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“more than memorable”

Miguel's Restaurant
Ranked #16 of 42 Restaurants in Siesta Key
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Chicago
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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“more than memorable”
Reviewed May 26, 2014

While visiting over Christmas my son and his fiancee chose Lido Beach for their small wedding (40 guests). As they were marrying on a Sunday few venues were willing to offer us a private room on Saturday night for the rehearsal dinner. Additionally, we needed late reservation (8 pm) to provide adequate time for guests flying in.

Miguel's has been a favorite of ours since we became FL "part-timers" in '03 and we couldn't have chosen a more perfect place for the event. Dan Garcia went over and above, conferring repeatedly with the chef, his brother Gabe, and tweaking the menu to offer sensational suggestions from starters to dessert.

My husband had the famous French onion soup, cheesy and not at all overly salty as is so often the case, marvelous salmon in Champagne dill sauce, and chocolate mousse as rich as Lindt truffles. My dinner starter with shrimp cocktail (deveined and butterflied), continued with spectacular sauteed sea scallops in citrus Buerre Blanc with carmelized onions, both fully cooked but still moist and soft, and the same decadent chocolate mousse.

Among the other choices, guests raved about the seafood crepes, shrimp scampi and beef tips Diane appetizers.The filets were all grilled exactly to the degree of doneness requested without any being over or under cooked and tender enough to cut with a fork. Both the Bernaise and peppercorn sauces were rich and flavorful in perfect counterpoint to the beef. Each dinner was served H-O-T and salads were served ice C-O-L-D. All dressings are homemade ... as it everything else, come to think of it. Those who chose the strawberries Romanoff, chocolate pecan tarte or pineapple cake for dessert thought their choice HAD to be the best.

Nothing can destroy a fine meal like inferior waitstaff and here too Miguel's shone. The service was superb ... unobtrusive but attentive. Glasses were never less than 3/4 full and the basket of sensational garlic bread seemed to replenish itself as if by magic. Plates and flatware were appropriately left on the table until EVERYONE seated there had finished rather than whisked away by overly eager servers as soon as fork and knife are set down. Igor particularly warrants special notice for his quiet humor and genuine concern for the satisfaction of all.

I told Dan once we had selected Miguel's that whatever glitches the weekend brought the rehearsal dinner would be free of them ... and it was. Turns out the entire wedding was the stuff of dreams, not a cloud in the sky or on the horizon at sunset nor a single love bug on the beach ... except for the two who were married.

Once again Miguel's more than exceeded not only expectations but all hopes. To Dan, Gabe and everyone who made this occasion the unforgettable kickoff to an unforgettable weekend, thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU!

To those of you who have not enjoyed the genuine pleasure of a meal at Miguel's, you owe it to yourself. And cap it off with a sip of the signature house quaff Licor 43, a vanilla and citrus digestif distilled in the homeland of the real-life Miguel ... Cartegena, Spain.

  • Visited May 2014
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Gander, Canada
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17 reviews
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“Strip Mall Surprise!”
Reviewed May 20, 2014

We visited Miguel's for the first time April 28th , 2014. We were a party of 4 celebrating an Anniversary. My spouse and I both enjoy eating out, especially at non-chain fine dining establishments. We have been coming to Siesta Key for years and had no Idea there was something besides Captain Kurts and this good at this end of Siesta Key beach. We arrive around 7 pm and were immediately seated in a very beautiful and romantic restaurant. We were pleasantly surprised, as the location of the restaurant doesn't scream ambiance. We were served by Ersila (forgive the spelling) and what a proficient and fun server she was. I ordered the Coquille St Jacques appetizer which turned out to be almost the size of a main entree and boy was it good. For our mains I had the roast of Duck while my spouse ordered the Seafood Vent. The duck was one of the best duck preparations I have ever had. And the Seafood Vent was delicious as well. Our friends ordered the Chateaubriand as their main as they were the ones celebrating the anniversary and boy was it a special anniversary meal. It is served table side, which adds a bit of flair to the evening. It was cooked exactly as requested (medium rare) and was so tender. The pace of the meal was also perfect as the hostess realized we were there to have fun and enjoy the night out. As the evening progressed, we had mentioned that our friends were celebrating an anniversary. So at the end of the night after the meal was just about complete, Ersila arrived at the table with a little something for everyone,a glass of Spanish liqueur to end the fantastic evening we had just had. I thought that was a great touch. We enjoyed it so much that we returned again for the early bird, but that's another review!

  • Visited April 2014
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Marietta, Georgia
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“Wonderful Ambience and Food by Lovely Family Owners/Chef”
Reviewed May 14, 2014

My husband and I have been going to Siesta Key once or twice a year for the past 10 years or so. We found Miguel's on our first visit and now make sure we eat there every time. Miguel and Kay's sons now run the restaurant and Gabe is an excellent chef. Daniel is a lovely host, and we have never found any of the waitstaff to be rude, missing in action or anything short of attentive, and many of them have worked there for years. As for the food, we usually have the Chateaubriand for two if we go twice in one visit and enjoy either seafood or veal dishes otherwise. Gabe often has something special up his sleeve for dessert based on seasonal fruit and other offerings. The wine list is not lengthy and is the only slight disappointment - although we can usually find a nice cab or primitivo to complement our meal! Daniel is quite helpful with wine selection if needed.

As so many people have said already, don't be fooled by the shopping center location! It is a lovely little restaurant with great ambiance, good food and great, friendly service. Don't miss it.

  • Visited November 2013
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London, Canada
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“Great find”
Reviewed May 7, 2014

Recommended by friends we tried Miguel's. Have been in the plaza several
times and missed the unobtrusive outside of this restaurant but inside very cozy
waitress was excellent and food very tastey!! Will return on our visit next year for sure

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank Nancy B
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Bloomington, IN
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“Favorite Find on Siesta Key”
Reviewed May 2, 2014 via mobile

Our last night on Siesta Key I insisted we eat out so we drove to the shopping center housing Javier's, City Pizza, and Miguel's. My wife chose Miguel's but we were somewhat skeptical approaching the door since the outside is unimpressive. But when we opened the door and saw the "old world" charm, we fell in love. The portions were generous, the service was great. I recommend the mixed grill for two.
Judging from some of the other reviews, go to Miguel's after 8:00 pm and avoid the dinner rush. The food, the service, and the wine will all improve with time. Bon apetit!

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