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1147 3rd St, Santa Monica, CA 90403-5005 (Wilshire Blvd.)
(310) 451-0843
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Beijing, China
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My colleagues in our LA office took me here years ago. It was an astonishingly beautiful place. I really liked the table settings, the entire atomosphere and many more. The food was great, too. But unfortunately I didn't have much of an appetite due to jet lag. I'd go back there if I have a chance to visit LA again.

Thank cmgdldn
Sarasota, Florida
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113 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a lovely patio dining spot - so why such a low grade? When we walked in their first question was - do you live here. When we told them we didn't, it just seemed like they didn't care. How can I illustrate the poor level of service? We ordered a $225 bottle of champagne which overflowed on opening.... More 

Thank Mike D
Denver, Colorado
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41 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

We went there for appetizers and drinks. The restaurant was recommended to us by our hotel. They were spot on describing the food and service. The hostess was hilarious. Food was wonderful! Gorgeous place too!

Thank 7books
Hong Kong, China
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016 via mobile

I visited Michael's on my own on a Thursday evening around 19:00. Sitting on the back patio with the lush greenery and twinkly lights - was like time warp to the 1980s but in a very good way. Service was warm and the food very tasty. I had a very satisfying, but still light - potato leak soup with truffle... More 

Thank Charles H
Santa Monica, California
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95 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

Enjoy classic dining which put Santa Monica on the map. You may also see celebs here while you enjoy fine meals and excellent service.

Thank SMOgal
Southern California
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51 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2016

With it's twinkling lights and warm outdoor patio Michael's is THE nicest ambiance on the Westside! Great for a romantic dinner, brunch or just a good time with friends. You can actually hear each other talk! The food is fabulous (sourced from local farms and purveyors), wine list amazing, service great and Michael himself is usually there to greet you.... More 

1 Thank Heidi2010
Morristown, New Jersey
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309 reviews
234 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2016 via mobile

Had to accommodate 8 for a business dinner on a Monday. Made the reservation on Friday night. The owner, Michael, was present and introduced himself to the whole table. The food and presentation was excellent, I had the little gem salad and the salmon. All the ingredients are from local organic farmers. I will try the sister restaurant in NYC.

Thank Dan P
Johnston, Iowa
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80 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2016

We were in town and met friends for dinner. Reservations are probably advised especially on the weekend. We met at six and the crowd was light but by 7 pm it was packed. Staff was attentive and helpful. The garden seating was fun and tables far enough you could here everyone speaking at the table. Food/drink prices were a little... More 

Thank IowaTravelFan
Los Angeles, California
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116 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

Even after 36 years in business, Michael's -- and especially on-hand proprietor Michael McCarthy -- never fails to provide a wonderful meal in an exquisite setting. Particularly for dinner, the lit garden provides romance and beautiful surroundings. I like that the menu changes with the season and one could certainly breeze through several of the small plates in order to... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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99 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

Food and service was good, my cocktail was a little strong. Seems to attract many people and a real mix.

Thank saskiacromwell

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$40 - $80
American, International
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1147 3rd St, Santa Monica, CA 90403-5005
    (Wilshire Blvd.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: (310) 451-0843

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers, roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier spins high above the water, while park revelers scream with delight riding the roller coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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