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Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

130 NE 40th St, Miami, FL 33137
(305) 573-5550
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Ranked #29 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
York, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

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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196 reviews 196 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
223 helpful votes 223 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

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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Tampa, FL
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

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
19 reviews 19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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