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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!
$14 - $32
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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 2 weeks ago

We had a fabulous meal at Michael D's. The staff was super attentive and had a great sense of humor. The chef, who is known for his sauces didn't disappoint us. The next time that we are in Ruidoso, we will certainly make a point...of having dinner there again.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Chef Brian Flowers, Owner at Michael J's Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your support! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Absolutely a delightful place and truly a gem if not the gem of ruidoso! The food is exquisitely prepared and delivered to you with respect and caring. The restaurant is clean and fresh and the staff is respectful and well mannered. We shall be back!...Thank you1More

Date of visit: April 2021
Chef Brian Flowers, Owner at Michael J's Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are delighted to hear you thoroughly enjoyed your evening with us! We hope to see you soon! Thanks! Chef

Reviewed March 25, 2021 via mobile

Initially chose a different restaurant for dinner but was turned off by a 90 minute wait. Called Michael J’s and was given immediate seating despite being 15 minutes away. This establishment has a chef that specializes in sauces and this is evident in the tastiness...of the dishes. Wonderful Italian fare but a very nice selection of steak and fish as well. Thomas took care of not only us but the entire restaurant and the very attentive staff. This restaurant is a gem at this remote location which are so often overrun by “chain” joints. Great selection of wines. Wish I had this place around the corner from where I live. I challenge you to be disappointed. BJ and Jody from the great white north.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Chef Brian Flowers, Owner at Michael J's Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the positive feedback and we hope to see you in the future. Chef

Reviewed November 2, 2020 via mobile

After several disappointing meals in other local restaurants, we were prepared to be underwhelmed. We were relieved when everything was very good from our caprese salad, garden salads, garlic bread, linguini with shrimp scampi, and the three cheese ravioli. Iced tea was fresh and service...was very good. Will definitely be back.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed October 24, 2020

The hostess wore her mask below her nose moving all through the rooms; was asked to cover, did until out of room, then yanked it down. Our waiter wore his upside down so constantly slipping; he giggled when we pointed this out. Kitchen workers emerged...into service area with masks below chins. The food was good enough but who could enjoy it?More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed October 22, 2020

After experiencing two evenings of mediocre to poor dining in Ruidoso, we were pleasantly surprised by Michael J's. We were greeted with a friendly smile and promptly seated at a nice outdoor table. Our waiter, Jose, came over immediately and greeted us in a most...professional manner. The food and wine were excellent! Jose brought the wine shortly after we ordered it, the soup and salad followed in a timely, but not rushed manner, and the entrees were served AFTER we finished our soup and salad (as opposed to the restaurant we visited the previous night, where everything was served at the same time). The Minestrone and house salad were very good - the salad wasn't overwhelmed with greens, but a nice blend of veggies and greens, and the soup was actually served hot. Both the Spaghetti Bolognese and the Eggplant Parmesan were delicious - excellent pasta but quite filling! We so appreciated Jose's impeccable service - a breath of fresh air after our previous experiences! Thank you to the chef and all of the wait staff at Michael J's for making our last night in Ruidoso a memorable experience. We will definitely return.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed September 6, 2020

Enjoyed a wonderful dinner on the patio. The caprese, veal parm and desert were all delicious. We received great service from Elisa. Treat yourself at Michael J’s when you’re in Ruidoso!

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed July 30, 2020

We had a reserved, well-shaded outside table for 2 during COVID restrictions on a Tuesday. This is one of the few restaurants in town during these times that is actually taking reservations. The atmosphere was quiet and mostly adult-situated. The service was good as well....The food was ok but did not live up to the ratings on this site. We ordered the crab cakes, chicken picatta and filet mignon. If average is ok with you, then go for it.More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed July 6, 2020 via mobile

Attention to detail,,, ambiance fabulous, food fabulous, service fabulous, food so delicious and the desserts out of this world,, awesome food for such a small town could stand up to any restaurant in the USA,,, best restaurant in Ruidoso

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed June 28, 2020 via mobile

Doesn't disappoint. The food, service, and location are perfect for a memorable evening. We can't wait to visit again.

Date of visit: June 2020
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July 9, 2016|
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Response from SusannaJade | Property representative |
Clean and comfortable is good -- one can dress up or be casual.
July 19, 2015|
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Response from SusannaJade | Property representative |
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.
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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Frequently Asked Questions about Michael J's Italian Restaurant

  • Yes, Michael J's Italian Restaurant offers takeout services.

  • Yes, Michael J's Italian Restaurant offers delivery services.

  • Michael J's Italian Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4.5
    • Value: 4.5
    • Atmosphere: 4.5