up to cook anymore, prices bloat, portions atrophy, quality diminishes, and the overall dining experience collapses. Eight years in, though, Michael Schwartz has bucked the trend and MGFD stills delivers -- it... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Michael's is one of very few restaurants in the design district (although there are more a few blocks away in Buena Vista) and is an excellent choice for a delicious dinner. I had a very nice tilefish, perfectly cooked and my husband had an unusual and tasty pizza with pork belly. The service was attentive and the ambiance attractive. The... More 

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Huntingdon Valley
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Excellent food. Excellent service. Worth every cent. After many mediocre meals in the Miami area, we were very happy to find careful, creative preparation of fresh ingredients.

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London, United Kingdom
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98 reviews 98 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

i think this is just one of those great must go places the service was exceptional and the food was great it is a charming environment and has a great varied menu the great dishes were as follows the Pigs ear chips are exceptional so is the burrata Please try it

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41 reviews 41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

The quality of the food is superb. Small portioned plates. Many items included pork, which I don't eat. The heirloom tomatoes with this wonderful cheese were great! The fish on the menu that day was delicious. The cheesy grits were also good. Thank goodness I didn't order the ravioli/raviolo b/c the center was filled with yolk. If you like that,... More 

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Mobile, Alabama
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

After numerous recommendations we had to try this place. It was the last place we dined before leaving Miami, and I wish we had gone sooner! The menu is printed every day and all of the items were incredible. Their cocktails were wonderful, I had a raspberry and basil drink. I had the duck and my husband had the steak.... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

One of the best restaurants I've been in Miami. Most Of the food is prepared in the wooden oven. Amazing food, great athmosphere. Kind of romantic.

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70 reviews 70 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

My daughter and I chose Michael's lunch on our ramble in Miami's Design District. What a busy place. She had the turkey sandwich with house-smoked bacon. It was a huge, stuffed sandwich; we brought home half of it. I had the lamb wrap. Very tastyl Service was particularly good. So much so, that when I requested a shawl because the... More 

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Additional Information about Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

Address: 130 NE 40th St, Miami, FL 33137
Phone Number: +1 305-573-5550
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Miami
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
Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
Cuisine: American

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