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Michael J's Italian Restaurant

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601 Mechem Drive, Side Street Is Grove, Ruidoso, NM 88345
(575) 257-9559
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Kansas City, Missouri
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a lovely Italian restaurant conveniently located in Ruidoso. Our party of three tried three different dishes. I had spaghetti vongole (clams in their shells), my husband had their spicy meatball special and our daughter had pasta and chicken Alfredo. We all liked our main dishes, which were accompanied by a crisp green salad. The prices were reasonable for... More 

Thank lindaavogel
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing ceaser salad dressing, great entrees, we had six of us and had a lot from menu. The lasagna was incredible as well as the marsala and the ravioli special. Everyone enjoyed greatly. Excellent service as well. Their website recommends reservation and i forgot to call...strongly suggest making one though as they have limited seating and you will wait if... More 

Thank Marc C
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The food was great, but the service was no good. As soon as we walked in the hostess made us feel as if we didn't fit in with their usual clientele. The man that took us to our table simply yelled at us to tell us that our table was ready and he didn't even have the audacity to come... More 

Thank Darhyanna S
SusannaJade, General Manager at Michael J's Italian Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Darhyanna S We regret you did not feel welcome to Michael J's. We have many happy customers and wish all of our guests would be pleased with the deliciously consistent food prepared by our great chef and kitchen staff then served by our friendly and professional waitstaff. It appears you don't think Michael, the owner, and I, Susanna the... More 

Austin, Texas
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing food and atmosphere. We were so blessed to find this little jewel of a place to celebrate my daughters birthday and ending to a fun filled Spring Break. Their food was superb.

Thank carla4jc
Odessa, Texas
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food was fantastic. Highly recommend the ravioli. The noodles are homemade! Wait staff was friendly. Call ahead to make reservations or you might not get in.

1 Thank Denise S
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is second to none for Italian food. The atmosphere and wait staff are incredible. There is no other fine dinning in Ruidoso.

Thank Lance B
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful atmosphere and intimate setting. Mussels were tender and the broth was superb. Eggplant parmigiano and chicken marcela was delicious. Fantastic service - top notch!

Thank Denise S
Kermit, Texas
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wife and I enjoyed the good Italian food and nice atmosphere. A little compact but very good nonetheless.

Thank DannyZ3669
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good food, nice atmosphere, friendly staff, highly recommend, they have an impressive wine list. Prices are reasonable

Thank Diver-redoak
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice find. Celebrated a friend's birthday there and they provided a delicious free dessert. My friend had the spaghetti with fabulous, spicy meatballs. Yum! I had the eggplant parmigiana and was disappointed. Fairly bland with little flavor. However, we'd had fabulous crab cakes for appetizer. $13 for two small ones but delicious. Overall, a nice dining experience. I would... More 

Thank Brenda J

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$14 - $32
Italian, Vegan Options
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, 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
Good for
Romantic, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 601 Mechem Drive, Side Street Is Grove, Ruidoso, NM 88345
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Ruidoso
  • Phone Number: (575) 257-9559
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!

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