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15 South Broadway, Rochester, MN 55901
+1 507-288-2020
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Ranked #14 of 254 Restaurants in Rochester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $8 - $35
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: The "Classic American Restaurant" has been serving quality steaks and fresh and innovative seafood for over 62 years. The "New" Michael's now proudly run by third generation restaurateurs, Michael, George, James, Laurie and Barbara blends a combination of established traditional steakhouse cuisine with current cutting edge foods and new culinary trends to create an ever-evolving dining experience for our guests. This will mean healthier, more organic salads and vegetables, sustainable wild-caught fish and seafood, and a larger selection of prime/high choice, natural and grass fed meats. Enjoy a daily lunch, dinner, a special business meeting or romantic occasion in one of our many warm and inviting dining rooms. Please join our new and longtime patrons who have enjoyed many fond memories over the years as dining guests in our restaurant. Michael's a "New" Classic American Restaurant.
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English first
Rochester, Minnesota, United States
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

I have eaten here many times and have never been disappointed. My family and I have met here as an in-between restaurant for get together's.

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Minnesota
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330 reviews 330 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Our last meal of steak and salmon was excellent. The service was excellent. We appreciate the older, more experienced wait staff that you do not get at most restaurants. The restaurant will be re-opening in 1-2 years with a new sleek design. The current building will be knocked down and a new sleeker Michaels will re-open along with other establishments.

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Gladstone
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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Unfortunately as other TripAdvisor reviewers have noted, Michael's closed the end of December, 2014. It will remain one of our favorite Rochester restaurants. Thanks for the great food and service, Michael's owners and staff!

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Minneapolis
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87 reviews 87 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This drinking and eating establishment closed their doors permanently after 62 years. My last meal there was uneventful and very uninviting. I ordered the 14 oz prime rib entree that was alien to me since through the years, I have been a fan of their in- house cut meat offerings. The cut tasted institutional, like it was processed, seasoned and... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Greek Chicken, Walleye, Filet are excellent. Sides and Salads are well prepared. The onion soup is only fair (tastes like it is instant soup, the only item on the menu that we found to be objectionable and we do love our onion soup) -- select the chicken soup. Make reservations. Fills up early.

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Rochester, Minnesota
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Real sorry to see this go. Michaels is closing. However, the understanding is that they will reopen. Not sure about that.

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Minnesota City, Minnesota
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

While it's sad they are closing down for a year or two and moving, they have been a staple for years in the Rochester downtown. And as far as I'm concerned, one of the better fine dining establishments around. While it's not as trendy and chic as some newer restaurants, they just serve good food and provide great service. Will... More 

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Stillwater, Minnesota
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50 reviews 50 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Was always my favorite place to stop. It is NOT what it used to be. Am sad to see it go downhill ...we miss what it used to be!

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Storm Lake, Iowa
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

We usually eat here while in Rochester and its always been very good, nice restaurant. They are closing soon to relocate. That is fine, but the waitress was not very friendly, and the food was ok. Will try somewhere else the next time we are there.

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Mankato
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Although my most recent visit was not my best, historically I have found this restaurant to be among the best in Rochester. I visit it about once a year when I am in that city. Unfortunately, it will not be open in 2015 (I believe) as the building is being razed and rebuilt.

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Additional Information about Michael's

Address: 15 South Broadway, Rochester, MN 55901
Phone Number: +1 507-288-2020
Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Rochester
Average Prices: USD 8 - 35
Cuisine: American, Greek, Seafood, Steakhouse

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