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“More misses than hits” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Miguel's Restaurant

Miguel's Restaurant
Ranked #12 of 41 Restaurants in Siesta Key
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Cape Coral, Florida
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368 reviews
351 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
“More misses than hits”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013

We had such high hopes, but it just does not live up to the reviews. Much of it had to do with poor service, so I feel sorry for the owners in that respect.
The place is very cute, very nicely decorated, and they made us feel very welcome as they seated us. And the food is good........not great, but very well prepared with a very nice presentation. And, especially if you take advantage of the early bird specials, it is very reasonably priced. Four courses for $18-20. Having said that, it probably caters to the tourists and./or the retired residents. We are neither, and found it to be lacking in many respects.
We were seated in a nice corner table. The problem was that the tables on either side were pretty much touching us, so there is zero privacy.
As I said, the food was good..........but, honestly for French, I have had much better at 62 Bistro and Roesslers.
The major problem was the service. Our waitress spent most of the evening chatting with the folks next to us (tourists), and paid us little attention, even when serving us, she was having a conversation with them. Quite rude and boring. The lowlight came with dessert. We ordered crepe suzettes for two. $18.....prepared tableside. She had to squeeze the table in close, as she backed up to all three tables. Now, tableside crepe suzettes can be quite a romantic experience, and it is a fun show to watch, as well as delicious. Ours was none of the above. Even while preparing this for us...........she kept a running conversation with the table next to us. The man on the other side, was worried that she was going to set his hair on fire........and, his wife, was concerned that ours came with two scoops of ice cream, and she only got one. You get the picture........it was a joke. One of the other waitresses even came by to watch, and told the couple next to us, who was conversing with our waitress while eating their dessert......and the waitress told them how lucky they were.........until she saw them already eating dessert. Laughable. To top it off, we had told our waitress that we do not drink. So what does she do? As a "special treat" she tops our already made crepes suzette with additional cognac. That absolutely ruined it, as it was not flamed.............therefore, all we could taste was cognac.
Sorry Miguel, as I know much of this is not your fault..........but, a restaurant experience is decor, atmosphere, food, and service. The service killed it.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Dan B
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great place for a date or family reunion.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2013

I recently celebrated my parent's 40th anniversary and the owners allowed us to take the back room for privacy. They created a special menu for us with some fantastic wines. The night was a hit and we will be going again soon. It is a great place to take a date to after enjoying Siesta Key beach. I highly recommend Miguel's!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 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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1 Thank SkippyPita
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Atlanta, GA 30062
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381 reviews
240 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“Wow! A must!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2013

Went to this cute restaurant last year and had a lovely meal then, but had so-so service. This year, all was perfect. We were able to get in before the Early Bird (before 6:30) and enjoyed a 3-course meal for under $20 each! My mother had the soup special - lentil - which she enjoyed. I had the shrimp special - just 2, but lovely. We were offered garlic bread (not always given anymore) and a small plate of carrots, pate and leeks. The pate was quite good and another basket was offered.

We both had duck - while it took a bit of time, it came so hot, we almost burned out tongues. Absolutely wonderful with a raspberry sauce and several dollops of potato and other vegetables.

They was a nice selections of the entrees, as well as a long list of desserts offered. I had the chocolate mousse - lovely and she had some ice cream.

As a birthday dinner, I couldn't have asked for anything more! And, the bill came to $43 for 2!!!!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 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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2 Thank dotters
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Melbourne, Florida
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98 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Food was average, service was excellent.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

The early bird special is the way to go. The food was just okay. Really wanted to love it, but couldn't. I had the duck and it was dry and tasted warmed up. My son didn't like his meal, but my daughter and my husband liked their meals. We were a split family.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Joanne1270
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Bradenton, Florida
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Wonderful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2013

Only place you can get Dover Sole in the area
Excellent food, ambiance, In little stripmall, worth looking for.

Visited July 2013
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1 Thank Jeanie B
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