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Cafe Michel

640 North Lee Highway, Lexington, VA 24450
+1 540-464-4119
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Ranked #2 of 62 restaurants in Lexington
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $11 - $26
Cuisines: American, French
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Dessert
Description: Located one mile from downtown historic Lexington, Virginia, Cafe Michel is a mix of American cuisine with a French accent. In a casual but elegant relaxed atmosphere, French Chef Michel Galand and wife, Carmen Galand offers local produce, beef, fish and lamb. Fresh seafood is offered for your enjoyment. Chef Michel creates specials daily. Reservations accepted but not required. Casual attire.
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Boston, Massachusetts
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

There were 15 of us on a Friday night and they were able to accomodate us which was very nice! The staff was a little slow and the reason I did not give 5 stars. The food was excellent and the restaurant was nice. My daughter had the filet mignon and I had the steak au poivre and we enjoyed... More

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Lexington, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Ate there recently with business associates. First time I'd been there in a long time. Food was excellent. I had scallops. Prices were reasonable. Understand the restaurant is leaving Lexington and returning to Clifton Forge. Will definitely be worth the drive!

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Bethesda, MD
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014 via mobile

I often visit Lexington and have eaten at a number of restaurants there, but my favorite is Cafe Michel because of the reliably excellent and creative dishes and sauces that Chef Michel prepares. He is truly talented in his knowledge of herbs and spices. The service is always prompt, efficient and friendly, but one incident occurred on my last visit... More

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Natural Bridge, Virginia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

My husband and I celebrated Valentine Day by enjoying another scrumptious dinner here. As always, our drinks and meals were perfectly prepared and the staff was welcoming, knowledgeable, and attentive. The steak au poivre melted in my mouth. I always order this. I'm glad my husband offered me a taste of his lobster & shrimp in puff pastry. It was... More

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Longmont, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

The atmosphere is relaxing and comfortable at Café Michel. The menu is diverse and my choice did not disappoint! The salad, bread, steak, potatoes and vegetables were wonderful. I really wanted dessert but was just too full. The wine choices were also wonderful. I had one of the most relaxing and delightful meals that I can remember! If you are... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

And you will eat well in this place. The chef works wonders with his spices that do not overpower but yet can be tasted. I am moving to this area and have eaten here twice already and am ready to go back. This is the off season and on my first visit I called ahead to see what the specials... More

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Lyman, Wyoming
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9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

We arrived right at 5:00 when they were opening for dinner. Great southern hospitality and very good food! The chef came out and visited with each table at some point. We had appetizers, dinner and dessert and all of us were pleased with our choices. We would definitely go back!

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Norfolk, Virginia
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

We have recently found this terrific restaurant. We have eaten there 4 times in the last 6 months and have reached the point that we know each meal will be terrific, whether we select the filet mignon, the portofino, the fresh trout or any special. The sauce never overpowers the meal and the ingredients are always fresh. Even when it... More

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sterling, va
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

Something must have changed since all these rave reviews. We dined here on our first night out in Lexington. Our server was wonderful. She handled a lot of tables, and was attentive, courteous, and friendly. No qualms, whatsoever. Another girl brought us a bread basket. The bread had once been a baguette, that someone had attempted to slice. It was... More

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Blackstone, Virginia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

We have dined in many of the Lexington restaurants and this one rates in my top 2. Everything that we had was delicious and well priced. The staff was friendly and very accommodating (I had made a reservation for a larger group than had shown up). I would definitely recommend this restaurant, but I do think you should make reservations... More

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