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“Delicious” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Chef Michael's

Chef Michael's
Ranked #4 of 91 Restaurants in Islamorada
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $50
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: A warm, inviting dining room with colorful local art adorning the walls. Small, sleek bar serving fine wine and beer. Tropical veranda seating for a lovely alfreso dinner or Sunday brunch. Fresh Local fish and seafood, Prime steak, attentive, friendly service.
Omaha, Nebraska
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Delicious”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2014

Food was fantastic. Don't miss the seven layer carrot cake. We sat on the veranda to enjoy a lovely evening breeze.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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65 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Excellent. Must try in Islamorada! ”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I have been traveling to the Keys every year and he always wants to try new restaurants while I like to stick going to my favorites! We tried walking in without a reservation on a Friday night but were turned away because they had no open reservations (good sign that they are busy). We made a reservation on a Saturday night and so happy we did! First tip, MAKE A RESERVATION! While walking into the boutique next door, Milk & Honey, the owner was already raving about the restaurant (check out this boutique- very cute and Lara was so friendly).
We had the shrimp & conch fritters, and the fresh mozzarella salad for appetizers- both delicious. For our entrees, my husband had his fish prepared Juliette style and I had my hogfish Ambassador style - both were delicious. We did save a little room for dessert- the key lime was fantastic! Our only complaint was we wished that they served cocktails - only serve beer & wine. This is a great, upscale option in Islsmorada that really prides itself in their fish preparation which was out of this world! Thank you Chef Michael's for taking me out of my usual comfort zone while dining in the Keys!

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North England
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217 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Highly Recommended”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2014

We enjoyed a great experience at this restaurant. We received from our host great advice on the food and the drinks, all of which were excellent. They particularly pride themselves on their fish, and rightly so. My wife is not usually very adventurous with fish, but the available alternatives of fish and cooking methods were explained so that she could understand what to chose and she was not disappointed. Neither of us could consider even looking at the desserts menu because the food portions are so generous that we were unable to eat anything after our appetisers and main courses.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Brooklyn, Michigan
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Best of the best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2014

This is must stop while in the Florida Keys. We have experienced outstanding food and service on multiple occasions dinning with Chef Michael. Great quality on steak and seafood all perfectly prepared at a fair price.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Key Largo, Florida
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76 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Very good, but seems a bit overrated”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2014

I live in the Keys and have had the opportunity to eat there several times, sampling several soups, fish and vegetarian dishes, as well as deserts. I've found the food to be good to very good, but never quite excellent. The staff can be uneven. On our last visit, our 3rd, we had an early reservation. When we walked in, the attitude we received made us feel like we were an inconvenience. Also, it was obvious that one of the waiters had the flop sweats, luckily he was not ours. But it was not a very attractive sight as he moved in and out of the dining room dripping with perspiration. Between the hostess' attitude and his condition, it made for a bit of a weird night as we entertained family from out of town.

For the price of this place, the food and service should be close to perfect. It's not.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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