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Cafe Michel

640 North Lee Highway, Lexington, VA 24450
+1 540-464-4119
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Ranked #10 of 65 restaurants in Lexington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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85% Recommend
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English first
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Just drove through Lex-we stay there several times a year and saw that the building is up for lease. Not sure if it's a relo or if they are permanently closed. We do love the town and some competition in the $$ to $$$ would be a good thing

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West Lafayette, Indiana
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We really enjoyed our meal, met the chef/owner, Michel, a charming French gentleman who visited with customers and chatted about the food. The wine list is good, food was excellent, and the deep dish apple pie is worth every calorie. Highly recommended, but the current location is closing in a few weeks as he's moving to some new location about... More

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cgaland, Owner at Cafe Michel, responded to this review

We are glad you enjoyed your dinner. We are relocating to Clifton Forge, VA - only 25 minutes west of Lexington. We will open in mid June at 424 East Ridgeway Street. Our phone number in Clifton Forge is 540-862-4119. More

3 reviews 3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

The "hostess"/"manager" was extremely rude. The food took over an hour to deliver and was terrible - as though it was microwaved. Horrible experience and we would not go back.

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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

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

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
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
8 helpful votes 8 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
20 reviews 20 reviews
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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