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Michael J's Italian Restaurant

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2019 Winner
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Michael J's is a collaborative effort between many friends and food lovers from around the globe. We can say that because we appreciate so many sources and learn all the time about what makes a restaurant truly successful. We strive to serve excellent food accompanied by fine wine to go with our offerings. We do NOT serve PIZZA!
PRICE RANGE
$14 - $32
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner
CUISINES
Italian
FEATURES
Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Highchairs Available
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Made reservations for four at this quaint place in Ruidoso, and glad that we did... the place was sold out on the evening we went there. Food was excellent and service was attentive and friendly. This place gets reviews on Trip Advisor, and I understand...More

Date of visit: October 2019
Thank TxTrvlr88
brian f, Owner at Michael J's Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your review! We are happy to hear that our hard work pays off! We will see you soon!

Reviewed 1 week ago

Four of us visited Michael J's two nights ago. Three different entrees and four very happy people. Food was delicious and service was excellent. We said something to our server about how happy we were and Chef Michael stopped by for a visit. We were...More

Date of visit: October 2019
Thank Lew D
brian f, Owner at Michael J's Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review Lew, the Chef and owner is actually named Brian. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your meal and experience! We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food is absolutely unbelievable. Great scallops in New Mexico!! I would have never even considered them, but they came highly recommended to me, & did no disappoint. Bread fantastic, drinks were great, lasagna very authentic. Cannot not wait to return, but you better get...More

Date of visit: August 2019
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brian f, Owner at Michael J's Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your wonderful review! We are so glad to hear that we are your favorite restaurant in Ruidoso! We look forward to your next visit!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was my first time to Michael J's, so I didn't know what to expect. We had reservations for 13 people at 6:30pm and were seated right away. However, since the space was limited, the tables were put together in an "L" shape. Making it...More

Date of visit: October 2019
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brian f, Owner at Michael J's Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review Erin! We tried a new seating arrangement so that we could fit your group in one area instead of having to split you all up between 2 tables, making it harder to have conversations. Your feedback on the arrangement shows...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Made reservations. Was seated as soon as we arrived. Wine list was great. Menu had good selections. Staff was friendly. Our waiter was super! Noise level low seating was comfortable. Food was fabulous, order came out quick and hot. Had gluten free options. Everything was...More

Date of visit: October 2019
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brian f, Owner at Michael J's Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your food and service. We do apologize you felt rushed. We work based on reservations and try to get everyone in at the time that they booked. We never try to offend anyone...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Brian, in follow up to my email a few minutes ago, a platinum review! My wife and I were there around 5pm on Tuesday, 9/24/2019, just as serving hours began. Having never been there before we weren’t sure what to expect. But, as it turned...More

Date of visit: September 2019
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brian f, Owner at Michael J's Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review! We love to hear when we hit all our goals in providing a great customer experience as well as delivering the food as expected! We look forward to your next visit to Ruidoso! See you then,

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our patio reservation provided a great atmosphere for our large group. Service was good...excellent food! Clean and inviting. Everyone on staff was very nice. Even the other diners were so friendly and interacted with us a few times. It was nice to relax on the...More

Date of visit: September 2019
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brian f, Owner at Michael J's Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review! We are pleased to hear that you had such a wonderful experience because that is what we aim for! We hope to serve you again!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fabulous! A true surprise to find such excellent cuisine in Ruidoso (based on our experiences at other local restaurants.) We sat outside on the patio which was great for us. It took a while for our waiter to show up - evidently the restaurant was...More

Date of visit: September 2019
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brian f, Owner at Michael J's Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your detailed review! We apologize it took a little while for the server to get your table but are glad that did ruin your experience!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great atmosphere, food, service. A really nice find and will recommend and return again and again. Especially liked the artwork on the walls and choice of intimate dining areas or outdoor decks. Good wine selection too.

Date of visit: September 2019
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brian f, Owner at Michael J's Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review! The artwork is for sale if you're interested, just ask the Hostess Nicole for details. We look forward to your next visit!

Reviewed September 11, 2019

Went here the night before our 50th wedding anniversary and loved it. Great service and atmosphere - food was excellent. My wife had the house specialty - lasagna - and said it was the best she had ever had. I had the veal marsala and...More

Date of visit: September 2019
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brian f, Owner at Michael J's Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind review! We are so pleased to have been able to share in the celebration of your 50th wedding anniversary and it is great to hear you enjoyed your food and experience! We look forward to your next visit!

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RonR1385
July 9, 2016|
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Response from SusannaJade | Property representative |
Clean and comfortable is good -- one can dress up or be casual.
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cjml
July 19, 2015|
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Yes, we have gluten-free pasta and many meat dishes, wild-caught Alaskan Salmon, other seafood. It's easy to eat gluten-free at Michael J's.
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TimeTraveler_800
February 15, 2015|
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Response from SusannaJade | Property representative |
Hello - we are keeping the same hours throughout the year - Open Tuesday - Saturday starting at 5 pm, dinner only. Some holiday weekends we will be open on Sunday, like Memorial Day and Labor Day. Call us to make sure during... More
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