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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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Western Mass.
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We had a delightful experience at Michael's in Santa Monica recently -- in all respects. We felt welcome from the first moment, the host (and owner) and all the staff seemed genuinely to care about the food and our experience. Not a false note. Both the wine (from Michael's Malibu vineyard, I think) and the food were memorable, with an... More 

Thank EuroVan
New York City, New York
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

Michael's is, as far as I've come to know, a preeminent "classic" Santa Monica spot. Opened in '79, a hang out for Fleetwood Mac when they were recording Tusk (generally a freaky hot-spot for the whos-who in the 80s), one of the restaurants responsible for "California Cuisine" and sometime home to a slew of notable chefs... I came for a... More 

Thank BalthazarKlossowski
los angeles
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63 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

Michael's and its namesake, Michael, are icons of California cuisine laid the foundation for the great dining we enjoy in LA. Its hard to stay relevant and at the top of your game for 30 years. but i am rooting for both. we dined recently with some friends wanting to try out the new chef with the old menu. Not... More 

Thank rabenbru
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016

Its about to close in a week till sep 12, when the new already executive chef, Miles Thompson, debuts 'his own' menu. Still,our waiter informs us that Miles has already changed the cooking style to provide the thrills of the ultimate of textures, temperaturs, color, and tastes. If that's the case, I recommend never returning. We had the worst overall... More 

Thank maardvark
Beijing, China
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

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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160 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2016

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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95 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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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113 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$40 - $80
American, International
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Santa Monica

Neighborhood Profile
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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