Michael's - Santa Monica

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Michael's Santa Monica has maintained the standard for 'California Cuisine' with our newly renovated art filled indoor/outdoor garden dining, bar and private party spaces. Our seasonal menu is composed from the finest ingredients from the Santa Monica Farmer's Market and products responsibly sourced from the best sustainable producers.
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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Had the pastA with lobster. Pasta was so overcooked it was mush. Only ate a fraction of it. Mentioned this to the server and barely an acknowledgement. Still paid $36 for this dish. Very disappointing as I’ve eaten here many times over the years and have enjoyed it but this experience has soured me on Michaels.

JB
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fine new menu. Two of us shared Coleman's salad, bouillabaisse, and a pasta special with cavier. Each was perfectly prepared and had taste surprize/delight. Service as always was warm and efficient.

GS
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

It's not what it used to be! Won't be back. Didn't have a cocktail item(everybody has Tanqueray). No cappuccino,lattes or expresso("machine is broken"-get it fixed.)

C
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Michael’s has a lush back patio with romantic lighting in the evenings. We were there on a Saturday night and enjoyed a 2.5 hour dinner with wonderful wine suggestions by waitress. The food was very good and overall experience was wonderful. This is definitely a local spot where friends like to get together or save for a nice date night.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Noel is the best! Amazing recommendations and the sweetest.

MM
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

And thing is guaranteed when booking a table at Michael's: a fantastic meal. Always the freshest ingredients, intensely flavorful, beautifully prepared and graciously presented in the most bucolic garden setting.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

The food was cold - our dinner took over 3 hours to finish we had 2 small and 2 medium dishes ! ! They had no desert! They told us we had no desert ! It was an awful experience for the price

a
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

food should be better, including presentation. Fell a little below expectations. and a very very long wait for our main courses. Not acceptable.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was a tiny bit undercooked and the flavors didn’t quite gel
Subsequent to the meal the hostess came up to us and apologized because the kitchen was experiencing a power outage and so they were working using candle light and other forms to prepare the food
we would’ve preferred hearing that in the beginning
Perhaps we would’ve ordered different foods under those circumstances

A
Berlin
6 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Special place for dinner, got very high quality food, cooked just to perfection. Service could have been at but more attentive but the atmosphere of a lukewarm late summer night and the fantastic food made up for it. Wine selection is excellent but pricey.
Anyway would definitely return for a next time.

C
Los Angeles
248 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still the most beautiful place in town and with a new chef touching all chords, Michael's is a new old favorite. Can't wait to go back!

JD
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having never been to Michael's, I was a bit nervous making a reservation for an important date. All worries were dashed by meeting our skilled waitress - helpful but not hovering. The food was exceptional! Oysters on the half shell and a fresh salad with a mustard seed vinaigrette started our meal and only got better from there. We met Michael as he gracefully treated us all as friends who stopped by for a bite. Perfect experience!

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal! I will be back to try more menu items and the happy hour.

PL
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It has been a long time since I visited Michael's. Sitting on the patio is still a must. I am not certain when they revamped their menu, but I was a little apprehensive when I made my reservation. I was not disappointed. The food was fabulous. The services was impeccable. And the wine selection fantastic. The waiter actually picked all three of our courses as well as the wine and I could not have been happier. Will be returning soon.

OT
Los Angeles
82 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 5

Where do I start? Drink orders were handled efficiently, but from that point on it was down hill. As you say state on the menu dishes are meant to share. Given the size of portions it is.almost impossible . Two orders of soft shell crabs were the size of spiders , basically not enough fir even one diner. Salmon was served cold and tough.sent back to get a hot order and brought back after others had already finished. And still tough. Olives order had to be asked fir 2 times before they finally brought them not as appetizers but during the main course. . After apologizing my drink was refilled and dessert of cookies and custard was served on the house. Very disappointed in the caliber of Michaels now.

SM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

Decided to give this old classic a try again. I loved it in it's heyday. Zagat gives it a good review, our food was good, not outstanding. The service was very disappointing. The ambiance is still terrific on a summer evening!

RF
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

One of our favorite dining spots. The best ambiance in the city!

KA
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and great service. Wonderful place for dinner

J
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely garden chic ambience with throwback, laid back decor. Food was equally delightful. Don’t miss the cornmeal pancake and the duck egg breakfast sandwich!

k
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the seedy sourdough, salad, duck confit! Great service in a beautiful setting.

M
Los Angeles
54 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Limited menu was the biggest issue. Quite expensive for what you got too. Beautiful setting though with garden and water works. I think it must have been much nicer before and has seen better days with regard to the menu.

XX
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambience!!

M
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very tasty, epicurean food in a garden patio atmosphere. I really liked that it was a quiet restaurant. You didn’t have to yell to talk.

B
Los Angeles
99 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat outside in the garden and it was lovely. Service was very attentive. I had the Branzino. My husband had the steak. We shared a large salad and a small desert. Everything was delicious!

n
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Very disappointed in the food .
Food quality and presentation is terrible.

GK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

This use to be one of the best restaurants in the city. No any more! The menu is extremely limited, and the food was horrible. And if that wasn’t bad enough, the service was atrocious, slow and incompetent. It was truly one of the worst dining experiences I have ever had.

OT
London
24 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, ambiance. All around wonderful. The art is great.

S
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and special experience. Great restaurant and I can't wait to go back.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful and the food was delicious!!

GW
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went when Michael’s first opened, and have gone through the years. Their standards remain the highest. It was great!

L
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

We've been going to Michael's for perhaps 40 years, since it opened. But haven't gone recently because they featured "small plates", which we found we didn't like. Knowing that their chef recently changed, we looked up their new menu and were pleased that it seemed to be much simpler, shorter, and appeared to echo earlier days.

Great! Tuesday was my wife's birthday so we thought we'd celebrate at Michael's with some old friends. Major error. It felt like a "Black Diamond" downhill run from the start. The first thing our waiter told us was that all dishes except the main courses were for sharing, small plates. Oh-oh.

I ordered a Bloody Mary, which I'm very fond of. After three sips it clearly was far too spicy -- never before have I had one so intense. I asked the waiter to dilute the drink with a little tomato juice. "Sorry, the base is premixed -- can't do that." OK.

The Black Diamond run continued. What I thought would be a paté turned out to be a near liquid chicken liver schmeer, with a substantial pool of jam sharing the plate. OK. The run continued. My pasta was much too...spicy. My wife's duck was much too...spicy. Our friends salmon wasn't too...spicy, just overcooked. Virtually everything was seasoned the same way, too intensely.

Finally, although only four or five tables were occupied, the timing between courses was surprisingly long.

The real question here is "Who's minding the store? A real disappointment.

EM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our anniversary and hadn't been to Michael's in many years. The entire evening from start to finish was delightful, delicious and everything you'd expect from a restaurant with Michael's history and reputation. We felt both celebrated and 'at home' by the superb and caring staff. The patio ambience is calm and inviting, just the right balance of simple elegance and romance. We found a terrific Sancerre (and a stimulating conversation with the sommelier) to go with the sea bass and veggies. I look forward to returning to Michael's.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we had was wonderful - broccolini, pasta with bacon, pork chop and hangar steak - all set up to share - plenty for the three of us.
Desserts were amazing as well!

SL
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought friend from out of town for brunch
Blueberry pancakes were the best I’ve had in long time . Beautiful garden and great service.

S
Los Angeles
97 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Fathers Day brunch with low expectations. Was I wrong! Place was packed until 2:30, service was superb and food great. Adventuresome, excellent wine list. Nice to see Michael's still has game after all these years.

MW
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We hadn't been to Michael's in a long time and were amazed that it was better than ever. We loved everything we ordered, and tried a lot because there were six of us sharing everything. We couldn't decide what was our favorite, but the Hen of the Woods, the pasta we ordered, and the orata were among the standouts. Michael and Chas are great hosts and made us feel at home. The restaurant is gorgeous and the art collection is exceptional. We will be back soon.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Father’s Day date with my husband.

LF
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This restaurant has been there for 40 years, I remember when it opened and I could not afford it. Staying open and relevant is an amazing feat in itself in a place where restaurants open and close every day. We went there for brunch which was excellent. Our party tried the shrimp and grits, the steak and eggs, the omelette, the breakfast sandwich, bread with an assortment of jams and a side salad. All dishes were expertly prepared and tasty. They arrived at the same time which is not often the case these days. The jams were homemade with unusual flavors such as raspberry habanero. A Bloody Mary was well spiked with fresh horseradish. We were warmly greeted by Michael himself who made it a point to greet all the guests. Sitting outside on a grayish morning on the patio was lovely and quiet. I can no longer go to restaurants where the decibel level is around 100, so a place like Michael’s is such a relief. I’ll be back soon to check out dinner and Happy Hour. Congratulations on the accomplishments of this restaurant and all the chefs that started out there. Please keep going.

MD
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is ALWAYS par excellence, the service is to emulate, the ambiance to admire, and there is no one like Michael himself. Also, enjoy the gallery exhibit

p
Los Angeles
58 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

Love the place, especially the patio when the weather is nice. The food is fine, the service is pleasant, the atmosphere is great, it's just nice to spend a nice evening in the fresh air of Santa Monica with the never aging owner of this place. Love it, even if the olives in my martini were just floating instead on a stick...
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